Course details

Bachelor of Nursing
Domestic tuition $7,067 per year
International tuition $23,730
NZQF Level 7

About the course

This programme uses theoretical and clinical learning experiences designed to educate and support students to become a New Zealand registered nurse, capable of working in a range of multicultural settings.
This programme uses theoretical and clinical learning experiences designed to educate and support students to become a New Zealand registered nurse, capable of working in a range of multicultural settings.

Year One (Level 5): The first year of the degree has a primary health care focus and students are supported to become student nurses by gaining knowledge of nursing theory and research, bio sciences, te Tiriti o Waitangi, cultural safety, sociology, communication and assessment. Students learn clinical skills in our on-site labs, as well as attending off-site clinical experiences in primary health care settings such as rest homes and community practice settings. 

Bachelor of Nursing Year One Course Outlines

Year Two (Level 6): In the second year of the degree, students are independent learners and add to their knowledge through on-site workshops and context-based learning, with a focus on national health trends and simulated learning experiences. Block periods of off-site clinical learning are focused on direct client care in mental health, community and in-patient care settings.

Bachelor of Nursing Year Two Course Outlines

Year Three (Level 7): In the final year, practice and theory knowledge is consolidated in preparation for the roles and responsibilities of a registered nurse. Integration of knowledge, focusing on contemporary professional nursing and health issues in the local and global context​, enables students to further develop their clinical judgement, professionalism and leadership. In the second semester, students have an extended period in clinical practice and prepare for the Nursing Council State Final Examinations and registered nurse practice.

Bachelor of Nursing Year Three Course Outlines

The interview determines the applicant's preparedness for study, ability to meet the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (if applicable) and any registration board requirements in terms of being fit for registration. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following qualities: 

  • effective interpersonal communication skills
  • understanding of, and capability to, work in the professional health and social services sector
  • commitment and motivation to succeed

As required by the Vulnerable Children's Act (2014), students who may work with children during the course of their study must be safety checked. Safety checking includes reference checking, work history, identity check, police vet and an overall assessment of the applicant's safety to work with children.

Proven equivalence of entry requirements plus IELTS 6.5 in each band

You will need additional forms and documents for your application, please read the steps and download the required forms through the link below.

How to apply

Documents for students who have begun the enrolment process can be found on the School of Health Moodle page.

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On successful completion of this programme graduates receive the Bachelor of Nursing, are eligible to sit the Nursing Council State Final  Examinations, and are eligible to enrol in postgraduate programmes of study.

Entry requirements

Whitireia degree entry requirements: OR equivalent academic/work experience AND evidence of suitability based on interview, health declaration, police vetting and referee reports (International: IELTS 6.5 in each band).

About the provider

Whitireia is a wholly-owned Crown entity subsidiary company of NZIST, known for its high student success rate and culturally diverse student body. Established in 1986, Whitieria has grown to become a highly respectable Tertiary Institution in Wellington, Porirua and Auckland. 

We have highly-skilled teaching and support staff who work hard to support you every step of the way, with over 200 programmes of study covering masters, postgraduates, degree, diploma and certificate levels along with a number of short courses. 

We welcome learners at every life stage: school leavers. University graduates, those preparing to re-enter the workforce. and current workers wanting to upskill or retain. We have a wide range of excellent support services to ensure you achieve your career goals.

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