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Bachelor of Nursing (Level 7)

New Zealand



What will I learn?

Let UCOL help give your nursing career the best start. It’s the personal approach from our industry experienced lecturers that sets us apart and gives UCOL’s Bachelor of Nursing graduates an excellent professional reputation both here and overseas.

UCOL's Bachelor of Nursing will provide you with learning opportunities that enable you to become an effective registered nurse, providing competent, comprehensive nursing care.

When you enrol in UCOL’s Bachelor of Nursing programme you'll be assigned your own personal tutor to guide you right through your nursing journey. They’ll support you through the curriculum, which includes up to 160 hours of clinical placements in your first year. Later in the programme these clinical experiences will include primary health care, medical and surgical, and mental health settings.

Is this you?

This programme is designed for:

  • School leavers with University Entrance
  • Graduates of New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Nursing Pathway)
  • International students wishing to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree in New Zealand
  • Internationally qualified nurses wishing to apply for registration as a nurse in New Zealand
  • Mature learners who are currently employed in the caring professions who wish to enhance their career opportunities by studying at degree level
  • People returning to study from the workforce who are seeking a career in the nursing profession.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Hospitals
  • Community agencies
  • Maori health education
  • Iwi-based health centres
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Government departments
  • Employment overseas

Course Information

This programme consist of 360 credits. The courses includes:

Year 1

  • Society And Health in Aotearoa/New Zealand (15 Credits)
  • Professional Nursing: An Introduction (15 Credits)
  • Bioscience for Health Professionals (25 Credits)
  • Fundamental Skills for Nursing (25 Credits)
  • Communication and Education for Professional Practice (20 Credits)
  • Clinical Practice (Introduction) (20 Credits, 160 hours practical experience)

Year 2

  • Aotearoa/New Zealand Health Care System and Professional Practice (20 Credits)
  • Nursing Science and Practice Skills (35 Credits)
  • Person-centred Care: The Mental Health Context (15 Credits)
  • Clinical Practice (Medical/Surgical) (25 Credits, 240 hours practical experience)
  • Clinical Practice (Mental Health) (25 Credits, 240 hours practical experience)

Year 3

  • Primary Health Care (15 Credits)
  • Preparing for Registration: Promoting Practice Improvement and Lifelong Learning (15 Credits)
  • People with Acute and/or Complex Care Needs: A Partnership Approach (15 Credits)
  • Chronic Conditions and Person-centred Care (15 Credits)
  • Clinical Practice (Primary Health Care) (24 Credits, 240 hours practical experience)
  • Clinical Practice (Transition) (36 Credits, 360 hours practical experience)

Industry Connections

The Nurse Education Team have strong links with industry and students have a wide range of Clinical experience in Mental Health, Medical/Surgical, Aged Care and Primary Health environments across the three years of study.

Learning Facilities

Simulation, Nursing skills and Science labs

Start date: February and July

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$22,500.00 (US$ 14,416) per year
NZ $22,500.00 each year (2022 fees)
Start date

7 February 2023


UCOL Whanganui Campus

16 Rutland Street,


4500, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$22,500.00 (US$ 14,416) per year
NZ $22,500.00 each year (2022 fees)
Start date

7 February 2023


UCOL Wairarapa Campus

143-159 Chapel Street,


5810, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have High School Diploma – SATV and SATM (mini composite score 1250). Other English language Requirements: TOEFL (PBT) Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE). PTE (Academic) score of 50.

For international students

International students will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure they meet New Zealand University Entrance requirements. In addition, in accordance with NCNZ (2017) and the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act [HPCA] (2003) requirements, international students whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the general medium of instruction is not English, will be required to provide documentary evidence of proficiency in English (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

English language Requirement: IELTS - Academic: Score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 83 (Reading 19, Listening 20, Speaking 20, Writing 24); OET - Minimum Grade C+ or 300 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 5; and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 58 with no band lower than 58.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country).

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

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Universal College of Learning (UCOL) offers below pathways courses for this subject

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