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Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School.
If your first language is not English you need to meet our English language requirements as follows: IELTS score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0); we also accept a number of other English language tests. Due to COVID-19, we currently accept Duolingo English Test (DET), IELTS Indicator Test, and TOEFL iBT Special home Edition.
Don’t meet the English language requirements? The University of Otago Language Centre "English for Otago" programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.
Months of entry
The Postgraduate Diploma in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport (PGDipAeroRT) provides advanced training in retrieval medicine and aero medical evacuation for medical practitioners who are involved as clinical advisers and practitioners in the specialty of aero medical retrieval and transportation. This two-year, part-time programme provides the basic qualification for those who want to find work, or those who are already engaged in, patient transportation, independent of which stream of clinical practice they originate.
- AVME 717 Medical Logistics in Aeromedical Transport
- AVME 718 Operational Aspects of Aeromedical Transport
- AVME 721 Clinical Care in the Air
- AVME 722 Organisation of Aeromedical Systems
A candidate may apply to substitute a research paper, AVME 780 or AVME 785, for one paper above.
Subject to approval, a candidate may be granted an exemption for up to two of the prescribed papers on the basis of having completed an appropriate paper or papers at an equivalent level offered by the University of Otago, another university or an approved examining body.
Structure of the Programme
- The programme shall consist of four papers in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport, AVME 717, AVME 718, AVME 721 and AVME 722.
- A candidate may apply to substitute a research paper, AVME 780 or AVME 785 (30 points), for one paper in (a) above.
- Subject to the approval of the Dean of the Otago Medical School, a candidate may be granted an exemption for up to two of the prescribed papers on the basis of having completed an appropriate paper or papers at an equivalent level offered by the University of Otago, another university or an approved examining body.
- A candidate who has completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Certificate in Aeromedical Retrieval and Transport shall be exempted from those papers in the programme for the diploma which have been previously passed for the certificate.
Information for international students
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Fees and funding
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time24 months
- Online learningis available for this qualification
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