Bachelor of Nursing

Ara Institute of Canterbury

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Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements:
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: * English or an approved literacy subject*
* Biology or physical education or chemistry
* One other subject from the list of approved subjects*
Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above 1 made up of co-requisite Level 1 numeracy unit standard (US32406), te pāngaru unit standard US32412, or achievement standards.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Pre Health Pathway or equivalent
If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

English language entry requirements apply as per NZQA Rule 22.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The degree will produce graduates who meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand Competencies for registered nurse scope of practice (2012), and who can critically interpret and apply their knowledge to constantly changing healthcare context.

Learners will have 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. The programme helps develop abilities with critical thinking, clinical reasoning and problem solving and applying comprehensive health assessments.

A flexible delivery approach is available for students which involves a combination of on-campus and online learning activities. Due to limited availability of clinical placements in Christchurch learners may be required to complete a clinical component outside of Christchurch.

What graduates earn

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Contact details

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Free phone: 0800 242 476
Phone: (03) 940 8669
Fax: (03) 366 6544

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