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Postgraduate Diploma of Health Science (PGDipHSc)

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

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By studying a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science, you will gain a pathway into advanced clinical practice, leadership and management roles.

Papers offered in the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences provide a specific focus on equity in health care for Maori, Pacific, mental health and addiction, primary and community health.

Combining Waikato’s high academic standards with real healthcare settings, our programmes are unique and customisable. They have been developed to allow registered nurses to better meet the needs of the people in the Midlands region. Maori and Pasifika nurses are also able to undertake study that supports and develops their clinical and cultural practice and leadership development using indigenous worldviews. By selecting specific papers within this programme, students will also have the opportunity to gain endorsement as nurse prescribers, subject to Nursing Council approval.

Entry criteria

The most common entry into the PGDip is to have: A bachelors degree from the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, and Previously completed study at an advanced level in the subject to be taken.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows: IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - 58 with no less than 50 for each communicative skill.; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

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