Bachelor of Nursing

Get your nursing degree right here in Tauranga. This course of study provides you with the skills and qualifications you need for a rewarding career in nursing.

Topics covered include health science, nursing knowledge, cultural safety, practicum (practical experience), and whanau/family health.

Content Details

For course details please refer to Waiariki Institute of Technology.


JanuaryFull-timeTauranga (Windermere Campus)Three years

Indicative Fees

Please enquire directly with Waiariki Institute of Technology

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

  • Bachelor of Nursing

Study Pathways

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing will enable students to sit the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) examination for registration as a nurse and apply for registration status as a New Zealand registered nurse.

Entry Criteria

Academic Entry Criteria

For domestic applicants under 20 years old:

  • University Entrance as determined by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) matriculation specifications including a minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of two approved subjects from an approved subjects list, with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional subjects on the NZQF or approved subjects; and a minumum of 14 credits on the NZQF in Numeracy and literacy at Level 1
  • Evidence of recent study (within 5 years) at Level 4 or higher on the NZQF

For applicants 20 years old and over:

  • Demonstrated academic ability at NZQA Level 4 or equivalent within the last 5 years and have the ability to succeed through personal attributes, work and life experience

English Language

In accordance with the recommendation of Nursing Council of New Zealand Schools Handbook (2014), applicants whose first language is not English maybe requested, by the HOD nursing, to  provide evidence of having achieved an IELTS (International English Language Test Score) of 6.5 (or equivalent) in each category: reading, listening, writing and speaking (NCNZ, 2014: Section 5-6.3; HPCA ACT 2003; Section 16).

In the event that concern is raised related to Communication Competency in the English language, any student (domestic or international) may be requested to undertake IELTs during the programme and achieve the minimum entry requirments of 6.5 in each category: reading, listening, writing and speaking. If the student is found to have an IELTs score less than 6.5 in all bands (reading, writing, listening, speaking) they maybe temporarily withdrawn from the programme until they can demonstrate required IELTs score. (HPCA Act 2003; Section 16).

All costs incurred in determining and supporting communication competency will be met by the student.

Other Requirements

Applicants who have had a criminal conviction at any time in the past must declare the circumstances in confidence to the HOD Nursing. All students accepted will be required to provide a Ministry of Justice conviction check on entry and prior to completing the Degree to demonstrate they are “fit for registration” as a nurse. They will also be required to sign a disclaimer relating to criminal convictions or changes pending in the previous twelve months prior to entry to year 2 & 3 of the programme.

Two character references are required (these should be from persons in positions of trust such as; an employer, Teacher, Pastor, Kaumatua or Kuia). References from family, friends or work colleagues will not be accepted.

Confirmation of acceptance on to the Bachelor of Nursing Te Tohu Paetahi Tapuhi  is subject to submission of the following documents prior to the start of the programme:

  • Current comprehensive First Aid Certificate
  • Evidence of immunity as identified by the Department of Nursing Health Screening as identified by the Department of Nursing (this may include pre-enrolment and/or random recreational drug screening)
  • Letter from General Practitioner (GP) or Practice Nurse regarding physical and mental health status

(Refer to Academic Entry Criteria above for further details)
Attendance at a selection event is required (APPENDIX1). This is an opportunity for applicants to learn more about  professional expectations and the nature and level of the qualification. It is an opportunity for staff to assess the suitability and readiness of the applicant for study at the required level and for the profession.