Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health

Ara Institute of Canterbury Ltd

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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) Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact Ara for requirements. Alternative Requirements Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience. Ara literacy and numeracy assessments are available. Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Career and Study Preparation (Ara Pre Health pathway). English Language Requirements Applicants for whom English is not their first language may also be required to provide evidence of English language skills as listed below. Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact us for an assessment. IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 7.0 in listening and speaking subtests and no lower than 6.5 in reading and writing 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. Applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills. Additional Entry Requirements: To participate in the clinical components of the programme, you an applicant must meet various Health Authority requirements. Currently, MRSA clearance is required by most clinical practice areas. 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. A current first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace) which is current at the time the programme starts.

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

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