Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Subject area

Chiropractic and Osteopathy

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements New Zealand University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of: biology or physical education or health education; English or classical studies or history or geography or art history or religious studies or social studies; one other subject from the list of approved subjects; and Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing; and Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627) OR New Zealand Certificate in Career and Study Preparation (Level 4) Ara Pre Health Pathway or equivalent If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency. Alternative Requirements Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic 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. 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 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 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:
* 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.

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted in the order their applications are received, with a proportion of places reserved on the programme for priority learners. In the event that there are more applications than spaces available on the programme, a waitlist will be maintained.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health is to: Enable graduates to gain the discipline knowledge and personal, interpersonal, cognitive and generic skills required for employment as a musculoskeletal professional or to work in the allied health and wellness industry. Enable graduates to enhance the health and wellness industry through acquisition of cultural knowledge and understandings of the New Zealand health and wellness industry. Provide graduates of the Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health with a pathway into the Postgraduate Diploma in Osteopathy. The degree is aimed at school leavers and those who have an interest in musculoskeletal health and are wishing to advance to a Postgraduate Diploma in Osteopathy. (Note that completion of the bachelor's degree alone will not allow graduates to advance to registration as an osteopath.)

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Rehabilitation Therapies at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

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

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