Otago Polytechnic

PROGRAMMES FOR
Health, Community and Education


Do you have an interest in helping people from all walks of life? Careers in social services, midwifery, massage therapy or education will offer you many rewarding opportunities.

ALL PROGRAMMES

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NURSING

Bachelor of Nursing

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 September 2018 (the Selection Committee will continue to review applications after this date)

Become educated to the highest professional standards through both theoretical and practical learning. On successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing, you will be eligible to sit the State Final Examination for registration as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand.

Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for New Zealand Registered Nurses

  • Dunedin
  • 5-8 weeks full-time
  • Starts 28 September 2018, 25 January 2019, 29 April 2019 & 12 July 2019
  • Apply until two weeks before start date

Complete this theoretical and applied programme to obtain a current Annual Practising Certificate. Acquire the most up-to-date skills and knowledge required to be part of a healthcare team in New Zealand.

Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for Overseas Registered Nurses

  • Dunedin
  • 8-12 weeks full-time
  • Starts 28 September 2018, 25 January 2019, 29 April 2019 & 12 July 2019
  • Apply until two weeks before start date

Ideal if you need a Competency Assessment Programme to obtain nursing registration in New Zealand. Gain the specific knowledge required to practice as part of a healthcare team in the New Zealand system.

New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 September 2018 (the Selection Committee will continue to review applications after this date)

Enrolled Nurses deliver nursing care and health education across a range of health care settings under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Prepare to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) as an Enrolled Nurse through this diploma. Time spent in our clinical practice facility and on clinical placement will give you vital hands-on experience and allow you to put your theory into practice.

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MIDWIFERY

Bachelor of Midwifery

  • Dunedin or other*
  • 3 years full-time (45 weeks per year)*
  • Level 7
  • Starts 28 January 2019
  • Apply now

Attain a unique and internationally-renowned qualification which leads to registration as a midwife in New Zealand. Receive a solid theoretical education and gain significant midwifery practice in a range of settings. Study in one of five satellites through blended learning with compulsory block courses in Dunedin or Kapiti.

Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7)

  • Dunedin (blended learning: online, distance learning and on-campus activities)
  • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts - flexible (with some scheduled start dates aswell)
  • Apply anytime

If you would like to study flexibly towards a teaching qualification in tertiary education, we can offer you a stimulating programme relevant to your teaching context. You will be able to study in a way that suits your schedule and responsibilities and, as a graduate, you will be able to design and facilitate inclusive learning in your tertiary cultural context. Experienced tertiary educators may wish to access the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) pathway offered by Capable NZ.

Master of Midwifery

  • Online
  • 2 years full-time*
  • Level 9
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply anytime

This qualification allows you to develop skills through independent research and scholarship, thus increasing your career prospects. Students can build on from their Postgraduate Diploma with another year to achieve their Master of Midwifery degree.

Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery Practice

  • Online
  • 6 months full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February, April, July or September
  • Apply anytime

Already a registered midwife and looking for a way to expand your professional practice? Undertake four courses of seven weeks each that focus on aspects of midwifery practice and develop your existing skills. We are now also offering a Postgraduate Certificate Complex Care Pathway. Please contact suzanne.miller@op.ac.nz for more information about this option.

Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery

  • Online
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February, April, July and September
  • Apply anytime

Build on the Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery Practice to extend your midwifery knowledge through a review of current thinking and research. Tailor the courses to enhance your employment potential.

Recertification and Registration Competence Programme for New Zealand Midwives and Overseas Midwives

  • Online
  • Flexible*
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

We offer four courses, approved by the Midwifery Council, as part of the Registration Competence Programme for overseas midwives and Recertification Programme for New Zealand registered midwives.

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SOCIAL SERVICES

Bachelor of Social Services (with specialties in Career Practice, Counselling, Disability Support and Coordination or Mental Health Support)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Are you looking for a way to gain the necessary skills to be a capable and confident social services professional working in New Zealand? Want to become a counsellor, career practitioner or work in the social services, disability or mental health services? Look no further!

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply until start date

Gain valuable experience during a fieldwork placement and become equipped with the knowledge, skills and values required to work in human services in New Zealand and overseas. This programme includes the following specialty strands in Community Facilitation, Mental Health and Addiction Support, and Social Services. Online delivery available by negotiation.

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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Bachelor of Social Services (with specialties in Career Practice, Counselling, Disability Support and Coordination or Mental Health Support)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Are you looking for a way to gain the necessary skills to be a capable and confident social services professional working in New Zealand? Want to become a counsellor, career practitioner or work in the social services, disability or mental health services? Look no further!

Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Career Practice), (Disability Support and Coordination) or (Mental Health Support)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time; 3 years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply until start date

Want to broaden your Bachelor of Social Services degree with a second specialty? Or add a focused specialty to a generic degree? This one-year programme will enable you to gain a vocational specialty by working with clients and studying professional practice and theory. Upon successful completion, you will graduate with either a Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Career Practice), Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Disability), or a Graduate Diploma in Social Services (Mental Health).

Master of Occupational Therapy

  • Online with one block course per year*
  • 2 years full-time*
  • Level 9
  • Starts February and July*
  • Apply by January or July (domestic); January or May (international)

Embark on this qualification of excellence and develop your professional practice and research skills to internationally-recognised standards, opening up a world of employment opportunities for you.

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Social and Community Services) (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply until start date

Gain valuable experience during a fieldwork placement and become equipped with the knowledge, skills and values required to work in human services in New Zealand and overseas. This programme includes the following specialty strands in Community Facilitation, Mental Health and Addiction Support, and Social Services. Online delivery available by negotiation.

New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 September 2018 (the Selection Committee will continue to review applications after this date)

Enrolled Nurses deliver nursing care and health education across a range of health care settings under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Prepare to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) as an Enrolled Nurse through this diploma. Time spent in our clinical practice facility and on clinical placement will give you vital hands-on experience and allow you to put your theory into practice.

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice in Health (Specialty)

  • Online
  • 6 months full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by 31 January or 11 July

This high-level programme has been developed specifically to enable both occupational therapists and non-occupational therapists to complete a postgraduate certificate. Deepen your theoretical knowledge to support your clinical reasoning, within the constraints of your practice environment, to ensure effective outcomes for clients of your services.

Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy Practice

  • Online
  • 6 months full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by January or July

Deepen your theoretical understanding and develop skills in a particular area of your professional practice. Gain knowledge that will enable you to apply for employment positions that require clinical expertise.

Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy Practice

  • Online
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by January or July

Build on the skills gained during the Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Therapy Practice and gain an advanced level of knowledge in your chosen practice area, thus increasing your career prospects.

Te Taketake Diploma in Applied Addictions Counselling (Level 7)

  • Dunedin or Rotorua
  • 2 years; part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply now!

Offered through the Moana House Training Institute, this qualification will enable you to take up a professional role within the mental health and addictions sector. It is recognised by DAPAANZ (Drug and Alcohol Practitioners’ Association Aotearoa–New Zealand), the relevant professional body for addictions practitioners, and upon successful completion you can apply for professional registration with DAPAANZ.

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MASSAGE THERAPY

New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply until start date

Learn about anatomy and physiology, relaxation and therapeutic massage, stress management and wellness promotion methods. Graduates may operate their own massage therapy business, or may find employment within the spa industry. Alternatively, you can progress into the second year of our Bachelor of Applied Science where you can further your studies in massage and health, expand your skill set into rehabilitation (remedial) massage and increase your employment options.

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EDUCATION

New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3)

  • Dunedin with work placements
  • 6 months full-time
  • Level 3
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply until start date

This introductory programme is replacing the Certificate in Early Childhood Studies (Level 3) from 2019. It includes 60 hours of work placements and will help you gain the core skills and knowledge needed to participate in the education and care of infants, toddlers and young children in entry-level carer roles in a range of early childhood contexts. Upon successful completion, progress into our Level 4 qualification.

Introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi – credits towards the Certificate in Mata a Ao Māori (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 2 days
  • Starts 21 March, 3 July, 12 September or 20 November 2018
  • Apply anytime

This two day workshop provides an environment in which you can explore the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications in a non-confrontational, collaborative process.

New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4)*

  • Dunedin with work placements
  • 6 months
  • Level 4
  • Starts July 2019
  • Apply until start date

Educators are always in demand and teaching skills are highly transferable. Build on the skills and knowledge you developed at Level 3, further preparing you for employment in the early childhood sector. Alternatively, this programme will act as a pathway into higher level learning, leading to a teaching qualification.

Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education (Level 7)

  • Dunedin (blended learning: online, distance learning and on-campus activities)
  • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts - flexible (with some scheduled start dates aswell)
  • Apply anytime

If you would like to study flexibly towards a teaching qualification in tertiary education, we can offer you a stimulating programme relevant to your teaching context. You will be able to study in a way that suits your schedule and responsibilities and, as a graduate, you will be able to design and facilitate inclusive learning in your tertiary cultural context. Experienced tertiary educators may wish to access the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) pathway offered by Capable NZ.

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