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Primary Care Practice Assistance 4 (Te Mahi Āwhina Tuatahi 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Primary Care Practice Assistance) (Level 4)

HS1603

Course details

  • Feb 2020
  • $2500 per year
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 4
  • Online delivery

Summary

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:

  • Problem solving skills
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Project-based learning 
  • Technological competence; computer literacy, relevant technology
  • Team work
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Self-managing; and
  • Initiative
Please Note: Students must be working (paid or voluntarily) for at least 12.5 hours a week in a primary care practice setting such as general practice, Primary Health Care Organisation, Māori or Pasifika health trusts, by the start of the programme Programme Content. This qualification is not associated with professional registration or a clinical scope of practice. To enrol in this programme students must be working in a healthcare setting and able to complete 400 hours of workplace learning.

What you'll learn

Students will learn to:

  • engage and communicate with people, family and/or whānau accessing primary care services in a manner which respects their socio-cultural identity, experiences and self-knowledge
  • relate the history of Māori as tangata whenua and knowledge of person-whānau interconnectedness to own role in a primary care practice setting
  • actively contribute to a culture of professionalism, safety and quality in a primary care practice
  • relate the purpose and impact of own role with the aims of the wider health and wellbeing sectors
  • apply knowledge of primary care to support people, family and/or whānau, and the healthcare team in a primary care practice
  • perform routine clinical tasks in a primary care practice setting under direction and delegation
  • contribute to the effective functioning of primary care practice administration and quality systems.

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.


Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
COMC401You and the Primary Healthcare System415 COMC402
COMC402Infection Control Principles and Application in Primary Care415 COMC401
COMC403Administration and Quality Systems415COMC401COMC404
COMC404Clinical Tasks in Primary Care415COMC402COMC403
COMC405Administration and Quality Systems in Practice415COMC403COMC406
COMC406Primary Care and the Primary Care Practice Assistant415COMC404COMC405
COMC407The Primary Care Practice Assistant in Context 1415COMC405COMC408
COMC408The Primary Care Practice Assistant in Context 2415COMC406COMC407

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Programme delivery 

The 120-credit Primary Healthcare Practice  Assistance (PCPA)  programme is comprised of eight 15 credit modules and includes 400 hours of mentored work placement. 

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.

Application process

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:

  • A primary identification document (original birth certificate (New Zealand full birth certificate that is issued on or after 1 January 1998 and that carries a unique identification number. Note: if the birth certificate was issued before 1998 it can be verified by a Justice of the Peace), passport, citizenship certificate, New Zealand certificate of identification or a New Zealand firearms licence); AND
  • A second form of official identification that shows the claimed identity is used in the community (driver licence, HANZ 18+ card or IRD number); AND
  • One of the two forms of identification must be photographic, verified in person against the candidate.

Career/further opportunities

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.

Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one or more of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;​
  • Or a recognised equivalent

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • A relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2;
  • Or a recognised equivalent qualification

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.

Selection criteria

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.

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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 two induction days or the start of your online course relevant to your cohort and district.

Please read the information below about your first day.

What you will need

It is important to tick the ‘Yes’ box on the enrolment offer form emailed from Wintec Student Enrolment & Information Centre and return this as soon as possible. If this is not done your enrolment cannot be completed and access to online resources will not be possible.

Wintec login for computer access:
Your course outline and relevant content will be available online. You can access this from ‘Moodle’ via Wintec’s student portal ‘MyLearning’.

Computer requirements:
We require students to have access to Microsoft Office 365, Windows Media Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, an anti-virus programme and have access to the internet.

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)

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