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Bachelor of Nursing


  • Semester 1 starts February 2018
  • Semester 2 starts​​ July 2018 
  • Three years, full-time or part-time equivalent
  • Fee Guideline: $6,978* per year (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Additional costs - read more here.
  • City Campus, Hamilton

Watch the video to see how our Bachelor of Nursing programme will work for you.​​

If you want to become a Registered Nurse with the knowledge and skills to practise in a variety of healthcare settings, then this programme is right for you.

On completion of this programme you’ll sit a Nursing Council of New Zealand registration exam to become a Registered Nurse.

If you identify as Māori or Pasifika, you can choose to do the Bachelor of Nursing in the Tihei Mauri Ora stream. Through this unique programme you will develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a Registered Nurse in a variety of healthcare settings, while incorporating information from both the western and Māori worlds.

This programme supports the pertinent articles of the Treaty of Waitangi (partnership, protection and participation) by implementing a body of knowledge that is explicitly Māori.

Please note, this programme has additional costs.

Programme Content

You will study:

  • Professional nursing knowledge
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Research skills
  • Human science
  • Clinical and health assessment
  • Management and leadership
  • Biculturalism and integration of Treaty of Waitangi into nursing practice

You will study through lectures, tutorials, directed study, and nursing practice in a variety of settings, for example community placements and hospitals. You will be expected to do a significant amount of study in your own time.

Graduate Opportunities

The Bachelor of Nursing may lead to employment as a Registered Nurse in private or public hospitals, in the mental health sector, in independent practice, the defence services, as a Nursing Lecturer, a Medical representative, Health Consultant or Administrator, a Community Nurse, or a Speciality Nurse. You could also choose to continue with postgraduate study.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my timetable be like? 

It's approximately 40 hours a week - 25 hours in class, 15 hours homework. 4-5 days per week at Wintec.​ Here is an example of ​the theory/practicum breakdown:

1st year – 75% theory, 25% practicum 

2nd year – 50/50 

3rd year – 25% theory, 75% practicum


What are the additional costs of studying this programme?

Information about additional costs to studying this programme can be found here.


For overseas qualifications and cross-crediting, please contact us directly by using the form at the end of this page.

Interested? Take the Next Steps​

​1. Check that you meet the entry requirements​. 
If you don't meet them, don't worry, there is still hope, get in contact with us to talk about it. 

​​There are pathways to help you get where you want to be. You could start with the Te Ara Pūtake My Academic Pathway, or if you just need to brush up on your science knowledge, check out this course.


General Academic Admission

a) Candidates are required to have:

i) University Entrance (UE) or equivalent is the minimum requirement to enter the Bachelor of Nursing programme. To qualify for entry you will need NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:

(1) 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects made up of:

(a) 14 credits in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science;
(b) 14 credits in an English language-rich subject (such as English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography or Economics, Media Studies); and
(c) 14 credits in one further approved subject.

ii) Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:

(1) 5 credits in reading
(2) 5 credits in writing

iii) Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:

(1) achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or
(2) unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).

b) 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.

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

Special Admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission.  Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.  Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional Entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

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.

2. Understand the application process.

Check out the Step-by-Step guide for applying to Nursing.

All applications require some supporting documents, however, you don't need to supply these immediately. You can begin an online application now and we'll get in touch with you later to arrange the documentation.

It's good to get an understanding of the full process though. You can check all the requirements for the Bachelor of Nursing application here:​

Application Process​​​​​

  • Apply online or download and complete an application to enrol form
  • Complete the online Self-Disclosure form
  • If you’re not sure if you meet the entry criteria complete the online Additional Information form so we’re able to assess your likelihood of success
  • If you have them, provide us with certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.
  • We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you’re a domestic student we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN), If we can’t we will need you to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport.  

Take a look at the application checklist for Nursing

Once you’ve submitted your application

  • We’ll email you to confirm we’ve received it and let you know if there’s anything more we need from you.
  • We’ll assess your application and let you know the outcome.
  • If you’re accepted to study, we’ll send you an enrolment offer letter – you’ll need to accept this to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.

After you’ve accepted your offer

​Got some questions you need answered first? We're always here to help. ​Call us on 0800 294 6832, visit one of our Info-Sessionsarrange a tour​, or simply fill out the following form and we'll get back to you with answers as soon as possible​​​.​