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.

Are you seeking… an entry-level nursing qualification

If you’d like to gain a formal qualification in nursing, we offer these options:

Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

This 18-month diploma programme will enable you to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Learn more about our Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing

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

Learn more about our Bachelor of Nursing

Combined Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Health Sciences

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).

Learn more about our Combined Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Health Sciences

Are you seeking … nursing or health-related professional development

If you have a Level 5 or higher qualification in nursing or a health-related field and you’d like to extend your knowledge or specialise in a particular area, we offer these graduate options:

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice

This part-time programme enables you to use your existing knowledge and experience as a Registered nurse to develop your career in an area of expertise.  Most courses are delivered either as a three or five-day block course, although online options are also available.

Learn more about our Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice

Graduate Diploma in Nursing

If you’re an overseas educated Registered nurse, this programme is designed to equip you with the confidence and skills to plan and co-ordinate complex patient care. You can choose to complete the full time one year programme, or selected courses within it.

Learn more about our Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Health

This one year programme enables you to broaden your employment opportunities in the health sector and develop your expertise in a wide range of areas including aged care, health assessment, mental health support and care of the diabetic person.

Learn more about our Graduate Diploma in Health

Are you seeking … to advance your career in nursing or health

If you have a degree in nursing or a health-related area and you’d like to extend your knowledge and skills for advanced practice in the health sector, we offer the following postgraduate options:

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

You’ll graduate from this six month online programme with the confidence and skills to plan and co-ordinate multiple, complex patient care demands in your chosen specialisation.  

Learn more about our Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

This one-year online diploma is an interdisciplinary programme for qualified health professionals and health service managers. It will equip you with advanced practice knowledge and critical analysis skills.

Learn more about our Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Master of Health Science

If you’re a health practitioner or health manager, this programme will build on your specialist knowledge, enabling you to progress to management positions or enter into health teaching in your area of practice.  To achieve this degree you need to complete 180 credit within three years, including 60 credits at Level 9.

Learn more about our Master of Health Science

Master of Nursing

With this qualification you can extend your knowledge in the practice area in which you’re already working and gain a formal qualification in recognition of your professional development.  If you’re undertaking the nurse practitioner pathway, upon graduation you can apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for the Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice.

Learn more about our Master of Nursing

Are you seeking … to re-register as a nurse

If your nursing qualification has lapsed, or you gained it overseas and wish to practice in New Zealand, we offer these re-registration options:

Enrolled Nurse Competency Assessment Programme

After completion of the theory and clinical components of this full time nine-week programme and having successfully met the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s competencies for registration, you can apply to the Council for a current practising certificate.

Learn more about our Enrolled Nurse Competency Assessment Programme

Registered Nurse Competency Assessment Programme

If you’re an internationally qualified registered nurse or a New Zealand registered nurse returning to practice after five years or more, you can obtain a current practising certificate through our Competency Assessment programme.

Learn more about our Registered Nurse Competency Assessment Programme

Programmes

Master of Nursing

Master of Nursing - Advanced Practice Pathway

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

If you have a degree in nursing or a health-related area and you'd like to extend your knowledge and skills for advanced practice in the health sector, this qualification will extend your knowledge in the practice area in which you're already working and give you a formal qualification in recognition of your professional development.

Find out more

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Master of Health Science

Master of Health Science

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

If you have a degree in nursing or a health-related area and you'd like to extend your knowledge and skills for advanced practice in the health sector, this programme will build on your specialist knowledge, enabling you to progress to management positions or enter into health teaching in your area of practice.

Find out more

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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

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

If you have a degree in nursing or a health-related area and you'd like to extend your knowledge and skills for advanced practice in the health sector, this one-year online diploma is an interdisciplinary programme for qualified health professionals and health service managers.

Find out more

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Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science

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

If you have a degree in nursing or a health-related area and you'd like to extend your knowledge and skills for advanced practice in the health sector, this six month online programme will equip you with the confidence and skills to plan and co-ordinate multiple, complex patient care demands in your chosen specialisation.

Find out more

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programme-bachelor of nursing

Bachelor of Nursing

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

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

Find out more

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Graduate diploma in Health

Graduate Diploma in Health

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

This one year programme enables you to broaden your employment opportunities in the health sector and develop your expertise in a wide range of areas including aged care, health assessment, mental health support and care of the diabetic person.

Find out more

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Competency Assessment Programme

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice

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

If you have a Level 5 or higher qualification in nursing or a health-related field and you'd like to extend your knowledge or specialise in a particular area, this part-time programme enables you to use your existing knowledge and experience as a Registered nurse to develop your career in an area of expertise.

Find out more

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

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

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

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.

Find out more

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Graduate diploma in Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Nursing

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

If you're an overseas educated Registered nurse, this programme is designed to equip you with the confidence and skills to plan and co-ordinate complex patient care.

Find out more

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Competency Assessment Programme - registered nurse

Competency Assessment Programme - Registered Nurse

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

If you're an internationally qualified registered nurse or a New Zealand registered nurse returning to practice after five years or more, you can obtain a current practising certificate through our Competency Assessment programme.

Find out more

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New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

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

If you'd like to gain a formal qualification in nursing, this 18-month diploma programme will equip you with the theory and clinical nursing practice required to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Find out more

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Competency Assessment Programme - Enrolled Nurse

Competency Assessment Programme - Enrolled Nurse

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

If your nursing qualification has lapsed, or you gained it overseas and wish to practice in New Zealand, successful completion of this full time nine-week programme is the first step towards renewing your practicing certificate with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

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New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Health Science Pathway)

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Pre Health Pathway)

Programme code:
NZ2860
Level:
4
Credits:
60
Starts:
February, July, September

Prepare for higher level study in health and science.

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nursing short course

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Health)

Programme code:
NZ2863
Level:
Credits:
Starts:
February, July

Gain the academic skills required for higher-level study in health.

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