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Bachelor of Nursing (Articulated with University of Canterbury Master of Health Science)
Bachelor of Nursing (Articulated with University of Canterbury Master of Health Science)

Bachelor of Nursing (Articulated with University of Canterbury Master of Health Science)

  • ID:CPIT640157
  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • To qualify for this pathway you must meet the entry requirements for both the University of Canterbury Master of Health Sciences Professional Practice (Nursing) and Ara Bachelor of Nursing.

    • A relevant bachelor's degree, or appropriate health professional qualification, with a B average or better,
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

  • In addition you need to:
    • provide a personal statement outlining why you have chosen nursing as a career and describe personal qualities and relevant aspects from your life experiences which will enhance your application.
    • provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee report(s).
    • provide a first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace) which is current at the time the programme starts.
    • meet various Health Authority requirements in order to participate in the clinical components of the programme. Currently, MRSA clearance is required by most clinical practice areas.
    • Consent to Disclosure of Information. Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on your placement. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of School. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

You may be required to attend an interview if you meet academic entry criteria to ensure you will meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand requirements for registration on completion of the programme.

Your personal statement, referees' reports, and interview (if required) should provide evidence of appropriateness to study for the nursing profession.

English requirements

  • If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.
  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.


  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the AraExamination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 7.0 academic: speaking 6.5, reading 6.5, writing 6.5, listening 6.5.

Course Information

This programme allows you to gain both a Bachelor of Nursing from Ara and a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Canterbury in just two years.

To enrol in this programme, you must already hold a degree (in any subject, although previous study in the field of health or science is an advantage).

During your studies you will attend postgraduate health sciences courses at UC which will be recognised as prior learning for credit to the degree at Ara. You will also attend classes in Ara's clinical practice units (CPU) and complete clinical placements arranged and managed by Ara's nursing staff.

You will cover the full range of topics in relation to the field of nursing. The topics UC and Ara teach students across both these programmes include professional responsibilities and best practices, patient health assessment, acute and long term care, mental health and addiction rehabilitation and whānau and community health.

This combination of qualifications offers the fastest and most effective way to combine the necessary skills and competencies to be registered as a nurse by the Nursing Council of New Zealand while getting the postgraduate studies which can assist your career progression.

The delivery of these programmes offers flexible and independently oriented study, perfectly suited to self-motivated students with strong ambition.

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Pathway Courses

  • Progression in the M Heal Sc is subject to University of Canterbury regulations. Students will need to complete the courses in the prescribed order. M Heal Sc courses that align with clinical courses are pre requisites for completion of the Ara clinical course.
  • Progression through BN courses is dependent on meeting the prerequisites for each course. UC and Ara will provide each other with students' academic results at the end of each course to ensure requisites and progression requirements are met.
  • The NCNZ Education standards with regard to time frames, re-enrolment in courses and repeating clinical courses apply. A student may be exited from the BN via Ara probation processes but able to continue in the M Heal Sc programme if achieving academically but not clinically.
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

With this combined Bachelor of Nursing and Master of Health Science qualification you can accelerate career progression into leadership and management roles within nursing.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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