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Bachelor of Nursing

The Bachelor of Nursing is not available to international fee paying students.

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.

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

The programme also has a specific focus on equity, wellbeing and Māori and Pacific health with opportunities to specialise in mental health and addictions.

On a practical level, 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 the next generation of nurses with skills and knowledge to meet the healthcare needs of tomorrow.

By the end of your three-year degree, 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.

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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: February
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs)

This structure applies to study starting in 2021.

  • Compulsory

**Years 2 and 3 to be confirmed.

This information is provisional and subject to change.

Career opportunities

  • Registered Nurse
  • Primary and community health care eg. general practice, hospice, district, community mental health
  • Hospital-based care eg. neonatal units, emergency department, intensive care, acute mental health of paediatrics

All applicants will go through a selection process and may be invited to interview.

Selection of applicants is based on academic background, personal qualities, background experiences and referee support.

As well as being selected as a suitable person to be a Nurse, you will need to meet the admission requirements for the University.

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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The Bachelor of Nursing with Honours (BNurs(Hons)) programme provides an option for students with high levels of academic performance, who are employed in clinical practice and who are supported by their clinical managers as having leadership potential.
Students will have a prescribed pathway: An approved paper (agreed by the workforce manager and Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato – University of Waikato) (30 points) and HLTSC582 Research Thesis (90 points). Successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing with Honours (BNurs(Hons)) will allow students to progress directly to doctoral study. For this programme, students will be supported by an assigned clinical mentor and academic supervisor who will guide their development throughout the programme.

You will get 1,704 hours of practical experience on Clinical Placements throughout the programme. Each year is broken up into three 12-week blocks.

Year 1

Block 1 - One six-week teaching block followed by six weeks of three days per week clinical practical experience and two days per week in class.

Blocks 2 and 3 - Each block includes one two-week teaching block, followed by 10 weeks of three days per week Clinical Placement and two days per week in class.


Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Student Centre
Phone: 0800 WAIKATO (0800 924 528) or 07 838 4176
Email: [email protected]

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 8384610
Email: [email protected]

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