Managing Care of the Older Person Major - Bachelor of Health Science

Older people have unique health needs. The Managing Care of the Older Person major in AUT's Bachelor of Health Science prepares you for the many careers in this growing field.

Our ageing population means there’s a need for health professionals with an understanding of the specific needs of older people and the many health services they come into contact with. This degree supports the needs of the aged-care sector, an area of increasing importance in New Zealand and around the world.


This is part of the Bachelor of Health Science.

Start date: 2019

You develop the skills for planning, decision-making and administrative roles related to care of the older person. You become familiar with late adulthood, active ageing and pharmacology related to care for the older person.

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

Semester 2 papers

Plus two elective papers. Elective papers need to be approved by your programme leader.

Year 2

You further your understanding of managing care as it relates to the older person and explore research methods for the health sector.

Papers you study

Year 3

The final year prepares you to make the transition to working within the wider sector.

Plus two elective papers. Elective papers need to be approved by your programme leader.

Workplace experience

At the heart of the final year of study is the Health Practice Co-operative paper, 150 hours of workplace experience related to managing care of the older person.

Te ara hauora Māori health papers

There’s a growing need for health professionals to work with Māori. That’s why you can include Māori health papers as part of your study and develop the skills to work more effectively with Māori, an essential skill in the diverse health sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Through these papers you gain access to Māori networks and become comfortable working with whānau and Māori communities. We encourage all students to include at least one Māori health paper. You don’t need to know te reo to enrol in the Māori health papers.

Roles that involve planning and provision for the older person in:

  • District health boards
  • Private healthcare providers
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Health promotion
Key features
  • Demand for more skilled health professionals in this growing field
  • The only undergraduate university degree focused on care of the older person in New Zealand
  • Includes 150 hours of workplace experience
  • Offered at the North Campus
  • Part-time study options available
See yourself as
  • Respectful of older people
  • Able to weigh up complex options
  • Interested in the health and social issues of older people

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