Career progression

If you're thinking about returning to study, switching career paths or furthering yourself in your current vocation, a career in the health sector provides job security in uncertain times.

2020 has been a year of change for all, with an increased demand for both clinical and non-clinical health services. Seek has rated nurses as New Zealand's number one most needed workers, and cited healthcare as an imperative field for driving our recovery.

If you're considering switching or accelerating your career options in healthcare, we have study options on offer which are open to applicants from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds.

Certificate in Health Sciences (CertHSc)

Looking for a solid foundation in the medical and health sciences? The CertHSc is a one-year programme to prepare people of Māori and Pacific whakapapa/ancestry for tertiary study in the health professions.

The CertHSc helps prepare you for entry to the first year of a Bachelor of Nursing or a Bachelor of Health Sciences, which is a pathway into Medicine or Pharmacy.

Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs)

With a three year Bachelor of Nursing degree, you can apply for registration as a comprehensive nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand and enter the most in-demand health profession.

The Bachelor of Nursing degree is comprised of both classroom learning and practical placements. A Bachelor of Nursing qualification will prepare you for a variety of different career settings, practice specialities and roles.  

Master of Nursing Science (MNSc)

A Master of Nursing Science will fast-track your postgraduate journey and equip you to become a registered nurse in New Zealand.

If you have already completed a bachelors degree in Health Science (BHSc) or Science (BSc), with courses in Physiology and Psychology, you can enter straight into this two year Masters-level programme without requiring undergraduate study in nursing.

Master of Health Leadership (MHlthLd)

If you are interested in a career where you can play a part in helping to improve the experiences of patients, the health of communities and the operations of health services, this is the ideal programme for you.

This is an innovative qualification for health professionals and graduates of health sciences, public health, commerce, law and arts degrees, who seek to improve the experiences of patients, the health of communities and populations, and the operations of health services.

Health leadership opens doors in careers such as health management, health care quality improvement, international health management and more in this exciting challenging field.

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (PGDipPH)

With just one year full-time or two years part-time study, you could gain a postgraduate diploma that opens you up to a range of prospective job opportunities in the health sector. This diploma provides an advanced understanding of the theoretical and practical issues and the skills to apply these principles in the workplace, research and day-to-day life.

The PGDipPH is open to prospective students from a range of academic backgrounds, including dentistry, health sciences, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, public health, and social work.

Master of Audiology (MAud)

Train as a clinical audiologist and gain clinical experience with the MAud. This two-year Masters programme accepts applicants with degrees inhealth sciences, public health, science, physiology and psychology.

Becoming an audiologist involves the completion of the two-year masters programme, followed by one further year of supervised clinical practice, leading to a Certificate of Clinical Competence provided by the NZAS. This is normally undertaken while employed in an audiology clinic.

Further support

The University is here to support you as you prepare for your future of work. We have further information on changing or accelerating your career, planning your postgraduate journey and returning to study.

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