Bachelor of Nursing (Articulated with University of Canterbury Master of Health Science).xml Bachelor of Nursing (Articulated with University of Canterbury Master of Health Science)

Qualifications and courses Study options

DegreeFull time - 2 years, part time up to 4 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme Code



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Course related costs

Textbook costs, $325 for equipment, indemnity insurance, expenses associated with the clincal placement and vaccinations/ immunisations, $240 examination fee payable to the Nursing Council of New Zealand Student levies for both institutes apply.



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


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.

Successful candidates will be simultaneously enrolled in both the UC Master of Health Sciences and the Ara Bachelor of Nursing, and be able to have both qualifications completed in two years.

During your studies you will attend Postgraduate Health Sciences courses at UC which will be recognised as prior learning for credit to the degree at Ara. You will also attend classes in Ara's Clinical Practice Units and complete Clinical Placements arranged and managed by Ara's Nursing staff.

You will cover the full range of topics in relation to the field of nursing. The topics UC and Ara teach students across both these programmes include professional responsibilities and best practices, patient health assessment, acute and long term care, mental health and addiction rehabilitation and whānau and community health.

This combination of qualifications offers the fastest and most effective way to combine the necessary skills and competencies to be registered as a nurse by the Nursing Council of New Zealand while getting the postgraduate studies which can assist your career progression.

The delivery of these programmes offers flexible and independently oriented study, perfectly suited to self-motivated students with strong ambition.

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete a minimum total of 360 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • To qualify for this pathway, you must have completed a relevant bachelor's degree or postgraduate diploma in health sciences or equivalent with a B average.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • A personal statement outlining why you have chosen nursing as a career and describing personal qualities and relevant aspects from your life experiences which will enhance your application

  • Two referee's reports providing evidence of good character and personal attributes

  • A current first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace) which is current at the time the programme starts.
  • In order to participate in the clinical components of the programme, you must meet various Health Authority requirements (currently, MRSA clearance is required by most clinical practice areas)

  • Consent to Disclosure of Information
    Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their placement. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of School. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

  • Interview If you meet academic entry criteria you may also be required to attend an interview.
  • Your personal statement, referee reports, and interview (if required) should provide evidence of appropriateness to study for the nursing profession.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.











Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an nursing domestic application pack or an nursing international application pack.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

With this combined Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Health Science qualification you can accelerate career progression into leadership and management roles within nursing.

Study pathways

Progression in the M Heal Sc is subject to University of Canterbury regulations. Students will need to complete the courses in the prescribed order. M Heal Sc courses that align with clinical courses are pre requisites for completion of the Ara clinical course.

Progression through BN courses is dependent on meeting the prerequisites for each course. UC and Ara will provide each other with students' academic results at the end of each course to ensure requisites and progression requirements are met.

The NCNZ Education standards with regard to time frames, re-enrolment in courses and repeating clinical courses apply. A student may be exited from the BN via Ara probation processes but able to continue in the M Heal Sc programme if achieving academically but not clinically.