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Study Nursing & Health Science at SIT

A foundation education in science is essential in the health sector, and SIT2LRN Applied Health Science courses provide prospective applicants with an introduction to health studies and help them develop skills and knowledge which will equip them for further tertiary study in health related areas, or for employment in the health sector.

After completing study in health science, students may wish to pursue further study in health and science related subjects, such as Nursing, Massage or Sport and Exercise. SIT offers further programmes in these areas, and Nursing in particular, is a popular choice.

Supported by the Southern District Health Board, SIT Nursing students enjoy a great balance of theory and practical education. Our students have access to one of the best high-tech simulation suites in the country, which allows them to practise their clinical skills on mannequins that replicate real life scenarios.

The career choices for nurses are as varied as they are exciting. Hospital jobs are only one possibility, other options include: roles within occupational health, the military, nutrition, primary health promotion, older person's care and correctional facilities.

SIT School of Nursing interviews all applicants to assess for important personal qualities such as patience, integrity, compassion, great communication skills and cultural awareness.

 

Programmes in Nursing & Health Science

Click on a circle in the table below to see the courses offered in each subject/qualification combination.

Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

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OMasters17Nursing & Health Science1Invercargill
OPostgraduate17Nursing & Health Science1Invercargill
ODegree17Nursing & Health Science1Invercargill
ODiploma17Nursing & Health Science1Invercargill
OCertificate17Nursing & Health Science1Invercargill
OSTAR17Nursing & Health Science1Invercargill

SIT2LRN Distance Learning

OCertificate17Nursing & Health Science4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
OSTAR17Nursing & Health Science4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools


About Nursing & Health Science

Student Profiles

Nursing & Health Science Courses

Click a title below to see more information about that course.

18 months full-time

Graduates of the Master of Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will be able to:

  • Set and justify priorities, solve complex problems using credible evidence in novel environments, and organise and manage resources related to wellness and rehabilitation or performance
  • Design, carry out and communicate the results of significant research projects in the field of wellness and rehabilitation and relate the findings to professional and research literature
  • Analyse and critique professional and research publications in wellness, rehabilitation and related subject areas, identify practical applications and relate findings to their own research
  • Apply their analytical and research capabilities to unfamiliar situations involving the application of wellness and rehabilitation practices
  • Research, integrate and apply advanced understanding of wellness and rehabilitation approaches, assessment, training and methodology
  • Demonstrate high levels of skill as a wellness and rehabilitation practitioner or in a research role in an organisation
  • Think critically and act responsibly when confronted with academic or professional challenges

Course Details

Six months full-time

The Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) is aimed at wellness and rehabilitation practitioners wishing to undertake a short programme of study in order to extend and update their knowledge and skills. The aim is to extend their capability in critical and professional/clinical reasoning for specialist practice, leadership and management, in professional settings.

The programme is tailored to the individual study needs of each student. Public and private sector organisations employing graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will benefit from the knowledge and specialist skills that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study.

Course Details

Available part-time only

Subject to approval and accreditatoin processes. 

Formerly the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Health Science


 The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care is aimed towards qualified registered nurses and New Zealand registered health professoinals who wish to develop advancing practice skills.  Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care graduates will be able to develop innovative, effective, efficient and high-quality approaches to health care delivery, within the defined scope of practice. Each paper offered in the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care is equivalent to 30 credits at 400 level (NZQA Level 8).

Programme Structure:

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in the Art and Science of Health Care: students must complete two 30 credit paers within two years.

The Postgraduate Diploma in the Art and Science of Health Care is a 120 credit, Level 8 programme. Papers may be completed as two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.

Students must complete four 30 credit papers

HS801 Clinincal Diagnostic Reasoning and Health Assessment for Health Professionals

HS802 Advanced Pathophysiology for Health Professionals

 HS803 Research for Practice

HS805 Ethical Concepts and Legal Issues for Advanced Practice
HS809 Applied Pharmacology
HS810 Advanced Practice to Support the Older Persons Well Being
HS812 Integrating Acquired Knowledge in Specialist Practice
HS813 Educational Dynamics in the Clinical Environment
HS815 Advanced Clinical Emergency Care
HS814 Substitute Paper
HS 816 Advanced Care in the Primary Health Setting 
  • HS801 Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning and Health Assessment for Health Professionals
  • HS802 Pathophysiology for Health Professionals
  • HS809 Applied Pharmacology for Health Professionals
  • HS810 Health Professional Practice to Support Older Persons' Health and Well-being
  • HS812 Integrating Acquired Knowledge in Specialty Practice
  • HS815 Advancing Clinical Emergency Care
  • HS816 Advanced Practice to Support Long Term Conditions

