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

Postgraduate Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care

Postgraduate Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care

This Postgraduate Diploma 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 Diploma
Level:
8
Credits:
120
Duration:

Two years full-time

Up to four years part-time

Blended Delivery

Study Modes:
On Campus
Dates:

2021 Semester 1: 16 February to 29 June

2021 Semester 2: 20 July to 22 November

Fees:

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs is $1099 (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

$4500 (International Students)

The Postgraduate Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care is aimed towards registered nurses and New Zealand registered health professionals who wish to develop advancing practice 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 course delivered through Blended Delivery where most of the course is done online with only a few on site classes.

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 Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care is equivalent to 30 credits at NZQA Level 8.

Please note that for registered nurses interested in this programme of study, that this programme does not lead to nurse practitioner or nurse prescribing pathways. Applicants should have either a degree in a nursing or health related subject or proven evidence of Level 7 study.

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.

This course is subject to approval. Enrolements will open later in the year. If you want to enrol in this paper please email cassie.carstensen@sit.ac.nz

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 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.

This course is subject to approval. Enrolements will open later in the year. If you want to enrol in this paper please email cassie.carstensen@sit.ac.nz

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

Graduates of this programme will articulate their scope of practice and its advancement, show expert practice working collaboratively across settings and within interdisciplinary environments, show effective leadership and consultancy, develop and influence health and socioeconomic policies and practice at a local and national level, and show scholarly research inquiry into professional practice.

Qualifications gained in the Postgraduate Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care would be expected to focus on Advancing Clinical Practice with the graduate practising more effectively as an Advancing Practitioner, who will influence/improve the health outcomes for the population base they are involved in the care of.

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.

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 Bachelors’ 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

 

In order to be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Art and Science of Health Care, the student will have been credited with all required papers as specified in the programme schedule. To be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care at SIT, the student will have been credited with four papers of choice as specified in the structure of the Postgraduate Diploma 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 120 credits.

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

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