What will I learn?

Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing at Massey University are dynamic, adaptable and critical thinkers. Our student learn innovative approaches that will drive the future of nursing.

When you study nursing at Massey, you will be part of a proud programme renowned nationally and internationally for its first-class nursing curriculum and for educating nursing students to contribute to a wide range of healthcare workplaces. Our degree is so highly respected and recognised that both New Zealand and overseas employers hire most of our graduates within six months of finishing our three-year nursing programme.

More compelling reasons to join us in nursing

  • Massey’s nursing programme is taught by the largest number of highly qualified nursing lecturers in the country, many recognised nationally and internationally for their research.
  • Our proven programmes are approved by the New Zealand Nursing Council.
  • Massey is recognised for research excellence in the subject area of nursing relative to other New Zealand universities (NZ PBRF Rankings 2018).

The Bachelor of Nursing programme includes science and social science courses related to health, integrated into nursing knowledge. Clinical learning takes place in many different areas including surgical, emergency, medical, mental health and primary care services.


Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers, as it is focused on supporting people, families and communities to manage a wide range of health challenges. Nurses are involved in all areas of health care and can choose to specialise in particular areas, such as intensive care, community mental health, aged care, or child and adolescent nursing. They can also become a specialist in particular conditions, such as diabetes, respiratory care or cancer nursing. Nurses can also choose to develop careers in health management, research and teaching.

Many of our Bachelor of Nursing graduates continue with their studies after qualifying as registered nurses by undertaking a master’s degree in nursing. A number of our Master of Nursing graduates have successfully gained registration as nurse practitioners with prescribing rights. We can also offer you a PhD in nursing.

In these challenging economic times, it’s good to know that as a Massey nursing graduate you’ll be highly valued and workplace-ready for a wide range of health-care settings. Here are just a few examples of where you can work:

Primary and community health care

  • General practice
  • Maori health services
  • Hospice
  • District nursing
  • Community mental health

Hospital-based care

  • Neonatal units
  • Medical and surgical wards
  • Emergency departments
  • Intensive care
  • Paediatrics
  • Acute mental health services

Populations-based services

  • Public health
  • Schools

Specialty practice

  • Mental health
  • Aged care
  • Child health
  • Family health
  • Rural and remote nursing

Planning your programme

The Bachelor of Nursing is a 22 course, 360 credit, three year programme involving theory and practice. The degree includes a minimum of 1100 hours of supervised clinical practice, which takes place in a wide variety of settings. Graduates completing the full programme will be eligible to sit the State Final Examination and apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for registration as a nurse. Enrolled nurses, midwives and graduates from other degrees wishing to achieve registration as a nurse may be admitted with advanced standing.

Which department am I in?

School of Nursing

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$32,780.00 (US$ 21,468) per year

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

Start date

22 February 2021


Wellington Campus

Massey University Wellington,

Wallace Street,


Mt Cook,

6021, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$32,780.00 (US$ 21,468) per year

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

Start date

22 February 2021


Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,


4474, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5); TOEFL iBT- 80 overall (min 19 in Writing); PTE Academic - 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 169.

For international students

  • Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.
  • You must meet the requirements set down by the Nursing Council of New Zealand for registration as a nurse in New Zealand in terms of good character and fitness to be a nurse.
  • A current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate is required upon admission (NZQA unit standards 6402, 6401 & 6400).
  • Health screening requirement

Applicants who have English as a second language must provide with their application evidence of proficiency in the English language in the form of an Academic International English Language Testing System ("IELTS") with a score of at least 6.5 in reading, listening, writing and speaking respectively. Only IELTS is acceptable (must have been sat in the past 3 months)

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Massey University offers below pathways courses for this subject

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)

About this uni

Massey University conducts ground-breaking research and delivers outstanding learning opportunities.

  • Over 5,000 international students from around 100 countries
  • Innovative campuses in three cities
  • A wide range of programmes to choose from foundation to PhD