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Bachelor of Nursing

This course is available

Online

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree

Duration

3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

NorthTec

Summary

You’ll be in high demand with NorthTec’s unique and comprehensive Bachelor of Nursing. Learn the clinical and interpersonal skills to work in a range of healthcare settings, from hospitals to community-based organisations. You will complete clinical placements here in Northland, and learn through a blend of classroom and online study, preparing you to become a Registered Nurse with the Nursing Council of NZ.

The NorthTec curriculum challenges you to go beyond traditional health and illness care to focus on creating a supportive environment for health and wellbeing. You will learn how to assess health needs, advise and support people to manage their health, and practice nursing both independently and in collaboration with other health professionals.

You will be able to perform general nursing functions and also delegate to and direct Enrolled Nurses. You will be skilled at developing, implementing and evaluating integrated health care plans in a range of settings and in partnership with individuals, whanau and communities. Your teaching will also ensure that you can demonstrate attributes of a reflective practitioner and understand the importance of self-care and ongoing professional supervision.

E-learning, technology, and practical experience

Our nursing education blends online learning with classroom teaching – allowing students to study largely off-campus – making it ideal for people with commitments that prevent them from moving away from their home towns. The combination of e-learning, cutting edge technology, and the varied range of nursing experience to be gained here in Northland is quite unique.

Clinical Experience

Students will be required to attend clinical placements throughout the Bachelor of Nursing programme. These placements may occur anywhere in the Northland region. The student will be responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses incurred when undertaking a clinical placement outside of their home locality. The Nursing Council of New Zealand requires each student to complete a minimum of 1100 clinical hours in a variety of clinical placements prior to completion of the programme.

Programme aim

The key aim of this programme is to produce competent nurses suitable for registration as Registered Nurses following successful achievement of the NCNZ state final Examination. The programme has been designed to prepare a nurse who can practice at a beginning level in a variety of clinical settings and meet NCNZ competencies for entry to the Register of Registered Nurses.

The Bachelor of Nursing is a progressive sequence of six semesters of study, totaling three years for a full-time student. Students wishing to study part-time should discuss with the Nursing Pathway Manager. There is a Nursing Council requirement for you to complete your degree within five years.

Career opportunities

Once registered with NCNZ, graduates may be employed in a wide range of health care practitioner roles within hospital and community settings.

  • Registered Nurse
  • Able to work in all healthcare settings
  • Supervise the work of Enrolled Nurses and Health Care Assistants
  • Eligible to enrol in postgraduate studies

Qualification

Northland Polytechnic Bachelor of Nursing

Entry criteria

Completed NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance including at least:

  • 14 credits in an English language rich subject, e.g. English, history, art history, classics, geography, economics.
  • 14 credits in a science subject e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, physical education.

Alternative Educational Criteria

  • B passes in a level 4 Foundation Programme; OR
  • Evidence of recent successful study in other relevant courses at tertiary level; OR

Documented verifiable evidence of relevant work life experience (usually the equivalent of two years full time) that indicates the ability to meet the requirements of this degree. Such evidence would normally include details of roles/responsibilities undertaken, interpersonal skills, other achievements and referee statements. Admission under this provision requires an interview with and approval from the Nursing Pathway Manager.

Applicants where English is not their first language are required to provide evidence that they have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in each, or in exceptional circumstances a pass in another equivalent test of English.

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