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Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


6 months

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Upgrade your qualification and advance your health and wellness career in a shorter time frame with the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation).

Develop your capability in critical and professional/clinical reasoning for specialist practice, leadership and management in professional settings.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Science (Wellness and Rehabilitation) is aimed at wellness and rehabilitation practitioners wishing to undertake a short programme of study in order to extend and update their knowledge and skills.

The areas of focus in this programme are:

  • Health and wellness
  • Holistic wellness
  • Nutrition for wellness
  • Pain management
  • Musculoskeletal and Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Metabolic Health
  • Female health and wellness
  • Wellness for the older population
  • Massage therapy for wellness and rehabilitation

The programme is tailored to the individual study needs of each student. Public and private sector organisations employing graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will benefit from the knowledge and specialist skills that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study.

Course Content

The programme will be delivered through a blended learning method. Full-time or part-time on campus options are available as well. Blended delivery allows students to study from anywhere. This course is taught using a mix of online learning, practical experience, classroom teaching and compulsory block courses in Invercargill.

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Science (Wellness and Rehabilitation) students will undertake a coherent programme of 60 credits approved by the Programme Manager, comprising a compulsory paper:

  • WR800 Wellness and Rehabilitation Principles

and an approved paper from the following list:

  • WR801 Advanced Practice to Support Older Persons’ Well-being
  • WR802 Advancing Specialist Practice
  • WR803 Case Management
  • WR804 Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Metabolic Health
  • WR805 Musculoskeletal and Neurological Rehabilitation
  • WR806 Pain Assessment and Management
  • WR807 Special Topic

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this programme may seek employment in the private or public sector undertaking a range of roles including: ACC case manager, advanced massage therapy practitioners, clinical leadership and clinical specialist roles, complementary and integrative medicine professional, disability support services manager/professional, health promotion advisor, rehabilitation professional, spa/clinical practice manager, specialist advisor and health management roles, wellness, and life style coach.

Satisfactory Completion

The overall programme of study requires 60 credits for successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation). In order to be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation), a student must have been credited with all required papers as specified in the programme schedule.

Entry criteria

Students will have completed all requirements of a bachelor's degree in a relevant field (such as chiropractic, health science, massage therapy, medicine, naturopathy, nursing, occupational therapy, osteopathy, physiotherapy, sport and exercise) with at least a B grade average at level 7.

Special Admission
Notwithstanding the above admission criteria, in exceptional circumstances, a mature aged applicant who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programme may be considered for admission, provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, or has relevant industry experience, which is deemed to meet the required standard for entry.

English Language Requirements

  • 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

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