Thames Information Session
Are you thinking about studying in 2021? Join us for an information session at our Thames Campus and find out how you can get your career started in the health and wellbeing industry.
This programme is designed for those who are interested in developing a career in health and wellbeing; supporting people, families/whānau, and the healthcare team in a primary care practice.
Students will work in healthcare teams under the direction and delegation of a registered health professional and be able to assist general practitioners, registered nurses, and management in the day-to-day operation of a primary care practice.
This programme enables students to develop skills by integrating the knowledge learned through worked based experiences. Students will experience and develop professional practice through:
Students will learn to:
Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.
|Module code||Module title||Level||Credits||Pre-requisites||Co-requisites|
| COMC401||You and the Primary Healthcare System||4||15||COMC402|
| COMC402||Infection Control Principles and Application in Primary Care||4||15||COMC401|
| COMC403||Administration and Quality Systems||4||15||COMC401||COMC404|
| COMC404||Clinical Tasks in Primary Care||4||15||COMC402||COMC403|
| COMC405||Administration and Quality Systems in Practice||4||15||COMC403||COMC406|
| COMC406||Primary Care and the Primary Care Practice Assistant||4||15||COMC404||COMC405|
| COMC407||The Primary Care Practice Assistant in Context 1||4||15||COMC405||COMC408|
| COMC408||The Primary Care Practice Assistant in Context 2||4||15||COMC406||COMC407|
The programme is primarily delivered online with a two-day face-to-face introduction workshop. The workshop will provide students with the opportunity to meet other students and academic staff, give an overview of the programme requirements, and ensure students are engaged with the online delivery platform.
All applications require some supporting documents, however, these don't need to be supplied immediately. Students can begin an online application now and we'll get in touch at a later date to arrange the documentation.
A candidate’s identity must also be verified. Students will be required to provide:
Graduates of this qualification may be employed in roles providing administrative and clinical support across a primary care practice; for example as, primary care practice assistants or medical care assistants.
For successful graduates who intend to pursue further study related to health and wellbeing, this programme may lead on to the New Zealand Certificate in Public Health and Health Promotion (Level 5) enrolled nursing studies or bachelor’s degrees in related subject health and wellbeing areas including nursing or allied health disciplines.
For successful graduates who intend to pursue further study related to leadership and management, this qualification may lead on to the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4), the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) or bachelor’s degrees in related leadership and management subject areas.
You can apply for this programme if you meet one or more of the below options.
Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)
Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)
Based on your work experience (on the job)
If you can demonstrate relevant knowledge, skills and experience that you have gained through work experience, that will help you to be successful in the programme.
Based on discretionary entrance
If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.
a) In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children’s Act, 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all candidates/students will be subjected to safety checks. These will include but are not limited to;
i. A Formal Interview
ii. Referee Checks
iii. A Police Vet Check
iv. A Risk Assessment
Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme. Persons who are convicted of ‘specified offences’ will not be accepted onto any programme that requires that person to work in an organisation providing a regulated service.
b) Candidates are required to be working (paid or voluntarily) for at least 12.5 hours a week in a primary care practice setting by the start of the programme.
c) Candidates are required to provide the names of two character referees from people of standing in their community attesting to their suitability for working in health care.
d) Candidates are required in their application to indicate whether they have been convicted of, or are being prosecuted for, a criminal offence. Candidates should be aware that some types of criminal conviction may prevent them from accessing workplace experience, and completing the programme.
e) Candidates must hold a current First Aid Certificate upon commencing the programme.
f) Candidates may be required to attend an interview.
English language requirements
Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0, with a minimum band score of 6.0 in listening and speaking and a minimum band score of 5.5 in writing and reading; or equivalent.
Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 you approximately 2–4 weeks before the first workshop day or the start of your online course.
Please also read the information below for details about your first day.
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Your course outline, workshop timetables, and relevant content will be available online through Moodle.
We require students to have access to use Microsoft Office 365, Windows Media Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, an antivirus program, and have access to the internet. For the Pharmacology Module: Scopia is required.
We invite you to view the information at the following link introducing you to the Postgraduate Health and Social Practice Moodle site: learning.wintec.ac.nz.
You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.
Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.
If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:
New Zealand-based suppliers
General book suppliers
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