UCOL's three-year Bachelor of Nursing programme comprises 360 credits.
Applicants for the Bachelor of Nursing will attend a conversation with UCOL staff. The purpose of the conversation is to provide information to the applicant, to gauge motivation and support, and preparedness for study, and to inform teaching staff of the needs of the student. (Refer to UCOL’s admission policy and variations).
UCOL’s Bachelor of Nursing is a full-time programme of study. In a typical week depending on whether you’re doing a clinical or theory course your time will be allocated to face-to-face learning (laboratory work, class), clinical placement and self-directed learning. As you progress through your studies each year, the weighting of self-directed learning will increase to prepare you for life-long learning. Expect to work clinical placements on a 24/7 rotating roster basis (night shift and weekends included). Not all clinical placements are local, so also be prepared to travel.
Permanent Residents whose first language is not English are required to undertake a Literacy and Numeracy Assessment for diagnostic purposes so that the appropriate advice and support can be provided before they commence the programme.
UCOL will undertake a safety check of all students after enrolment to ensure UCOL meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act, 2014. UCOL will do this on behalf of Hospitals, District Health Boards, Primary Health Organisations and GP practices which host UCOL student placements. The safety check involves confirming the student’s work history, verifying their suitability to work with children with a trusted referee, and completing New Zealand Police vetting.
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you
- National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may
request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
- Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
- Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
- A completed Police Declaration Form
- A completed
Health Declaration Form
- Check if you're eligible for additional support or a
scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of
our free Youth Transition programmes.
Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.