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5 Campuses + Distance Learning, 218 Courses, 33 Subjects

Study Nursing & Health Science at SIT

A foundation education in science is essential in the health sector, and SIT2LRN Health Sciences 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 – there are roles within occupational health, the military, nutrition, primary health promotion, older person's care and correctional facilities for example.

SIT School of Nursing interviews all applicants to assess for other 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*


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

"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 

Nursing & Health Science Courses

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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 the 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

6 Months full-time

Graduates of the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Health Science (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will be able to recognize cultural differences and ethical issues, and consult and collaborate with other health professionals assess wellness and rehabilitation needs of clients and determine appropriate responses show evidence of advanced knowledge about wellness and rehabilitation apply acquired knowledge and skills in practical situations

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 advanced practice skills.

Course Details

1 Year full-time

Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Health Science (Wellness and Rehabilitation) will be able to demonstrate mastery of complex concepts and theories in the field of wellness and rehabilitation and their application in solving practical problems prescribe, monitor and critically evaluate wellness and rehabilitative programmes using a client-centred approach within their own discipline critique and reflect on personal specialty practices and take responsibility for clients’ needs show evidence of advanced knowledge about specialist areas of wellness and rehabilitation gather, evaluate and analyse information from a variety of sources demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking.

Course Details

Three years full time

  • SIT’s School of Nursing has been delivering nursing education for 33 years and has a long history of successful graduates.
  • Our enthusiastic staff have a wide range of nursing experience within NZ and overseas.
  • Specialist equipment includes a nursing simulation suite with computerised mannequins and life size models of body parts, as well as a large library of DVD resources and text books.
  • Clinical placements throughout Southland and Otago provide real-life experience in many diverse nursing environments
  • 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

3 months fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 12 weeks long

Following on from the Level 3 Certificate in Health Science, this certificate provides intermediate skills and knowledge required for further study or work in the health sciences sector.

Students will study the structures and systems of the human body, senses, chemistry and response to disease and infection.

Course Details

23 weeks full time

The programme aims to provide you with the opportunity to develop attitudes, knowledge and skills to be considered for entry to the Bachelor of Nursing or New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing. Knowledge and skills are also relevant to a variety of health and care occupations.

Course Details

3 months fulltime

Up to 2 years part-time

Intakes are 12 weeks long

This programme provides students with the skills and knowledge required for employment or further training in the health sciences sector. An ideal starting point for students wishing to study Nursing, Midwifery, Sport & Exercise or Therapeutic and Sports Massage.

Students will study human anatomy and biology, structures and systems of the human body in a health context, health care, ethics, culture, and science fundamentals.

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 recomended order. *US26117 requires a laboratory to gather information to complete this unit - this can be the school lab. 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), Certificate in Relaxation Massage (Level 4) 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.

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