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Master of Nursing Practice

Why study a Master of Nursing Practice?

If you are seeking a fulfilling career on the frontline, directly caring for those in need and already have an undergraduate degree, the two-year Master of Nursing Practice is for you.

Hands-on learning

Delivered in partnership with the Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand Waikato (formerly Waikato District Health Board) and its clinical partners, our nursing programme combines high academic standards with hands-on learning in a real healthcare setting from day one.


With a Master of Nursing Practice you will be able to provide the highest quality care to New Zealanders, whether they are living in rural or urban locations, at home or in hospital or experiencing mental or physical illness.

Help meet the healthcare needs of tomorrow

The programme has a specific focus on equity, wellbeing and Māori and Pacific health, with opportunities to specialise in a range of different health contexts.

Where will I study?

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.


This diverse team includes active researchers who are changing the way healthcare is delivered in New Zealand and across the world. This team embraces cutting-edge teaching and learning methods to equip you as one of the next generation of nurses, with skills and knowledge to meet the healthcare needs of tomorrow.

Practical experience

You will get 1,400 hours of clinical experience throughout the programme. Each year is broken into two trimesters, A and B. Within each trimester, there are both teaching and clinical blocks

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Career Pathways

Graduates from a wide range of disciplines will be able to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand, Te Kaunihera Tapuhi o Aotearoa, to practise as a Registered Nurse.

As a locally graduated registered nurse, you will be equipped to work in partnership with whānau, hapu, and iwi as well as across hospital and community settings, and help meet the shortfall of registered nurses required in the region.

What will I study?

Degree planner — Master of Nursing Practice (MNursPrac)

Year 2

HLTSC575 Applied Science for Nursing Practice II

HLTSC576 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice

HLTSC577 Nursing Practicum III

HLTSC578 Research in Healthcare Practice

HLTSC579 Transition to Registered Nurse Practice

  • Compulsory
This information is provisional and subject to change.

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