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.
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.
Programmes and study path
|Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 2): Whitinga||2||Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available ||This programme prepares you for further study.|
|Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 3): Whitinga||3||Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available ||This programme prepares you for further study at certificate or diploma level.|
|Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)||4||Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available||This programme prepares you ready for degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.|
|Diploma in Enrolled Nursing||5||Full-time for 18 months (three semesters)||Enrolled Nurse|
|Bachelor of Nursing||7||Full-time for three years or part-time options available (to a maximum of five years)||Charge nurse, District nurse, Nurse educator, Plunket nurse, Practice nurse, Public health nurse, Staff nurse|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice (Clinical Research)||8||Full-time for six months plus half-time for six months or part-time for one to four years||Clinical researcher, Clinical teacher, Clinical trial monitor, Healthcare practice leader, Healthcare practitioner, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Independent clinical researcher|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Practice (Health Science)||8||Full-time for six months plus half-time for six months or part-time for one to four years||Advanced practitioner, Clinical teacher, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Hospital manager|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Clinical Management)||8||Full-time for one year or part-time for two years||Clinical manager or aspiring clinical manager, Senior clinical manager|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Education and Supervision)||8||Full-time for one year or part-time for two years||Clinical educator, Health science lecturer, Student assessor/supervisor|
|Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science||8||Full-time for one year or part-time for two years||Senior or advanced healthcare professional|
|Master of Applied Practice (Clinical Research)||9||Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six years||Advanced healthcare practitioner, Clinical researcher, Clinical teacher, Clinical trial monitor, District health board (DHB) manager, Healthcare practice leader, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Independent clinical researcher|
|Master of Applied Practice (Health Science)||9||Full-time for 18 months or part-time for two to six years||Advanced practitioner, Clinical teacher, Healthcare professional, Healthcare team leader, Hospital manager|
|Master of Health Science||9||Full-time for two years or part-time for three to five years||Academic or clinical educator, Clinical manager, Senior or advanced healthcare professional|
|Registered Nurse Return to Nursing||8 - 12 weeks||This course is designed to meet the needs of Registered Nurses returning to practice. The course will be underpinned by the frameworks consistent with the Treaty of Waitangi and a...|
|Health Care Worker||12 weeks||The Health Care Worker course aims to prepare those who have had little or no preparation for the role of a Health Care Worker and are currently employed, or intend...|
|First Aid||2 days||This 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)||8 weeks||This course is designed to enable overseas registered nurses to meet the requirements for registration as a nurse in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.|
The Bachelor of Nursing and the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing are endorsed by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
Benefit from hands-on practice placements at the Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland District Health Board and primary health organisations.
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.