health nursing and sport

Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelors Degree BNurs
health nursing and sport

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.

Applications for 2024 are now closed. Our next intake will be in 2025.

360 points, 3 years



Why study a BNurs?

Delivered in partnership with local healthcare providers, our nursing programme combines high academic standards with extensive 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 and Midland region. We offer an experienced team of registered nurses and other health professionals to support your learning.

Our diverse teaching team includes active researchers who are changing the way healthcare is delivered in New Zealand and across the world. This team embraces innovative teaching and learning methods to equip the next generation of nurses with skills and knowledge to meet the healthcare needs of the whanau, hāpu, iwi of Waikato, New Zealand and global populations.

On completion of your three-year degree, you will be prepared to provide the highest quality care incorporating mental and physical health to people living in rural or urban locations, at home or in hospital.

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

360 points, 3 years



Degree information

Plan your study Entry Requirements Fees and scholarships

Practical experience

You will undertake 1,704 hours of clinical experience throughout the programme. Within each trimester, there are both teaching and clinical blocks.

Please note, once you are successful at gaining a place in the Bachelor of Nursing, you will also need to complete further tasks prior to commencing Clinical Placement. These are to meet the requirements set down by the Nursing Council of New Zealand for registration as a nurse in New Zealand. You will need to:

  • show you meet the immunisation standards of practice for healthcare professionals in NZ by having the Immunisation Screening Form completed and signed by a GP.
  • Hold a current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate. Note, we offer a free First Aid course for all new nursing students at the beginning of your first trimester. This means you will have your certification before the commencement of your clinical placement.

Bachelor of Nursing with Honours

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.


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