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Applicants must have one of the following:
Applicants must have all of the following:
For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.
If you have completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing or Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing within the past 10 years, you may apply for cross-credit for up to 60 credits or 120 credits, respectively.
NZ Nursing council requires that if your qualification is from an overseas institution (other than Australia) you will need to have it authenticated and assessed by NZQA before credit can be awarded.
Students cross credited with 60 credits must complete all remaining requirements within four calendar years.
Students cross credited with 120 credits must complete all remaining requirements within three calendar years.
Students who commenced the programme in 2016 or earlier and have completed at least 30 credits may be permitted course substitution beyond the normal limits.
Transition arrangements expire 31 December 2020.
The Master of Nursing may be awarded with a class of honours for students who complete with sufficient merit within two years of full-time study or within five years of part-time study.
Maximum time-frame for completion of this qualification is six years.
Students must achieve at least a B grade average over the courses completed in Part One to progress to Part Two.
Students who do not meet this minimum standard may be exited with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing.
Whilst a great many nurses in New Zealand have completed the required preparation for a clinical Master’s degree, relatively few have progressed to NP registration. To address this situation, The University of Auckland and Massey University have been awarded funding for the Nurse Practitioner Training Programme by Health Workforce New Zealand to be continued for 2017. This training programme seeks to increase coordination between potential NPs, their employers, tertiary education providers, and New Zealand Nursing Council. The aim is to align and promote NP preparation, registration and employment into a seamless pathway.
Nurses entering into the final NP MN year will have completed at least a Postgraduate Diploma and will undergo a formal application and acceptance process for training positions.
Advanced Practicum in Nursing and Prescribing in Advanced Nursing Practice have three prerequisite courses which must be completed prior to enrolling in the final NP MN year:
The NP pathway is embedded in the postgraduate nursing courses that already exist within those delivered in University of Auckland and Massey Schools of Nursing. Therefore the pathway is constructed from courses already developed and successfully taught and in a sequence that systematically builds the competencies required for NPs by the Nursing Council of New Zealand (2008).
The requirements for the entire MN are made up of three consecutive qualifications:
Postgraduate Certificate → Postgraduate Diploma → Master of Nursing
Nurses on the NP pathway must have already completed a postgraduate diploma that has included the following course content:
The final step is the Master of Nursing which includes the following courses:
University of Auckland: Plus two clinical practicums - taken in the final year of study consecutively
Massey University: Plus one 60-credit practicum
Access to supervised clinical time must be negotiated by the student with their employer before acceptance into the pathway and written agreement from their current employer must be provided. The pathway coordinator will assist students to organise this with their employers.
For more information on the NP Training Programme, please contact the following representatives:
The University of Auckland
Nurse Practitioner Training Programme Project Coordinator
+64 9 923 8799
Nurse Practitioner Training Programme Project Administrator
+64 6 356 9099
Several postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered in 'block mode' with face-to-face teaching in on-campus blocks, web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This makes the courses available to students in employment and located at a distance from the university.
Students are required to complete a total of 240 credits, including compulsory courses listed in part one, as shown in the course schedule.
These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates
All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.
168.860 Prescribing for Nurse Practitioner Practice (minimum B grade required in pre-requisite courses 168.734 and 168.728)
168.861 Clinical Project (restricted against 168.851)
168.890 Research Report (minimum B grade in pre-requisite course 168.711 required)
Up to 60 credits from courses listed in the course schedule.
Note: In addition to the elective courses which can be viewed as per the above information, a new course is now available. Health and Well-being of Young People and Children will be offered under a Special Topic number 250.705 for 2019, before being added to the programme schedule in 2020. Students wishing to enrol in this course can do so under the Special Permission facility in the online enrolment process (via your student portal).
Candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss their programme structure with the MN Programme Coordinator to ensure that their needs are being fully met.
We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
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