Bachelor of Nursing


Semester 1 & Semester 2

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Full time/Part time


3 years full time; 4 years part time


Whangarei: February, July

Semester Dates (2017):20 Feb - 30 Jun
24 Jul - 1 Dec

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $6,108.24 (Year 1)

Student levy may apply

International: $22,700 (per year)

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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Applications for Semester 2 intake close 2 June 2017.

About this programme

This is a comprehensive programme which combines theory and clinical experience. The curriculum challenges you to go beyond traditional health and illness care to focus on creating a supportive environment for health and wellbeing. The programme blends online learning with classroom teaching and prepares graduates for entry onto the Nursing Council of New Zealand Register of Nurses.

E-learning, technology, and practical experience

Our nursing education blends online learning with classroom teaching – allowing students to study largely off-campus – making it ideal for people with commitments that prevent them from moving away from their home towns. The combination of e-learning, cutting edge technology, and the varied range of nursing experience to be gained here in Northland is quite unique.

Clinical Experience

Students will be required to attend clinical placements throughout the Bachelor of Nursing programme. These placements may occur anywhere in the Northland region. The student will be responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses incurred when undertaking a clinical placement outside of their home locality

Programme aim

The key aim of this programme is to produce competent nurses suitable for registration as Registered Nurses following successful achievement of the NCNZ state final Examination. The programme has been designed to prepare a nurse who can practice at a beginning level in a variety of clinical settings and meet NCNZ competencies for entry to the Register of Registered Nurses.

What you will learn

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Assess health needs

  • Advise and support people to manage their health

  • Practise nursing both independently and in collaboration with other health professionals

  • Perform general nursing functions and delegate to and direct Enrolled Nurses

  • Develop, implement and evaluate an integrated plan of health care, in a range of settings and in partnership with individuals, families, whanau and communities

  • Demonstrate attributes of a reflective practitioner

  • Understand the importance of self-care and on-going professional development

 Courses in this programme

Year 1 Level Credits
715.5111 - Human Bioscience 1 5 15
715.5021 - Nursing Practice 5 15
715.5121 - Nursing Knowledge 1 5 15
715.5131 - Applied Social Science 5 15
715.5141 - Human Bioscience 2 5 15
715.5151 - Nursing Knowledge 2 5 15
715.5161 - The Older Adult 5 15
715.5081 - Primary Health Care 5 15
Year 2 Level Credits
715.6101 - Altered Health States 6 15
7715.6011 - Acute Care Nursing 6 15
7715.6012 - Acute Care Clinical Nursing 6 30
715.6061 - Population Health 6 15
715.607 - Primary Health Care Nursing 6 15
715.6081 - Continuing Care 6 15
715.6091 - Hauora Māori 6 15
Year 3 Level Credits
7715.707 - Pharmacology 7 15
7715.712 - Evidence for Practice 7 15
715.709 - Mental Health and Addiction Nursing 7 15
715.710 - Mental Health and Addiction Clinical Nursing 7 15
7715.711 - Contemporary Issues in Nursing and Healthcare 7 15
7715.712 - Transition to Registered Nurse Practice 7 45

Career opportunities

Once registered with NCNZ, graduates may be employed in a wide range of health care practitioner roles within hospital and community settings.

  • Registered Nurse

  • Able to work in all healthcare settings

  • Supervise the work of Enrolled Nurses and Health Care Assistants

  • Eligible to enrol in postgraduate studies

Entry requirements

Educational Criteria

Completed NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance including at least:

  • 14 credits in an English language rich subject, e.g. English, history, art history, classics, geography, economics.

  • 14 credits in a science subject e.g. biology, chemistry, physics, physical education.

Alternative Educational Criteria

  • ‘B’ passes in a level 4 Foundation Programme; OR

  • Evidence of recent successful study in other relevant courses at tertiary level; OR

  • Documented verifiable evidence of relevant work life experience (usually the equivalent of two years full time) that indicates the ability to meet the requirements of this degree. Such evidence would normally include details of roles/responsibilities undertaken, interpersonal skills, other achievements and referee statements. Admission under this provision requires an interview with and approval from the Programme Leader.

Additional Requirements

The following are required if you are accepted into the programme:

  • NZ Police Authorisation to Disclose Information: Nursing is a trusted, high ranking profession and as such requires its members to be law abiding citizens. Each successful applicant is therefore required to complete and return a NZ Police ‘Authorisation to Disclose Information’ form with your application. If you are accepted into the programme, your form will be sent by NorthTec to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service and returned in confidence to the Programme Leader. Information on the NZ Vetting Service is available from (Please note that access to some clinical placements is subject to police vetting).

