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Bachelor of Nursing

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Auckland Campus


If you are caring, compassionate and committed to wanting a professional career that can take you all over the world, then consider becoming a nurse.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing at Massey University are dynamic, adaptable and critical thinkers.

The Bachelor of Nursing includes science and social science courses related to health which are integrated into nursing knowledge. Clinical learning takes place in many different areas including surgical, emergency, medical, mental health and primary care services.

You will become a knowledgeable and skilful professional nurse, contributing to the health of individuals and communities.

What is a nurse?

  • A professional in the health-care field who combines the art of caring and compassion with scientific skills and knowledge.
  • A professional who leads care for people who are facing an urgent or ongoing health issue.
  • An educator of people on the issues of healthy living and wellness.
  • A professional who undertakes all aspects of assessment and treatment in partnership with other health professionals.

More compelling reasons to join us in nursing

  • Massey’s nursing programme is taught by the largest number of highly qualified nursing lecturers in the country.
  • We are the only university in the country offering you our undergraduate nursing degree on three different campuses – Auckland, Manawatu and Wellington.
  • Our programmes are approved by the New Zealand Nursing Council.

Nursing simulation suites

We have nursing simulation suites on our campuses. Each suite is different, but most have a mock hospital setting and two-way observation spaces. They also have standard nursing equipment for hospital and community work. You will learn and practice nursing skills through role-play, case-studies and simulations using manikins.

Empathy labs

You will participate in Empathy labs by wearing special suits. These that simulate what it's like to attempt normal daily tasks after suffering a stroke, or the restrictions of declining health.


Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers, as it is focused on supporting people, families and communities to manage a wide range of health challenges. Nurses are involved in all areas of health care and can choose to specialise in particular areas, such as intensive care, community mental health, aged care, or child and adolescent nursing. They can also become a specialist in particular conditions, such as diabetes, respiratory care or cancer nursing. Nurses can also choose to develop careers in health management, research and teaching.

Here are just a few examples of where you can work:

  • Primary and community health care:
  • general practice
  • Maori health services
  • hospice
  • district nursing
  • community mental health.
  • Hospital-based care:
  • neonatal units
  • medical and surgical wards
  • emergency departments
  • intensive care
  • paediatrics
  • acute mental health services.
  • Population-based services:
  • public health
  • schools.

Specialty practice:

  • mental health
  • aged care
  • child health
  • family health
  • rural and remote nursing.

Further study

Many of our Bachelor of Nursing graduates continue with their studies after qualifying as registered nurses by undertaking a master’s degree in nursing. A number of our Master of Nursing graduates have successfully gained registration as nurse practitioners with prescribing rights. We can also offer you a PhD in nursing.

Entry criteria

To enter the Bachelor of Nursing you will:

  • Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Be selected into the programme on the basis of a process which includes providing:

  • a personal supporting statement of about 300 words explaining why you chose the nursing programme and why you feel you would make a good nurse. List any personal characteristics you have that demonstrate your suitability.
  • a curriculum vitae of approximately three pages
  • two referee reports
  • if you are applying straight after completing secondary school, or a course at a private training establishment you will supply a confidential report from your school or institution
  • an interview may be required.

To become a registered nurse, you will also have requirements during and at the end of your study.

If English is not your first language you must also supply a copy of your results in an Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. You must have achieved at least 6.5 across all bands with no band less than 6.5 within the preceding two years.

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