Bachelor of Nursing

Programme details

Translation Te Tohu Paetahi Tāpuhi
Code WR3100
Level 7
Credits 360
Duration 3 years
Scholarship available Scholarships for School Leavers
Application information

Applications for 2018 are now open.

Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Tauranga (Windermere)
All of our full-time programmes qualify for student loans and allowances through StudyLink. Many part-time programmes also qualify. Apply online at or phone 0800 88 99 00. Apply early to help avoid enrolment and payment delays.

Information for international students

Tuition fee$19,950 per year
Minimum IELTS6.5 in all bands
Duration (length of study)3 years
Application Checklist and RequirementsView the information page to see what documents you must supply with your application.
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Programme aim

Scholarships for School Leavers available

Gain the skills and qualifications you need for a rewarding career in nursing. You'll also demonstrate the competencies of a beginning registered nurse and to meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) requirements for registration as a registered nurse

This degree is designed to prepare skilled, competent, culturally safe, confident, ethical and reflective practitioners equipped with recognised professional knowledge, attitudes and values for professional nursing practice.

Career opportunities

A range of health care settings, including primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings

Award information

To achieve the award of the Bachelor of Nursing, students must pass a total of 360 credits:

  • 345 compulsory and 15 elective credits;
  • a minimum of 72 credits at level 7 (this programme contains 120 credits at level 7);

Students must also:

  • complete the study requirements within five years of first enrolment in the programme;
  • undertake and complete a minimum of 1500 hours of theory; and
  • 1100 hours of specified industry based work experience.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

After successful completion of this programme of studies, graduates will have the skills, knowledge and attributes to be able to:

  • establish a functional knowledge of working within a bi-cultural context, underpinned by the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and recognise the status of Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the foundation for Hauora Māori for nursing practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand;
  • provide and/or facilitate the provision of culturally safe nursing care within a collaborative holistic framework that values and recognises human difference and diversity within a range of settings;
  • work collaboratively within a range of health care settings, and contribute to the multi-disciplinary team approach in the provision of optimal client/patient centred health outcomes for individuals, whānau/family, iwi and communities;
  • link professional nursing practice knowledge and skills to science and evidenced based research;
  • integrate reflective practice, critical thinking and the ability to analyse, synthesize and apply research to the health care interface;
  • ensure provision of professional nursing practice that employs a caring ethical framework, in conjunction with communication strategies to effect therapeutic relationships with individuals, whānau/families, iwi and communities;
  • institute professional literacy and numeracy, the ability to identify own learning needs and committed to continuing professional development to become lifelong independent learners;
  • exhibit nursing knowledge and skills that portrays confident and competent nursing practice that meets legal and ethical parameters of the nursing profession; and
  • meet the requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) for registration as a registered nurse.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations and the following:

For domestic applicants under 20 years old:

  • University Entrance as determined by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) matriculation specifications including a minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of two approved subjects from an approved subjects list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional subjects on the NZQF or approved subjects; and a minimum of 14 credits on the NZQF in Numeracy and literacy at Level 1
  • Evidence of recent study (within 5 years) at Level 4 or higher on the NZQF

For applicants 20 years old and over:

  • Demonstrated academic ability at NZQA Level 4 or equivalent within the last 5 years and have the ability to succeed through personal attributes, work and life experience

English Language Competency

  • Applicants whose first language is not English maybe requested, by the HOD nursing, to provide evidence of having achieved an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) in each category: reading, listening, writing and speaking.
  • In the event that concern is raised related to communication competency in the English language, any student may be requested to undertake the IELTS test during the programme.
  • If the applicant is found to have an IELTS score less than 6.5 in all bands, they maybe temporarily withdrawn from the programme until they can demonstrate required IELTS score.

All applicants must also:

  • Applicants who have had a criminal conviction at any time in the past must declare the circumstances in confidence to the HOD Nursing.
  • All students accepted will be required to provide a Ministry of Justice conviction check on entry and prior to completing the degree to demonstrate they are “fit for registration” as a nurse.
  • Students will also be required to sign a disclaimer relating to criminal convictions or changes pending in the previous twelve months prior to entry to year 2 & 3 of the programme.
  • Two character references are required (these should be from persons in positions of trust such as; an employer, Teacher, Pastor, Kaumatua or Kuia). References from family, friends or work colleagues will not be accepted.
  • Supply of the following documents prior to the start of the programme:
    • Current comprehensive First Aid Certificate
    • Evidence of immunity as identified by the Department of Nursing Health Screening as identified by the Department of Nursing (this may include pre-enrolment and/or random recreational drug screening)
    • Letter from General Practitioner (GP) or Practice Nurse regarding physical and mental health status
  • Attendance at a selection event is required. This is an opportunity for applicants to learn more about  professional expectations and the nature and level of the qualification. It is an opportunity for staff to assess the suitability and readiness of the applicant for study at the required level and for the profession.

