Certificate in Health Assistance (Aged Care) Level 3 - ONLINE

Qualification: New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 3) Healthcare Assistance - 71 credits

Programme Duration: 31 weeks 

Start Date: 25 November

Programme Cost for Domestic Learners: $2995.00 - FULL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE 

Location: online


Overview of the Programme

The purpose of this programme is to recognise the knowledge and skills required of an aged care health care assistant role in a health and wellbeing organisation or other care environment.
Graduates will gain transferable skills and knowledge related to basic physiological, safety and belongingness needs of persons in aged care settings.
Graduates will be able to select and apply ethical and professional behaviours and effective communication whilst providing person-centred care under broad guidance, support and delegation.
The communities, whanau and families will benefit through the development of healthcare assistant workers who have the necessary knowledge and skills as well as anunderstanding of their roles, responsibilities and obligations and duty of protection and care of the vulnerable person in aged care settings.


Programme Outcomes:  

PO1.1 Understand personal obligations to protect and provide advocacy of the vulnerable as a health care assistant.

PO1.2 Recognise signs of abuse, neglect and vulnerability in aged care settings and respond accordingly.

PO2.1 Work ethically as a health care assistant in an aged care setting.

PO2.2 Exhibit professional behaviours while working in an and aged care setting.

Programme Outcomes (Strand Outcomes):  

This programme is specifically designed to meet the requirements for the Health/Healthcare Assistance strand.

PO3.1 Work as a health care assistant under the direction and delegation of a supervisor, providing person-centred care in response to basic belongingness, safety and physiological needs.

PO3.2 Provide person-centred care using effective and appropriate communication.

PO4. Improve care and comfort cares provision by observing, recognising and responding to changes in client needs.



* One: Protection of the Vulnerable, 9 Credits
* Two: Professional Expectations, 14 Credits
* Three: Risk Minimisation, 11 Credits
* Four: Person-Centred Care Practices, 17 Credits
* Five: Safe Practices, 14 Credits
* Six: Palliative Care Practices, 6 Credits



This qualification builds on the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 2) and may lead on to further study in related health and wellbeing contexts, or in leadership and management.

This programme is specifically designed for learners seeking employment by aged care providers or aged care departments in larger organisations.


Entry Criteria

- Aged 17 years of age and over
- New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident
- NCEA Level 1 Numeracy and Literacy or equivalent
- Healthcare sector experience as healthcare assistant / volunteer
- The learner holds the New Zealand Certificate in Health and Wellbeing (Level 2) or the equivalent qualification.
- Clean criminal record (an initial check will be completed through the New Zealand Police to ensure the learner is a fit and proper person to be working with vulnerable people, should the learner not have one)
- Physically able to do the job
- Willingness to work with older person



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