Postgraduate Certificate in the Art and Science of Health Care
Postgraduate Certificate in the Art and Science of Health Care

Postgraduate Certificate in the Art and Science of Health Care

Postgraduate Certificate in the Art and Science of Health Care

This Postgraduate Certificate in the Art and Science of Health Care is a post-registration programme for New Zealand registered health professionals wanting to develop advancing skills. A range of papers are offered with a focus on high acuity care, community practice and the interfaces between hospital and home.

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Key Details
Invercargill
Qualification:
Postgraduate Certificate
Level:
8
Credits:
60
Duration:

One year full-time

or two years part-time

Blended Delivery

Study Modes:
On Campus
Dates:

2021 Semester 2: 20 July to 22 November

2022 Semester 1: 16 February to 28 June

2022 Semester 2: 20 July to 29 November

Fees:

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs is $567(GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

$4500 (International Students)

 

This Postgraduate Certificate in the Art and Science of Health Care is a post-registration programme for New Zealand registered health professionals wanting to develop advancing skills. A range of papers are offered with a focus on high acuity care, community practice and the interfaces between hospital and home.

You, as a health professional, will be able to develop skills of research, critical analysis, constructive synthesis and advanced practice in your discipline.

This programme delivered through Blended Delivery.

Applicants should have either a degree in a nursing or health related subject or proven evidence of Level 7 study.

Semester One, 2020
HS801 Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning and Health Assessment for Health Professionals 
This paper enables registered nurses/New Zealand registered health professionals to develop, conduct and critically reflect on advanced nursing/health professionals health assessment and diagnostic reasoning in the individual's clinical setting.
Dates on campus: 12 (orientation) and 13 February, 4 March, 8 and 9 April, 6 and 7 May, 3 and 4 June
HS802 Pathophysiology for Health Professionals 
This paper explores the pathophysiological basis of complex disease processes in long-term and common conditions. This paper assumes existing knowledge of normal anatomy and physiology and engenders critical understanding of altered, complex health states.
Dates on campus: 12 (orientation) and 13 February, 20 March, 8 and 29 May, 25 and 26 June
HS816 Advanced Practice to Support Long-Term Conditions
This paper refines advanced long-term conditions' management by enhancing health professional practice in initiating, managing and co-ordinating care across  settings
Dates on campus: 12 (orientation), 18 and 19 February, 8 April, 28 and 29 April, 13 and 14 May
Semester Two, 2020
HS801 Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning and Health Assessment for Health Professionals 
This paper enables registered nurses/New Zealand registered health professionals to develop, conduct and critically reflect on advanced nursing/health professionals health assessment and diagnostic reasoning in the individual's clinical setting.
Dates on campus: 14 (Orientation) and 15 July, 30 July, 12 and 13 August, 9 and 10 September, 14 and 15 October
HS 809 Advanced Pharmacology for Health ProfessionalsThis paper enables the registered nurse or registered midwife to develop an enhanced knowledge of pharmacological principles informing the ethical delivery of medication to clients with long term and common conditions.Dates on campus: 4 and 5 February; 15 March; 11 April; 9 and 30 May; 6 and 20 June
HS 809 Applied Pharmacology for Health Professionals
This paper enables the registered nurse or New Zealand registered health professional to develop an enhanced knowledge of pharmacological principles informing the ethical delivery of medication to clients with long term and common conditions.
Dates on campus: 14 (orientation) and 15 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 and 22 October, 05 and 19 November
HS810 Health Professional Practice to Support Older Persons' Health and Well-being
This paper recognises the diversity of the older adult age group and the complex relationship between determinants of health, health status and well-being.  The paper examines the scope of independent/ collaborative practice in relation to health promotion, maintenance and restoration of health, preventative care, rehabilitation and/or palliative care and encourages the generation of new approaches to the delivery of expert care in different settings.
Dates on campus: 14 July (orientation), 15 and 16 July, 7, 8 and 9 September, 19 and 20 October
HS812 Integrating Acquired Knowledge in Specialist Practice
This paper enables registered nurses/New Zealand registered health professional to develop advancing specialist skills within their clinical setting.  Through the use of a professional portfolio, practitioners will establish and validate competencies consistent with an advancing practitioner role: leadership; consultancy; involvement in standard and policy setting and monitoring; research and theory utilisation; interdisciplinary collaboration; and expert clinical practice.
Dates on campus: 14 July (orientation), 15 and 16 July, 10 and 11 August, 7 and 8 September,  19 October
HS815 Advancing Clinical Emergency Care
This paper refines advancing nursing/health professional practice by enhancing nursing/health professional skills and expertise in assessment, diagnostic processes, interventions, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics using evidence-based practice in emergency clinical settings.
Dates on campus: 14 July (orientation), 15 and 16 July, 27 and 28 August, 24 September, 29 and 30 October

EACH PAPER IS WORTH 30 CREDITS AT LEVEL 8 AND REQUIRES APPROXIMATELY 300 HOURS OF STUDY (I.E. APPROXIMATELY 15-20 HOURS PER WEEK)

Semester One, 2021

  • Orientation seminar 16/2/21

HS801 Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning and Health Assessment for Health Professionals

This paper enables New Zealand registered health professionals to develop, conduct and critically reflect on health assessment and diagnostic reasoning in the clinical setting.

