Ara sets up health training hub for South Canterbury

Living in South Canterbury and interested in a career in health? Ara Institute of Canterbury could potentially make it easier for you with more programmes and more pathways in health being offered at a health training hub in Timaru.

Ara currently offers pre-health and midwifery qualifications along with placement for medical imaging students in Timaru. Shortly Ara will begin enrolling new Bachelor of Nursing students to study at its Timaru Campus from 2018, creating a "health related training hub" in the South Canterbury region.

Otago Polytechnic have provided a Bachelor of Nursing course in Timaru since 2003. Now in conjunction with Ara, Otago will withdraw from Timaru once their current students there complete their training.

Ara will also boost its current Certificate in Study and Career Preparation to level 4 from this July. This means more opportunities for potential nursing students in Timaru to gain credits to progress to the Bachelor of Nursing degree.

Ara’s Bachelor of Nursing course boasts the highest employment rates of any nursing course in ther country. Their March 2016 graduates had a 90% employment rate compared to around the 75% overall national employment rate for graduating nurses.

The South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB), based in Timaru, welcomed the move.  

“This training hub will ensure we attract high quality nursing graduates and promotes our DHB as an exceptional place to start a career in health,” Lisa Blackler, Director Patient, Nursing and Midwifery, South Canterbury DHB, said.

“Beginning one’s career at South Canterbury DHB exposes you to fantastic hands-on clinical scenarios that you may not experience at the larger DHBs.”


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