Nursing: Bachelor of Health Science

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Nurses are critical to the success of the healthcare system and AUT trained nurses are recognised as some of the best in New Zealand. We achieve this through a strong academic and practical nursing programme guided by leading researchers. It is delivered by nursing academics and clinicians.

If you study nursing at AUT, you will learn in a supportive environment, with access to the latest facilities and high-quality clinical placements in hospitals and communities throughout the Auckland region. Over the three years of your nursing degree, you will complete approximately 1,200 hours of clinical learning, giving you valuable practical experience in hospitals and community centres.

The curriculum reflects interprofessional practice and care. AUT nursing students learn that health and healthcare is multifaceted and dynamic and goes beyond health and illness care to foster the growth of healthy communities.

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Quick facts

Programme code: AK3324
Level: 7
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full-time
Venue: North Campus
Fees: General Course fees and Additional fees
Start date: 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

AUT encourages early application - Semester 1: apply before November; Semester 2: apply before May. There are limited places available for this qualification.

Admission and entry requirements

Entry requirements

Selection criteria

  • Preference will be given to applicants with the highest rank scores and/or accomplishments in the relevant field
  • Interview may be required
  • One subject from: Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies or Te Reo Maori or Te Reo Rangatira; and 
  • One subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science or Calculus, Mathematics, Statistics


The curriculum over the three years integrates theory and practice and provides learning opportunities in community and institutional settings.

Year 1

In the first semester you study four core subjects alongside other Bachelor of Health Science students. The second semester focuses on nursing knowledge, nursing skills and health service delivery.

Semester 1:
HEAL504 Lifespan Development and Communication
HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication
HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
HEAL507 Health and Environment   OR
MAOH501 Māori Health, Development and Environment

Semester 2:  
NURS501 Integrated Nursing Assessment and Knowledge
NURS502 Primary and Community Health 
HEAL609 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Year 2

In Year 2 of your nursing degree you focus on nursing individuals who are hospitalised with physical and mental illness, as well as individuals with long term care and rehabilitation needs. You will gain clinical experience in the hospital (medical, surgical and psychiatric wards) and community settings. Theoretical studies will support learning the required conceptual knowledge, psychomotor skills and clinical decision-making skills.

Semester 3:  
MAOH601 Maori Health
NURS601 Integrated Nursing
PHMY701 Pharmacology for Professional Practice

Semester 4:  
HEAL610 Methods of Research and Enquiry
NURS602 Long-Term Care and Disability
NURS603 Integrated Mental Health Science

Year 3

In year 3 of your nursing degree you will continue to develop your knowledge and skills in more complex clinical settings (hospital and community), and consolidate your learning in the final semester ‘transition to nursing practice’ paper in a setting of your choice.

Semester 5:
NURS701 Integrated Nursing Science
NURS702 Community, Complexity and Health
Elective paper (15 points)

Semester 6: 
NURS703 Transition to Nursing Practice  
HEAL708 Professional Practice & Ethics  OR  
PARA704 Clinical Risk Management

Career opportunities

Graduates may sit Nursing Council of New Zealand’s State Examination leading to Registration. This will equip graduates for New Zealand registration, not for other jurisdictions which may have other education and clinical requirements.  

Nursing registration gives scope for specialisation in health service delivery and work in organisations allied to the health sector. Examples include:
  • Acute care nursing – public or private
  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Health administrator/manager
  • Health consultant
  • Health education
  • Medical representative
  • Mental health nursing
  • Nurse in defence forces
  • Nurse lecturer/researcher
  • Primary health care nursing
  • Specialty nursing practice, such as paediatrics

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Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.40pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.