FAQs

FAQs 2017-12-08T16:14:58+00:00

We expect you’ll have questions, so to make it easier we have captured the most frequent questions we get asked below to get you started.
We welcome your call on 0800 or you can email us here.

Certificate of Anatomy and Physiology

What qualification will I receive? 2017-09-21T13:35:32+00:00

The Certificate of Anatomy and Physiology is NZQA approved (Level 4) and is worth 43 credits.

How long will this course take me? 2017-09-06T16:27:59+00:00

This is a 14-week full time course (approximately 30-40 hours per week)

Are student loans and allowances available? 2017-09-06T16:28:04+00:00

Yes, this Certificate programme is approved for loans and allowances if undertaken full time.

Any further criteria are student dependent. Please give us a call and talk it through with us

What do I need to have to apply? 2017-09-06T16:30:02+00:00

You need to have completed and passed Year 11 or equivalent secondary school education; be at least 18 years old; Be able to read, speak and comprehend English language (Level 6.5 IELTS).

Do you accept international applications? 2017-09-06T16:28:14+00:00

We accept New Zealand citizens, residents or permanent residents as well as residents of Australia residing in New Zealand.

Is my prior learning recognised? 2017-09-06T16:28:18+00:00

A Recognition of Prior Learning Form (RPL) must be submitted with your enrolment form, along with supporting documentation. You can check this out on our website.

Do I need to purchase any text books? 2017-09-21T13:40:17+00:00

Yes, you will need to purchase Human Anatomy and Physiology (Marieb & Hoehn, 10th Edition).

What can I do with this qualification? 2017-09-06T16:30:47+00:00

The Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology is a prerequisite to the Diploma in Health Science (Level 5) which is also offered by the College.

Diploma in Health Sciences (Level 5)

What qualification will I receive? 2017-09-21T13:45:47+00:00

The Diploma in Health Sciences is NZQA approved (level 5) and is worth 120 credits.

How long will this course take me? 2017-09-21T13:46:24+00:00

This course takes one year full time or two years part time

Are student loans and allowances available? 2017-09-21T13:47:02+00:00

Yes, this Diploma programme is approved for loans and allowances through Studylink.

What do I need to have to apply? 2017-09-21T13:47:30+00:00

You need to have completed NCEA level three with at least 14 credits in science, completed the Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology, completed the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation or have and equivalent qualification.

Do you accept international applications? 2017-09-21T13:48:12+00:00

We accept New Zealand citizens, residents or permanent residents as well as residents of Australia residing in New Zealand.

Is my prior learning recognised? 2017-09-21T13:49:04+00:00

A Recognition of Prior Learning Form (RPL) must be submitted with your enrolment form, along with supporting documentation. You can check this out on our website.

Do I need to purchase any text books? 2017-10-11T10:16:48+00:00

Yes, you will need to purchase the below textbooks

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (Marieb & Hoehn)
  • Staying Healthy with Nutrition (Haas & Levin)
  • Understanding Pathophysiology (Craft, Gordon & Tiziani)
  • Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine (Murray & Pizzorno)
  • Encyclopaedia of Healing Foods (Murray & Pizzorno)
What can I do with this qualification? 2017-09-21T13:50:04+00:00

The Diploma in Health Science (Level 5) is a pre-requisite to the Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences (Naturopathy and Nutrition) Level 7 which is also offered by the College.

Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences (Naturopathy and Nutrition) Level 7

What qualification will I receive? 2017-09-21T13:54:52+00:00

The Advance Diploma in Health Sciences (Naturopathy and Nutrition) is NZQA approved (Level 7) and is worth 240 credits.

How long will this course take me? 2017-09-21T13:55:16+00:00

This course is two years full time or four years part time

Are student loans and allowances available? 2017-09-21T13:55:43+00:00

Yes, this Certificate programme is approved for loans and allowances through Studylink.

What do I need to have to apply? 2017-09-21T13:56:07+00:00

You need to have completed the Diploma in Health Sciences or an equivalent qualification

Do you accept international applications? 2017-09-21T13:56:33+00:00

We accept New Zealand citizens, residents or permanent residents as well as residents of Australia residing in New Zealand.

