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)

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Bachelor of Nursing articulated with the University of Canterbury Master's of Health Science

DegreeFull time - 2 years, part time up to 5 years

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Domestic Applications due

29 November

International Applications due

31 October for February start


Christchurch - Manawa Campus

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$7540 - $8060



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.

About this programme

This programme allows you to gain both a Bachelor of Nursing from Ara and a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Canterbury in just two years.

To enrol in this programme, you must already hold a degree (in any subject, although previous study in the field of health or science is an advantage).

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 (CPU) 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.

For details of the University of Canterbury courses and degree regulations for the Master of Health Science Professional Practice visit the University of Canterbury website at:

For entry requirements for the Master of Health Sciences see University of Canterbury

For detailed information about this programme please contact:

Dr Isabel Jamieson RN
Programme Coordinator
Phone 03 940 8250 or 021 284 8250

Applications are received all year for this programme.

Please note: As places are limited on this programme we strongly recommend applying as soon as you know you wish to study with us.

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.

Recommended school subjects

Programme structure

To complete this Degree you are required to complete 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 meet the entry requirements for both the University of Canterbury Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Nursing) and Ara Bachelor of Nursing.

    • A relevant bachelor's degree, or appropriate health professional qualification, with a B average or better,
Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Additional requirements
  • In addition you need to:

    • provide a personal statement outlining 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).
    • provide a first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace) which is current at the time the programme starts.
    • meet various Health Authority requirements in order to participate in the clinical components of the programme. 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 your 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.
    • you may be required to attend an interview if you meet academic entry criteria to ensure you will meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand requirements for registration on completion of the programme.

    Your personal statement, referees' reports, and interview (if required) should provide evidence of appropriateness to study for the nursing profession.

English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .


    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

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

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.