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 SIT2LRN Distance Learning campus

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

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

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About Nursing & Health Science

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Nursing & Health Science courses at the SIT2LRN Distance Learning campus

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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
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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.
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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
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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