School of Nursing
Embrace the chance to receive a first-class theoretical and practical nursing education. Benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities, the latest industry knowledge and the expertise of highly experienced teachers, and graduate with the skills and confidence to enter the nursing profession
Our hands-on approach to learning sees 100% of our degree graduates moving into professional positions after their studies. By studying at our School of Nursing, you’ll have access to first-rate facilities and innovative teaching methods. You’ll feel right at home in a caring and supportive environment with like-minded people who are absolutely committed to guiding you to success.
Our nursing qualifications
Find the nursing programme that suits your needs and learn more about how our hands-on approach to learning can better help you achieve your goals.
Charity House Open Homes
For the 14th year running, our Carpentry students have built a house to auction for charity.
Charity House Auction
For the 15th year running, our Carpentry students have built a house to auction for charity.
Rachel Dibble wins Ako Award
Otago Polytechnic Lecturer Rachel Dibble has won a Te Whatu Kairangi –Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Educator Award for 2022.
Hākari (Feast) - Telling Our Story
A collaborative food event between the Food Design institute, the School of Art and the School of Communication Design.
Central Campus to hold Giant Plant Sale
A huge array of locally grown plants will be on sale at Otago Polytechnic’s annual Giant Plant Sale, to be held at its Central Otago Campus this Labour Weekend.
Otago Polytechnic claims three medals in Best Design Awards
Congrats to Vincent Egan, Georgia Pope and Emily MacKenzie for winning medals in the Best Design Awards 2022.
Otago Polytechnic helps community group with innovative recycling solution
Otago Polytechnic has worked with a Dunedin community group to come up with an innovative solution to recycling milk bottle tops.
More than 300 to attend Otago Polytechnic "catch-up" graduation
More than 300 graduands will attend Otago Polytechnic’s Graduation ceremony at the Dunedin Town Hall on Thursday, 22 September.
Otago Polytechnic wins at 2022 Diversity Awards NZ
Otago Polytechnic’s ongoing efforts to be an inclusive workplace and organisation have been recognised at a national level.
Otago Polytechnic resumes hosting Japanese learners
Otago Polytechnic is excited to welcome back students from Japan’s International College of Technology this week.
Otago Polytechnic has multiple finalists in Best Design Award
Eight Otago Polytechnic projects have been named in the finals of the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards.
A magnificent flying machine
Tears, cheers and applause greeted the inaugural flight of an Otago Polytechnic student-built plane this week.
Celebrating secondary students’ artistic talents
The Celebrate Art Secondary Schools Art Awards 2022 have attracted a range of exciting and accomplished works.
A passion for the environment
It’s a passion borne of a childhood spent among the wild waves and woods near Maidens, Ayrshire, a small village in which his family was one of the few not involved in fishing.
Careers in Health Information Evening
Learn about our healthcare programmes, what you need to do to apply to study in 2022, and speak to our qualified staff, healthcare practitioners and industry professionals about your healthcare career aspirations.
Design students upcycle for charity
A group of resourceful Otago Polytechnic Design students have been rummaging through op-shop shelves as part of an upcycling project for charity.
Finalist in Diversity Works NZ Awards
Otago Polytechnic Ltd has been named as a finalist in the Ngā Āhuatanga o Te Tiriti category of the 2022 Diversity Awards NZ.
Dunedin Schools Game Jam
We're organising the 2nd annual Otago Polytechnic High Schools Game Jam from 22nd to 24th July. You will enjoy a unique experience of developing or designing a game over the weekend.
Electrical student through to final of Apprentice Challenge
An Otago Polytechnic electrical student has won the Dunedin round of the Master Electricians Apprentice Challenge.
Otago Polytechnic to fly Māori flag
Otago Polytechnic has chosen to fly the Tino Rangatiratanga flag alongside the New Zealand one.
Mural celebrates Māori connections
A mural celebrating Māori connections with the land aims to uphold the mana of tauira, making them feel more included in the physical space of Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin campus.
Jean Ross' Inaugural Professorial Lecture
Dr Jean Ross works at the intersection of clinical practice, research and education in the context of communities. Communities may be place-based but also include groups with common interests which are not limited geographically.
Anatomy Lessons by Michele Beevors
This special exhibition features life-sized sculptured animal skeletons that are inspired by natural history exhibits and reflect on our relationship with animals.
Design learners to fore in international competition
Nine students from Otago Polytechnic’s School of Design participated in the Humber University (Toronto) round of Map the System, an Oxford University-based global system thinking competition that aims to stimulate new ways of thinking about social and environmental change.
Get Ahead – Careers Information Evening
Discover how you can start your journey/haereka now to gain the knowledge/mātauraka and skills you need to set you up for a successful 2023 and beyond.
Nursing students' working bee helps Fijian women
An industrious group of Otago Polytechnic year-3 Bachelor of Nursing tauira have swapped vaccination needles for sewing needles to help women from a Fijian village.
Māori research symposium 2022
Te Kura Matatini ki Otago (Otago Polytechnic) bi-annual Māori Research Symposium provides a valuable opportunity for kairakahau Māori (Māori researchers) and scholars to present research and connect with each other.
Tertiary Open Day
Your chance to explore our campus and see first-hand the fantastic range of study options available at Otago Polytechnic.
Chief Executive to help judge Otago Sports Awards
Joining Dr Gibbons on the judging panel for the Otago Polytechnic-sponsored awards are Sport Otago chief executive John Brimble, Otago Daily Times sports editor Hayden Meikle, radio producer Rowena Duncum and former long-serving Sport Otago manager Michael Smith.
"Crossroads; Childish Adult Stuff" installed in Quad
The latest sculptural installation in Otago Polytechnic’s Four Plinths Project dabbles in the past while pondering the future.
Ceramic works tackle theme of student wellbeing
Dunedin School of art graduate Aaron Obbeek has created ceramic sculptures for four meeting rooms in the Hub.
Carpentry apprentices show off skills
Eager apprentices put their carpentry skills to the test at the New Zealand Certified Builders ITM Apprentice Challenge at the weekend.
At our School of Nursing, you will learn from our simulation suite; an environment designed to replicate a medical/surgical ward, as well as a primary and mental health facility. This is a problem-based, hands-on way of learning which is a safe alternative for you to practice real-life, clinical scenarios under the guidance of a lecturer without having to leave the Dunedin campus.
The Simulation Suite
Our Simulation Suite is designed to replicate a medical/surgical ward, as well as a primary and mental health facility. Here you will be able to participate in a variety of scenarios to help support and develop your knowledge and skills. This will help to prepare you for clinical placements in these areas.
We have a variety of simulators ranging from an ALS (advanced life support) to our brand new tetherless simulators. These have realistic features such as active eyes, palpable pulses and programmable airways.
With our simulators, you are able to practice clinical skills such as taking a blood pressure and pulse, listening for and recognising different cardiac and respiratory patterns, and practicing resuscitation skills and airway management.
Another aspect of simulation is the debriefing process. This is facilitated by the simulation lecturer and gives you the opportunity to discuss and reflect on your simulation experience.