The Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (PGDipPhty) is designed to provide individuals currently working in a specific area of physiotherapy with a programme of study designed to enhance their knowledge, competence and skill. It can be endorsed in either Acupuncture, Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Neurorehabilitation, Occupational Health Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy or Sports Physiotherapy, and as such, has a strong clinical emphasis to service the stated needs of the profession. Each programme develops a student's ability to critically review and evaluate current practice and apply this information appropriately to the evaluation and management of client needs. It further aims to provide students with an ability to contribute to the ongoing development of effective physiotherapy management.
Information for new applicants
This qualification is available to registered physiotherapists. Domestic students must have a current Annual Practising Certificate from the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand. International students must obtain Special Purpose Scope of Practice from the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand before arriving in New Zealand.
Distance based students must be practising physiotherapy whilst undertaking the clinical paper and should note that some papers involved in this qualification involve attending residential blocks in Dunedin and phoning in on audioconferences. On-campus students will be based at the School of Physiotherapy in Dunedin.
On completion of the Diploma, with a minimum grade average of B, students can progress to the Master of Physiotherapy (MPhty) endorsed in the same area.
Applicants enrolling for distance learning should enrol in papers from the schedule with a PHTX prefix where possible. Those studying on-campus should enrol in papers from the schedule with a PHTY prefix where possible.
Applications normally close on 31 October, however late applications may be considered.
Schedule of Endorsed Options
The Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (PGDipPhty) is available with endorsed options in:
- Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
- Occupational Health Physiotherapy
- Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy
- Sports Physiotherapy
These endorsements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (PGDipPhty) are also available through Distance Learning.
Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (PGDipPhty) endorsed in Acupuncture
Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (PGDipPhty) in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (PGDipPhty) in Neurorehabilitation
Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (PGDipPhty) endorsed in Occupational Health Physiotherapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (PGDipPhty) in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy
Note: A candidate who has completed the Diploma in Manipulative Therapy awarded by the New Zealand Manipulative Therapists' Association and who enrolled initially for that diploma in 1990 or later may be exempted from PHTY 543 or PHTX 543.
Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (PGDipPhty) in Sports Physiotherapy
Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy (PGDipPhty)
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 an Annual Practising Certificate; and
- have had relevant post-qualification clinical experience in physiotherapy, where the application is for an area of specialisation.
Structure of the Programme
- The programme of study shall comprise approved papers to the value of 120 points, which must be those specified in the Schedule for the area concerned if the diploma is to be endorsed in an area of specialisation. With permission of the Dean of Physiotherapy, a candidate may substitute up to 30 points in a relevant or related subject for one or more of the required PHTY or PHTX papers.
- The programme of study shall constitute a coherent and integrated programme of study in physiotherapy.
- A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Physiotherapy shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate.
Note: Where appropriate, students should normally enrol initially for the Postgraduate Certificate programme before proceeding to the diploma.
Duration of the Programme
- A candidate for the diploma shall normally follow a programme of study for not less than one year of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.
- A candidate will normally be expected to satisfy the requirements for the diploma within three years of admission to the programme.
Level of Award of the Diploma
The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.