What will I learn?

Nurses work in both hospital and community settings.

There is a wide variety of career possibilities both nationally and internationally as a registered nurse, including medical, surgical, emergency department, mental health, public health and rural health nursing.

As an international student if you have already completed some nursing studies or work, you could be eligible for direct entry into year 2 of the nursing degree.

Gain the skills and experience you need for your career through combined theory, practice and clinical studies.

NMIT graduates have a high rate of employment on completion of their studies.

Industry based learning

Clinical practice will be gained in a variety of settings in Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and the West Coast. The hours of nursing practice will vary considerably depending on the agency in which you are placed.

All students will be required to travel outside the Nelson region at various stages during the three years and will also be required to work shifts. Year Three of the degree in the transition to practice course, students are encouraged to work rostered and rotating shifts, which include weekends and nights.

Students are required to provide their own transport to practice placements and may be required to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Career opportunities and pathways

As a graduates you can work in many different areas of nursing, either in hospitals or in the community, e.g medical, surgical, emergency department, mental health, public health and rural health nursing.

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$19,900.00 (US$ 12,416) per year
NZ $240 Student Services Levy

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

22 February 2021


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson campus,

322 Hardy Street,


Nelson Central,

7010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have High School Graduation Diploma with SAT. Students must prove their English Proficiency.

For international students

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 3. Entry requirements vary from country to country.

Applicants aged 20 years of age or above

Are to have evidence of literacy, numeracy, and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience or

Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 4 (Health Pathway) or equivalent. Or successful completion of the Certificate in Pre Health and Science with a minimum of 65% in CSHB301 (The Human Body) and CSMB302 (Cell and Microbial Biology), and a minimum of 70% in CSMA102 (Maths for Pre Health B).

English language requirements:

If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills. IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.5 in speaking, reading and writing subtests and 7.0 in listening subtest). If you do not have an IELTS test score, you may send us other evidence of your English language level.


To meet entry requirements you are required to:

Have a comprehensive First Aid Certificate (Red Cross or St. John's Workplace).
In order to participate in the clinical components of the programme, you must meet various Health Authority requirements. Currently, MRSA clearance is required by most clinical practice areas.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

In a 2015 survey of first impressions, 99% of international students said NMIT 'met or exceeded' their expectations.

  • A New Zealand Qualifications Authority Category 1 Institute
  • Over 100 qualifications on offer
  • Home to experienced, industry-savvy teaching staff
  • Has award-winning facilities & modern learning environments