Bachelor of Nursing

Over the years Whitireia has developed a national reputation for supporting learners to become culturally competent and confident nurses. Learn how to improve health outcomes for Māori, Pacific and the wider community. Be the person whom the public most value and trust while they undergo personal and challenging health journeys. This programme offers culturally and clinically focused experiences while offering a career in the health sector that’s both challenging and rewarding.

Programme outline

Before applying for this qualification please ensure you have read the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

For over thirty years nursing has been a major programme 
at Whitireia. During this time, Whitireia has developed a reputation for producing work-ready graduates who are highly regarded by industry.

Whitireia offers applicants the choice of three Bachelor of Nursing Degrees, all of which are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s requirements for registration. These are the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing Māori and Bachelor of Nursing Pacific.

All are three-year full-time programmes and offer a combination of theory i.e. classroom-based sessions at our Porirua campus and supported clinical experience, which is practical/hands-on work completed in a variety of community and hospital settings.

Flexible study options

The Bachelor of Nursing delivered by blended learning i.e., face to face and online learning. This means some of your lessons may be delivered via Moodle (our online learning platform), which will require you to have a computer and internet access at home. Students will also need to be able to work from home should Covid-19 Alert Levels change.

More detail about this qualification

Career options

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

Applicants must meet both the academic and suitability entry requirements.

Whitireia degree entry requirements or equivalent academic/work experience; evidence of suitability based on interview, health screening, safety check and referee reports.

International

Proven equivalence of entry requirements plus IELTS 6.5 in each band, or equivalent.

Find your country's equivalent academic entry requirements here

*International fee displayed is for 1 year of study (equivalent to 120 credits) and does not include insurance and administration (approximately $924 per year of study).

Suitability requirements

Applications will be invited to attend an interview to determine the applicant’s preparedness for study and ability to meet the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (if applicable), as well as any registration board requirements, in terms of being fit for registration. Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Understanding of, and capability to, work in the professional health and social services sector
  • Commitment and motivation to succeed

Suitability will also be assessed with reference to the applicant’s health screening, safety check* and referee reports.

*Safety Check: The Children’s Act (2014) requires all students, who may work with children during the course of their study, to be safety checked. Safety checking includes: reference checking, work history, identity check, police vet and an overall assessment of the applicant’s safety to work with children.

COVID-19

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all students applying for entry to a health or social practice programme are strongly recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Course-related costs

Course-related costs

  • Health screening: $250* (must be completed prior to programme start)
  • Medical equipment: $120* (must be ordered prior to programme start)
  • Uniform: $200* (must be ordered prior to programme start)
  • Vaccinations (if required by clinical placement): Costs will vary depending on vaccination required i.e. flu, whooping cough
  • Stationary: $200*
  • Clinical Travel Costs: $200-$300 (Year One), $900-$1,200 (Year Two), $1,200-$1,600 (Year Three)*

*Confirmed 2022 costs and instructions of how to arrange vaccinations, order uniform etc. will be available on the  School of Health Moodle link.

How to apply

Application Closing Date: 29 October 2021.

Applications received after this date will only be processed if places are still available.

Before you start your online application, you will need to have the following documentation available to upload when requested:

  • Completed Supplementary Application for Health and Social Services Programmes
  • Referee report
  • Verified ID
  • Verified Official Transcripts

*Give the referee report to someone who is willing to be your referee. Ask them to complete the forms and either return to yourself (so you can upload with your application), or scan and email to enrolments@whitireia.ac.nz within 10 days. 

Alternatively, completed applications can be printed off and dropped into:

Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand

3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua

Credit recognition

If you have relevant skills and knowledge through study or experiences in work or other activities, you may be able to receive credit for them when enrolling in a programme of study. This is done through a process called credit recognition. Credit recognition may not exceed two-thirds of your chosen programme.

If you think you may qualify for credit recognition, please contact one of our Enrolment Advisors.

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by Whitireia 

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