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Bachelor of Nursing

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • 3 years of full-time study
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Entry requirements

Due to high demand, we recommend early application. You need only to apply for one  first-choice location. Applications received after the due date may only be accepted if places are still available.

Please refer to the selected entry programmes application dates web page

In addition to the normal university entrance requirements, the following criteria apply:

  1. Be selected into the programme on the basis of a selection process which includes a written application and may include an interview and practical exercises as determined by the Academic Board or their delegate.
  2. Candidates must meet the requirements set down by the Nursing Council of New Zealand for registration as a nurse in New Zealand in terms of good character and fitness to be a nurse. The School of Nursing will proceed with a criminal record check under the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 and the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (VCA 2014). Once an applicant has been successful at gaining a place in the BN programme, a NZ Police Vetting Service Request & Consent Form along with a VCA 2014 Questionnaire will be emailed to the successful applicant to complete and return. A similar procedure will be repeated by the Nursing Council of NZ upon application to sit the State Final Exam to become a registered nurse.
  3. Applicants who have English as a second language must provide with their application evidence of proficiency in the English language in the form of an Academic International English Language Testing System ("IELTS") with a score of at least 6.5 in reading, listening, writing and speaking respectively.
  4. Have achieved 14 credits or more at NCEA Level 3 or higher in at least one of the following subjects: biology, chemistry or physics.
  5. A current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate is required upon admission (NZQA unit standards 6402, 6401 & 6400).
  6. Health screening requirement - Information regarding the health screening needed is sent out after an applicant has been successful at gaining a place in the programme.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

To support your application, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • 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

We require two people who can act as referees for you and who are able to provide informed responses on your personal suitability for the programme. A referee should be someone who has known you for one year or more in the capacity of employer, educator, work colleague or person of community standing, ie Kaumatua, Minister or similar. Your referee should not be a friend, flatmate, relative or someone who has not known you for at least a year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process.

  • A confidential report from the school or institution if you are applying straight after completing secondary school, or a course at a Private Training Establishment.
  • A copy of your results in the Academic IELTS test If English is not your first language. The Academic IELTS score must be at least 6.5 across all bands.

For more information regarding the BN application assessment process:

Lectures begin on 24 February 2020, however attendance at Nursing orientation the week before is highly recommended. More information will be sent upon acceptance.


Nursing students wishing to transfer into the Bachelor of Nursing Programme at Massey University are advised to contact the School of Nursing by emailing prior to making any application.

Applications for transfer need to be submitted no later than 1 October for the following academic year.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

There is a possibility that you could get credit for prior study however it would depend on whether any of the study that you did was similar to our courses. The courses that could be credited are 150.112, 214.101, 214.102, 214.201 and 214.202. You would still have to do three years, as there are three levels of Nursing courses (100, 200 and 300 level) that have to be done in succession. For further queries, please email

Planning your programme

The Bachelor of Nursing is a 22 course, 360 credit, three-year programme involving theory and practice. The degree includes a minimum of 1100 hours of supervised clinical practice, which takes place in a wide variety of settings.

Graduates completing the full programme will be eligible to sit the State Final Examination and apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for registration as a nurse.

Enrolled nurses, midwives and graduates from other degrees wishing to achieve registration as a nurse may be admitted with advanced standing.

The aim of the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree is to prepare graduates who will be knowledgeable and skilful professional nurses, able to practise in a range of settings. Nursing graduates will be motivated to ensure professional currency in contemporary communities and engage in nursing partnerships with people experiencing health/illness events using evidence-based strategies. Our graduates contribute to the health of individuals and communities by the application of informed nursing practice.

International students who complete all the requirements of the Bachelor of Nursing and pass the NCNZ state final exam need to be aware that they are not eligible to apply through the Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) process for New Graduate Nursing employment in New Zealand. They can however, apply for advertised employment outside of the ACE process.

Bachelor of Nursing structure

The Bachelor of Nursing degree contains three parts each comprising a full-time year of study. Successful completion of courses and practice experience in Part I is required for entry to Part II and similar completion requirements hold between Parts II and III.

Please note that in the Bachelor of Nursing programme classroom sessions as well as clinical experiences may need to be undertaken outside of normal semester times and/or over the summer period. Shift and weekend clinical placements may need to be undertaken. Travel to clinical placements will be required.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates


Part I (120 credits)

168.161 Research and Scholarly Writing in Nursing
168.162 Nursing Fundamentals
168.163 Health across the Lifespan I
168.164 Health across the Lifespan II
168.165 Health Assessment and Clinical Decision-making I
150.112 Hauora Tangata: Foundations of Māori Health 
214.101 Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function
214.102 Applied Science for Health Professionals

Part II (120 credits)

168.261 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice
168.262 Nursing People with Long-Term Conditions
168.263 Mental Health and Addictions Nursing I
168.264 Primary Health Care and Health Promotion
168.265 Health Assessment and Clinical Decision-making II
168.266 Professional Nursing Practice
214.201 Human Bioscience: Impaired Body Function
214.202 Pharmacology

Part III (120 credits)

168.361 Preparing for Professional Practice
168.362 Nursing People with Acute Conditions
168.363 Mental Health and Addictions Nursing II
168.364 Pre-graduate Nursing Practice
168.365 Leadership and Management in Nursing
168.366 Contexts of Nursing Practice

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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