Develop specialty knowledge and skills in relation to your role and the area of health you are employed in while gaining a nationally recognised qualification

Programme Overview

The clinically focused Postgraduate Certificate in Specialty Care is offered to registered health professionals working in specialty practice for a minimum of 22.5 hours per week. This two paper programme offers a range of papers which allows for a programme of study that best meets your needs and reflects current and developing research-based practice in relation to health care delivery.

Courses are 17 weeks in duration and are a combination of online learning and short tutorial blocks delivered predominantly at the Porirua campus.

Programme Outline

Please note, not all papers are offered every year.

HSC8601: Specialty Practice (45 credits)

This course offers health professionals the opportunity to specialise in their area of employment by further developing their knowledge and understanding of scopes of practice and workplace standards. The purpose of the course is to expand your ability to explore the theoretical constructs or frameworks in relation to models of care and key concepts of health care. You will explore your understanding of self and others, and the impact that illness may have on clients, patients and their whānau/family.

HSC8603: Forensic Practice 1 (45 credits)

If you are working with people using forensic psychiatric care services, this course provides an opportunity to further develop your skills and knowledge in this area. You will critically analyse your practice and continue to provide care that is clinically and professionally appropriate to the setting. A strong focus of the course is on the development of knowledge of the parameters and approaches to care.

HSC8604: Forensic Practice 2 (45 credits)

This course allows you to expand your ability to relate key concepts of forensic psychiatric care within different settings. You will critically analyse your practice and continue to provide care that is clinically and professionally appropriate to the setting.

HSC8605: Primary Mental Health Care (45 credits)

This course offers you specialty knowledge and understanding of mental health care within a holistic framework. The purpose is to expand your ability to relate theoretical constructs of models of care and key concepts of recovery focused mental health care to a variety of primary care settings. You will explore your own understanding of self and others and extend your knowledge in relation to working with individuals experiencing mental illness in primary health care.

HSC8607: Advanced Paramedic Practice 1 (45 credits)

This course offers Intermediate Life Support (ILS) Paramedics (or equivalent) the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge at Advanced Life Support (ALS) Levels. The purpose is to expand your ability to relate key concepts of advanced airway care and advanced management of a range of medical conditions to pre-hospital emergency care. You will critically analyse your practice in your own clinical setting to develop the ability to provide patient care that is clinically and professionally appropriate to that setting. A strong focus of the course is on the development of clinical leadership through research and scholarship.

HSC8608: Advanced Paramedic Practice 2 (45 credits)

This course offers Intermediate Life Support (ILS) Paramedics (or equivalent) the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge at Advanced Life Support (ALS) Levels. This course will expand your ability to relate key concepts of resuscitation and advanced management of cardiac and trauma conditions to pre-hospital emergency care. You will critically analyse your practice in your own clinical setting to develop the ability to provide patient care that is clinically and professionally appropriate to that setting. A strong focus of the course is on the development of clinical leadership through research and scholarship.

HSC8606: Dual Disability (45 credits)

This course will provide you with the opportunity to extend your knowledge and understanding of dual disability (DD) care within a holistic framework. The purpose is to expand your ability to relate specialist knowledge and key concepts of care for people with a dual disability (intellectual disability and mental health). You will explore your own understanding of self and others in relation to working alongside the intellectual disability population.

HSC8611: Pacific Health (45 credits)

In this course the registered nurse will explore the concepts of specialty knowledge and understanding of Pacific healthcare within a holistic framework. The purpose is to expand your ability to relate key concepts of Pacific health care and evidenced based practice to your communities. You will explore your own understanding of self and others and the impact that they can make to the health outcomes for Pacific peoples within the New Zealand context.

HSC8602: Clinical Leadership (45 credits)

In this course you will explore the concepts of quality assurance and evidence-based practice. These will then be examined against current standards of practice within your area of employment. This course also assists you to develop your potential to become clinical leaders within a workforce with increased specialty knowledge of health care.


Entry Requirements

Domestic students

Registered health professional with current New Zealand practising certificate, Bachelor degree or equivalent; employed in a relevant clinical service for a minimum of three days per week

International students

Must meet domestic entry requirements and also have IELTS 7.0 in each band

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