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The Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (PGCertPhty) is a distance-taught programme that may be endorsed in either Acupuncture, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Neurorehabilitation, Occupational Health Physiotherapy or Sports Physiotherapy. It provides a balance of scientific principles, clinical skill development and an understanding of the clinical issues surrounding physiotherapy practice in these specialist areas.
Information for new applicants
This qualification is available to registered physiotherapists who hold a current Annual Practising Certificate from the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.
Applicants should note that some papers involved in this qualification involve students attending residential blocks in Dunedin and phoning in on audioconferences.
On completion of the certificate students can progress to the Postgraduate Diploma and/or Master of Physiotherapy endorsed in the same area.
Students enrolling for this programme should take care to enrol for the on-campus or Distance versions of the papers as appropriate.
Applications normally close on 31 October, however late applications may be considered.
School of Physiotherapy
Schedule of Endorsed Options
The Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (PGCertPhty) is available with endorsed options in:
- Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
- Occupational Health Physiotherapy
- Sports Physiotherapy
These endorsements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (PGCertPhty) are also available through Distance Learning.
Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (PGCertPhty) in Acupuncture
Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (PGCertPhty) in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (PGCertPhty) in Neurorehabilitation
Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (PGCertPhty) in Occupational Health Physiotherapy
Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (PGCertPhty) in Sports Physiotherapy
Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (PGCertPhty)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Board of Studies in Physiotherapy, which must be satisfied that the candidate has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
- Every applicant shall
- have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Physiotherapy or hold an equivalent Physiotherapy qualification acceptable to the Board of Studies in Physiotherapy;
- be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand and possess and Annual Practising Certificate; and
- have had post-qualification clinical experience in physiotherapy relevant to the proposed area of specialisation.
Structure of the Programme
- The programme shall consist of approved papers, from the schedule of endorsed options, to the value of 60 points.
- Subject to the approval of the Dean of Physiotherapy, a candidate may substitute for one paper an appropriate paper at an equivalent level offered by another university or approved examining body.
Duration of the Programme
- The duration of the programme shall be equivalent to half an academic year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
- A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the postgraduate certificate within two years of admission to the programme.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.