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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:

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 $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.

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, 2022

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 11 DECEMBER 2021

  • 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: 17 February, 16 & 17 March
Study days on-site: 24 February, 7 April, 5 May, 2 & 3 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: 17 February, 18 March, 6 May, 27 May, 16 & 17 June (all online)
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: 24 February, 3 & 17 March, 21 April, 2 June (all online

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: 17 February, 16 & 17 March
Study days on-site: 24 February, 7 April, 5 May, 2 & 3 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): 17 February, 18 March, 6 May, 27 May, 16 & 17 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): 24 February, 3 & 17 March, 21 April, 2 June 

Semester Two, 2022

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12 JUNE 2022

  • Orientation seminar 16/2/22 or 20/7/22 (on-line)
HS809 Applied Pharmacology for Health Professionals

This paper enables the registered nurse or registered health professionals to develop an enhanced knowledge of pharmacological principles informing the ethical delivery of medication to clients with long term and common conditions.
Study days (all online): 21 July, 25 August, 20 September, 18 October, 1 November, 17 November, 21 November 
HS812 Integrating Acquired Knowledge in Specialist Practice

This paper enables registered nurses/health professionals to develop advancing specialist skills within their clinical setting. By utilising 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.
Study days (all online): 25 & 26 July, 22 & 23 August, 26 & 27 September, 25 October 
HS815 Advancing Clinical Emergency Care

This paper refines advancing nursing/health professional practice by enhancing professional skills and expertise in assessment, diagnostic processes, interventions, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics using evidence-based practice in emergency clinical settings.
Study days (all on-site): 21 & 22 July, 17 & 18 August, 21 & 22 September, 19 & 20 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): 27 & 28 July, 28 & 29 September, 2 & 3 November

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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