Diploma in Health Sciences

Diploma in Health Sciences 2017-10-13T09:46:31+00:00

About Health Sciences

Most allied health or science qualifications involve the study of anatomy and physiology and nutrition. This programme of study will enable graduates to gain entry into traditional health related qualifications such as nursing. It also provides a pathway into clinical qualifications in natural healthcare at the Naturopathic College and elsewhere.

The study of health sciences also enables graduates to work in the community as advisors, applying scientific knowledge of the human body to assist people with the prevention of lifestyle based health issues. Graduates, working under supervision, will be able to contribute to well-being by advocating for good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices based on current health science and wellness trends.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 eight courses which are each worth 15 credits.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the community with advisors who can apply scientific knowledge of the human body to assist people with the prevention of lifestyle based health issues.

Graduates working under supervision will be able to contribute to wellbeing by advocating for good nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices based on current health science and wellness trends.

Education Pathway

Graduates will be able to undertake higher education in the areas of nutrition, health-related disciplines, health science, as well as complementary and natural medicine.
Graduates will have a pathway to the Advanced Diploma in Health Science (Naturopathy and Nutrition)(Level 7)

Employment Pathway
Graduates will be able to work as:

  • Retail Workers
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaches
  • Health and Nutrition Advisors

Employment opportunities include:
Health related businesses including but not limited to supplement and food based companies, pharmacies, medical practices, midwifery practices, multi-disciplinary clinics, weight management clinics, the food service industry, community education, gymnasiums, health clubs and spas, personal training, schools, and aged care establishments.

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

  • NCEA Level 3 with at least 14 credits in both science and technology or equivalent

OR

  • Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology (Level 4)

OR

  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 4 with a science context;

OR

  • Equivalent qualification.


English language

Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools or other teaching institutions is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed such test of English language competence as stipulated in Policy and Procedure English Language Proficiency. It is recommended that applicants have an IELTS score of 6.5. Proficiency must be demonstrated prior to being accepted on the programme

Applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria above may be admitted to the programme if they are able to demonstrate:

  • Equivalent knowledge and skills; and/or
  • Previous and relevant life skills or work experience; and/or
  • Other formal or informal study such as to suggest likelihood of successful programme completion

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.

One year full time or two years part time

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.

Electronic versions of the study notes are available through online campus. This also contains a number of learning tools, such as videos, quizzes, flashcards and forums, through which you can explore the subject matter both individually and with your classmates.

February and July each year. For exact start dates please refer to the calendar.

Tuition Fees $4,400

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

Title Author(s)
 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

(All courses are compulsory.)

Course Code Course Name Course Credits
DHS501 Introduction to Human Biology 15
DHS502 Principles of Holistic Health 15
DHS503 Fundamentals of Nutrition 15
DHS504 Human Nutrition 15
DHS505 Anatomy and Physiology 1 15
DHS506 Anatomy and Physiology 2 15
DHS507 Professional Practice 15
DHS508 Introduction to Consultation Processes 15
Total 120

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