Cervical Smear Taking nurse talking to patient

Womens Health Care - Cervical Smear Takers (Level 7)

HL1002

Course details

  • Course one workshop dates : 13 & 14 February and 12 & 13 March 2020
    Course two workshop dates : 9 & 10 July and 13 & 14 August 2020
  • One academic year, includes four full workshop days - 8.30am - 5.00pm
  • Part-time
  • $1006
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus

Summary

This course is designed to give health professionals up-to-date knowledge and skills in order to develop confidence to become Cervical Smear Takers, conforming to the National Standards for competency. It is expected that you will make a commitment to uphold the policy and protocols of National Cervical Screening Programme and the Register.

There is a lot of interest in the course and priority will be given to those who are presently in a position to take cervical smears in the Midland region (e.g. General Practice) or intend reaching priority group women i.e. women 30 years of age who has never had a smear.

Programme content

You will study:

  • Women's health
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Cytology
  • Communications
  • Cultural issues
  • Follow-up and referral
  • Women's sexuality
  • Legal / Ethical issues and education
  • National Cervical Screening Programme and Register
  • Client assessment and history taking
  • Smear taking

The programme will involve 2 two day blocks of theory training and a practical component. You are required to undertake a series of smears to ensure that you can achieve competent practice. You will achieve certification after completing 30 smears and demonstrating the necessary competency skills as described in the National Cervical Screening Programme's Standards of Practice.

To enrol

In the enclosed pack you will find information and the necessary forms for you to complete your application. Please include the following when you return your application to Wintec:

  • A verified copy of current annual practising certificate
  • A letter of support from your employer and / or supervising smear taker
  • Completed supervision agreement
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance Form
  • A copy of your Birth Certificate / Current Passport
  • Wintec Application Form

Please return your forms as soon as possible indicating which course you are interested in, to:

Centre for Health and Social Practice Consultant
Student Enrolment and Information Centre
Private Bag 3036
Hamilton 3240

Please do not include money with these forms. Please note: Definition of a verified Copy of your Practising Certificate. You need to get a photocopy of all parts of the original document. Take both the original and the photocopy to a person who can state that the copy is a true one - people who hold positions of authority in the community can sign for you. These include Justices of the Peace (JP's), Members of Parliament, Lawyers, School Principals and Institute staff and School of Health staff.

Ask the person in authority to compare your photocopy with the original document. When they are satisfied that the copy is a true one, they write on the photocopy "This is a true copy of the original document which I have sighted". The person must also sign and date their statement. If they have an official stamp of office, then this should also be put on the photocopy. We cannot accept faxes of verified documents.

Forms

Entry criteria

  • Applicants must hold a New Zealand Health qualification and a practising certificate. They will also need to have professional/personal indemnity insurance.
  • Applicants will need to be able to provide proof of available support and supervision by an accredited smear taker for the practical component of the training. They will also need to show that they are able to access priority groups of women to meet the annual certification requirements of 30 smears per year.

Pathways

Health and social practice pathway diagram

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

Welcome information will be emailed to all enrolled students approximately 2 – 4 weeks prior to the first workshop day or start of their online course.

Please read the information below about your first day.

What you will need

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking. Find out about discounted bus services here.

Wintec pōwhiri/nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information

Booklist

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

Health status

Uniform

Equipment

Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Request an email or posted copy of the Prospectus.

The Prospectus (course guide) is available in both digital and physical formats. Click on the document below to download a copy or fill in the form below to receive a copy via either email or the post.

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