Study days: 17 February, 3 March, 7 and 8 April, 5 and 6 May, 2 and 3 June

HS802 Pathophysiology for Health Professionals

This paper explores the pathophysiological basis of complex disease processes in long-term and common conditions. This paper assumes existing knowledge of normal anatomy and physiology and engenders critical understanding of altered, complex health states.
Study days: 17 February, 19 March, 7 and 28 May, 17 and 18 June 

HS818 Pain, Pain Assessment and Pain Management for Health Professionals

This paper enables New Zealand registered health professionals to develop an enhanced knowledge of acute, subacute and chronic pain, including pain assessment and the different therapeutic pain management interventions within the New Zealand context.

Study days: 1 and 2 March, 29 and 30 March, 3 and 4 May, 14 June

Semester Two, 2021

  • Orientation seminar 20/7/21 (Attend if you did not attend in the first semester)
HS 809 Advanced Pharmacology for Health Professionals

This paper promotes the advancement of ethically robust and socio-culturally aligned pharmacological knowledge to health professionals engaged with health consumers in a variety of clinical environments.

Study days: 21 July, 12 August, 9 September, 7 and 21 October, 4 and 18 November

HS812 Integrating Acquired Knowledge in Specialist Practice

This paper enables health professionals to develop advancing specialist skills within their clinical setting. Through the use of a professional portfolio, health professionals will establish and validate competencies consistent with an expert practice identifiable within their professional body. For example the Professional Development and Recognition Programme (PDRP) portfolio which will include evidence of: leadership; consultancy; innovation in practice, advocacy, quality improvement, research and theory utilisation; professional development, interdisciplinary collaboration; and expert clinical practice as utilised within nursing or the Quality and Leadership Programme for Midwives.

Study days: 3 and 4 August, 1 and 2 September, 23 and 24 September, 21 October

HS815 Advancing Clinical Emergency Care

This paper refines advancing practice, by enhancing the health professionals’ skills and expertise in assessment, diagnostic processes, interventions, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics using evidence-based practice in emergency clinical settings.

Study days: 21 and 22 July, 19 and 20 August, 22 and 23 September, 30 October

HS819 Agriculture Healthcare

This paper enables New Zealand registered health professionals to recognize health and safety concerns commonly encountered by the agriculture workforce in rural New Zealand, to gain a better understanding of common causes of disease, mental and physical illness and work-related injuries that adversely affect health and well-being.

Study days: 26 and 27 July, 23 and 24 August, 13 and 14 September, 18 October

Graduates of this programmes will already be a New Zealand registered health professional.

After graduation (and further work experience in some cases), possible jobs in the private and public sectors include management roles, educators in tertiary education and clinical settings as well as advancing health professional practice in primary secondary and tertiary health settings

Application by Academic Qualification An undergraduate degree in a health profession discipline and with New Zealand registration in their health care discipline. It is expected that applicants
a) Minimum entry requirements (maximum 5000 characters allowed in this section) will be in current clinical practice. 0.4 full time equivalent positions is the expected minimum. However, applicants who are unable to meet this will be assessed by the postgraduate programme manager to ensure they have appropriate clinical placements. Where an applicant does not hold an undergraduate degree in a health professional discipline, evidence of extensive professional practice and scholarly achievement to the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree is to be presented in a curriculum vitae accompanied by a statement about advanced practice and postgraduate goals for the future.

Application by Academic Qualification

An undergraduate degree in a health profession discipline and with New Zealand registration in their health care discipline. It is expected that applicants will be in current clinical practice. 0.4 full time equivalent positions is the expected minimum. However, applicants who are unable to meet this will be assessed by the postgraduate programme manager to ensure they have appropriate clinical placements. Where an applicant does not hold an undergraduate degree in a health professional discipline, evidence of extensive professional practice and scholarly achievement to the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree is to be presented in a curriculum vitae accompanied by a statement about advanced practice and postgraduate goals for the future.

Additional Criteria

A minimum of one-year full time post registration experience and so thus one year in practice at the discretion of the programme manager is required.

All applicants must be New Zealand Registered Health Professionals.

To be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in the Art and Science of Health Care at SIT, the student will have been credited with two papers of choice as specified in the structure of the Postgraduate Certificate in the Art and Science of Health Care. The total credit value of the Postgraduate Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care is 60 credits.

Please note that students failing to attend for 80% of the timetabled programme hours, may forfeit Zero Fee entitlement.

Graduates of these programmes will already be a New Zealand registered health professional.
Successful completion of these programmes may enhance opportunities for graduates to obtain leadership positions within their disciplines, to undertake, implement and evaluate research in t
Graduates may also pursue careers in the tertiary education sector as lecturers and researchers.

A student who has completed the Postgraduate Certificate may proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care programme with credit for those papers already completed.

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