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Postgraduate Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


2 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


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.

Course Content


Semester One, 2022

  • HS801 Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning and Health Assessment for Health Professionals
  • HS802 Pathophysiology for Health Professionals
  • HS810 Health Professional Practice to Support Older Persons’ Health and Wellbeing

Semester Two, 2022

  • HS809 Applied Pharmacology for Health Professionals
  • HS812 Integrating Acquired Knowledge in Specialist Practice
  • HS815 Advancing Clinical Emergency Care
  • HS818 Pain, Pain Assessment and Pain Management for Health Professionals

Career Opportunities

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.

Satisfactory Completion

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.

Entry criteria

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.

English language requirement:

  • 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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