Studying Nursing at Canterbury
What is the Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Nursing) and Bachelor of Nursing initiative?
The Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Nursing) and Bachelor of Nursing joint initiative between the University of Canterbury (UC) and Ara gives the opportunity for students who already hold a degree relevant to health sciences to gain two further qualifications in just two years. Students will be fulltime UC Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice [MHealScProfPr(Nursing)] and part-time Bachelor of Nursing (BN) students for the first eighteen months years after which they will be fulltime Ara students for the remaining part of the programme. The option of completing the Master of Health Sciences with a research component continues to be available. Students will be eligible to attend graduation ceremonies with both institutions.
Who is this initiative designed for?
It will be of interest to anyone who wishes to become a nurse. Students are normally required to have a recognised degree which is considered relevant to health sciences and the proposed course of study or an appropriate health or allied professional qualification requiring at least three years equivalent full-time tertiary study at an appropriate level. Non Health Science degrees are considered with evidence of Bioscience knowledge to NZQA level 5.
Students may be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.
What will I learn and when?
The following is a guideline of a typical plan of study:
Year one UC courses
HLTH465 Professional Frameworks for Nursing Practice (30 points)
HLTH466 Health Assessment, Physiology and Pharmacology for Clinical Practice (30 points)
HLTH467 Mental Health and Addictions (30 points)
HLTH468 Acute and Long Term Health Care (30 points)
Year two UC courses
How do I apply for these programmes?
You will apply to both institutions. If you are accepted to the MHealScProfPr programme, UC will advise Ara and your enrolment in the BN will be adjusted accordingly.
To enrol in UC’s MHealScProfPr applicants should first complete the Application to Enrol Worksheet, which ensures that you will have all necessary information at your fingertips when you call to submit your application. Once you have filled out this form, you can phone our Contact Centre on 0800 827 748 to submit your application.
To apply for the BN degree visit the Ara webpage for further information.
How much does is cost?
The total tuition fees charged between UC and Ara for two year’s enrolment at both institutions for a domestic student will be approximately NZ$20,000 (based on 2016 tuition fee rates).
Administration fees, additional course related costs (text books, equipment and NZ Nursing Council examination fee) and student services levy’s from both institutions will also apply.
What jobs do Nursing graduates do?
Having completed the MHealScProfPr/BN programmes graduates will be eligible to gain employment as nurses in New Zealand. The MHealScProfPr will give graduates a thorough academic knowledge which may be beneficial to employment but it is important to note that graduates of this joint initiative will be viewed as a beginning nurse, just as graduate nurses from other programmes would be.
Students who finish their MHealSc and wish to continue postgraduate research may be interested in the PhD programme.
Students with enquiries about the nursing joint programme or their eligibility to enter the programme should contact:
For Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice enquiries (University of Canterbury):
- Student Advisors (College of Education, Health and Human Development)
Ph. (03) 369 3333
For Bachelor of Nursing enquiries (Ara)
- Lisa McKay
Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health, Ara