Study Nursing at Te Huataki Waiora School of Health

The University of Waikato in partnership with local health care providers are proud to present our Nursing programmes, built on the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

In our programmes you can expect high academic standards with extensive practical experience in a range of primary and secondary healthcare settings. Students time will be spent between our University campus in Hamilton and health providers across the Waikato and Midland region.  We offer an experienced team of registered nurses and other health professionals to support your learning.

Bachelor of Nursing

If you are seeking a fulfilling career on the frontline, directly caring for those in need, a Bachelor of Nursing at Waikato is for you.

You will divide your time between our University campus in Hamilton and health providers across the Waikato region and be guided by an experienced team of registered nurses and other health professionals. By the end of your three-year degree, you will be able to provide the highest quality care to New Zealanders, incorporating mental and physical health to people living in rural or urban locations, at home or in hospital.

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Master of Nursing Practice

Already have a bachelors degree? The Master of Nursing Practice (MNursPrac) is a two-year full time postgraduate qualification that enables graduates from a wide range of disciplines to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand to practise as a Registered Nurse.

The programme will prepare you to respond to the health needs of the Midland and Aotearoa populations with a particular focus on equity for Māori and Pacific, mental health and addiction, primary and community health.

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Tips for Applying

Student Statement

Your personal statement is a chance for us to get to know you, and find out why you want to be a Nurse. It is like a mini advertisement. Think about your experiences and motivations for becoming a nurse. This can help you create a list of everything you want to mention in your statement

Take the time to plan, create a draft and write a logical and concise statement. Write clearly using correct grammar and sentence structure, check and double-check!

Things we would love to know:

- Why you have chosen Nursing as a career
- Any personal qualities
- Any work and/or life experiences that you have and you believe are relevant to studying Nursing


Part of the Bachelor of Nursing application is selecting 2x referees. Referees should be able to provide an informed opinion on your suitability for the Nursing programme.

Good choices can include:
  • A teacher who knows you well
  • Sports/Drama coach/Youth group leader
  • An employer

Make sure it is not a partner, close friend or relative!

Note:  We send a virtual form to your referees once your application is submitted. So, let them know to keep an eye on their inbox and spam folder!

Police Vetting

Applicants who have lived in NZ for 6 months or more are required to complete a vetting service request and consent form for a New Zealand Police check – a criminal record check under the Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004.

Applicants who have lived overseas

Applicants are also required to complete an International Criminal History Check (ICHC) for every country they have lived in for twelve months or more over the last ten years. You will be contacted about this during your application.

Note: Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the applicant/student being declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study. Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period. A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme.


If you wish to transfer from another nursing programme, you must must obtain a reference from the previous Head of Nursing and submit with your application.