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Bachelor of Nursing (Level 7)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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The Bachelor of Nursing (Level 7) is the three-year degree qualification for those intending to become a registered nurse. After completing this degree, students sit the Nursing Council of New Zealand exam to complete their registration. There is a high demand for nurses both the Waikato, throughout New Zealand, and globally, and there are strong job outcomes for Wintec nursing graduates. 98% of Wintec nursing graduates from November 2018, are currently employed as registered nurses*.
*Source: NETS graduate destination survey.

The nursing programmes at Wintec involve a combination of theoretical knowledge and hands-on learning in real-life healthcare environments. While studying, you will have the opportunity to provide nursing care to health consumers, whanau, and communities in supervised environments. Here you can build your knowledge and skills so that as a graduate, you can step straight into the workforce feeling confident and work-ready.

Tihei Mauri Ora Kaupapa

Students who identify as M?ori or Pasifika** have the option to complete their programme within the Tihei Mauri Ora Kaupapa (stream). The Tihei Mauri Ora Kaupapa is focused on improving M?ori health outcomes in the community. Participation provides students with an increased focus on M?ori health, customs, and protocols, as well as additional support through a manaaki model of pastoral care. This is achieved through the integration of individual knowledge and that of whanau, hap? and iwi. Tauira are encouraged to work together (mahitahi) with their academic whanau (whanaungatanga) to achieve excellence in nursing practice. You will be part of a programme where you are supported by senior nursing students and by staff in a way that is representative of M?ori culture. The Tihei Mauri Ora kaupapa reinforces the need to protect and legitimise matauranga M?ori from both traditional and contemporary worlds within a professional nursing context.

What You'll Learn

This degree includes the study of:

Integration of the Treaty of Waitangi into nursing
Cultural responsiveness
Regional, national, and global healthcare needs
Sustainable health care management
Professional nursing knowledge
Interpersonal and therapeutic relationships
Research skills
Human biology and pathophysiology
Clinical and health assessment
Management of nursing care
Management and leadership

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, directed study, online activities, simulation laboratories, and clinical practice in a variety of settings. These settings may include placements within M?ori and Iwi health settings, community settings, and in hospitals. It is expected that you will complete a significant amount of self-directed study in addition to this.

Career/Further Opportunities

Graduates will sit a Nursing Council of New Zealand registration exam to become a registered nurse.

Roles can include:

  • A registered nurse in private or public hospitals in the mental health sector, in independent practice, or in the defence services
  • Nursing lecturer
  • Medical representative
  • Health consultant or administrator
  • Community nurse
  • Specialty nurse

Entry criteria

University Entrance (UE) or equivalent is the minimum requirement to enter the Bachelor of Nursing programme

Candidates who have studied on a Nursing Degree programme at another institution will need to meet the Bachelor of Nursing programme entry requirements or equivalent. They will also need evidence of a B grade average (i.e. above a B minus average) and a letter of recommendation and a confidential report on the student from the Head of School of the previous programme, before they will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing programme.

Applicants who have completed an approved foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme in Health at Level 4, with 60% or higher in all modules will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing programme.

English Language Requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.5 across all bands; or equivalent.

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