AUT - Nursing: Bachelor of Health Science


Nursing: Bachelor of Health Science

Nurses are critical to the success of the healthcare system and AUT trained nurses are recognised as some of the best in New Zealand. We achieve this through a strong academic and practical nursing programme guided by leading theorists, researchers and delivered by nursing academics and clinicians.

If you study nursing at AUT University, teaching and learning happens in a supportive environment, with access to the latest facilities and high-quality clinical placements in hospitals and communities throughout the wider Auckland region. The curriculum reflects the interprofessional view of patient care provided in communities and hospitals. 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.

You will also gain valuable practical nursing experience in hospitals and community centres as you complete 1,300 hours of clinical learning over the three years of your nursing degree.

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Quick facts

Programme code: AK3324
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time
Venue: North Shore Campus (some papers may be available at the South Campus)
Starting date: 

  • 3 March 2014 (International students only. Domestic applications are now closed)
  • 21 July 2014 (All applications still open for semester 2)

AUT University encourages early application - Semester 2: before May 2014. There are limited places available for this qualification.

Admission and entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act requirements
  • Police clearance
  • Applicants over 20 without previous tertiary qualifications must supply a CV and references
  • An IELTS score is a requirement for any applicant whose first language is not English or Māori

Selection criteria

  • Preference is given to applicants with:
    • NCEA: 14 credits at level 3 in any one of Mathematics, Calculus, Statistics or Sciences subject; and 14 credits at level 2 or higher in English; and 14 credits at level 3 in any one of Economics, Physical Education, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira or any language rich subject
    • CIE: AS level English and any one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics
  • Preference will be given to applicants with the highest level of academic achievement and/or accomplishments in the relevant field
  • An interview may be required


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

Year 1

The first semester includes four core subjects that are taken alongside other Bachelor of Health Science students. In the second semester the focus is 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

Year 2

In Year 2 of your nursing degree you focus on nursing individuals who are hospitalised with physical and mental illness. Clinical experience is gained in the hospital (medical and psychiatric wards) and community mental health services. 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
526180 Pathophysiology
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

Year 3

You focus on the complexity of caring for individuals, young and old, and their families in hospital and community settings. Clinical skills, clinical reasoning and decision-making required to nurse people with complex health conditions are developed. You also study the impact of developmental and rehabilitation issues on the individual and family.

Clinical practice
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:

  • Client physical assessment for people presenting with multiple health conditions across the lifespan
  • Client psycho-social assessment for people presenting with multiple health related issues across the lifespan
  • Prioritising and interpreting the complex interrelationship of multiple health conditions
  • Clinical decision-making for the client with deteriorating health status or the client in crisis
  • Professional development through reflection and ongoing development in relation to learning goals and strategies
  • Nursing leadership skills for supervision, delegation and mentoring

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

Additional papers:
557108 Special Topic
527953 Clinical Project

Te Ara Hauora Māori pathway

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

Career opportunities

Graduates who pass the Nursing Council of New Zealand's State Examination gain registration as a Registered Nurse. Nursing registration gives scope for specialisation in health service delivery and work in organisations allied to the health sector. Examples include:
  • Acute care nursing – public or private
  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Health administrator/manager
  • Health consultant
  • Health education
  • Medical representative
  • Mental health nursing
  • Nurse in defence forces
  • Nurse lecturer/researcher
  • Primary health care nursing
  • Specialty nursing practice, such as paediatrics

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Graduates and students of health science

Your other Bachelor of Health Science study options

You can choose to study the degree without a health major:

Or you can choose to major in one of the following specialised areas:
Or you can choose one of our clinical degree areas:

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Last updated: 31 Jan 2014 1:45pm

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