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Postgraduate Diploma (Certificate) in Health Science - Invercargill

Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma
Level: 8
Dates:

Intake1: 04 February 2019 to 17 November 2019

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 One, 2019

Closing date for applications: 14 December 2018

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: 4 and 5 February; 13 March; 10 April; 8 and 9 May; 5 and 6 June

HS802 Advancing 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: 4 and 5 February; 7 March; 11 April; 9 and 30 May; 13 and 14 June

HS809  Advanced Pharmacology for Health Professionals
This 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

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; 20 and 30 July; 26 and 27 August; 7 and 21 October

HS815 Advancing Clincal 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 lon-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)

Graduates will be able to demonstrate advanced nursing competencies as measured against Nursing Council of New Zealand Advanced Nursing Practice competencies. This will enable graduates to obtain clinical nurse specialist positions and leadership positions. Graduates may also be able to continue to Masters level study at other institutes in New Zealand.

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.

Language Requirements

All candidates, both international and permanent residents of New Zealand, from countries where English is not the primary spoken language, require satisfactory achievement of tertiary studies in a country where English is the language of instruction as follows:

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 achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS Academic English language test overall score of 7 that includes a score of at least 7 in Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking, or
  • OET Occupational English Test  OET Grade B in each of the 4 sub-tests which are Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking

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:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. 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
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or  
  4. Have successfully completed 1 of the English language tests above. 

All enrolments in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science are at the discretion of the Academic and Relationship Leader in consultation with the Programme Manager and Head of Faculty as required.

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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