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 are post-registration programmes for New Zealand registered health professionals wanting to advance their clinical practice. A range of papers are offered, with a focus on advancing care, pathophysiology, pharmacology,  pain, and community practice. The postgraduate diploma/certificate is able to be credited into Master programmes throughout New Zealand. 

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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:

2023 Semester 1: 08 February to 21 June. Closing date 12 December 2022.

2023 Semester 2: 19 July to 30 November. Closing date 13 June 2023.

Fees:

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs is $1,225.60 (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

NZ$4,500.00 (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.

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.

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.

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, 2023

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12th December 2022

Orientation seminar 16/2/22 or 20/7/22 (on-line)

 

HS801 Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning and Health Assessment for Health Professionals

This paper enables registered nurses/registered health professionals to develop, conduct and critically reflect on advanced health assessment and diagnostic reasoning in the individual’s clinical setting.

Study days online: 15th & 16th March

Study days on-site: 15th February; 5th April; 3rd May; 1st & 2nd June (on-site assessment)

 

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 (all online): 9th February; 10th March; 28th April; 19th May; 8th & 9th June

 

HS810 Health Professional Practice to Support Older Persons’ Health and Wellbeing

This paper enables New Zealand registered health professionals to develop knowledge which will assist in facilitating and providing evidence-based care to support older adults’ health and wellbeing.

Study days (all online): 22nd February; 15th March; 5th & 26th April; 17th May; 14th June

 

HS820 Health Services Management

This paper provides an opportunity for New Zealand registered health professionals to acquire knowledge and skills applied by managers and leaders in health services to ensure the achievement of improved patient outcomes.

Study days (all online): 20th February; 29th May

 

Semester Two, 2023

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 13th June 2023

Orientation seminar 16/2/22 or 20/7/22 (on-line)

 

HS809 Applied 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 (all online): 20th July; 10th & 27th August; 21st Sept; 19th October; 2nd, 16th & 23th November.

 

HS815 Advancing Clinical Emergency Care

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

Study days on-site: 26th & 27th July; 16th & 17th August; 20th & 21st September; 18th & 19th October (on-site assessment)

 

HS816 Advanced practice to support long term conditions

This paper advances the New Zealand registered health professionals’ knowledge, utilising evidence-based practice, to provide expert levels of management of care, to health consumers with common long-term conditions across settings.

Study days (all online): 25th July; 1st, 22nd & 29th August; 19th & 26th September; 10th & 17th October.

 

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 (all on-site): 26th & 27th July; 27th & 28th September; 1st & 2nd November.

 

HS821 Research Paradigms for Nursing Science

This paper provides New Zealand registered health professionals with the knowledge and skills required for scholarly research at a postgraduate level, covering a range of paradigms, approaches, and techniques, with particular emphasis on the New Zealand cultural and sociopolitical context.

Study days: dates are individualised & specific to each student

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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.

All applicants must be New Zealand Registered Health Professionals.

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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