About Anatomy and Physiology

This programme 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.

Course Details

This programme consists of seven assessments contained within workbooks – on completion these award a total of 43 credits

The course includes Anatomy and Physiology to level four.

Education Pathway

The Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology is an approved equivalent prerequisite to the NZ Diploma in Health Science (Level 5) offered by NCNZ, and for programmes offered by other tertiary education providers.

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)


  • A resident or permanent resident of New Zealand


  • A citizen or permanent resident of Australia residing in New Zealand.

Recognition of Prior Learning Form (RPL) is not offered for this certificate.

14 weeks

The majority of your learning will be based from home, using online materials. Assessments will be a combination of online quizzes and written assessments.


Tuition Fees $1,130
Materials Fee $150
Administration $100

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

Human Anatomy and Physiology (Marieb & Hoehn, 10th Edition)

Course Code Course Name Course Credits
12725  Human Structure and Function II  1
12702  Cells and Tissues  2
12713  Integumentary System  1
12719  Musculo-Skeletal System  2
12699  Constituents of Blood  2
12700  Cardiovascular System  1
12715  Lymphatic System  1
12711  Defence Mechanisms and Immunity  2
12704  Principles of Human Chemistry  5
12722  Nervous System  3
12730  Special Senses of the Human Body  2
12708  Endocrine System  2
12728  Respiratory System  1
12706  Digestive System  2
12717  Processes of Metabolism  2
12731  Urinary System  1
12723  The Nervous System  3
12726  Reproductive System  2
12720  Bones, Muscles and Skeletal Tissues  5
12701  The Cardiovascular System  3
Total  43

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