Course details

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

About the course

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:

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 Pacific health trusts by the start of the programme. 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.

About the provider

Based in Hamilton, the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), is one of the country’s largest institutes of technology. We deliver high-quality education across vocational (technical) and professional fields of study to approximately 13,000 students, across over 130 different courses.

At Wintec students are educated in a way that builds their confidence and gets them work-ready. We differ from other types of tertiary providers in the way students get the chance to put their theoretical learning into practice from the very start. You will get to work on real-life projects based on relevant topics and themes as if you were in the workplace. You will also get involved in work placements. This means that by the time you graduate, you will be confident in your skills and knowledge, and know-how to apply your learnings. Our academic staff have years of industry experience between them, which means they can guide you on your journey.

Wintec maintains collaborative relationships with local industry and iwi to identify the needs of the region and community. Fostering strong networks that our students and graduates benefit from is a high priority for us.  Understanding the needs of local industry, what type of graduates they need now, and what they will need in the future is critical to assisting industry and our graduates.