Bachelor of Health Science: degree outline

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This health science degree is ideal for students who want to work in the health sector in a health professional role. You can study the AUT Bachelor of Health Science without a major (standard pathway) or specialise in case management, counselling, health administration, health promotion, older adult care or psychology. Or you can choose one of our clinical health science degrees: midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, oral health, paramedicine, physiotherapy or podiatry.

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Your Bachelor of Health Science study options

You can choose to study the degree without a health major:

Or you can choose to major in one of the following specialised areas:

Or you can choose one of our clinical degree areas:

Quick facts

Programme code:
BHSc Standard pathway, Case Management, Counselling, Health Administration, Health Promotion, Managing Care of the Older Person, Paramedicine, Psychology: AK3680
BHSc in Midwifery: AK1035
BHSc in Nursing: AK3324
BHSc in Occupational Therapy: AK3410
BHSc in Oral Health: AK3113
BHSc in Physiotherapy: AK3313
BHSc in Podiatry: AK3713
Level: 7
Points
: 360 (480 for Midwifery and Physiotherapy)
Duration
: 3 years full-time (6 years part-time also available for BHSc Standard pathway, Case Management, Counselling, Health Administration, Health Promotion, Managing Care of the Older Person and Psychology); 4 years full-time for Physiotherapy
Venue: Counselling, Health Administration, Midwifery and Paramedicine South Campus. Health Promotion and standard pathway North and South Campus. All other majors North Campus.
Start date: 26 Feb and 16 July 2018*

*Nursing and Paramedicine have a Semester 2 intake. Other Bachelor of Health Science majors and degrees may also be available for Semester 2 enrolment. Contact us for more details.

AUT encourages early application. Places are limited. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.

Admission and entry requirements

Entry requirements
  • University Entrance for study in 2017
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements
  • Police clearance
  • Applicants with two or more years of secondary and/or tertiary education outside New Zealand must meet IELTS requirements and will be interviewed
  • Midwifery, Nursing: Satisfactory references will be required
Selection criteria
  • Preference will be given to applicants with the highest level of academic achievement and/or evidence of accomplishments in the relevant field
  • Counselling: Applicants may be invited for interview
  • Midwifery: Interview may be required; 16 credits in one subject from: Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies or Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira and 18 credits in either Biology or Chemistry.
  • Nursing: Interview may be required; one subject from Biology and one subject from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies or Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira.
  • Oral Health: Interview may be required; secondary school subjects preferred for specific clinical areas are: Biology, Physical Education and one subject from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies
  • Paramedicine: One subject from: Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies and one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics, Physics, Science or Calculus, Statistics. 

Structure

Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

Year 1

In your first year, you develop an in-depth understanding of general health care and have an opportunity to learn alongside other health science students. In Semester 1 you complete four core papers. You will then be introduced to the available papers in Semester 2.

Papers (core or compulsory)
HEAL504 Psychology and Lifespan Development
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I

HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
HEAL507 Health and Environment
OR MAOH501 Māori Health, Development and Environment

Years 2 and 3

Papers for the following years of study will depend on your choice of major/degree or desired papers if taking the BHSc standard pathway. See the BHSc major/degree pages for an outline of each qualification.

Industry placements and clinical education

Some of our degree majors and specialisations provide you with industry placements or clinical placements. Industry and clinical placements expose you to different types of organisations, giving you valuable hands on experience. It is also a critical part of your study time at AUT as it allows you to complete the necessary hours to apply for registration once you graduate.

Double Major

You can complete the BHSc in two major areas of study, such as health promotion and psychology.

Additional majors or minors

Students undertaking the Bachelor of Health Science may choose a second major either from those available within their degree (double major) or from the list of additional majors available from outside their degree. Minors are also available in these subjects. The availability of additional majors and minors will depend on timetabling and subject restrictions, and in some cases, choosing an additional major or minor may require students to undertake extra points to complete their degree.

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Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.42pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.