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Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

University Entrance (specific subjects apply). If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.5 speaking/reading/writing, 7.0 listening).

Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

Detailed requirements

Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification.

Duration

The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

Tuition Fees

Student fees

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The annual and total qualification tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (These are averages based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Government tuition subsidy

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The average annual and total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (These are estimates based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The combined total of the annual and total amount paid by both student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (These are estimates based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

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Student Success

Successful course completion -

The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

National Graduates Outcomes

3 years after completion

Earnings -

(lower quartile, median, upper quartile)
The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. The upper and lower quartile values represent the one quarter point and three quarters point for earnings. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.

In employment -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

In further study -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

Content

This three-year degree programme will enable you to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

If you have an undergraduate degree you can fast track completion of this qualification, together with a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Canterbury, in just two years. Find out more about the combined Bachelor of Nursing (Articulated with University of Canterbury Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Nursing) programme.

You will gain an understanding of the many opportunities available for a career in nursing and be challenged to go beyond traditional health and illness care and focus on creating a supportive environment for health and wellbeing.

This programme is highly regarded nationally and combines theory with clinical experience and meets the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) Competencies for the Registered Nurse Scope of Practice.

We will give you the opportunity to explore the diverse environments and relevant cultural understandings that nurses work within from hospitals, rest homes and health clinics to private practices and community care agencies.

Ara frequently leads the sector for graduate outcomes, with 94.5% of all November 2016 nurse graduates in employment within three months (according to the "New Graduate Destinations" survey, conducted by Nurse Education in the Tertiary Sector).

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

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
  • NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of:
    - English or classical studies or history or geography or art history or religious studies or social studies
    - biology or physical education or chemistry
    - one other subject from the list of approved subjects* and

    • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and
    • Mathematics - 14 credits at Level 1 or above

    Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact us for requirements.

    * NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience.

    Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 4 Ara Pre Health Pathway.

Additional requirements
  • Personal statement
    This should outline why you have chosen nursing as a career and describe personal qualities and relevant aspects from your life experiences which will enhance your application.

  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee report(s).

  • Interview
    Applicants who meet academic entry criteria may be required to attend an interview.

  • 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.

  • Your personal statement, referees' 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.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

6.5

READING

6.5

WRITING

6.5

LISTENING

7.0
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

All applicants must meet academic entry criteria, they are then ranked and preference given to those who demonstrate evidence of meeting the following selection criteria:

  • Personal statement (3 points)
  • References (2 points)
  • Residency in the wider Canterbury area ( 1 point)
  • Institutional strategic directives (1 point)

Those who are not initially accepted but who meet entry criteria will be waitlisted in order of ranking.

PROGRAMME CODE: CH3730
LEVEL: 7
CREDITS: 360
COMMENCES: February, July
APPLICATION DUE:
Domestic: 30 September for February start, late applications may be considered. 30 April for July start.
International: International: 30 September for February start, late applications may be considered. 30 April for July start.
ANNUAL FEES:
Domestic: $7,350 - $7,650
International: $21,710
LOCATION: Christchurch - Madras Street
PART-TIME AVAILABILITY:
ADDITIONAL COSTS: $800 text books in Year 1, $325 equipment, indemnity insurance, expenses associated with clinical placement, vaccinations/ immunisations, $240 Nursing Council for NZ exam fee Year 3.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application pack and application form

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

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing are eligible to sit the NCNZ registration exam to become a registered nurse.

You can then choose to work in general nursing, or specialist fields such as intensive care, cancer nursing, women's health, mental health, community or elderly care.

Study pathways

Once you are a registered nurse advance your knowledge of additional clinical practice with specialisations included within the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice as part of your on-going professional development.