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Masters students developing clinical skills in the University of Otago, Christchurch, Simulation CentreThe first intake of nursing students in the University of Otago, Christchurch's new two-year graduate-entry Master of Nursing Science (MNSc) degree have begun their study.

Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies director, Dr Philippa Seaton, says this exciting new programme provides a pathway for students to build on their previous undergraduate education to become a nurse, preparing them for work in a range of healthcare settings.

Graduates can qualify as nurse after two year master's course

Students undertake this professional master's degree through an intensive two-year programme specifically designed to bring together clinical experience and integrated academic learning, and research skills and experience. It prepares graduates to contribute to the complex healthcare environment of today and in the future.

The programme is accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand so successful students can become registered as a nurse and have a master's qualification.

Students will undertake supported clinical practice experiences at various locations across the South Island in a range of health care settings including community and family/whanau health, acute care, mental health, and aged care. Before these placements they spent time in our Clinical Simulation Unit, where they can practise medical scenarios in a safe learning environment before facing them in a real health setting.

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