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Diploma in Applied Science

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Auckland University of Technology


Develop knowledge in a specialised science discipline at undergraduate level or prepare yourself for anaesthetic training or further study to become a chiropractor.

The Diploma in Applied Science has three pathways:

  • Standard diploma - starts February or July
  • Anaesthetic Technology pathway - starts February only
  • Pre-Chiropractic pathway - starts February of July

The Diploma in Applied Science has three pathways: Standard diploma, Anaesthetic Technology pathway and Pre-Chiropractic pathway.

You can choose one of three common pathways:

  • Standard diploma
  • Anaesthetic Technology
  • Pre-Chiropractic

Standard diploma

For this one-year qualification you need to complete eight papers from Year 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Science.

Anaesthetic Technology pathway

This three-year pathway (part-time only) provides trainee anaesthetic technicians with the skills to become registered anaesthetic technicians.

All people working as trainee anaesthetic technicians or nurses must be registered as trainees and employed in a hospital that is a Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand recognised training facility. To find out which hospitals are recognised training facilities, contact the New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians’ Society.

Pre-Chiropractic pathway

This one-year diploma prepares you for the Bachelor of Chiropractic, taught through the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

The Pre-Chiropractic pathway within the Diploma in Applied Science is an opportunity to meet the eligibility requirements of the New Zealand Chiropractic College. Completing the diploma doesn’t guarantee eligibility to the Bachelor of Chiropractic.

Career opportunities

Standard diploma

Graduates with this broad foundation in science are prepared for careers in science and laboratory work in a variety of industries. You can also progress to a higher level science qualification.

Anaesthetic technology pathway

Diploma papers provide the theory supporting the practice of anaesthetic technology, during three years of clinical training based in the hospital.

Students must have a position as a trainee in a recognised training hospital to complete this diploma pathway, which leads to anaesthetic technician registration.

Pre-chiropractic pathway

This pathway prepares you for entry into chiropractic college and becoming a registered chiropractor.

Entry criteria

All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 12.

NCEA: 48 level 2 credits including eight level 2 credits in any one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science
CIE: 60 points on the UCAS Tariff, including any one subject similar to the NCEA subjects listed above.

Anaesthetic Technology: Letter of confirmation from Training Hospital. Applicants must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements including police clearance.

Pre-Chiropractic: Letter of Intention to NZCC from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

English Language requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 5.5 overall with all bands 5.0 or higher; or equivalent; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with C/C+ grade; TOEFL iBT score of 70; GIE with C+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 162; PTE minimum overall score of 42.

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