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Postgraduate Diploma (Certificate) in Health Science - Invercargill

Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma
Level: 8
Dates:

2020 Semester 1: 10 February to 28 June

2020 Semester 2: 13 July to 29 November

Duration:

Available part-time only

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Health Science is aimed towards qualified registered nurses and midwives who wish to develop advancing practice skills.  Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science graduates will be able to develop innovative, effective, efficient and high-quality approaches to health care delivery, within the defined scope of practice. Each paper offered in the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Health Science is equivalent to 30 credits at 400 level (NZQA Level 8).

Programme Structure:

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science: students must complete HS801 (compulsory) and one other paper chosen to reflect the student's area of clinical specialisation.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science is a 120 credit, Level 8 programme. Papers may be completed as two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.

Students must complete HS801 and HS812 (compulsory) and two other papers from the following list:

HS802 Advanced Pathophysiology for Health Professionals
HS803 Research for Practice
HS805 Ethical Concepts and Legal Issues for Advanced Practice
HS809 Applied Pharmacology
HS810 Advanced Practice to Support the Older Persons Well Being
HS812 Advancing Specialist Practice
HS813 Educational Dynamics in the Clinical Environment
HS815 Advanced Clinical Emergency Care
HS814 Substitute Paper
HS 816 Advanced Care in the Primary Health Setting 
  • HS801 Advancing Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic reasoning
  • HS802 Advancing Pathophysiology for Health Professionals
  • HS809 Advanced Pharmacology for Health Professionals
  • HS810 Advancing Practice to Support Older Persons' Well-being
  • HS812 Advancing Specialist Practice
  • HS815 Advancing Clinical Emergency Care
  • HS814 Substitute Paper
  • HS816 Advancing Practice to Support Long Term Common Conditions

HS 801 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (Limited Spaces Available)
Compulsory paper for Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Health Science This paper enables practitioners to develop, conduct and critically reflect on advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning within the individual’s clinical setting. Dates on campus: 17 February; 18 March; 22 and 23 April; 20 and 21 May; 10 and 11 June
HS 802 Advanced Pathophysiology (Blended Delivery)
This paper explores complex disease processes in order to support diagnostic reasoning. This paper assumes knowledge of normal anatomy and physiology and engenders critical understanding of altered, complex health states. Dates on campus: 17 February; 17 and 18 June
HS 810 Advanced Practice to Support the Older Person’s Well-Being (Blended Delivery)
This paper enables practitioners to develop advanced skills to support older adults’ wellbeing. It will explore the generation of new approaches to the delivery of expert care in different settings. Dates on campus: 17 February; 24 and 25 March; 26 and 27 May.
HS 816 Advancing Practice in Primary Care
This paper refines advanced nursing/primary care practice in the primary care setting, by enhancing nursing/midwifery skill and expertise in assessment, diagnostic processes and interventions using evidence based practice. Dates on campus: 17 February; 17 and 18 March; 29 April; 19 May.
2015 Second Semester (Closing date for applications: 24 June)
HS 801 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (Limited Spaces Available) Compulsory paper for Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Health Science This paper enables practitioners to develop, conduct and critically reflect on advanced assessment and diagnostic reasoning within the individual’s clinical setting. Dates on campus: 20 July, 13 August, 14 and 15 October, 2 and 3 November
HS 809 Applied Pharmacology (Blended Delivery)
This paper develops understanding of pharmacologic principles in order to optimise the delivery of ethical health care to health consumers in various settings. Dates on campus: 17 July and 30 October
HS 812 Advancing Specialist Practice Compulsory paper for Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science
Through the use of a professional portfolio, practitioners will demonstrate leadership, expert clinical practice, interdisciplinary collaboration, involvement in standard and policy setting, etc. Students will need to have completed one other postgraduate paper to study this paper. Dates on Campus: 14 and 15 July; 17 and 18 August; 21 and 22 September; 29 and 30 October
HS 813 Educational Dynamics in the Clinical Environment
This paper requires the student to critically examine and evaluate the theories of teaching and learning in relation to their clinical practice. A simulation workshop will be incorporated into this paper. Dates on campus: 13 and 14 July; 10 and 11 August; 16 and 17 September; 5 October; 27 October
HS 815 Advanced Clinical Emergency Care (Limited Spaces Available)
This paper refines advanced nursing skills in emergency nursing settings. Students will be required to have passed either HS 801 or HS 802 to study this paper. Dates on campus: 15, 16 and 17 July; 19 and 20 August; 23 and 24 September; 4 and 5 November. 

Semester Two, 2019

Closing date for applications: 7 June 2019

HS801 Advancing Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning 
Compulsory paper for the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science
This paper enables registered nurses/registered midwives to develop, conduct and critically reflect on advanced nursing/midwifery health assessment and diagnostic reasoning in the individual's clinical setting.

Dates on campus: 11 and 31 July, 14 August, 11 and 12 September, 16 and 17 October. 

HS810 Advancing Practice to Support Older Persons' 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 course 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: 3 and 4 July; 26, 27 and 28 August; 21 and 22 October

HS812 Advancing Specialist Practice
Compulsory paper for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science; must be the fourth and final paper
This paper enables registered nurses/registered midwives 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: 1 and 2 July; 29 and 30 July; 26 and 27 August; 7 and 21 October

HS815 Advancing Clinical Emergency Care
This paper refines advancing nursing/midwifery practice by enhancing nursing/midwifery skills and expertise in assessment, diagnostic processes, interventions, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics using evidence-based practice in emergency clinical settings.

Dates on campus: 2 and 3 July; 27 and 28 August; 17 and 18 September; 31 October

HS816 Advancing Practice to Support Long-Term and Common Conditions
This paper refines advancing nursing/midwifery practice of long-term and common conditions management in a healthcare setting by enhancing nursing/midwifery skill and expertise in assessment, diagnostic processes and interventions using evidence-based practice for health consumers across the lifespan.

Dates on campus: 1 and 2 July; 2,3, and 4 September; 29 and 30 October

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 direct material costs of $277.22 per paper (GST inclusive)

Where preparation is sought for advanced nursing practice, the applicant must be a registered nurse/midwife, hold a current practising certificate and demonstrate specialty nursing practice competencies within a defined scope of practice.

Limitation on places: Entry to the programme is limited by the number of places available.  These places may be apportioned between different categories of eligibility and modes of study. A minimum of one-year full time post registration experience in clinical practice at the discretion of the Programme Manager is required.

The normal requirement for entry is an undergraduate degree in Health Science Nursing and/or Midwifery. 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 Coordinator to ensure they have appropriate clinical placements.

Where an applicant does not hold an undergraduate degree in Health Science, Nursing and/or Midwifery, evidence of extensive professional practice and scholarly achievement to the equivalent of a Bachelor degree is to be presented in a curriculum vitae, accompanied by a statement about advanced practice and postgraduate goals for the future.

English Language Requirements

Applicants, 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 achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment


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)
Cambridge English Examination - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
OET- Minimum of Grade C+ or 300 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 5 (Academic) or (Professional) b) Level 5
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50
Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE- ISE III with no less than pass in any band

New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

In order to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science, the student will have been credited with all required papers as specified in the programme schedule.

To be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science at SIT, the student will have been credited with HS801 and HS812 plus two other papers of choice as specified in the structure of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science.

The total credit value of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science is 120 credits.

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