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Certificate of Anatomy and Physiology (Level 4)

Qualification Update

Please note that the Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology is being replaced by a new qualification in 2018. See the main Qualifications page for further information. 

The certificate will run for in July 2017. Full time study is the only option available for this intake.

The NZ Diploma in Health Sciences,  has an entry criteria of NCEA L3, with science and technology subjects studied, or a similar/equivalent qualification. If you do not meet these criteria then you can complete the current Certificate in Anatomy & Physiology as a pre-requisite programme of study to the new diploma. Alternatively, you can await the release of a new NZ Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Natural Health), which is currently being developed to help students transition to the new diploma.

Further information will be provided on this website once the new qualification/s are approved by NZQA.

About Anatomy and Physiology

This program of study provides a fascinating introduction into human anatomy and physiology, the structure and function of the body, and how these are closely intertwined. Anatomy and physiology are foundational subjects that underpin our understanding of the health and wellbeing of the human body.

Programme Outline

The programme is NZQA Level 4 and encompasses 43 credits. Subjects studied include:

  • Structural and functional organisation of the body
  • Cells and tissues
  • Principles of chemistry in the human body
  • Human metabolism
  • The special senses
  • Blood composition
  • An overview of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, integumentary, musculoskeletal, respiratory, reproductive, nervous, endocrine, immune, digestive, and urinary systems of the body.

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Programme Delivery

This certificate is offered as an online programme of study. You will be sent a set of printed study notes, while all assessments will be downloaded as a Microsoft Word document, completed and submitted via the online campus. As well as offering electronic versions of the study notes, the online campus contains a number of learning tools, such as videos, quizzes and forums, through which you can explore the subject matter with your classmates.

Outcome Statement

Graduates of this qualification cover the 20 core health units required as a prerequisite for continuing on to the Diploma in Nutritional Science. Included in this certificate are the 150 hours of study required by most associations for membership eligibility.

Further Training

The Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology is a prerequisite to the Diploma in Nutritional Science offered by NCNZ, and for programs offered by other tertiary education providers.

Duration of Study

This is a 14 week full time course (approximately 30-40 hours per week) or 28 week part time (approximately 15-20 hours per week). Please note that part time students are able to undertake study at a faster rate than the normal part time timetable. Where assessments are submitted early, these are marked early so that the student can move forward with their learning. This works well for students who have existing work and home commitments that do not allow them to comfortably commit to full time study, but do not want to take the full part time study duration to achieve their goals.

Workshop Requirements

There is no workshop associated with this program of study. It can be completed entirely via online learning.

Examination Requirements

This program of study has no examination.

Entry Criteria

Applicants must have completed and passed Year 11 or equivalent secondary school education, must be at least aged 18, and able to read, speak and comprehend English language (for international non-English speaking applicants a level 6.5 IELTS). Where English is a second language, applicants will be asked to provide evidence of the above English proficiency. To be eligible to study at NCNZ and receive government subsidised tuition you must be:

  • A citizen of New Zealand (including students from the Cook Islands, Tokelau, or Niue who have New Zealand citizenship)
  • Or a resident or permanent resident of New Zealand
  • Or a citizen or permanent resident of Australia residing in New Zealand.

NCNZ is not able to enrol international students who do not meet the above criteria.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Where transfer of credit for previous study is being applied for, an Recognition of Prior Learning Form (RPL) must be submitted on the same day as the enrolment form, along with supporting documentation. See the Recognition of Prior Learning section for full RPL criteria and details on on how to undertake an application.


There are four intakes per year commencing in January, March, May and June, however spaces are limited. Once the College has reached the maximum number of enrolled students we are allocated to teach each year, enrolments will be closed. This may result in no June intake being available for this program of study. 


Tuition Fees $1,150
Materials Fee $150
Administration $100

Text Books

Text Books
Human Anatomy and Physiology (Marieb & Hoehn, 9th Edition)

Course Curriculum

Human Structure and Function
Cells and Tissues
Integumentary System
Musculo-Skeletal System
Constituents of Blood
Cardiovascular System
Lymphatic System
Defence Mechanisms and Immunity
Principles of Human Chemistry
Nervous System
Special Senses of the Human Body
Endocrine System
Respiratory System
Digestive System
Processes of Metabolism
Urinary System
Reproductive System
Bones, Muscles and Skeletal Tissues
The Nervous System in Depth
The Cardiovascular System in Depth

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