Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)

Nurses are critical to the success of the healthcare system, and AUT-trained nurses are recognised as some of the best in New Zealand. Study the Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) to start your nursing career.

Our nursing degree focuses on interprofessional practice and care, just like it is in the workplace. You’ll learn that health and healthcare is multifaceted and dynamic, and goes beyond health and illness care to nurture the growth of healthy communities. Throughout your studies you complete 1,200 hours of practical experience in hospitals and in the community.

Graduates who pass the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s State Examination gain registration as a Registered Nurse.

Start date: 2018

Start date: 2019

Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance or equivalent
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements and Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act), including police clearance
  • Applicants with two or more years of secondary and/or tertiary education outside New Zealand must meet IELTS requirements and will be interviewed
  • Satisfactory references will be required

Selection criteria

  • Preference will be given to applicants with the highest level of academic achievement and/or evidence of accomplishments in the relevant field
  • Interview may be required
  • One subject from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies or Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira and one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science or Calculus, Mathematics, Statistics

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.5 or higher

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Consider starting with our Certificate in Sport and Recreation, which includes foundation health papers and can prepare you for further study in health sciences.

Certificate in Sport and Recreation

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

Semester 2 papers

The second semester focuses on nursing knowledge, nursing skills and health service delivery.

Year 2

In your second year, you focus on nursing individuals with physical and mental illness. Year 2 also includes community placements where you gain clinical experience in both the hospital and community, in acute and chronic illness and mental health. You also become familiar with conceptual knowledge, psychomotor skills and clinical decision-making skills.

Semester 3 papers

Semester 4 papers

Year 3

In your final year, the focus is on the complexity of caring for individuals, young and old, and their families in hospital and community settings. You develop clinical skills, clinical reasoning and decision-making skills to nurse people with complex health conditions. You also study the impact of developmental and rehabilitation issues.

Semester 5 papers

Elective paper (15 points)

Semester 6 papers

Workplace experience

The final semester prepares you for graduate nursing practice. This involves an extended placement (360 hours) in a setting where you can apply your science and nursing knowledge to the nursing of individuals, families and populations with a range of health needs.

Recent placements included:

  • Starship (paediatric)
  • Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS)
  • Mason Clinic (forensic mental health)
  • Emergency and critical care departments
  • Primary healthcare
  • Aged care

Throughout your studies you complete 1,200 hours of practical experience in hospitals and community centres.

Te Ara Hauora Māori papers

If you're interested in a career with a Māori development perspective select the following papers as electives or as an alternative course of study

We will help you form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.

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
  • Medical representative
  • Mental health nursing
  • Nurse in defence forces
  • Nurse lecturer/researcher
  • Primary healthcare nursing

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Nursing Careers

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3324
Level:
7
Points:
360
Duration:
3 years full-time
Campus:
North Campus
Starts:

16 Jul 2018

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.