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Master of Nursing Practice

Applications for 2023 have now closed. Our next intakes will be in 2024 and 2025.

Already have a Bachelor's degree but want to start a career in Nursing? The Master of Nursing Practice enables graduates from a wide range of disciplines to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand to practice as a Registered Nurse.

This 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.

Delivered in partnership with the 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.  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 two-year masters 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: 2
Points: 240
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A (February)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $8,888 per 120 points plus additional Ancillary Costs
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Estimated Fees* (International): $37,780 (120 points)
$75,560 (240 points) per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

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.

Career opportunities

  • Registered Nurse
  • Primary and community health care
  • Hospital-based care

Selection of applicants for the Master of Nursing Practice is based on both academic background and suitability for nursing. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

Applications for 2023 have now closed. Our next intakes will be in 2024 and 2025.

Please note that spaces are limited, and we strongly encourage applications before the 28th November in the year prior to your intended start year.

You can apply for the Master of Nursing Practice if you have:

  • A bachelor's degree (or equivalent qualification) in any subject
  • Achieved at least a B grade average in your final year of your degree

The Nursing selection process also includes a criminal record check. Please see tips for applying here.

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You will undertake 1,400 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 Master of Nursing Practice, 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:

  • hold a current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
  • meet the immunisations standards of practice for healthcare professionals in New Zealand



Te Huataki Waiora School of Health
Phone: 0800 924 528 or +64 7 838 4625
Email: [email protected]

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

Phone: +64 7 838 4610
Email: [email protected]

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