New Zealand Certificate in health & Wellbeing (Level 3) health Assistance strand

Programme details

Code NZ2470
Level 3
Credits 70
Duration 1 semester
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2
Intakes information

Semester 1: Rotorua, Tokoroa, Whakatane
Semester 2: Rotorua, and Taupo

Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Tokoroa, Taupo, Whakatane
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Programme aim

Are you wanting to work or re-enter the health or wellbeing services? If so then this programme is for you.

Gain the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred health care under the direction and delegation of a health professional.

This programme also provides knowledge and skills in key tasks relevant to the health and wellbeing industry, and provides effective educational and employment outcomes and pathways relevant to industry needs and expectations.

Career opportunities

Healthcare assistants in a range of contexts including acute care, primary care, aged residential care and therapeutic programmes.

Award information

To achieve the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) Health Assistance strand, students must pass a total of 70 compulsory credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

After successful completion of this qualification, students will have the skills and knowledge to be able to:

  • recognise and respond to signs of vulnerability and abuse in a health or wellbeing setting
  • demonstrate ethical and professional behaviour in a health or wellbeing setting
  • provide person-centred care under the direction and delegation of a health professional
  • recognise and respond to change

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations, and the following:

  • students must attend an information/briefing session to meet with either the programme manager or teaching staff prior to completing an enrolment application.
  • For international applicants who come from non-English speaking backgrounds, an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5.0, or an equivalent relevant English Proficiency Outcome

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Compulsory courses

Course details

HLTH.3007 Health Practice and Diversity in Health Care
The aim of this course is for students to explore and reflect on different cultures and how different health issues and practices impact an individual and a family/whanau’s wellbeing.
Level: 3 Credits: 25

HLTH.3008 Implement Person-centred Health Care
The aim of this course is for students to describe the implementation of person-centred health models and practices in supporting multiple conditions and/or disabilities within a health and wellbeing setting.
Level: 3 Credits: 25 

HLTH.3009 Concepts of Risk Management within a Health and Wellbeing Setting
The aim of this course is introduce students to the concept of risk management within a health and wellbeing setting.  Students will be able to demonstrate safe moving practices, fall prevention strategies and respond to vulnerability and abuse.
Level: 3 Credits: 20

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017