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Registered nurses who are studying towards designated prescriber–registered nurse are required to undertake this programme of study

A Postgraduate Diploma comprising 120 points designed for registered nurses.


Candidates for the PGDipHealSc must

  1. Be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study
  2. Hold a current Practising Certificate

Structure of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences - Designated prescriber–registered nurse

Four compulsory papers (120 points)
  • NURS 405 Health Assessment and Advanced Nursing Practice (30 points)
  • NURS 416 Nursing - Applied Pharmacology (30 points)
  • NURS 427 Long-term Conditions - Pathophysiology and Management (30 points)
  • NURS 429 Therapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice (prerequisites apply) (30 points)
    NURS 429 must be the final paper undertaken in the programme of study

Further information

Coordinator, Student Experience
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2023 Calendar and supplementary material.

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