Bachelor of Nursing Pacific

Do you want to become a registered nurse with unique skills to support and enhance Pacific and indigenous health. The Bachelor of Nursing Pacific programme weaves Pacific and indigenous worldviews. Supporting Pacific and other learners to become culturally competent and confident nurses. During your learning journey you will enjoy smaller class sizes that enables a foundation of integration of Pacific and other indigenous cultures/identities be linked to professional Nursing theory and practice.

Programme outline

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.

More detail about this qualification

Career options

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet both the academic and suitability entry requirements.

Academic entry requirements

Whitireia degree academic entry requirements (i.e. University Entrance) or equivalent.

Evidence of equivalence may include successful completion of high school studies overseas or recent tertiary study at Level 4, with a “B” average, and/or relevant work experience (paid or unpaid); application considered on a case-by-case basis with entry granted at the discretion of the Head of School.

International students

Proven equivalence to entry requirements plus IELTS 6.5 in each band.

Find your country's equivalent academic entry requirements here

* International fees shown here do not include insurance and administration (currently 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.

Course related costs

  • Health screening: $250* (must be completed prior to programme start)
  • Medical equipment: $160* (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 in September.

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 (refer to following paragraph)
  • 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

Application process

  • We will confirm receipt of your application by email.
  • Completed applications will be forwarded to the School to review.  If your application is incomplete, you will be emailed and asked to provide the missing documentation.
  • Applications are processed in order by date received.  Occasionally, due to demand, all places in a programme may be allocated before the programme closing date.  We recommend you apply early and ensure your application is complete.
  • Applicants will be interviewed.

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 

Have a question or feedback? We're here to help! For any enquiries call us on 0800 944 847 or send us a message at information@whitireia.ac.nz