Personal Requirements

All applicants must:

  • have health clearances, vaccinations and immunisations at the student's expense to meet the policies of the various clinical practice institutions and agencies (if accepted onto the programme);

  • have a current first aid certificate (which covers Unit Standards 6400, 6401, 6402);

  • have a level of physical and emotional health commensurate as to achieve the required nursing practice competencies;

  • provide the names of 2 persons who are prepared to act as referees for you;

  • be able to read and write unassisted (because of the requirement to independently and accurately read and write case notes and other documentation when in clinical practice). Applicants must be able to understand, interpret and speak English, at a level that is safe in clinical practice – the inability to do so would create risk or harm to others. Note that students may request, however, the use of a ‘reader/writer’ for exams in the instance of temporary disability.

English Language Requirements

Applicants where English is not their first language are required to provide evidence that they have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in each, or in exceptional circumstances a pass in another equivalent test of English. Students, who are NZ citizens or permanent residents and have no recorded evidence of achievement, contact the Programme Leader for an assessment.

Selection information

Applicants must complete all forms in the Bachelor of Nursing Enrolment Form pack. These include: Additional Information Form (with declarations of current health status); Report on Applicant Forms; Ministry of Justice’s Priv/F2 - applicants are required to provide clearance from Ministry of Justice computer system in order to meet NCNZ requirement that “the applicant for registration complies with legislated requirements and the Council’s policies and guidelines” which are outlined under Standard 7 of the Nursing Council’s Education programme standards for the registered nurse scope of practice (July 2010).

Additional Information

Before your first clinical placement, students are required to complete Occupational Health Screening and organise indemnity insurance.

All applicants must have a first aid certificate, current at the commencement of the programme, which covers unit standards 6400, 6401 and 6402, or 26551 and 26552.

Off-site components

Students will be required to undertake clinical placements outside of their home locale. Students undertaking clinical experience outside of their home locale are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. Students must complete a minimum of 1100 hours of practice, with all students being entitled to 1500 practice hours in which to demonstrate competence.

Nursing Council of New Zealand registration

For those intending to progress to Nursing Council of New Zealand registration, NCNZ regulations will apply and students must pass the NCNZ registration examination. Details are available on the NCNZ website and will be explained to programme applicants during interviews. For complete admission information refer to the Academic Calendar.

Workforce Restrictions for Children's Workforce

If you have a criminal conviction, and you are studying (or considering studying) toward a qualification that will lead to a job in the state funded sector working directly with children, you need to check whether your conviction could prevent you from working in some roles in your chosen field. Find out more.

Enrolling in the Bachelor of Nursing Programme

There are 2 ways in which you can apply to this programme:

  1. Download and print the pack below and post it back to us
    Enrolment Pack

  2. Submit your application online by completing the steps outlined below.

If you have any questions about applying to this programme, our friendly Enquiries and Enrolments team make enrolling at NorthTec easy. If you need help organising your enrolment contact them today on 0800 162 100 or email

Applying online

To apply for this programme online, you need to follow the 4 steps below:

  1. Click here to complete NorthTec's online application form

  2. Download the Additional Information Form. Email the completed form to

  3. Download the Vetting Service Request and Consent Form. Email the completed form to

  4. Two referees must complete this Report on Applicant Form to support your application. This online referee form will remain confidential.

Please note: When you complete and submit all forms you are NOT FULLY ENROLLED until:

  • You have received formal written notification that your application has been successful; 

  • You have returned the 'offer of place' acceptance document to confirm your place on your programme of study. You will receive this 'offer of place' with your formal notification.

Qualification gained

Northland Polytechnic Bachelor of Nursing

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Programme Leader
Jane Anderson
Jane Anderson

I lead the team of registered nurses who deliver the Bachelor of Nursing, Diploma of Enrolled Nursing, Certificate in Registered Nurse Competence programmes at NorthTec.

Nursing Tutors
Dr Bev MacKay
Dr Bev MacKay

RGON, CATE, MA (App) Nursing (Distinction), Doctor of Nursing, FCNA(NZ). Bev has a strong primary health care nursing background and this is one of her research passions as is the introduction of technology in nursing education.

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