If you study nursing at AUT University, you will learn in a supportive environment, with access to the latest facilities and high-quality clinical placements in hospitals and communities throughout the Auckland region. Over the three years of your nursing degree, you will complete approximately 1,300 hours of clinical learning, giving you valuable practical experience in hospitals and community centres.
The curriculum reflects interprofessional practice and care. AUT nursing students learn that health and healthcare is multifaceted and dynamic and goes beyond health and illness care to foster the growth of healthy communities.
Programme code: AK3324
Duration: 3 years full-time
Venue: North Shore Campus
Start date: 2 March and 20 July 2015
AUT University encourages early application - Semester 1: apply before November 2014; Semester 2: apply before May. There are limited places available for this qualification.
The curriculum over the three years includes the integration of theory with practice in the areas of nursing in context, nursing science, primary nursing, acute nursing and mental health nursing, along with knowledge development, practice development and professional development.
Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic Calendar.
In the first semester you study four core subjects alongside other Bachelor of Health Science students. The second semester focuses on nursing knowledge, nursing skills and health service delivery.
Unit 1: Introduction to Nursing: Core papers
555101 Lifespan Development and Communication
555301 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
555201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
555401 Health and Environment OR 555339 Māori Health, Development and Environment
Unit 2: Interrelationships Between People in the Environment and Health
556202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
525100 Health Assessment in Nursing
525102 Primary Health Care Nursing
525174 Nursing in Aotearoa/New Zealand
In Year 2 of your nursing degree you focus on nursing individuals who are hospitalised with physical and mental illness. You will gain clinical experience in the hospital (medical and psychiatric wards). Theoretical studies will support learning the required conceptual knowledge, psychomotor skills and clinical decision-making skills.
Unit 3: People Requiring Hospitalisation
526178 Knowledge for Nursing Practice
526179 Hospital Nursing Practice
556301 Methods of Research and Enquiry
Unit 4: Nursing People with Mental Illness
526197 Mental Health Applied Science
526198 Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing Practice
526199 Primary/Community Mental Health Nursing
527188 Pharmacology for Professional Practice
In your final year, you focus on the complexity of caring for individuals, young and old, and their families in hospital and community settings. You will develop clinical skills, clinical reasoning and decision-making required to nurse people with complex health conditions. You will also study the impact of developmental and rehabilitation issues.
The final semester of your nursing study is preparation for transition to graduate nursing practice. This involves applying science and nursing knowledge to the nursing of individuals, families and populations with a range of health needs within clinical settings. This includes:
Unit 5: Experiencing the Complexity of Nursing
527195 Transition to Graduate Nursing Practice I
527196 Complexity of Nursing and Health Care
526185 Maori Health
Unit 6: Transition to Practice
527198 Readiness for Graduate Nursing Practice
557108 Special Topic
527953 Clinical Project
Students who wish to seek careers with a Māori development perspective, should select the following four papers as electives or as an alternative course of study.
555339 Māori Health, Development and Environment (instead of 555401 Health and Environment)
527872 Māori Health Promotion
567431 Applied Primary Māori Mental Health
567417 Utilising Supervision in Practice
You can choose to study the degree without a health major: