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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 Clinical Practice (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 Clinical Practice (Nursing) requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified;

(b) have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification with a grade average of at least a B over the highest two levels of courses;

(c) meet Health Clearance and Police Vetting requirements as specified by the Academic Board or their delegate;

(d) meet the requirements for registration as a nurse in New Zealand as set down by the Nursing Council of New Zealand in terms of good character and fitness to be a nurse;

(e) have achieved an IELTS of 7 with no band less than 7 within the preceding three months, if English is not the applicant’s first language and the language of instruction in previous schooling is not English; and

(f) be selected into the programme on the basis of a selection process which includes a written application, and may include an interview and practical exercises as determined by the Academic Board or their delegate.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Degree of Master of Clinical Practice shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 240 credits, comprising:

(a) Part One and Part Two as defined by the Schedule for the Qualification;

and including:

(b) the compulsory courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification;

(c) attending Contact Workshops, block courses, field trips, workshops, tutorials, laboratories and clinical experiences as required.


3. The Degree of Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) is awarded without specialisation.

Academic Requirements

4. Every candidate for the Degree of Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) shall complete to the satisfaction of Academic Board a minimum of 1100 hours of approved clinical practice and associated reports in accordance with the following courses:

168742: Fundamental Partnerships I 168743: Fundamental Partnerships II 168747: Complex Partnerships I 168847: Complex Partnerships I

Student Progression

5. Candidates must maintain their eligibility for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand in terms of good character and fitness to be a nurse, throughout the duration of their enrolment in the programme.

6. In cases of sufficient merit, the Master of Clinical Practice may be awarded with a class of Honours.

Completion Requirements

7. A candidate’s course of study shall not exceed five calendar years unless a specified time of suspension or extension is approved by the Academic Board and the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Permission must be sought in advance of any suspension or extension by applying in writing to the Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) Programme Director. Suspensions or extensions granted will appear on the academic transcript.

8. 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 Science and Technology or the Postgraduate Certificate in Science and Technology should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Academic Progress

9. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing), the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) failure to obtain a pass in any of the Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) courses for which they have been enrolled on two occasions;

(b) failure to pass courses totalling at least 75 academic credits or failure to pass at least 60% of an approved part-time programme of study in any academic year; or

(c) failure to complete the Degree within five years from the date of first enrolment.

Candidates excluded under (a), (b), or (c) above will only be re-admitted to the Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) with the approval of the Academic Board.

Schedule for the Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing)

Part One (120 credits from)

168740 Critical Knowledge for Nursing (Bioscience) 15 credits

168742 Fundamental Partnerships I 30 credits

168743 Fundamental Partnerships II 30 credits
P 168742

168744 Professional Issues 15 credits

168745 E-Health and Technology in Nursing 15 credits
P 168742

168746 Social Justice and Citizenship 15 credits
P 168742

Part Two (120 credits from)

168747 Complex Partnerships I 45 credits
P 168743

168748 Complex Partnerships II [Transition to Practice] 30 credits
P 168747

168820 Scholarship for Clinical Practice 15 credits
P 168743

168821 Leadership in Nursing Practice Project 30 credits
P 168820