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Bachelor of Nursing

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jan 2023


Mokoia Campus


Would you like to play a key role in caring for people at challenging times of their lives? If you’re a practical, adaptable and compassionate person and love working with others, nursing could be the career for you.

Trained nurses are in demand, worldwide. With this qualification you gain the skills and competencies to be eligible to meet the final requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) for registration as a registered nurse.

And with experience behind you, you’ll be able to take your skills overseas to work in a range of health related roles.

Nurses work with people of all ages, and alongside other health professionals in a variety of
health care settings. They help provide the best possible health outcomes for individuals, whanau, and communities.

During this three-year course you gain a thorough grounding in professional nursing practice, through the integration of theory with lots of industry-based work experience. You learn the critical skills and knowledge to become a competent, culturally safe, confident, ethical and reflective practitioner.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • Bachelor of Nursing Te Tohu Paetahi Tapuhi (Level 7)

You will also become eligible to sit the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) examination which, if passed, will lead to registration as a New Zealand registered nurse.


This course is specifically aimed to prepare graduates for registration as a registered nurse at a beginning level. Employment and career opportunities exist within a range of health care settings and may include:

  • Hauora Maori nursing
  • Plunket nursing
  • Practice nursing
  • Public health nursing
  • Rural health nursing
  • School health nurse
  • Medical/surgical nursing
  • Criminal justice nursing
  • Addictions nursing
  • Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP)
  • Operating theatre nursing
  • Nurse researcher
  • Nurse manager
  • Aged care nursing
  • Paediatric nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Nurse education
  • Palliative care nursing

Year 1 papers:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi for Professional Practice
  • Tiaki Ritenga Tuturu: Fundamentals of Nursing Care
  • Timatanga Mahi Matanga: Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
  • Whanake a Tangata a Hinengaro: Human Development and Psychology for Nursing Practice
  • Tiaki Haere Tonu: Nursing Practice: Continuing Care
  • Oranga a Hapori: Community Wellness
  • Putaiao: Science for Nursing

Year 2 papers:

  • Primary Health Care 1 – Maternal, Baby, Child and Adolescent
  • Nursing Practice: Mental Health and Addiction
  • Tiaki Ponana: Nursing Practice: Inpatient and Ambulatory Care
  • Pharmacology for Professional Nursing Practice

Year 3 papers:

  • Primary Health Care 2: Adult, Older Adult
  • Nga Hiahia Uaua: Nursing Practice: Complex Needs
  • Kokiri Mahi Matanga: Advancing Professional Practice
  • Mahi Whakawhiti: Transition to Practice


  • Postgraduate Certificate in Management
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Professional Studies (Infection Prevention and Control)

Entry criteria

All international students must: • meet the University Entrance criteria as specified by NZQA or have education achievement at least equivalent to NZQA University Entrance. Where an applicant did not attend schooling in New Zealand, the relevant equivalent to University Entrance will be considered on a case-by-case basis; and • meet all programme entry requirements; or • provide evidence of ability to complete academic and other requirements (special admission requirements).

English Language requirements:

IELTS test - Academic score of 6.5 that includes a score of at least 6.5 in each of Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking, OR OET - Minimum of 300 in all sub-tests

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