Beth nursing

The Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Nursing) and Bachelor of Nursing joint initiative between the University of Canterbury and Ara gives the opportunity for students who already hold a degree relevant to health sciences to gain two further qualifications in just two years.

Students will be full-time UC Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice [MHealScProfPr(Nursing)] and part-time Bachelor of Nursing (BN) students for the first eighteen months after which they will be fulltime Ara students for the remaining part of the programme.

The option of completing the Master of Health Sciences with a research component continues to be available. Students will be eligible to attend graduation ceremonies with both institutions.

Students are normally required to have a recognised degree which is considered relevant to Health Sciences and the proposed course of study or an appropriate health or allied professional qualification requiring at least three years equivalent full-time tertiary study at an appropriate level.

Non-Health Science degrees are considered with evidence of Bioscience knowledge to NZQA level 5. Students may be required to attend an interview as part of the application process.

For more details see the degree regulations for the Master of Health Science Professional Practice.

The tables below outline the combined structure, with UC courses in red.

Year One   
Semester One HLTH 465 HLTH 466  
Mid term break     BNNP 542
Semster Two HLTH 467 HLTH 468  
Summer break     BNNP 641/BNNP 643
Year Two  
Summer break BNNP 463 continues  
Semester One HLTH 463 HLTH 464
Mid term break    
Semester Two BNFW 740 BNTR 701
Summer break   NCNZ registration exam third Thursday in November
  • Check that you meet the requirements for admission at both UC and Ara.
  • Your first step to enrolment is to apply to Ara on their website.
  • If successful, you will be provided with a conditional offer from Ara. You then need to apply to UC, using the online application process and provide your Ara conditional offer. 
  • If you are accepted to the MHealScProfPr programme, you will receive a formal offer. UC will advise Ara and your enrolment in the BN will be adjusted accordingly.

The total tuition fees charged between UC and Ara for two years' enrolment at both institutions for a domestic student will be approximately NZ$22,000 (based on 2017 tuition fee rates). Administration fees, additional course-related costs (text books, equipment and New Zealand Nursing Council examination fee) and student services levies from both institutions will also apply.

Having completed the MHealScProfPr/BN programmes graduates will be eligible to gain employment as nurses in New Zealand. The MHealScProfPr will give graduates a thorough academic knowledge which may be beneficial to employment but it is important to note that graduates of this joint initiative will be viewed as a beginning nurse, just as graduate nurses from other programmes would be.

Need more information?

Dr Isabel Jamieson

Senior Lecturer
Waimairi 203
Internal Phone: 93866

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