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Programme overview

Apply for this programme if you're interested in studying nursing in 2018.

Our Bachelor of Nursing is underpinned by a belief that in today’s constantly changing health care environment, people, their whānau, and their community’s complex and diverse health needs require nurses who are well-educated, research-informed and critical thinkers. 

We believe the best way to develop and train nurses is through a balance of thinking and doing. What this means is you’ll get to apply your learning in a range of health-related areas, and on placements at a variety of hospitals and health centres across the Auckland region, so you graduate confident and work-ready.

Our Bachelor of Nursing is the only programme in West Auckland which prepares you for registration as a nurse and is approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. 

Programme content includes:

  • Nursing science and skills
  • Pharmacology
  • Effective assessment, management and communication of patient care
  • Specialist areas of nursing including care (medical and surgical), primary care, mental health, and family and community nursing. All contexts of nursing are evidence-based ensuring the most current practice standards.
  • Evaluation of ethical dilemmas in clinical nursing practice
  • Exploration of the role and application of technology in the health care environment


  • Learn from an experienced and multi-cultural team, many of whom still work in clinical nursing practice, and whose value of partnership and care is reflected in quality teaching, support and innovative curriculum delivery  
  • We’re proud to attract a diverse student population which reflects our local population
  • Practice what you’ve learnt in a range of health-related areas, at a variety of hospitals and health centres across the Auckland region. Placement experiences range in disciplines (from acute care, surgery and medicine to rehabilitation/disability, preventative care, mental health and primary care). Locations include but are not limited to WDHB, private surgical hospitals, the Mason Clinic, Rehab Plus, and primary health care organisations
  • Access to the Waitakere Hospital Awhina Simulation Centre
  • Over the three years of your degree you’ll complete a minimum of 1100 hours of practice placements (approximately 150 hours will be in practice settings, approximately 100 in the Waitakere Hospital Awhina Simulation Centre). In your final year, you’ll work rostered nursing duties as you transition into professional nursing practice

Application process

We encourage early application for this programme as places are limited.

1. Check whether you meet our programme admission requirements, click apply now and fill in the application form.
2. We'll be in touch within 48 hours to discuss your application. You’ll need to provide us with the following information via your application Dashboard:

  • Two forms of ID
  • A personal statement
  • Self-declaration form
  • Academic transcript including evidence of English language requirements (see admission requirements)
  • Details of two referees
  • CV

3. If your application is successful, you’ll receive a conditional offer on the premise you can then provide the below:

  • Meet various Health Authority requirements including providing evidence of immune status
  • NZ police vetting form
  • You may be required to attend an interview

4. Once you're accepted onto the programme, you'll need to complete or provide a current First Aid certificate from an OSH approved source (a requirement for clinical placements). Find out more about Unitec's First Aid course here.

What next?

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme, and successfully passed the Nursing Council of New Zealand state exam, you’ll be eligible to become a registered nurse.

Currently enrolled in our Bachelor of Nursing programme pre-2018?

View your course details here.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. University Entrance which requires NCEA Level 3 including:

  • 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in three different approved subjects 
  • 12 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in one Science subject
  • 10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in Literacy (5 in reading, 5 in writing) 
  • 10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Numeracy 

2. Provide a personal statement 
3. Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts
3. Complete a self-declaration of medical conditions form
4. Consent to a Safety Check which meets the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 including:

  • Provide two forms of ID and evidence of any name changes
  • Consent to a police vet check
  • Provide the names of two referees who Unitec or your placement provider can contact
  • Participate in an interview
  • Provide a CV (i.e. a chronological summary of your work history for the past 5 years and the name of any professional organisations, licensing authorities and registration authorities that you have been or are a member of)

5. If English is your second language you will need one or more of the following:

  • IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 6.5 with minimum band scores of 6.5 in speaking, reading, writing and listening
  • Completion of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5)
  • Completion of tertiary study, Bachelor’s degree level or higher, with English as the language of instruction from providers in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • Successful completion of the Certificate in University Preparation with a minimum 60% in Foundation Human Bioscience; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Nursing Science 1 (HCBN5101) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to gain bioscience knowledge required for nursing practice.
Interpersonal Relationships (HCBN5102) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to communicate professionally with health consumers and members of the health care team and others.
Management of Nursing Care 1 (HCBN5103) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to manage nursing care with health consumers
Professional Responsibility (HCBN5104) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand the ethical, legal and professional responsibilities of nursing.
Health and Wellness (HCBN5105) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand the influence of socio ecological perspectives on health.
Nursing the Person with Long Term Health Needs (HCBN5106) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to apply knowledge, skills and attitudes of nursing practice in a gerontological clinical setting.
Management of Nursing Care 2 (HCBN5107) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to manage nursing care with health consumers.
Nursing Science 2 (HCBN5108) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to extend bioscience knowledge required for nursing practice.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: To be admitted to the Bachelor of Nursing degree, applicants must meet admission requirements under one of the provisions for General Admission, OR Special Admission OR Discretionary Admission. They must also meet the Additional requirements and the English language entry requirements. All of the requirements are set out in the Programme Regulations.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


3 Years

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  N/AN/A
Government tuition subsidy: N/AN/A

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$56,330
Earnings range$47,712 - $63,120
In employment67%
In further study29%
On a benefit1%

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.