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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


Wellington Campus


Study a Bachelor of Nursing – BN

Note: This qualification is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.

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 healthcare 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

Our graduates are sought after and work ready.

Massey’s nursing qualification 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. We work with multiple stakeholders in healthcare.

Our contemporary, research-led qualifications are approved by the New Zealand Nursing Council.

Our graduates are work-ready and sought after to meet the health needs of people, whanau and communities.

Nursing simulation suites

We offer contemporary clinical simulation in our new clinical suites. 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 state-of-the-art manikins.

Empathy Labs

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

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.

A BN is a good fit if you:

want to make a difference in someone’s life every day

want to be the health professional most often present with people at their most vulnerable

want to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families/whanau, community and the nation.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

This is a ‘selected entry' qualification. This means as well as applying you will need to provide additional material as part of your application.

To enter the Bachelor of Nursing you will hold a current First Aid Certificate from an approved provider.

You will be selected into the qualification on the basis of a process which includes providing:

a personal supporting statement of about 300 words explaining why you wish to enter the nursing qualification and profession, including 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, which should include your academic and work history

provide details of two character referees – these must not be family or friends

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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