 

HS802 Advanced Pathophysiology for Health ProfessionalsHS803 Research for PracticeHS805 Ethical Concepts and Legal Issues for Advanced PracticeHS809 Applied PharmacologyHS810 Advanced Practice to Support the Older Persons Well BeingHS812 Advancing Specialist PracticeHS813 Educational Dynamics in the Clinical EnvironmentHS815 Advanced Clinical Emergency CareHS814 Substitute PaperHS 816 Advanced Care in the Primary Health Setting 

Course Details

Available part-time only

The Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Health Science is aimed towards qualified registered nurses and midwives who wish to develop advancing practice skills.

Course Details

One year full-time

The Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Sciences (Wellness and Rehabilitation) is aimed at wellness and rehabilitation practitioners and recent graduates (in fields such as chiropractic, health science, massage therapy, medicine, naturopathy, nursing, occupational therapy, osteopathy, physiotherapy, sport and exercise) wishing to undertake a comprehensive programme of study in order to upgrade their qualifications and extend their knowledge and skills with the objective of obtaining employment or advancing their careers. The programme is tailored to the individual study needs of each student. Public and private sector organisations employing graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Science (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will benefit from the broad knowledge and skill set (including problem-solving), that the graduates have acquired during their programme of study.

Course Details

Three years full-time

SIT’s School of Nursing (previously Southland Polytechnic) has been delivering nursing education for 40 years and has a long history of successful graduates.

A career in nursing can take you around the world! Nurses are always in demand.

Course Details

18 months full-time

To enable learners to access a nursing qualification that prepares them for practice under the direction and delegation of a registered nurse in a variety of health care settings.  It also enables students to meet the Nursing Council competencies for enrolled nurses.

Course Details

17 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

  • Gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to employment or further training in the applied health sciences sector
  • Provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies or employment in applied health sciences

Course Details

20 weeks full-time

  • Locate, select and analyse relevant information from a variety of sources and apply to context-relevant tasks and problems
  • Work independently and collaboratively on context-relevant academic tasks and problems
  • Construct a reasoned and researched argument, communicated using a range of appropriate media
  • Develop and critique a study and career plan that identifies specific long-term career goals

Course Details

17 weeks full-time

Up to two years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

Do you enjoy helping others? Are you interested in learning more about the human body and how it functions? Are you keen on starting or shifting your career to the health field?
If you dream of studying Nursing, Health and Wellness, or Applied Science (Laboratory Technician) at tertiary level, but do not have the necessary entry requirements, the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Pre Entry Applied Health Science) (Level 3) may be right for you.

Course Details

The units provide students with the skills and knowledge required for employment or further training in the health sector. An ideal starting point for students wishing to study Nursing, Midwifery, Therapeutic & Sports Massage and other health care professions. Some units can be cross credited into the SIT2LRN Health Science Pre Entry and Intermediate courses. Units are listed in the recommended order. Career Pathways: Students may choose to complete the Certificate in Health Science Pre entry (Level 3) or apply to study Certificate in Health Science Intermediate (Level 4) in our SIT2LRN distance learning or apply to study on campus: Bachelor of Nursing, National Diploma in Mental Health (Level 6), New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5) or Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage

Enrol Online Course Details

The programme will provide an introduction to nursing and enable students to discuss areas of interest as well as the range of nursing options available for future career choices. As well as the units listed, the content will include: Introduction to growth and development; clinical skills introduction - hand washing and bed making; Introduction to nursing areas and specialties; safety exercise - using library resources.

Enrol Online Course Details

"Best aspects were the amount of clinical experience opportunities. Zero fees has been hugely beneficial. I also feel that the enthusiasm and expertise of certain tutors in their chosen fields really shone through and made learning easier and more enjoyable. Health Sciences throughout all three years was one of the most enjoyable topics."

Bachelor of Nursing - feedback via Graduate Destination Survey 2014 

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