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Bachelor of Nursing

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
3 years
Start date: 14-February-2022
Campus:
Manawa Campus
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Course details

Summary

Learn from experts in specialist facilities and help meet the increasing need for qualified registered nurses.

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

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 92.6% of all November 2017 nurse graduates in employment within three months of completion (according to the "New Graduate Destinations" survey, conducted by Nurse Education in the Tertiary Sector).

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.

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.

Entry criteria

New Zealand University Entrance: 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 an *approved literacy subject

Biology or physical education or chemistry

One other subject from the list of approved subjects*

Numeracy* - 14 credits at Level 1 or above

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Pre Health Pathway or equivalent.

Or if you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will asses your application for academic entry equivalency.

* NZQA approved subjects

Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same.

English requirements

IELTS test - IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.5 in all subtest).

LISTENING - 6.5
READING - 6.5
WRITING - 6.5
SPEAKING - 6.5

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) - Score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 79 or higher (with a writing score of 21)

Cambridge English Qualifications - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50

Course variation

14-February-2022 - Timaru Campus

Campus:
Timaru Campus
Tuition fees:
Duration:
3 years
Start date: 14-February-2022
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