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Compulsory courses

Year 1

Course details
MAOR.5010 Te Puawai
The aim of this course is to introduce students to aspects of te ao Māori including te reo Māori, waiata, andMāori society. The course will also introduce the history of and contemporary issues related to the Treatyof Waitangi.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
NURS.5116 Tiaki Ritenga Tūturu Fundamentals of Nursing Care
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts that underpin nursing care. Students will develop nursing knowledge and skills that support beginning nursing practice. Also, within a health care setting, students will apply fundamental knowledge and skills to nursing practice/care
Credits 15 Intakes January
NURS.5117 Tīmatanga Mahi Mātanga Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the professional, ethical and legislative requirements of nursing practice. Students will develop an awareness of human diversity and attitudes conducive to the provision of culturally safe nursing care in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Credits 15 Intakes January
NURS.5218 Whānake ā Tangata ā Hinengaro Human Development and Psychology for Nursing Practice
Discover key concepts of; human development through the lifespan; human psychology; and human behaviour as they relate to nursing practice. This course provides students with the opportunity to view these concepts through an Aotearoa New Zealand and global lens.
Credits 15 Intakes July
NURS.5219 Tiaki Hāere Tonu Nursing Practice: Continuing Care
Develop rudimentary knowledge and skills in nursing process, critical thinking, problem solving, and reflection for nursing practice. Explore the health experience of the client receiving continuing care and apply knowledge and skills within a clinical setting.
Credits 15 Intakes July
NURS.5220 Oranga a Hāpori Community Wellness
Explore sociological theory, concepts of sustainable community health and wellness from a national and international view. Develop political astuteness for nursing practice in relation to population health based needs.
Credits 15 Intakes July
NURS.5315 Pūtaiao Science for Nursing
The aim of this course is to introduce the student to human anatomy and physiology exploring basic structure; functions of human bodies; and differences. Students will develop knowledge of microbiology, as it affects the human body, and the bodies’ responses to microbial interaction. Finally, students will begin to explore pharmacological...
Credits 30 Intakes January

Year 2

Course details
HLTH.6002 Whakaoranga 1 / Rehabilitation 1
This course will provide students with the opportunity to understand the underpinning concepts and requirements of rehabilitation from an individual, family/whānau and community viewpoint. Students will investigate common threads and principles of rehabilitation from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
MAOR.6010 Te Puawai 2
The aim of this course is to further develop acquired knowledge and skills of te ao Māori including te reo Māori, waiata, and Māori society. The course will also analyse the history of and contemporary issues related to the Treaty of Waitangi.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1, Semester 2
NURS.6118 Hauora ā Hinengaro ā Kahungatanga Addictions and Mental Health for Nursing
The aim of this course is to introduce studentsto the impact on mental health of substance abuse and addiction; on the individual whānau/family, iwi and community from an Aotearoa New Zealand. Students will examine key concepts that support the holistic health outcomes of people experiencing addiction from a nursing perspective....
Credits 15 Intakes January
NURS.6119 Ārai Whakapokenga Infection Control for Health Care Practice
The aim of this course is for students to investigate organisms and the human pathophysiological response to harmful organisms. Students will explore concepts and practices that underpin effective infection control in health care settings within Aotearoa New Zealand.
Credits 15 Intakes January
NURS.6219 Rangahau Mātāpono Principles of Research for Nursing Practice
This is an introduction to the principles of research. Develop the knowledge and skills of purposeful reading, critique and use of research for professional nursing in practice.
Credits 15 Intakes July
NURS.6315 Tiaki Hauora Tuatahi Nursing Practice: Primary Health Care
The aim of this course is to enable students to analyse population health in Aotearoa New Zealand using a primary health care focus. Students will examine professional nursing practice strategies that support sustainable health outcomes for individuals, whānau families, iwi and communities. Finally, students will implement professional nursing practice that...
Credits 30 Intakes January
NURS.6316 Tiaki Pōnānā Nursing Practice: Inpatient and Ambulatory Care
The aim of this course is to enable students to use research to inform professional nursing practice. Students will expand theory of nursing practice and skills to navigate the safe application of evidence based, holistic client centred nursing care for individuals and whānau families within an inpatient or ambulatory care...
Credits 30 Intakes January
NURS.6317 Mate ā Tīnana ā Hinengaro Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
The aim of this course is to provide students with the theory and skill to analyse pathophysiological and altered psychological states. Students will analyse assessment, diagnostic tools and treatment options inclusive of pharmacological interventions. Finally students will analyse the role of indigenous and global therapeutic interventions.
Credits 30 Intakes January

Year 3

Course details
NURS.7115 Hauora ā Hinengaro Nursing Practice: Mental Health
The aim of this course is to enable students to integrate advanced nursing knowledge and practices in the facilitation of safe, evidence based, nursing care of people with altered psychological patterns. The focus is on partnership and empowerment of individuals and whānau/family in the mental health setting.
Credits 30 Intakes January
NURS.7116 Ngā Hiahia Uaua Nursing Practice: Complex Needs
The aim of this course is for students to explore the experience of individuals, whānau/families who have complex health needs in Aotearoa New Zealand. Students will integrate advance nursing knowledge and skills, relative to complex health needs, that support client/patient centred holistic health outcomes.
Credits 30 Intakes January
NURS.7117 Kōkiri Mahi Mātanga Advancing Professional Practice
The aim of this course is for students to examine advancing professional nursing practice concepts of management, leadership and ethical decision making. Through the analysis of health care strategies and quality health care outcomes students will build a political view for nursing practice. Finally, students will evaluate their own practice...
Credits 15 Intakes January
NURS.7220 Mahi Whakawhiti Transition to Practice
The aim of this course is to facilitate the transition for students into the Registered Nurse workforce Aotearoa New Zealand. The course will enable students to integrate and consolidate previous knowledge and practice at a beginning registered nurse level.
Credits 45 Intakes January

Elective courses

A total of 15 elective credits from any course at Level 5 or above.

*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

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