Certificate in Pre Health and Science  Certificate in Pre Health and Science

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Certificate Full time - 5 months, part time also available

Annual Fees(indicative 2015)




$2,300 - $2,900

Additional Costs

$300 texts

Programme Code



February, July





Application due

Early enrolment advised


Madras Street Campus


This open entry qualification will allow you to meet the academic entry requirements for the health and applied science diplomas and degrees at CPIT.

This programme is for you if you want to enter health or applied science programmes but do not hold the necessary theoretical knowledge.

During the Certificate in Pre Health and Science you will study several disciplines including human biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, academic skills and communication. You will also get the chance to study specialist subjects such as an introduction to health and social services.

On enrolment you will select the subjects relevant to the next level of your health and science studies such as those we offer at CPIT: Human Nutrition, Laboratory Science, Medical Imaging, Midwifery, Nursing, Physical Activity, Health and Wellness and Sports and Exercise Science.

In order to have the best chance of succeeding in this programme you will need a basic level of literacy and numeracy and be able to dedicate sufficient time to meet the academic study requirements. During the programme you will be required to spell technical and specialised words correctly and you will need to be able to understand and follow written and oral instructions in order to meet Health and Safety requirements in the laboratory.

Please note that while entry to this programmme requires an IELTS level of 6.0 Academic, entry to some of the CPIT Health Science degrees requires a score of 6.5 or 7.0 Academic.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 50 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
  • This programme has open entry, but English language requirements apply.
Alternative Requirements
Additional Requirements
English Requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • IELTS 6.0 Academic (with no lower than 5.5 in the speaking and reading subtests and 6.0 in the listening and writing subtests). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
      Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Results from specified courses within the Certificate in Pre Health and Science may be used for selection purposes according to pre-determined minimums.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Career opportunities

Our programme will give you a taste of the many facets of scientific study and an understanding of health care in New Zealand, setting you up for further education in the area that interests you most.

Study pathways

As a certificate graduate you will be in an ideal position to progress to many other CPIT programmes including:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Nutrition)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Laboratory Technology)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physical Activity, Health and Wellness or Sport and Exercise Science)
  • Bachelor of Medical Imaging
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Biology

Application documents