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Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (PGCertAeroRT)

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Otago


This Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (PGCertAeroRT) course provides a comprehensive body of knowledge in aeromedical transport to medical practitioners currently practising in the field. The core curriculum is based on knowledge of the operational, clinical and organisational components of aeromedical transport. It is intended for those who want to upskill their air ambulance competencies but who do not wish to proceed with the full Diploma.

The course is intended to cover the specific operational and clinical aspects of air ambulance and assistance medicine.

The PGCertAeroRT is available through Distance Learning.

Subject areas

Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport

Aviation Medicine

Structure of the Programme

The programme shall consist of two papers in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport, AVME 717 and AVME 718.

Duration of the Programme

The minimum time in which a candidate may complete the certificate is one year of half-time study, and the maximum time is three years from commencing study.

Entry criteria

Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.

Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School.

English language requirements

  • IELTS Academic - Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0). IELTS Online is also accepted.
  • Internet-based TOEFL - Score of 90 with a minimum writing score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL - score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) & Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum of 176
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50.
  • LanguageCert - International ESOL: C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery (LRWS) with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
  • NZCEL - NZCEL 5 Academic endorsement
  • University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Postgraduate Academic Purposes (EPAP) - Grade C or higher
  • University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes - Successful completion of the English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) with a B Grade
  • University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) - Successful completion of the certificate with a B Grade
  • English NZ's Accredited Pathway Assessment - English NZ’s Accredited Pathway Assessment Level 3 (with no skill lower than Level 2).

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