Nursing at the University of Auckland actively acknowledges the changing face of patient care and medical technology. It provides unparalleled clinical education in an environment of scholarship and research. It also offers multidisciplinary learning opportunities through its ability to draw on a comprehensive range of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health Sciences courses offered by the faculty.

Areas of study

Topics range from mental health nursing and aged care, to child and family healthcare, Māori and Pacific health, medical and surgical nursing, management, and leadership in nursing. Courses in pharmacology, microbiology, biological science, psychology, sociology and the humanities support these subject areas.
Critical thinking, communication and clinical skills are developed by a number of research-based projects involving case studies. Supported by tutorials, case studies are discussed during clinical practice blocks in order to aid independent learning, reasoning and analysis.

You can study Nursing in the following programmes:

What you will learn

The Bachelor of Nursing is a six-semester programme arranged in three parts. The curriculum reflects the ways in which the healthcare system operates, presenting a multidisciplinary view of patient care. Students learn that healthcare is multifaceted and dynamic, and that no discipline functions in isolation.
The programme includes a foundation year, where students study biological, physical and social sciences alongside other health professional students. Years two and three reflect different areas of nursing practice, and the honours year allows for in-depth study in a speciality area of clinical practice.
Described as the heart of nursing education, clinical experience provides students with an opportunity to consolidate their knowledge and acquire professional values and practical skills while learning to work as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
Clinical learning experiences occur in a variety of settings throughout years two and three of the programme, and during the honours programme. These settings include acute and chronic healthcare facilities, in-patient and out-patient clinics, and institutional and community health agencies, along with primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services.

Career opportunities

Potential careers include advanced nursing practitice, community, gerontology, paediatric, hospital, primary healthcare, mental health, or nursing education, management or research.

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Welcome to the world of Nursing.