Work in multiple settings

Nursing offers diverse employment positions, and many options for professional development and postgraduate study.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland, Manawatū, Wellington
  • Credits

  • 360
  • Duration

  • 3 year(s) full-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ
  • Other

  • Selected entry programme

Note: This programme is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing at Massey University are dynamic, adaptable and critical thinkers.

The Bachelor of Nursing includes science and social science courses related to health which are integrated into nursing knowledge. Clinical learning takes place in many different areas including surgical, emergency, medical, mental health and primary care services.

You will become a knowledgeable and skilful professional nurse, contributing to the health of individuals and communities.

What is a nurse?

  • A professional in the health-care field who combines the art of caring and compassion with scientific skills and knowledge.
  • A professional who leads care for people who are facing an urgent or ongoing health issue.
  • An educator of people on the issues of healthy living and wellness.
  • A professional who undertakes all aspects of assessment and treatment in partnership with other health professionals.

More compelling reasons to join us in nursing

  • Our graduates are sought after and work ready.
  • Massey’s nursing programme is taught by the largest number of highly qualified nursing lecturers in the country.
  • We are the only university in the country offering you our undergraduate nursing degree on three different campuses – Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington. We work with multiple stakeholders in healthcare.
  • Our contemporary, research-led programmes are approved by the New Zealand Nursing Council. 
  • Our graduates are work-ready and sought after to meet the health needs of people, whanau and communities.

Nursing simulation suites

We offer contemporary clinical simulation in our new clinical suites. Each suite is different, but most have a mock hospital setting and two-way observation spaces. They also have standard nursing equipment for hospital and community work. You will learn and practice nursing skills through role-play, case-studies and simulations using state-of-the-art manikins.

Empathy Labs

You will participate in Empathy Labs by wearing special suits. These simulate what it's like to attempt normal daily tasks after suffering a stroke, or the restrictions of declining health.

Careers and further study


Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers, as it is focused on supporting people, families and communities to manage a wide range of health challenges. Nurses are involved in all areas of health care and can choose to specialise in particular areas, such as intensive care, community mental health, aged care, or child and adolescent nursing. They can also become a specialist in particular conditions, such as diabetes, respiratory care or cancer nursing. Nurses can also choose to develop careers in health management, research and teaching.

Here are just a few examples of where you can work:

Primary and community health care:

  • general practice
  • Māori health services
  • hospice
  • district nursing
  • community mental health.

Hospital-based care:

  • neonatal units
  • medical and surgical wards
  • emergency departments
  • intensive care
  • paediatrics
  • acute mental health services.

Population-based services:

  • public health
  • schools.

Specialty practice:

  • mental health
  • aged care
  • child health
  • family health
  • rural and remote nursing.

Further study

Many of our Bachelor of Nursing graduates continue with their studies after qualifying as registered nurses by undertaking a master’s degree in nursing. A number of our Master of Nursing graduates have successfully gained registration as nurse practitioners with prescribing rights. We can also offer you a PhD in nursing.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated 5-star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff work in partnership with students to help you achieve your goals.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Working in New Zealand

International students who complete all the requirements of the Bachelor of Nursing and pass the Nursing Council of New Zealand 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. You can however, apply for advertised employment outside of the ACE process.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


This programme is a ‘selected entry’ programme. This means as well as applying you will need to provide additional material as part of your application. 

To enter the Bachelor of Nursing you will hold a current First Aid Certificate from an approved provider.

You will be selected into the programme on the basis of a process which includes providing:

  • a personal supporting statement of about 300 words explaining why you wish to enter the nursing programme and profession, including 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, which should include your academic and work history 
  • provide details of two character referees – these must not be family or friends
  • if you are applying straight after completing secondary school (or a course at a private training establishment) you will supply a confidential report from your school or institution
  • complete the vetting service request and consent form for a New Zealand Police check – a criminal record check under the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004
  • provide a current police certificate from any overseas countries you have lived in for 12 months or more in the last 10 years
  • complete the Health and Disability Declaration.
  • An interview may be required.

To become a registered nurse, you will also have requirements during and at the end of your study.

Once you have been accepted into the Bachelor of Nursing

Once you are successful at gaining a place in the Bachelor of Nursing programme, you will also need to complete further tasks. These are to meet the requirements set down by the Nursing Council of New Zealand  for registration as a nurse in New Zealand (in terms of your good character and fitness to be a nurse). You will need to:

  • fill out a VCA 2014 Questionnaire – Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (VCA 2014)

  • hold a current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (NZQA unit standards 6402, 6401 and 6400) for example Red Cross Comprehensive First Aid or St John First Aid Level 2 

  • meet the immunisations standards of practice for healthcare professionals in New Zealand, in order to be eligible for Clinical Placement (a compulsory part of the qualification). This includes, Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chicken pox), Measles, Pertussis (Whooping cough) and Tuberculosis (TB). Further details will be sent to you after you apply.

  • be vaccinated against COVID-19, as per the New Zealand Government’s announcement that healthcare workers be vaccinated. We require all nursing students to be vaccinated prior to the commencement of study.

