Course Overview

Do you want to work in or re-enter the health and well-being industry as a healthcare assistant? If so then this course is for you.

You gain the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred health care under the direction of a health professional.

You explore the way different health issues and practices impact the well-being of individuals, families and communities and learn how to care for people with multiple conditions or disabilities. You also learn how to safely move patients and how to respond to vulnerability and abuse.

New Zealand’s ageing population means there is increasing demand for people with your skills. With this qualification you will be able to access a higher level of remuneration based on the funding changes applicable to trained health assistant workers.

You could also use this course as a stepping stone towards applying for higher level nursing courses or other degrees.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Health Assistance) (Level 3)
Locations Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatāne
Next intake Jul 2024 View more details
Study options

1 semester full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 70
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $3,840 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

Healthcare assistants in a range of contexts including:

  • acute care
  • primary care
  • aged residential care
  • therapeutic programmes

Topics you'll cover

  • Health Practice and Diversity in Health Care
  • Implement Person-centred Health Care
  • Concepts of Risk Management with a Health and Wellbeing Setting

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $3,840 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

Information Session

You’ll be invited to an information meeting. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you're on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Rotorua Mokoia Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now
Tauranga Windermere Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now
Whakatāne Whakatāne Campus 22 Jul 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 semester full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

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