Kā Mahi Tapuhi Nursing

About nursing

Nursing is a career that offers challenges and rewards to a wide variety of people.

Whether you are interested in fast paced, rapidly changing environments (such as emergency departments or intensive care units), rehabilitation (where people are recovering from serious illnesses), or the health promotion environment (working proactively with individuals and their communities), there is something for everyone in nursing.

The nature of the health workforce in New Zealand is shifting. As the population increases, the profile of people needing healthcare is changing – there will be a greater proportion of over 65s, higher incidence of chronic illnesses, and an increase in patients from a range of ethnic backgrounds. More health services will be delivered in the community rather than in hospital or institutional care.

Studying nursing

We offer students diploma and degree level qualifications as well as Graduate Certificate studies for experienced registered nurses who wish to further develop their skills.

The Competency Assessment programme will allow nurses with registration in another country, or who have been out of practice for five years or more, the opportunity to refresh their skills and practice in New Zealand.

Our highly qualified staff are committed to comprehensive best practice training in and outside of the classroom. We deliver theory and practical learning in simulated settings on our campus and via placements in health care agencies.

Every year the majority of our Bachelor of Nursing graduates find employment soon after completion of their studies at Ara. Almost 90% of our July 2013 nursing graduates found employment within two months.

If you wish to study further after completion of your Bachelor of Nursing degree, consider the Masters of Nursing at EIT (co-delivered by EIT and Ara).

Programmes

Master of Nursing

Master of Nursing - Advanced Practice Pathway

Programme code:
HB3911
Level:
9
Credits:
240
Starts:
February, July

The Master of Nursing is an applied, clinically-focused programme characterised by advanced study in nursing and health sciences.

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Master of Health Science

Master of Health Science

Programme code:
HB4033
Level:
9
Credits:
180
Starts:
February, July

The Master of Health Science programme is tailored for health managers and health practitioners, specifically those working for DHBs, PHOs, the fitness industry and sports organisations, as well as social workers, community care workers and allied health practitioners.

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

Programme code:
HB3963
Level:
8
Credits:
60
Starts:
February, July

The postgraduate certificate in health science offers a selection of courses designed to meet the needs of health practitioners, health sector managers and other professionals whose practice has a focus on health.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Programme code:
HB3849
Level:
8
Credits:
120
Starts:
February, July

This postgraduate diploma is an inter-disciplinary programme providing qualified health professionals and health service managers with advanced practice knowledge and critical analysis skills.

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Bachelor of Nursing

Programme code:
CH3730
Level:
7
Credits:
360
Starts:
February, July

We give your career the best start possible with our comprehensive three year nursing degree.

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Graduate diploma in Health

Graduate Diploma in Health

Programme code:
CH4053
Level:
7
Credits:
120
Starts:
Throughout the year

Broaden your career opportunities and meet the needs of an expanding health sector.

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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice

Programme code:
CH3890
Level:
7
Credits:
60
Starts:
Throughout the year

If you want professional development to enhance your New Zealand Registered Nursing qualification, this graduate certificate will give you the opportunity to develop your expertise in a range of specialist areas.

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Bachelor of Nursing (Articulated with University of Canterbury Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Nursing))

Programme code:
CH3730
Level:
7
Credits:
360
Starts:
February

Ara and the University of Canterbury (UC) offer a unique study pathway to students who already hold a Bachelor's degree. Previous study in the field of health or science is an advantage.

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Competency Assessment Programme - Registered Nurse

Programme code:
G21001
Level:
7
Credits:
34
Starts:
January, June, October

Our nursing programme gives New Zealand Registered Nurses returning to practice after five years or more, or internationally qualified Registered Nurses, the opportunity to obtain their current practicing certificate through the competency assessment programme.

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Graduate diploma in Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Programme code:
CH4052
Level:
7
Credits:
120
Starts:
Throughout the year

Align your overseas nursing qualification to New Zealand standards and pave the way to greater opportunities in the health sector.

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New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

Programme code:
NZ2889
Level:
5
Credits:
180
Starts:
March

Gain the theory and clinical nursing practice required to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

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Competency Assessment Programme - Enrolled Nurse

Programme code:
G21002
Level:
5
Credits:
34
Starts:
January, June, October

Our nursing programme gives New Zealand Enrolled Nurses returning to practice after five years or more, or internationally qualified Enrolled Nurses, the opportunity to obtain their current practicing certificate through the competency assessment programme.

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Certificate in Pre Health and Science

Programme code:
CH4034
Level:
3
Credits:
50
Starts:
February, July, September

If you are seeking a career in health or applied sciences but need the necessary background studies, this open-entry programme will give you the skills and entry qualifications for a whole range of more advanced health or applied science related programmes.

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Social and Community Services Vocational Pathway (Community Health and Support CTC)

Programme code:
NCEP5N
Level:
2
Credits:
41
Starts:
February

Canterbury Tertiary College (CTC) is a partnership between secondary schools and tertiary education providers. It's a different way of learning where you complete your NCEA studies at secondary school and start working towards a tertiary qualification.

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