Diploma in International Health Care Assistant (2024)

Diploma in International Health Care Assistant

This online lecturer lead qualification is aimed at registered nurses/diploma nurses working in their home country or those new to the healthcare sector who are looking to possible work opportunities in other countries e.g. Australia, New Zealand

Students are able to study at the same time as working.  The study schedule is designed for students to be able to complete modules online in a flexible manner, ensuring they keep up with weekly tasks and lecturer led webinars.

Part way through the qualification, learners interested in employment opportunities in New Zealand will be put in contact with the Kalandra Recruitment team for guidance and connections with prospective employers who are able to support a work visa application for successful applicants. Please note: Kalandra does not guarantee employment for any student but they will do their best for all learners that meet the requirements.


Upcoming Intakes for those wishing to work in New Zealand:

  • Monday 22nd January 2024 (Programmes A, B & C - subject to numbers)


Upcoming Intakes for those wishing to work in Ireland / UK etc: (not available to those wishing to work in NZ)

  • Monday 22nd January 2024 (Programmes A, B & C - subject to numbers)
  • Monday 26 February 2024 (Programmes A & B - subject to numbers)
  • Monday 25 March 2024 (Programmes A & B - subject to numbers)
  • Monday 15 April 2024 (Programme C - subject to numbers)
  • Monday 22 April 2024 (Programmes A & B - subject to numbers)



Programme A:    Cost NZ$5,250 (can be paid in up to four instalments)

Learners who hold a qualification in nursing or caregiving and have completed a minimum 2000 hours practical work experience in health care can enrol in the 20 week programme based on 20 hours of theory per week.  There are no clinical requirements for this programme. *Applicants must have relevant clinical experience (must have practiced in within the last 5 years).

Programme B:  Cost NZ$5,950 (can be paid in up to four instalments)

Learners who hold or are studying toward a qualification in nursing or caregiving but do not currently have the required minimum 2000 hours practical work experience can enrol in the 24 week programme based on 20 hours theory per week plus a minimum 200 hours clinical placement.

Programme C:  Cost NZ$6,675 (can be paid in up to four instalments)

Learners who are new to the healthcare sector can enrol in the 35 week programme based on 20 hours per week plus a minimum 200 hours clinical placement.


Programme Overview

In response to the changing dynamics of learning, this qualification is offered in a structured format, on-line with dedicated lecturer support. Learners are allocated to a virtual class, supporting each other. Using digital means, the learners can watch clinical skill sessions and then practice these during their clinical placement. Workplace experience (unpaid internship) is arranged by the learner but must be approved by Kalandra International staff. These workplace/clinical experiences are reinforced by theoretical classes and debriefing sessions so that learners can apply theory to practice. On-line classes include traditional style lectures and weekly webinars which are able to be recorded and watched at any time, thus location of the learner is not an impediment.

Programme Content

The qualification comprises theory hours, 200 hours of clinical placement (Programme B and C only) and a further 200 hours of assessment and assignment, providing time to consolidate both knowledge and skills and enabling a competent graduate to be work ready.   

The content of the programme covers five modules.

IHCA01 – Diseases and Disorders

Learners are introduced to medical terminology and basic pharmacology, which helps them understand the jargon related to healthcare. Following this the process of ageing and the diseases that are common, including the related anatomy and physiology of these diseases are studied.


IHCA02 - The Role of the Health Care Assistant

This course introduces the learner to the two sides of care: that of being the worker and that of being the supporter of the client. As a worker they must demonstrate professionalism and apply ethical behaviour. They must understand legalities and rules that affect their work, including knowledge of health, safety, infection control and working in a collaborative team. As a supporter they must display empathy, respect, and offer client focussed care in a manner that demonstrates quality.


IHCA03 - Providing Daily Cares

This course teaches the learner about how to safely care for their person and provide help such activities as washing, oral care, incontinence care, pressure area care and providing nutritional assistance. This module ends with how to give medications safely and correctly. 


IHCA04 – Providing Complex Cares

The older person often has more than one problem and this module teaches about this and in particular includes information on how to understand and care for person who has Dementia. The learner is also introduced to the concept of caring for more than one person and they are also expected to exhibit some leadership and collaborative skills.


IHCA05 – Supporting Mobility and Rehabilitation

This introduces the learner to moving a client using simple techniques and equipment. This movement may be within the confines of the bed or from a chair to bed etc. Mobility care addresses the risk of falls and the means to mobilise the client. The section on rehabilitation introduces fundamental skills to assist the person with functionality issues such as those caused by Stroke.


Students wishing to explore employment opportunities in New Zealand or Australia will be asked to complete an extra module toward the end of their course in their own time to meet country specific requirements.


Entry Criteria

  • See Programme A, B or C above
  • Physically able to do the job
  • Willingness to care for others
  • English proficiency requirements,must be able to sufficiently understand English. English language testing must occur prior to being introduced to employers to an IELTS 5 or equivalent.
  • Basic computer literacy


English Proficiency Test 

The table below outlines the various tests available which you can undertake, along with the results needed in order to be eligible for our programme.

Proficiency Test Programme level and required outcome
IELTS Test General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Internet-based test (IBT) Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Qualifications B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill
OET Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  1. ) Level 3 (general) or (workplace) – expiring
  2. ) Level 3 (general)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
Language Cert B1 Achiever International ESOL written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill AND spoken (S) PASS
Trinity ISE ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

*If the student is unable to produce proof upon enrolment we can make other arrangements. Please email info@kalandrainternational.com to discuss the options.


To Apply

Please complete the fillable application form in the link below and email this through to training@kalandra.ac.nz with a copy of your ID and health care qualification transcripts where applicable.

2024 Enrolment Form

Please also see below a copy of the Student Handbook regarding policies and procedures for your reference.

Student Handbook


If you have any questions, please check our Frequently Asked Questions documents as it may contain the answers you needs.


Back to programmes

Other programmes

Latest news