Diploma in Business Healthcare Administration (Level 7)

Duration: 40 weeks (1 Academic Year)
This programme will:

Provide graduates with knowledge and skills in the field of healthcare administration and business management within a professional context, to effectively manage and lead healthcare businesses, or divisions of healthcare businesses and organisations, at an operational level, and to contribute to increasing productivity. The programme is designed as a general management course with a healthcare context to give students an exposure to working in a competitive business environment in a range of entry to middle-level healthcare administration roles.

Like any good business, healthcare needs quality administrators to maintain a smoothly running organisation. Healthcare administrators plan and supervise the delivery of services by doctors, nurses and technicians. They may work in small health clinics or major medical centres, including hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, physicians’ offices, dentist offices, home healthcare services, and outpatient care centres.

Since a good understanding of medical procedures and a familiarity with medical terminology are essential for successful healthcare administration, the programme is open to learners who already have this background knowledge through a qualification in nursing or related field. It is targeted at International students as well as local students.


On successful completion of this programme Graduates will be able to:

  • Understand, apply and analyse the business communication principles and information technology in a variety of business scenarios.
  • Analyse and apply information, knowledge and learning concepts, principles and issues in business management, policy and governance.
  • Develop plans and strategies to provide strategic direction to an organisation in an ethical context to enhance competitiveness and sustainability.
  • Plan and supervise the delivery of services by doctors, nurses and technicians in a healthcare setting.
  • Identify key issues facing healthcare today, examines the causes, and assesses the opportunities and challenges which will impact on health service administration in the future.
  • Effectively manage cultural diversity in the workplace and demonstrate your ability to connect with people through whanaungatanga, manaakitanga and awhinatanga.


General Entry Requirements:

Candidates must be at least 17 years of age and hold a Nursing degree or equivalent in any medical or related field equivalent to an NZQF Level 6 diploma or equivalent; be able to demonstrate during the pre-interview a willingness to connect with people of different backgrounds and cultures.
International students must have an IELTS academic band score of at least 6 with no academic band score lower than 5.5 achieved in one examination within the last two years, or equivalent from the current NZQA Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules.
In addition to entry requirements applicants may be required to undertake a pre-entry test or interview or both by the AWI Academic Board prior to the evaluation of an application.

Special Entry Requirements

Graduates who have successfully completed the NZ Diploma in Business (Level 5) with AWI within the last 12 months and who hold a relevant nursing or related qualification at the NZQF Level 6 may be eligible for entry to this programme subject to additional criteria. English Language entry requirements for Level 7 must be met.

Course Features

  • Modules 1
  • Duration 40 Weeks
  • Skill level 7
  • Credits 120
  • Bus601 Management Communications

  • Bus602 Knowledge and Organisational Learning

  • Bus703 Strategic Management

  • Bha721 Key Issues in Healthcare Administration

  • Bha722 Cultural Diversity in the New Zealand Health Sector

  • Bha723 Human Resource Management in the Healthcare Sector