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 at the Invercargill campus

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


OPostgraduate17Nursing & Health Science1Invercargill
ODegree17Nursing & Health Science1Invercargill
ODiploma17Nursing & Health Science1Invercargill
OCertificate17Nursing & Health Science1Invercargill
OSTAR17Nursing & Health Science1Invercargill
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

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

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About Nursing & Health Science

Student Profiles

Nursing & Health Science courses at the Invercargill campus

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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

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

19 weeks full-time

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • 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

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
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"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