Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science


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Entry requirements

Application Criteria:
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 and so thus one year 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 position is the expected minimum. However, applicants who are unable to meet this will be assessed by the postgraduate programme co ordinator 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's degree is to be presented in a curriculum vitae accompanied by a statement about advanced practice and postgraduate goals for the future.
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,


IELTS Academic English language test overall score of 7 that includes a score of at least 7 in Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking.

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

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

Selection Criteria

Right of entry into programmes of study is restricted by SIT and apparent eligibility may not lead to automatic acceptance. Applicants must demonstrate attributes, which in the assessment of SIT should lead to success.

Where SIT is satisfied that it is necessary to do so because of insufficiency of staff, accommodation or equipment it may determine the maximum number of students who may be enrolled in a particular course of study. Where the number of applications for enrolment exceeds the number of places in any case where such a limitation applies, the criteria for selection shall be academic merit and suitability for admission to that course of study. Eligible students not admitted to their chosen course of study will be placed on a waiting list and/or may be referred to another programme. Applications should be received by SIT no later than the applications due date. Late applications may be considered, subject to availability of places.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

To enable Registered Nurses and/or Midwives to develop skills of research, critical analysis, constructive synthesis and advanced practice in their discipline.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Nursing at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 478 839
Phone: (03) 211 2699
Fax: (03) 214 4977

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