Is my prior learning recognised? 2017-09-21T13:56:58+00:00

A Recognition of Prior Learning Form (RPL) must be submitted with your enrolment form, along with supporting documentation. You can check this out on our website.

Do I need to purchase any text books? 2017-09-21T13:57:20+00:00

This is still being confirmed

What can I do with this qualification? 2017-09-21T13:57:43+00:00

This qualification will give you a pathway into higher level learning or work in the field of Naturopaths, Nutritionists and Lifestyle Coaches and Health and Nutrition Advisors.

Can I call myself a Naturopath or Nutritionist? 2017-09-21T13:58:08+00:00

Yes – by the end of this qualification you will be able to call yourself a Naturopath or Nutritionist.

Can I become a member of NZAMH? 2017-09-21T13:58:32+00:00

We are currently in negotiations with them so will keep you updated as these progress

Can I become a member of Naturopaths of New Zealand or Society of Naturopaths ? 2017-09-21T13:59:04+00:00

We are currently in negotiations with them so will keep you updated as these progress

General FAQ

I haven’t studied for a while. Will I be able to cope? 2017-09-06T16:28:35+00:00

Before starting the actual course, there is a day to look around the Online Campus. Guided activities will help with this process.

I’ve never done online learning before and I worry it’s a bit lonely. Can I talk with other students or tutors? 2017-09-06T16:28:40+00:00

Yes! There are several ways in which this can be done including forum sessions and speaking with a tutor on the phone or skype. All tutors are available on email.

Will I be able to manage my time? 2017-09-06T16:28:45+00:00

Take time to consider your commitments and how they may impact your study time. If you would like to discuss please call us on 0800 759 0218 – or you email us here.

Can I work full-time and study as well? 2017-09-21T13:43:51+00:00

Generally we don’t recommend it however for some students the work, study and life balance can be managed for a period of time. It is also relative to how experienced you are with study and what support you have at home and work. If you are considering this we recommend you give us a call.

How computer literate do I need to be? 2017-09-06T16:28:58+00:00

You’ll need a good knowledge of computer and internet use. This way you’ll make best use of the online learning tools and resources available.

What sort of computer set up do I need to have at home? 2017-10-11T10:17:36+00:00

You will need access to the following in order to study with NCNZ:

  • A personal computer or laptop
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent
  • Broadband internet access
  • A printer/scanner

In some programmes you may be required to undertake video recordings of some client cases. The software for this is free, but you will need a webcam if you do not already have one built in to your computer.

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Fees free. What is it? 2017-12-08T14:35:45+00:00

From 1 January 2018, the first year of tertiary education will be fees free for eligible learners.

How do I find out if I am eligible? 2017-12-08T14:39:00+00:00

We can help you find out if you are eligible for fees free study in 2018. Just call us on 0800 759 0218 or email us.
You will need to meet these requirements for fees-free study with any tertiary education organisation including The Naturopathic College of New Zealand You must:

  1. be allowed to work and live in New Zealand permanently, or be an Australian or New Zealand resident who has lived here for at least three years; and
  2. not be enrolled in school when your qualification starts, and either:
    a) have been enrolled at school in 2017 or 2018, or
    b) not have undertaken previous study or training of more than 60 credits, except while you were at school, and
  3. enrol in an eligible qualification.
How can I get my National Student Number (NSN)? 2017-12-08T14:41:19+00:00

If you are currently at school, you can ask your school for your NSN.

Otherwise talk to the Student Service Team at NCNZ and we can help you.

You can also contact the NZQA on 0800 697 296 (between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday) or by email through the NZQA website.

Is my programmes of study at NCNZ eligible? 2017-12-08T14:42:45+00:00

Yes, so long as your qualification or programme of study meets the following eligibility criteria:

  1. it starts in 2018
  2. is funded by the Tertiary Education Commission
  3. is recognised by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  4. is at Level 3 or above on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework
When can I study fees-free? 2017-12-08T14:43:20+00:00

Fees-free study for 2018 covers all eligible programmes beginning in 2018. You can begin your study at any time in 2018.

Will I be eligible for fees-free if I study part time? 2017-12-08T14:43:57+00:00

Yes. You can study full-time or part-time and be eligible for fees-free, providing you meet all of the other eligibility criteria. However not all NCNZ programmes have part time study options.

