Qualification Overview

Qualification Title Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation)
Qualification Type Postgraduate Certificate
Level 8
Credits 60
Subject Area
  • Health » Other Health » Health not elsewhere classified
Strategic Purpose Statement
The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Science (Wellness and Rehabilitation) is aimed at wellness and rehabilitation practitioners wishing to undertake a short programme of study in order to extend and update their knowledge and skills. The programme is tailored to the individual study needs of each student. Public and private sector organisation's employing graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Science (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will benefit from the knowledge and specialist skills that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study.
Graduate profile
Graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Science (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will be able to
recognize cultural differences and ethical issues, and consult and collaborate with other health professionals
assess wellness and rehabilitation needs of clients and determine appropriate responses
show evidence of advanced knowledge about wellness and rehabilitation
apply acquired knowledge and skills in practical situations
evaluate evidence in order to support a course of action.
Education pathways
Graduates of this programme may seek entry to doctorate programmes of study.
Employment pathways
Graduates of this programme may seek employment in the private or public sector undertaking a range of roles including: ACC case manager, advanced massage therapy practitioners, clinical leadership and clinical specialist roles, complementary and integrative medicine professional, disability support services manager/professional, health promotion advisor, rehabilitation professional, spa/clinical practice manager, specialist advisor and health management roles, wellness, and life style coach.To find out more about employment opportunities click on the CareersNZ logo, then the provider who offers this qualification.
Entry Requirements
Admission criteria for the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) are as follows:
Students will have completed all requirements of a bachelor's degree or graduate diploma in a relevant field (such as chiropractic, health science, massage therapy, medicine, naturopathy, nursing, occupational therapy, osteopathy, physiotherapy, sport and exercise) with at least a B grade average at level 7

Special Admission

Notwithstanding the above admission criteria, in exceptional circumstances, a mature aged applicant who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programmes may be considered for admission, provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, or has relevant industry experience, which is deemed to meet the required standard for entry.

Provisional Part-time Admission

An applicant who does not meet academic criteria may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more papers. Upon successful completion of the paper(s), the student may apply for special admission.
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved internal English Language Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below

IELTS test - Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 590 (with an essay score 5.5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) - Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)
University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations - CAE or CPE with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
NZCEL - Level 5 with the Academic endorsement
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic score of 58)
City of Guilds IESOL - C1 Expert with a score of 42

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they

Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
Hold a bachelor's degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
Have achieved one of the English Language competence tests specified above

All enrolments in the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation), Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) and Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) are approved at the discretion of the Programme Manager in consultation with the Head of Faculty and teaching staff as required. The Head of Faculty will determine the maximum number of students permitted to enrol in the postgraduate programme.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview, or if they live at some distance from the campus, complete a telephone interview. Applicants may be required to provide copies of applicable certificates and evidence of previous achievements prior to the interview date.
Education Organisation Southern Institute of Technology
Developed By Southern Institute of Technology
Quality Assured By New Zealand Qualifications Authority
Number 3651
Status Current
Created January 2017
Next Review December 2021
Content
Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Science (Wellness and Rehabilitation) students will undertake a coherent programme of 60 credits approved by the Programme Manager, comprising a compulsory paper:
WR800 Wellness and Rehabilitation Principles (30 credits)
and an approved paper from the following list
WR801 Advanced Practice to Support Older Persons' Well-being (30 credits)
WR802 Advancing Specialist Practice (30 credits)
WR803 Case Management (30 credits)
WR804 Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Metabolic Health (30 credits)
WR805 Musculoskeletal and Neurological Rehabilitation (30 credits)
WR806 Pain Assessment and Management (30 credits)
WR807 Special Topic (30 credits)

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