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.
At present in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, all students applying for entry to a health related /social services programme are highly recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All health sector organisations engaging health care workers have obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to take all reasonable steps to eliminate, or otherwise control, the risk of COVID-19 transmission in the workplace. The NZ government has mandated the vaccine for frontline health care workers. As a result the health care providers we work with are requiring their staff, including any students on placement, to be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. If you are unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose whether or not you are vaccinated or to provide evidence if asked, then this will have an impact on healthcare placements that you can be allocated to as part of your undergraduate health programme and will have an impact on successful completion of the programme.
Employment agencies accessed by students of programmes of study other than health/social services may also choose to only accept those students for placement who are vaccinated against Covid 19. On this basis SIT cannot guarantee placements for unvaccinated students and therefore cannot guarantee programme successful completion for those students who choose not to be vaccinated against Covid 19.