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Study pathways

Overview

Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) is well-known as a competitive first year of study for the University of Otago's health professional programmes, but it also gives you a great number of other options—ranging from useful background knowledge for restricted-entry programmes, to counting as the first year of your BBiomedSc or BSc degree.

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Professional programmes

HSFY counts as the first year of study for Health Sciences professional programmes:

Dentistry

  • HSFY + 4 years = 5 years total
  • Based at the Faculty of Dentistry, on the Dunedin campus

Medical Laboratory Science

  • HSFY + 3 years = 4 years total
  • Based at the Dunedin School of Medicine—with placements throughout New Zealand and overseas in your final year

Medicine

  • HSFY + 5 years = 6 years total
  • After HSFY, years 2 and 3 are jointly taught by Dunedin School of Medicine and the School of Biomedical Sciences, on the Dunedin campus
  • Years 4–6 are taught at either the Dunedin School of Medicine; University of Otago, Christchurch; or University of Otago, Wellington—with placements throughout New Zealand in your final year

Pharmacy

  • HSFY + 3 years = 4 years total
  • Based at the School of Pharmacy, on the Dunedin campus
  • After graduation, one year of on-the-job training and study is required to become a registered pharmacist in New Zealand

Physiotherapy

  • HSFY + 3 years = 4 years total
  • Based at the School of Physiotherapy, on the Dunedin campus

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Restricted-entry programmes

HSFY is useful preparation, but not required, for Health Sciences restricted-entry programmes:

Dental Technology

  • 3 years total (excluding HSFY)
  • Based at the Faculty of Dentistry, on the Dunedin campus

Note: High grades in HSFY allow you to apply for direct entry into the 3-year Bachelor of Dental Technology with Honours (BDentTech(Hons)) programme.

Oral Health

  • 3 years total (excluding HSFY)
  • Based at the Faculty of Dentistry, on the Dunedin campus

Radiation Therapy

  • 3 years total (excluding HSFY)
  • Based at the University of Otago, Wellington

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Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc)

HSFY counts as the first year of study for the following three-year degrees, all taught on the Dunedin campus:

Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHealSc)

HSFY can count towards the following majors, in three-year BHealSc degree, all taught on the Dunedin campus.

Bachelor of Science (BSc) with Health Sciences majors

HSFY counts as the first year of study for the following three-year degrees, all taught on the Dunedin campus:

Note: There are many more BSc majors available than those listed above, which are just the Health Sciences BSc majors. See 'Other degrees' below.

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Other degrees

Most degrees at the University of Otago allow you to contribute points from other areas to your degree. For example, if you choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA), you can contribute up to 90 points (five papers) from HSFY towards your BA.

A Bachelor of Science (with a non-Health Sciences major) would enable to you to contribute more than 90 points, because all HSFY papers are counted as science papers.

Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc)

  • Up to six HSFY papers can contribute towards your degree (either as major subject requirements, or as additional points for your degree—depending on the major)

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

  • Up to five HSFY papers can contribute towards BASc arts majors (as additional points for your degree)

Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc)

  • All HSFY papers can contribute towards BASc science majors (as major subject requirements)

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

  • Up to five HSFY papers can contribute towards BASc arts majors (as additional points for your degree)

Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd)

  • Up to six HSFY papers can contribute towards your degree (two as major subject requirements, and up to four as additional points for your degree)

Bachelor of Science (BSc) with non-Health Sciences majors

  • All HSFY papers can contribute towards your degree (either as major subject requirements, or as additional points for your degree—depending on the major)

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