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
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.
Prior to starting the programme, you'll be required to complete health screening to provide evidence of your current immunisation status, as required by our placement providers. Further information on this and the other course costs will be provided when 2024 costs are confirmed. The following costs are approximate.
- Health screening: $250
- Medical equipment: $120
- Uniform: $200
- Vaccinations (if required by clinical placement): Costs will vary depending on vaccination required i.e. flu, whooping cough
- Stationery: $200
- Clinical Travel Costs: These will vary depending on where you live and where your placements are*
How to apply
Applicants should apply by doing the following;
1. Apply online through the Bachelor of Nursing Māori programme page
2. Before you start your online application you will need the following documentation available to upload when requested
- Completed supplementary application form for health and social services
- 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 return them to you (so you can upload with your application).
Alternatively, completed applications can be emailed to email@example.com or dropped into:
Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand 3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua
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