Laboratory Technician Comprehensive Programme

Participants in this programme are preparing for laboratory careers as technicians progressing to advanced technical roles.  This programme is not intended to prepare people to work in a medical laboratory.  The emphases are on practical work, and on an understanding of the context of that practical work.  Therefore, there will be practice in finding and using information, and a project to gain an understanding of laboratory quality systems.  Participants have considerable flexibility in developing specialist knowledge and skills.

This programme is for international and domestic participants.

Duration: 60 weeks plus study breaks

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Awarded upon successful completion:  People completing this programme will earn two qualifications.  The New Zealand Certificate in Applied Science (Level 4) is awarded after successful completion of SCI401 and SCI501, and The New Zealand Diploma in Applied Science (Level 6) is awarded after successful completion of the entire programme,

Post-study work visa: For information, please click here.

Partnering laboratory time: Approximately 740 hours


Your fees will not increase while you remain enrolled in this programme.

Costs for Entire Programme:

International NZ$29420 (NZ$19613 for first 120 credits)

Domestic NZ$15645 (NZ$9811 for first 120 credits)(Please ask about StudyLink assistance.)

Scholarships are available. 

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Entry: Participants must have a typical high school background with some knowledge of chemistry (such as New Zealand's NCEA Level 2 with 15 credits of Level 2 Chemistry) or equivalent knowledge and skills, and demonstrate an understanding of and general suitability for the programme determined by Real World Education's pre-entry process.  International applicants must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 or better with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent evidence of English proficiency).

Relationship to other programmes: The first third of this programme is essentially the same and the Laboratory Skills Programme.

Modules: The modules in this programme are listed below.  For details of modules, please click here.

Microbiology and Chemistry in a Working Laboratory (SCI401, 45 credits, level 4)

Context for Laboratory Work (SCI501, 15 credits, level 5)

Advanced Laboratory Work (SCI502, 30 credits, level 5)

Laboratory Quality Systems (SCI503, 15 credits, level 5)

Scientific Information Use (SCI601, 15 credits, level 6)

Advanced Laboratory Consideration (SCI602, 60 credits, level 6)