Registration as a Nurse

At the end of your study

A similar procedure will be repeated by the Nursing Council of New Zealand at the end of your study upon your application to sit the State Final Exam to become a registered nurse.


Nursing is available on Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington campuses. As places are limited we encourage you to apply early. Should a campus reach its maximum number of places you will be waitlisted and contacted regarding other options.

Application closing date

Applications for this programme close on 31 January of the year of study. Late applications that are complete may be considered if places allow.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must also supply a copy of your results in an Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. You must have achieved at least 6.5 across all bands with no band less than 6.5 within the preceding two years. 

Other requirements

About referees

Referees need to be 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 known you for less than year. The information your referee supplies is confidential to those involved in the selection process. 

Prior learning, credit and exemptions


If you are a nursing student from another institution wishing to transfer into the Bachelor of Nursing Programme at Massey, please contact us prior to making any application. You will need to provide an academic transcript from your current provider along with a reference from the Head of School/programme, number of clinical hours completed, and the course outlines (prescription and learning outcomes). Applications for transfer need to be submitted no later than 1 October for the following academic year.

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

360 credits

  • Part One compulsory 100‑level courses – 120 credits
  • Part Two compulsory 200‑level courses – 120 credits
  • Part Three compulsory 300‑level courses – 120 credits
  • At least 1100 hours of approved clinical practice and associated reports.

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two etc.

Courses for this programme

Part One

120 credits
150112 Hauora Tangata: Foundations of Māori Health 15
168171 Professional Nursing I 15
168172 Nursing Practice I: Foundations of Care 15
168173 Nursing Practice II: Foundations of Practice 30
214101 Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function 15
214102 Applied Sciences for Health Professionals 15
231107 Social Determinants of Health 15

Part Two (No New Enrolments from 2023)

120 credits
168261 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice 15
168262 Nursing People with Long Term Conditions 15
168263 Mental Health and Addictions Nursing I 15
168264 Primary Health Care and Health Promotion 15
168265 Health Assessment and Clinical Decision-making II 15
168266 Professional Nursing Practice 15
214201 Human Bioscience: Impaired Body Function 15
214202 Pharmacology 15

Part Two (from 2023)

120 credits
168271 Professional Nursing II 15
168272 Nursing Practice III: Integrated Care 60
168273 Evidence-based Nursing Practice 15
214201 Human Bioscience: Impaired Body Function 15
214202 Pharmacology 15

Part Three (No New Enrolments from 2024)

120 credits
168361 Preparing for Professional Practice 15
168362 Nursing People with Acute Conditions 30
168363 Mental Health and Addictions Nursing II 15
168364 Pre-graduate Nursing Practice 30
168365 Leadership and Management in Nursing 15
168366 Contexts of Nursing Practice 15

Part Three (from 2024)

120 credits
168371 Professional Nursing III 15
168372 Nursing Practice IV: Acute Care 45
168373 Preparing for Professional Excellence 15
168374 Nursing Practice V: Pre-Graduate 45

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Bachelor of Nursing is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part and meet some requirements, before moving to the second, etc. There are three parts in total.

Classroom sessions as well as clinical experiences may need to be undertaken outside of normal semester times and/or over the summer period. Travel to clinical placements will be required.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete this qualification.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

  • Look for information under ‘Completion Requirements’ in the regulations for this programme
  • Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Typical pattern for the Bachelor of Nursing

Core courses These courses are a compulsory part of your qualification.

Year one
150.112 Hauora Tangata: Foundations of Māori Health
168.171 Professional Nursing I
168.172 Nursing Practice I: Foundations of Care
168.173 Nursing Practice II: Foundations of Practice (30 credits)
231.107 Social Determinants of Health
214.101 Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function
214.102 Applied Sciences for Health Professionals
Year two
168261 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice
168262 Nursing People with Long Term Conditions
168263 Mental Health and Addictions Nursing I 
168264 Primary Health Care and Health Promotion
168265 Health Assessment and Clinical Decision-making II 
168266 Professional Nursing Practice
214201 Human Bioscience: Impaired Body Function
214202 Pharmacology
Year three
168361 Preparing for Professional Practice
168362 Nursing People with Acute Conditions (30 credits)
168363 Mental Health and Addictions Nursing II 
168364 Pre-graduate Nursing Practice (30 credits)
168365 Leadership and Management in Nursing
168366 Contexts of Nursing Practice

Courses are each worth 15 credits, unless otherwise indicated

Professional requirements

Becoming a registered nurse

In order to become a registered nurse, there are requirements from the Nursing Council of New Zealand that you will need to meet, in terms of your good character and fitness to become a registered nurse. There are requirements both before you start your study and when you successfully complete this programme.

See details in the 'Entry requirements' section.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • want to make a difference in someone’s life everyday 
  • want to be the health professional most often present with people at their most vulnerable
  • want to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals, families/whānau, community and the nation.

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Accreditations and rankings

Nursing Council of New Zealand

Our nursing programmes are nationally and internationally recognised and approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Upon completion you can apply for registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

QS Ranking Nursing

Massey nursing is ranked in the world's top 150 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

ShanghaiRanking - nursing

Massey University is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world and second in New Zealand in the subject area of nursing by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships