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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.

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.

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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: February
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,589 per year plus additional Ancillary Costs
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Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*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 — Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs)

This structure applies to study starting in 2021.

  • Compulsory
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

Applications for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing will remain open until all spaces are filled. Please apply early as applicants will go through a selection process.

The Nursing selection process includes provision of a personal statement, referee checks and a criminal record check. Selection of applicants is based on both academic background and suitability for nursing. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please see tips for applying here.

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

Please note that spaces are limited.

If you are a nursing student from another institution wishing to transfer into the Bachelor of Nursing at Waikato, please contact us ([email protected]) prior to making any application. You will need to provide an academic transcript from your current provider along with a reference from the Head of School/qualification, and the number of clinical hours completed.  Applications for transfer need to be submitted as soon as possible for the following academic year.

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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 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:

  • meet the immunisations standards of practice for healthcare professionals in New Zealand
  • 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.



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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