Are there any age requirements? 2017-12-08T14:44:33+00:00

No, there are no age requirements or restrictions.

Will I be eligible if I am studying from overseas? 2017-12-08T14:46:03+00:00

If you meet the learner eligibility requirement which enables you to study fees fee (see above), then you can study from overseas if you are enrolled in an on-line learning programme.

Can I carry fees-free over to another year? 2017-12-08T14:45:19+00:00

You can spread your one year’s fees-free study over multiple years. However, you cannot “bank” your 2018 fees-free entitlement. This means if you start study in 2018 and are eligible for fees-free study, you cannot opt to pay for some of your studies yourself and “bank” your fees-free study to use later (eg on a higher fee programme).

Check NCNZ refund policy before you start your programme. This is important in case you decide to withdraw at a later date as it may affect your future fees-free allowance. Develop a refund policy –BM/LW

Will I be eligible for fees-free if I’m enrolled in a secondary school while completing a tertiary education course? 2017-12-08T14:46:42+00:00

No. A range of other support is available for school students who wish to begin tertiary study before they finish school. Tertiary study undertaken while enrolled in a secondary school will not count against students’ future eligibility for fees-free tertiary education.

I have been at school in 2017 and did a tertiary level course as part of my study. Will I be eligible for fees-free? 2017-12-08T14:47:37+00:00

Yes. The fees-free policy will not penalise people who take tertiary courses while at secondary school. These courses are not counted as previous tertiary study for the purpose of assessing someone’s “first time study” status.

What do I do if I am eligible for fees-free, but I have already enrolled in study or training for 2018? 2017-12-08T14:48:12+00:00

You don’t have to do anything to access fees-free. The Tertiary Education Commission will pay your fees to NCNZ to cover eligible courses.

What do I do if I find I am eligible for fees-free, but I have already taken out a student loan for my fees for 2018? 2017-12-08T14:49:20+00:00

StudyLink advises that you should do the following:

  • Log in to your MyStudyLink account and change the ‘Pay fees’ field in your loan application to ‘No’ (NB don’t cancel your loan application completely if you will still need other support from the loan like the living costs and course-related costs)
  • If you were only taking out a loan to pay your fees, and your fees are less than or equal to $12,000, you may choose to cancel your loan application. Call StudyLink on 0800 88 99 00 to talk about cancelling your application.
Do I still need to apply to StudyLink to access fees-free study? 2017-12-08T14:50:28+00:00

No, the fees will be paid directly to NCNZ by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). But if you wish to apply for a student allowance or the two non-fees parts of a student loan (living costs and course-related costs) for 2018, then you will still need to apply to StudyLink.

It is your choice whether to apply for a student allowance or loan living costs and course-related costs, but if you plan to do so StudyLink encourages prospective students to apply by 16 December 2017, and to provide supporting documents promptly (you can apply online). This will ensure that applications can be assessed in time for the start of the 2018 academic year.

What do I do if I have already paid fees to an education provider when I was eligible for fees-free? 2017-12-08T14:51:20+00:00

If you have already paid fees for a programme that will not start until 2018 and find out that you are eligible for fees-free study, you should approach NCNZ and arrange a refund with the Student Services team.

You are entitled to a refund of the amount you have paid to do a course starting on or after 1 January 2018, up to the value of the fees-free cap.

I’m going to summer school in December this year, can I qualify for fees-free? 2017-12-08T14:52:08+00:00

Fees-free tertiary education applies to study beginning after 1 January 2018. You will be able to access fees-free study for any programme you commence after 1 January 2018 if you have not previously undertaken more than 60 credits.

What do I do if I’m not sure how much previous study I’ve done? 2017-12-08T14:53:30+00:00

If you need help confirming your previous study, just call or email Student Service Team at NCNZ and we can help you. Call us on 0800 759 0218 or email us.

What should I do if I’m not sure of my residency status? 2017-12-08T14:55:11+00:00

If you need help with determining your residency status, just call or email Student Service Team at NCNZ and we can help you. Call us on 0800 759 0218 or email us.

Note that Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents are automatically considered to have a residence class visa.