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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Master of Nursing

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II


1. Admission to the degree of Master of Nursing requires that the candidate will meet the University admission requirements as specified and will have been awarded or have qualified for a:

(a) Bachelor's degree with a minimum grade average of B over the 300-level courses, or equivalent;


(b) Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing, with a minimum B grade average over all courses, or equivalent;


(c) Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing, with a minimum B grade average over all courses, or equivalent.

2. In all cases the candidate shall:

(a) be a registered nurse with a practising certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand, or equivalent; and

(b) have completed at least two years of professional experience in a relevant nursing specialty within the previous five years.

Qualification Requirements

3. Candidates for the Degree of Master of Nursing shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of 700- and 800-level courses totalling at least 240 credits from the Schedule to the Degree, comprising:

(a) Parts One and Two as specified in the Schedule to the Degree;

and including:

(b) any compulsory courses listed in Schedule to the Degree;

(c) attending contact workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.

4. Candidates who, in the opinion of the Academic Board or its delegate, have passed with sufficient merit courses as part of a completed Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing, or equivalent, may be permitted to cross-credit courses not exceeding a total of 60 or 120 credits respectively. The programme of study for candidates credited 60 credits shall not exceed four calendar years and for candidates credited 120 credits shall not exceed three calendar years.


5. The Master of Nursing is awarded with or without a subject.

6. Candidates may complete a subject by passing at least 210 credits in a subject including any compulsory courses, as specified in Schedule B to the degree.

7. The subject available in the Master of Nursing is Neonatal Nursing.

Student Progression

8. For progression from Part One to Part Two, candidates must have achieved a B grade average over the courses completed in Part One.

9. In cases of sufficient merit, the Degree of Master of Nursing may be awarded with a class of Honours.

Completion Requirements

10. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.

11. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

12. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

13. All candidates commencing study towards the Degree of Master of Nursing on or after 1 January 2017 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations

14. Candidates who commenced study towards the Degree of Master of Nursing in 2016 or earlier and have completed at least 30 credits towards the degree may be permitted course substitution beyond the normal limits and may be exempted from compliance with Regulations 2a and 8.

15. In all cases candidates must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion as specified in the Completion Requirements.

16. These transition arrangements expire on 31 December 2020.

Schedule for the Master of Nursing

Schedule A: Core courses

Part One

Compulsory courses (90 credits from)

168.728 Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making 30 credits

168.733 Physiology and Pathophysiology 30 credits

168.734 Clinical Pharmacology 30 credits

Compulsory course selection (At least 30 credits from)

168.711 Health Research Design and Method 30 credits
R 168.810 and 168.710

168.713 Evidence-Based Practice 30 credits

Part Two (At least 60 credits from)

168.860 Prescribing and Advanced Practice for Nurse Practitioners 60 credits
P 168.734 (B) and 168.728 (B) R 168.850

168.861 Clinical Project for Nurses 60 credits
R 168.851

168.890 Research Report 60 credits
P 168.810 or 168.711 (B) R 168.895

Schedule B: Subjects

Neonatal (210 credits)

No new enrolments

Part One: Compulsory Courses (150 credits from)

168.711 Health Research Design and Method 30 credits
R 168.810 and 168.710

168.725 Neonatal Science and Clinical Care of the Neonate I 30 credits

168.726 Neonatal Science and Clinical Care of the Neonate II 30 credits
P 168.725, 168.729 or equivalent

168.729 Neonatal and Family Assessment and Practice 30 credits
P 168.725

168.734 Clinical Pharmacology 30 credits

Part Two

Compulsory course (30 credits from)

168.853 Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practicum 30 credits
P 168.725, 168.726, 168.729

Compulsory course selection - at least 30 credits from 168.851, 168.895, 168.850

Schedule C: Elective courses

152.742 Health Systems Management 30 credits
R 250.742

152.746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management 30 credits
R 250.746

168.702 Issues in Nursing 30 credits

168.703 Managing Long Term Conditions 30 credits

168.709 Contemporary Clinical Teaching 30 credits

168.712 Pain Management 30 credits
C 168.733

168.714 Advanced Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention in Mental Health 30 credits

168.717 Applied Ethics for Professional Practice 30 credits

168.719 Clinical Specialty: Older Persons' Health 30 credits

168.720 Clinical Specialty: Mental Health 30 credits

168.721 Māori Centred Practice 30 credits

168.722 Wound Management 30 credits

168.724 Primary Health Care Nursing 30 credits

168.731 Leadership in Nursing 30 credits

168.750 Registered Nurse Prescribing Practicum 30 credits
P 168.733, 168.734 (B grade), 168.728 (B grade) R 168.850

168.796 Health and Well-being of Children and Young People 30 credits

168.802 Advanced Topics in Nursing 30 credits

252.701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health Practitioners 30 credits
R 252.702

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