Course Name

Diploma in Business (Healthcare Management) (Level 7)

Aim of the course

The healthcare management specialization in ICA’s Diploma in Business Level 7 will prepare skilled graduates to run and lead different businesses and organizations and improve output. The graduates will have leadership and professional communication skills to deal with healthcare stakeholders; clear understanding of ethics, legislation and compliance issues in health care management; and a vision of new trends and marketing strategies in the business. The specialization will require all these outcomes from the learner to prepare for the healthcare industry. The specialization is aimed at students, over 20 years of age, who are looking for careers in the field of healthcare or clinical, medical and dental practitioners who wish to gain skills in leadership and management.

Course Details

  • Course length – 40 weeks including holidays
  • Class timetable – Classes over weekdays as well as weekends
  • Intakes every 8 weeks

Entry Requirements (International Students)

Eligibility criteria to enrol in this diploma is:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 6, OR
  • NZIM Diploma in Management Advanced OR
  • National Diploma in Business Level 6 or their equivalent. OR
  • Equivalent knowledge and skills


Any **applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of

  • An overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5, or a TOEFL score of no less than 550, OR
  • Equivalent knowledge and skills
  • Pass ICA’s Internal English Language Proficiency Assessment with an overall proficiency of 6.

*RPL is available to the eligible learners. Each RPL application shall be processed in accordance with ICA RPL policy
**(Note: Students who have enrolled having completed the New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 6, NZIM Diploma in Management Advanced or National Diploma in Business Level 6 will be deemed to have met the English proficiency criterion)

Course Advantages

  • Unique NZQA approved programme in New Zealand which trains learners in one year to meet entry-to-middle level management/supervisory staff needs of most organisations from a variety of industries and sectors
  • One year job search visa
  • Internationally recognised qualification
  • Growing sector with increasing job opportunities all over the world

  • Pathway to study at post graduate level
  • Students are entitled to work for 20 hours per week while studying

  • Practicum opportunities which provide real working environment exposure to the learners
  • Mentors provided to each learner, who work on one-on-one basis with the student

  • Highly experienced and qualified staff

Career Opportunities

The graduates of the ICA’s Diploma in Business Level 7 will have career opportunities to enter middle level management as healthcare service professionals in various healthcare sectors, such as general clinical practice in medicine, psychology, hospitals and other similar areas; pharmacy practice, such as pharmacy outlets; aged care, such as aged care homes and hospitals; and healthcare communications.

Course Structure


Healthcare Management Strand - Subject Description

711 Leadership and Professional Communication in Healthcare Management

This paper aims to develop learner’s leadership and communication skills by evaluating the specialized needs of the healthcare sector in accordance with best practices. The course will further develop learner’s skills to practice and fulfil the healthcare organisation’s ethical and operational requirements including safety, quality patient care, and collaboration between leadership, leadership structures, relations and operations within the healthcare systems. Upon the completion of this paper, the learner will be capable of evaluating and practicing communication and contemporary communication ethics and leadership skills, required in healthcare organizations.

712 Ethics, Legislation and Compliance Issues in Healthcare Management Practices

This paper aims to develop learner’s skills to analyse ethics, legislation and standards involved in the relationship of healthcare centres and patients in the healthcare industry. Upon the completion of this course, learners will be acquainted with quality management systems in healthcare centres according the criteria of the DHBs. The learner will also be able to interpret and practice rights and responsibilities of patients, healthcare professionals and organizations in the healthcare framework.

713 New Trends and Marketing Strategies in Healthcare

This paper aims to enhance learner’s knowledge and skills of healthcare marketing by understanding specialist marketing strategies; analysing and reviewing new trends in the sector, practicing contemporary marketing techniques, analysing ongoing practices and predicting their impact on the future of healthcare marketing. After completion, the learner will be able to market healthcare products and services, assess marketing trends, review marketing strategies and evaluate their impact on the future of marketing in the healthcare sector.

714 Healthcare Financial Management

This paper aims to develop learner’s knowledge and skills of healthcare financial management by evaluating the financial environment of the healthcare sector and its management. The paper will further enhance learner’s capabilities to review concepts of capital acquisition, cost and structure; capital allocation, financial condition analysis and forecasting for healthcare organizations. Upon completion, the learner will be able to manage healthcare financial systems in accordance with best industry practices.