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Postgraduate Options

Ara offers five nursing and health science qualifications at postgraduate level which can be studied online.

They are:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Practice
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Practice
  • Master of Health Science
  • Master of Health Practice
  • Master of Nursing

Accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, these programmes are an excellent way to progress your career by specialising in a particular area of need or professional interest. They also provide a pathway to becoming a nurse practitioner.

All five programmes are delivered online and can be studied part time, allowing you to study when and where it suits you and to fit your studies around work and other commitments.*

To undertake one of these programmes you need to be a Registered Nurse or a health professional.

To find out more about these programmes and to decide which might best suit your needs and goals, we recommend contacting our Principal Lecturer, Kaye Milligan on (03) 940 8288 or

* Some courses include a compulsory component of up to three days on-site.