Explore your options

A nursing qualification from Unitec opens up lots of career paths. You could work in child health, aged care, acute hospital care, rehabilitation, mental health or primary healthcare.

During your studies you’ll have lots of opportunity to ask questions, solve problems and treat real patients in your clinical practice settings. Visits to the North Shore or Waitakere Hospital, Mason Clinic, Rehab Plus, private surgical hospitals and primary healthcare organisations will open your eyes to your future work places.

You'll also spend time at the Education and Practice Simulation Centre at Waitakere Hospital - a high-tech, simulated hospital environment where you can practice your nursing skills.

You’ll graduate with in-depth knowledge and skills in everything from anatomy, physiology and mental health, to acute care, human development and bioscience. And you'll be confident and well prepared to make a difference.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONSSTART DATES
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableThis programme prepares you for further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableThis programme prepares you ready for degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.February or July
Bachelor of Nursing7Full-time for three yearsCharge nurse, District nurse, Nurse educator, Plunket nurse, Practice nurse, Public health nurse, Staff nurse, Research nurseStarts February or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice (Clinical Research)8Full-time for six months plus half-time for six months or part-time for one to four yearsClinical researcher, Clinical teacher, Clinical trial monitor, Healthcare practice leader, Healthcare practitioner, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Independent clinical researcherStarts March or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice (Health Science)8Full-time for six months plus half-time for six months or part-time for one to four yearsAdvanced practitioner, Clinical teacher, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Hospital managerStarts March or July
Master of Applied Practice (Clinical Research)9Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six yearsAdvanced healthcare practitioner, Clinical researcher, Clinical teacher, Clinical trial monitor, District health board (DHB) manager, Healthcare practice leader, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Independent clinical researcherStarts March or July
Master of Applied Practice (Health Science)9Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six yearsAdvanced practitioner, Clinical teacher, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Hospital managerStarts March or July

Short courses

Start with a short course that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Short coursesDURATION 
First Aid2 daysThis two day workshop provides participants with a range of first aid skills, including cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. On successful completion of the course, you will receive a First Aid Certificate. Workshops...
Nursing in Aotearoa (for Overseas Nurses)12 weeksThis course is designed to enable overseas registered nurses to meet the requirements for registration as a nurse in New Zealand.

Postgraduate Qualifications in Applied Practice

Our new Applied Practice postgraduate programmes address the changing needs of our workforce and communities.
 
The Master of Applied Practice, the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice are applied and flexible qualifications that have been designed for practitioners working in New Zealand’s health and social practice sector. There are specialisations (or prescribed pathways), if that’s what best suits your needs, or you can design a learning pathway customised to achieve your specific goals. 
 
Find out more about these exciting new programmes.

Returning to Nursing/Transition to Practice (Competency Assessment)

Return to Nursing/Transition to Practice (Competency Assessment) is a Certificate of Proficiency designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses returning to contemporary nursing practice. The course is flexible, will provide students with an understanding of contemporary nursing in New Zealand and will provide an opportunity for you to meet legislative requirements for current nursing practice and an assessment of competence as required by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

This course includes:
  • An initial theoretical component with simulation lab exposure
  • Clinical practice in an acute care setting, long term care facility or in the community
Start dates: Wednesday 19 Apr 2017 – Friday 7 Jul 2017

Duration: The course duration is 12 weeks part time (variable). The course includes a six-week theoretical component, based at Unitec Waitakere Campus and Waitakere Hospital Simulation Lab. Following theory, students will be placed in a clinical setting for 6 weeks. During theory weeks, lectures will run from 9.00am to 3.30pm on certain days (timetable still to be confirmed and will be available on the website when completed). During clinical practice weeks, students will attend clinical Monday to Friday. Shift times are 7.00am – 3.00pm, or 3.00pm – 11pm unless requested otherwise by the clinical placement.

Campus: Mt Albert/Waitākere

Fees: Approximately $2800 (permanent residents) plus a Student Services fee of $79.20. The fee you pay at enrolment covers tuition, class materials (if required) and a Student Services fee only.
 
For more information on this course, admission requirements and how to apply, download the Return to Nursing information sheet.
 
Downloads & Resources:
Certificate of Proficiency online application
Information sheet (Clinical Experience Planning)
Self-declaration of criminal conviction(s) and any medical condition(s)
Medical delcaration of Fitness to Practice
NZ Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form

Industry connections

Industry accreditation

The Bachelor of Nursing is endorsed by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Industry opportunities

Benefit from hands-on practice placements at the Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland District Health Board and primary health organisations.

Industry contacts

To make sure our programmes keep up with the latest developments we get regular feedback from Waitemata and Auckland District Health Boards, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Wharangi Ruamano, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuarangi and more.

Awhina Health Campus

Based in the heart of Waitakere Hospital, the Awhina Health Campus is an innovative joint venture between Unitec and the Waitemata District Health Board. The campus provides opportunities for learning, innovation and collaboration for our health science and social practice students.

The building is also home to the Nursing Simulation Centre, which Unitec nursing students have been using since 2006. It is also a physical and virtual hub that works alongside community organisations to encourage and promote collaboration and develop the future health workforce in West Auckland.

Simulation dummy at Awhina Health Campus