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Friday 7 March 2014 8:54am

UOC building viewed from Hagley ParkIn response to a change in the Nursing Council of New Zealand's regulations for registered nurse practice, the University of Otago is developing a new master's degree to start in 2016, which will allow graduates from any discipline to study to become a registered nurse.

The Master of Nursing Science is an intensive, two-year full-time, programme that integrates academic and clinical knowledge and skills. On successful completion of the degree, students will be eligible for registration as a nurse in New Zealand.

Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies Director, Dr Philippa Seaton, says the new degree aims to provide a pathway into a nursing career for those who have completed a degree in any discipline, with a B average in their final two years of study.

“We believe this programme will appeal to those who are looking for a change in direction – who will bring their education, career and life experience to a profession where they can make a difference every day to people's lives.”

The University of Otago's Centre for Postgraduate Nursing Studies is a leading provider of clinically-focused, research led programmes for those already in the nursing profession undertaking postgraduate study. This new degree opens up a pathway for those who have another degree, and perhaps a career, who are keen to train as a nurse.

The Master of Nursing Science degree is awaiting final approval from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

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