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

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Diploma in Enrolled Nursing5Full-time for 18 months (three semesters)Enrolled Nurse
Bachelor of Nursing7Full-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 Health Science (Clinical Management)8Full-time for one year or part-time for two yearsClinical manager or aspiring clinical manager, Senior clinical manager
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Education and Supervision)8Full-time for one year or part-time for two yearsClinical educator, Health science lecturer, Student assessor/supervisor
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science8Full-time for one year or part-time for two yearsSenior or advanced healthcare professional
Master of Health Science9Full-time for two years or part-time for three to five yearsAcademic or clinical educator, Clinical manager, Senior or advanced healthcare professional

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 
Registered Nurse Return to Nursing 8 - 12 weeksThis 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 Worker12 weeksThe 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 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)8 weeksThis 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.

Industry connections

Industry accreditation

The Bachelor of Nursing and the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing are 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