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

About this Diploma

Your pathway to a career as a naturopath or nutritionist

Set yourself up for a new career with this highly respected blended learning programme.

Graduates will be able to apply in-depth scientific knowledge of the human body, and are able to assist clients with the prevention of lifestyle based health issues and health conditions by providing good naturopathic nutrition advice based on current health science and wellness trends.

While much of this programme is online, you’ll also start building your client, base, and honing your practical skills during our workshops held in beautiful New Plymouth.

Online Study

This diploma is offered as a blended programme of study. The majority of your learning will be based from home, using online materials. Assessments will be a combination of online quizzes and written assessments. You will also be expected to attend one five day workshop in year one and two five day workshops in year two.

Materials required to complete this diploma: A laptop, internet connection and course related text books (see full list in our text books section below).

Entry Requirements

Applicants should demonstrate an ability to succeed in tertiary study, shown by the completion of any of the following qualifications or courses of study:

New Zealand Diploma in Health Science (Level 5) OR Equivalent qualification AND

Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (Units 6400, 6401, 6402) needs to be valid and current while enrolled in the programme.

Course Details

This programme consists of 16 courses which are each worth 15 credits.

(All courses are compulsory.)

Course CodeCourse NameCourse Credits
DHS 701Nutritional Biochemistry15
DHS 702Pathology and Clinical Science15
DHS 703Herbal Medicine Materia Medica15
DHS 704Complementary Therapies I15
DHS 705Complementary Therapies II15
DHS 706Dietary Plan (Lifestyle)15
DHS 707Clinical Skills15
DHS 708Clinical Examinations15
 DHS 721 Clinical Diagnostics15
 DHS 722 Medicinal Food Science15
 DHS 723 Clinical Case Studies15
 DHS 724 Advanced Herbal Medicine15
 DHS 725 Pharmacology15
 DHS 726 Psychology and Counselling Theory15
 DHS 727 Establish and Manage a Practice15
 DHS 728 Clinical Practicum15

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the community with naturopaths and nutritionists who can apply in-depth scientific knowledge of the human body to assist people with the prevention of lifestyle based health issues and health conditions or diseases.

Graduates will be able to work as practicing Naturopaths or Nutritionists to provide good naturopathic nutrition advice based on current health science and wellness trends

Education Pathway

Graduates will be able to undertake higher education in the areas of naturopathy, nutrition, health-related disciplines, health science, as well as complementary and natural medicine.

Graduates will have a pathway to degrees in Naturopathy and Nutrition.

Employment Pathway
Graduates are able to work as:

  • Naturopaths
  • Nutritionists and Lifestyle Coaches
  • Health and Nutrition Advisors
  • Industry Consultant
  • Technical Consultant for Industry
  • Medical Herbalist
  • Naturopath within integrated care

Where transfer of credit for previous study is being applied for, the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Form must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the Semester start date.

See the Recognition of Prior Learning section for full RPL criteria and details on how to undertake an application.

Programme duration: Two years full time or four years part time

Semester 1 2022

Start Date: 28 February 2022

End Date: 8 July 2022

Semester 2 2022

Start Date: 25 July 2022

End Date 2 December 2022

Tuition Fees    
$9,232 including GST    

Admin Fees

$100 including GST
Textbooks and materials required (see section below)$ 3,410.90   

Additional Course Related Costs

Workshops  |  Attendance is free however students need to cover their travel and accommodation costs. We also recommend students book flexi fares in case something happens and the date changes i.e. Covid-19. Students are required to make three trips to New Plymouth, once in Year 1 and twice in Year 2 for a five day workshops during each trip.
Students are required to maintain a Current First Aid Certificate while studying with NCNZ.  

The following currently lists the compulsory of text book for the qualification (subject to change).

 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
Clinical Naturopathic MedicineHechtman
Understanding Nutrition: Aust & NZ Ed.Whitney, Rolfe, Crowe & Walsh
The Complementary Therapist’s Guide to Red Flags and ReferralsStephenson
Materia Medica of Western HerbsFisher
Herbs & Natural Supplements: An evidence based guideBraun & Cohen
The Sacred Plant Medicine of AotearoaOfsoske-Wybe
Complete Guide to AromatherapyBattaglia
Materia Medica and Repertory for Homeobotanical TherapyBekker & Humphreys
Facial Diagnosis of cell salt deficienciesCard
Jarvis’s Physical Examination and Health Assessment Australian and New Zealand EditionForbes & Watt
Blood Chemistry & CBC Analysis: Clinical Laboratory testing from a functional perspectiveWeatherby & Ferguson
Flash cards for iridologyMiller
The Ultimate Herbal Compendium: A Desktop Guide for Herbal PrescribersBone & Mills
Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy, Modern Herbal MedicineBone & Mills
The Herbal Medicine-Makers Handbook: A Home ManualGreen
Pharmacology for health professionalsBryant & Knights
Law and Ethics in Complementary MedicineWeir

***You can purchase your textbooks from our Bookshop***

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