Diploma in Applied Science

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The Diploma in Applied Science is for students who wish to gain knowledge in a specialised scientific discipline at undergraduate level or who are preparing to apply for anaesthetic training or for chiropractic study.
There are three common pathways available:
  • Standard diploma
  • Anaesthetic Technology
  • Pre-Chiropractic

Quick facts

Programme code: AK3750
Level: 5
Points: 120
Duration: Standard diploma - 1 year full-time/part-time available; Anaesthetic Technology - 3 years part-time; Pre-Chiropractic - 1 year full-time
Venue: City Campus
Fees: General Course fees and Additional fees
Start date: 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • NCEA: 48 level 2 credits including eight level 2 credits in any one subject from: Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies or Business Studies, Economics, Physical Education, Te Reo Maori, Te Reo Rangatira
  • CIE: 60 points on the UCAS Tariff, including any one subject similar to the NCEA subjects listed above

Selection criteria:

  • Anaesthetic Technology: Relevant employment as an Anaesthetic Technician
  • Pre-Chiropractic: If intending to continue into chiropractic study, students need a letter of acceptance to NZCC following an interview by the New Zealand College of Chiropractic

What this qualification covers

Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic calendar.

Standard pathway

This one-year qualification includes enrolment in 8 papers from the first and second years of the Bachelor of Science papers, which may include:

HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
HEAL507 Health and Environment (or MAOH501 Māori Health, Development and Environment)
CHEM502 Biological Chemistry
MICR501 Microbiology
CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry
ECOL501 Ecology and Evolution
BIOL502 Plants and Animals
SCIE503 Biophysics

Pre-Chiropractic pathway

This one-year pathway prepares you for entry into the New Zealand College of Chiropractic’s Bachelor of Chiropractic. Prospective students must apply to the New Zealand College of Chiropractic first and receive a letter of acceptance to secure their place. If you wish to enrol with the college, you are required to complete the AUT Diploma in Applied Science.

Please note, completion of the diploma does not guarantee entry to the Bachelor of Chiropractic.

You will study:
CHEM502 Biological Chemistry
MICR501 Microbiology
CHEM501 Principles of Chemistry
SCIE503 Biophysics
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HEAL609 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication

In addition, you choose one elective from the Bachelor of Science list of elective papers.

For further entry information please contact:
New Zealand College of Chiropractic
6 Harrison Road
Mt Wellington
+64 9 526 6789

Anaesthetic Technology pathway

This three-year pathway provides trainee anaesthetic technicians with the theoretical and general practical skills to become registered anaesthetic technicians. All people working as trainee anaesthetic technicians or nurses must be registered as trainees and employed in a New Zealand Anaesthetic Technicians’ Society recognised training facility.

Year 1
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
SCIE501 Anaesthesia I
SCIE502 Anaesthetic Technology I

Year 2
SCIE503 Biophysics
SCIE603 Anaesthesia II

Year 3
SCIE604 Anaesthesia III
SCIE703 Anaesthesia IV
SCIE704 Anaesthetic Technology II


  • To enrol in the anaesthesia papers, you must be employed in an approved training hospital as an Anaesthetic Technician trainee.
  • All papers are offered by distance learning.

Career opportunities

Standard Diploma
Graduates with this broad foundation in science are prepared for science and laboratory work in a variety of industries. Graduates can also progress to a higher level science qualification.

Anaesthetic Technology
Diploma papers provide the theory supporting the practice of anaesthetic technology, during three years of clinical training based in the hospital. A student must have a position as a trainee  in a recognised training hospital to undertake this qualification which leads to technician registration.

A pathway to gain entry into chiropractic college and become a registered chiropractor.

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Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.47pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.