Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching
UC’s Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching (PGCertCT) is designed for health professionals who are responsible for supervising, coaching, and supporting learning in clinical learning environments in a range healthcare settings. Participants develop the skills to become competent clinical educators, establish an identity, and gain leadership skills as a clinical supervisor both within their own profession and as a member of an interprofessional team.
The qualification is structured to ensure participants gain the skills required to undertake preparatory work towards a research or educational project grounded in practice. It will introduce participants to the wider community and networks of health professional educators in Australasia and the extensive literature in this field.
The programme is delivered in consultation with local District Health Boards and regional education providers.
UC is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Education and Training (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020).
Students enrolling in the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching must have one of the following:
- a degree from an Aotearoa New Zealand university which is of relevance to clinical teaching and the proposed course of study; or
- an appropriate health or allied professional qualification requiring at least three years full-time tertiary study at an appropriate level; or
- qualifications and experience that accord with membership of an approved health professional association, or be registered to practice within a health environment.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
Students must be approved to enrol by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences.
For the full entry requirements use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
Applications are due two weeks prior to the commencement of programme. Contact the School of Heath Sciences | Te Kura Mātai Hauora for more information on the application process.
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The PGCertCT comprises of three compulsory courses. Each course is a stand-alone modular course, so students can exit at any point and undertake the complete qualification in their own timeframe or undertake a single course as a component of another postgraduate qualification.
HLTH 415 or HLTH 416 can be taken as courses within the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science (60 points), the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (120 points), the Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (180 points), and the Master of Health Sciences (240 points).
The Certificate is normally completed on a part-time basis within 2 years.
The PGCertCT includes the following three courses:
- HLTH 415 Designing and Managing Learning and Supervision in a Health Care Setting
- HLTH 416 Issues and Processes in Learning and Supervision in a Health Care Setting
- HLTH 417 Education Proposal for a Health Context
HLTH 415 and HLTH 416 are designed for flexibility and to accommodate those working in busy clinical environments, including rural. Each course includes an online component; two 2-day intensive workshops, and a workplace supervision meeting (face-to-face or Skype).
HLTH 417 is self-directed and designed to be undertaken within and around participants work environment and contribute to both personal learning goals and the goals of their organisation. This may be taken as a group project by teams that work together, particularly in an interprofessional context.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
More specifically, this postgraduate qualification provides a pathway into educator roles within one’s own profession, and into the world of health professional education within academic and health provider environments. This is a growth area in the health sector with the increasing focus on patient safety, simulation, patient education, and interprofessional education for collaborative practice and optimum patient care.
Health professional education is an exciting, active, and energised environment locally and internationally, with many organisations and networks that this programme will introduce you to.
- HWNZ Funding for Postgraduate Study for Nurses is available; check individual eligibility requirements and application procedures through your Professional Development Unit.
- Visit the Australian & New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) website to see what exciting roles health professional educators have and the range of topics they explore and research within this network. Your own profession will most likely have an educator group.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Teaching.
For study planning help contact the School of Heath Sciences | Te Kura Mātai Hauora or the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
College of Education, Health and Human Development | Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
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