Diploma in Applied Science

Develop knowledge in a specialised science discipline at undergraduate level or prepare yourself for anaesthetic training or further study to become a chiropractor.

The Diploma in Applied Science has three pathways: Standard diploma, Anaesthetic Technology pathway and Pre-Chiropractic pathway.

Start date: 2019

Minimum entry requirements

  • NCEA: 48 level 2 credits including eight level 2 credits in any one subject from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies or Business Studies, Economics, Physical Education, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira
  • CIE: 60 points on the UCAS Tariff, including any one subject similar to the NCEA subjects listed above

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 5.5 overall with all bands 5.0 or higher; or equivalent.

Selection criteria

  • Anaesthetic Technology: Letter of confirmation from Training Hospital. Applicants must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements including police clearance.
  • Pre-Chiropractic: Letter of Intention to NZCC from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

You can choose one of three common pathways:

  • Standard diploma
  • Anaesthetic Technology
  • Pre-Chiropractic

Standard diploma

For this one-year qualification you need to complete eight papers from Year 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Science.

Papers may include

Anaesthetic Technology pathway

This three-year pathway (part-time only) provides trainee anaesthetic technicians with the skills to become registered anaesthetic technicians.

All people working as trainee anaesthetic technicians or nurses must be registered as trainees and employed in a hospital that is a Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand recognised training facility. To find out which hospitals are recognised training facilities, contact the New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians’ Society.

New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians’ Society website

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

All papers are offered by distance learning. Some papers are delivered as block courses and attendance on campus may be required.

Pre-Chiropractic pathway

This one-year diploma prepares you for the Bachelor of Chiropractic, taught through the New Zealand College of Chiropractic.

The Pre-Chiropractic pathway within the Diploma in Applied Science is an opportunity to meet the entry requirements of the New Zealand Chiropractic College. Completing the diploma doesn’t guarantee entry to the Bachelor of Chiropractic.

New Zealand College of Chiropractic website

Papers you study

You also choose one elective from the Bachelor of Science list of elective papers.

Standard diploma

Graduates with this broad foundation in science are prepared for careers in science and laboratory work in a variety of industries. You can also progress to a higher level science qualification.

Anaesthetic technology pathway

Diploma papers provide the theory supporting the practice of anaesthetic technology, during three years of clinical training based in the hospital.

Students must have a position as a trainee in a recognised training hospital to complete this diploma pathway, which leads to anaesthetic technician registration.

Pre-chiropractic pathway

This pathway prepares you for entry into chiropractic college and becoming a registered chiropractor.

Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
City Campus

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

$6,450 - $6,615
  • This represents the tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2018. Exact tuition fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range. As fees are subject to change, 2019 tuition fees may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT

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