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

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.

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 94.5% of all November 2016 nurse graduates in employment within three months (according to the “New Graduate Destinations” survey, conducted by Nurse Education in the Tertiary Sector).

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SPEAKING: 6.5     READING: 6.5     WRITING: 6.5     LISTENING: 7.0