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Postgraduate Diploma in Osteopathy

Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology trading as Ara

Subject area

Chiropractic and Osteopathy

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health.

Alternative Requirements
Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry. This may include Recognition of Prior Learning. Contact Ara for advice.
If you do not hold the Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health you may: ?
provide evidence of having completed a relevant professional qualification; and ?
provide evidence of successful completion of a relevant qualification or programme of study which is equivalent to those of first degree graduates, through the submission of a portfolio of evidence.
If your undergraduate degree is not assessed as meeting the full requirements for this programme, enrolment in transitional or undergraduate courses may be required before admission to this programme.

English Language Requirements
If English is not the applicant's first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart. Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact Ara for an assessment.
* IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.0 in all subtests).
Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.

Additional Entry Requirements: ?
If your degree was completed more than two years ago you may have to undertake an entry test.
In order to access an individual placement in this programme, the applicant may be required to provide evidence of immunity to particular infectious diseases or other health requirements specific to the practice. ?
Consent to Disclosure of Information
Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. The form will be sent by Ara to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of Department. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Postgraduate Diploma is aimed at students who have completed the Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health and will:
Produce graduates with osteopathic professional competencies including the clinical and critical thinking skills to be in demand in the labour market and be successful in osteopathic practices.
Meet the needs of international partners by delivering a Postgraduate diploma level qualification, whose graduates can take up opportunities in overseas jurisdictions (e.g. Australia and East Asia).
Allow graduates to gain entrance to the osteopathic register with a qualification pathway that articulates with the Vocational and Extended Scope of Practice.
Enable graduates to enhance the osteopathy industry through acquisition of cultural knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand healthcare system.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Rehabilitation Therapies at this level can earn:


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Median earnings five years after study

Status one year after study

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Employment rate two years after study

Data as at November 2022

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Rural Women New Zealand Text Book Grant for Tertiary Students

Provided by:

Rural Women New Zealand



$500 each

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Rural Women New Zealand Tertiary Bursaries

Provided by:

Rural Women New Zealand



$1,000 each.

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 242 476
Phone: (03) 940 8669
Fax: (03) 366 6544

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