For the Poeple whose calling is to care

For the people whose calling is to care

Get your career off to the right start in 2021 with a Bachelor of Nursing at Waikato or consider one of our many programmes in health, sport and human performance.

The Bachelor of Nursing is not currently available to international students.

Join us on the frontline of the future

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

With more clinical hours than most other providers, our unique programme will put you in excellent stead to meet the emerging health needs of New Zealanders. This includes communities with high or complex needs including those in remote areas where health services are scarce.  Armed with a nursing degree from Waikato, you will have the skills that can really make a difference where it’s needed most.

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Meeting the needs of tomorrow

As a Bachelor of Nursing student at Waikato you can choose to specialise in areas which urgently require more health workers, like addictions and mental health.

Woven through our progressive nursing programme are concepts of hauora or Māori wellbeing. Essentially this means we support our students to see healthcare through a holistic lens, with a strong understanding of the cultural and community context.

Naturally, Waikato Nursing graduates will be expertly trained to respond to the immediate health needs of individuals on the frontline. However, they will also be wellbeing champions and play a crucial role helping to achieve lasting change within whole communities

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How the programme will be delivered

We are working in partnership with the Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) to deliver a nursing programme which combines high academic standards with hands-on learning in a real healthcare setting from day one.  As a student you will divide your time between our University campus in Hamilton and real health care settings doing hands-on nursing practice around the Waikato, including Waikato Hospital.

Enhancing clinical practice

The University of Waikato Medical Research Centre is a leading centre for epidemiological research on cancer, diabetes, primary care and rural health.

The team, which includes a number of medical practitioners, works closely with Waikato District Health Board and general practices to deliver research that will improve patient outcomes.

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Other options in Health at Waikato

The University of Waikato is blazing a trail in health education.  Our Bachelor of Health is developing the biomedical scientists and population health specialists of the future, and we need them more than ever in this era of global pandemics.

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Bachelor of Health, Sport and Human Performance

Postgraduate programmes

We will be offering the following postgraduate programmes starting from February 2021:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (Nursing)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing)
  • Master in Health Sciences (Nursing)
  • Professional doctorate in Health Sciences
  • PhD in Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)

Bachelor of Nursing (Honours)
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science

A new approach to mental health in nursing

Leading the development of the new Waikato nursing programme is Professor Tony O’Brien, a leading expert in mental health nursing who earlier this year was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to mental health nursing. Over the course of his 46-year career, Tony has worked as a clinical practitioner, lecturer, researcher, and as an expert advisor to the New Zealand Police where he helped shape guidelines to assist frontline officers respond to mental health emergencies.

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Our proposal for a Medical School

A joint initiative with Waikato DHB, the medical school would specifically address some of the shortages in rural GP clinics and in the mental health sector. We believe the establishment of New Zealand's third medical school is a case of 'when', not 'if'.