Certificate of Anatomy and Physiology (Level 4)


The next scheduled intakes are: 

  • 14th August 2017
  • 4th September 2017
  • 25 September 2017

Applications are now open.
Click on the Start your Application now link at the bottom of the page to start your journey. 

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.

Further Training

The Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology is a prerequisite to the Diploma in Health Science (Level 5) 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). 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.

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

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.

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.


Tuition Fees $1,130
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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