School of Nursing

About the School of Nursing

The school has a goal of improving the health of all New Zealanders through the clinical and professional excellence of its graduates. To achieve this, our staff are not only academics, but leading industry practitioners.

The Bachelor of Nursing programme prepares new nurses for the profession, while the Master of Nursing programme prepares graduate nurses for positions as ‘clinical specialist’ and ‘nurse practitioner’ with prescribing roles.

The School of Nursing at the University of Auckland was established in 1999 to improve the health of New Zealanders through the clinical and professional excellence of our graduates. The school is guided by three strategic positions:

1. Creating future leaders in nursing and the health sector

We deliver undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to create nursing leadership in clinical, professional and health organizational contexts. All clinical programmes are accredited by the Nursing Council and the Master of Nursing programme is accredited to prepare graduate nurses for clinical specialist and nurse practitioner with prescribing roles.

Undergraduate programmes

Postgraduate programmes

Our aim is to be the School of Nursing of choice within Auckland and nationally in respect to specialised nursing programmes.

2. Linking our teaching with research centres and programmes

Clinical and professional specialty courses reflect the research programmes and centres within the school. Our teaching is research based, with research-driven evidence underpinning clinical teaching. Course coordinators draw on research colleagues to deliver lectures based on their current research. Students at all levels are given the skills to identify and apply evidence in their nursing practice.

3. Teaching programmes characterised by clinical excellence

Programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels offer a broad base in nursing and are responsive to our stakeholders. A characteristic of the school is that clinical specialist nurses are actively involved in the teaching of clinical courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A strength is our location in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. It allows us to draw from expertise outside the School of Nursing, for example academics from the School of Pharmacy teach in prescribing courses, and for our students to undertake specialty and multidisciplinary courses.


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