Bachelor of Nursing

3 Years

There’s never been a better time to get into nursing. New Zealand-trained nurses are in demand here and around the world.

You’ll be in high demand with NorthTec’s unique and comprehensive Bachelor of Nursing. Learn the clinical and interpersonal skills to work in a range of healthcare settings, from hospitals to community-based organisations. You will complete clinical placements here in Northland, and learn through a blend of classroom and online study, preparing you to become a Registered Nurse with the Nursing Council of NZ.

The NorthTec curriculum challenges you to go beyond traditional health and illness care to focus on creating a supportive environment for health and wellbeing. You will learn how to assess health needs, advise and support people to manage their health, and practice nursing both independently and in collaboration with other health professionals.

You will be able to perform general nursing functions and also delegate to and direct Enrolled Nurses. You will be skilled at developing, implementing and evaluating integrated health care plans in a range of settings and in partnership with individuals, whānau and communities. Your teaching will also ensure that you can demonstrate attributes of a reflective practitioner and understand the importance of self-care and ongoing professional supervision.

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 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. The Nursing Council of New Zealand requires each student to complete a minimum of 1100 clinical hours in a variety of clinical placements prior to completion of the programme. 

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.

The Bachelor of Nursing is a progressive sequence of six semesters of study, totalling three years for a full-time student. Students wishing to study part-time should discuss with the Nursing Pathway Manager. There is a Nursing Council requirement for you to complete your degree within five years. 

How you will learn

This programme is a blend of e-learning and classroom teaching, which enables the student to study off-campus for much of the course. All classes, with the exception of clinical placements, are delivered onsite and/or online. All students are required to attend onsite learning activities at NorthTec’s Raumanga Campus, at specified times throughout the programme. These times will be blocked to minimise time away from home and travel for regional students.

  • This method of learning is designed to provide the student with the greatest flexibility possible in terms of time and place. Course content that would normally be delivered by a lecturer in a classroom is now accessed through the Internet at home. There are weekly requirements for each course and the student can decide what time of day or how many hours they spend online.
  • 50% of every New Zealand nursing program must be hands-on. Which means experience in a clinical setting with real patients, so not all of your learning can be accomplished online 

Please note that you will be expected to travel out of your home area for some of this hands-on, practical experience. You will be expected to bear the cost of transportation and accommodation during these times. Students will be required to attend clinical placements anywhere within the Northland area. This area includes, but not restricted to: Waipu/Ruakaka, Whangarei, Dargaville, Bay of Islands, Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Rawene and Kaitaia.

Example Clinical Schedule

Year 1

Nursing Practice 715.5021 (two groups)
25 Clinical hours minimum required.
5 hours alternate Tuesday mornings for 10 weeks
8.00am – 1.00pm

The Older Adult 715.5161 (two groups)
120Clinical hours minimum required.
Monday – Friday rostered shifts for 3 weeks
6.45am – 3.00pm or 1.00pm – 9.00pm

Year 2

Acute Care Clinical Nursing 715.605
Monday – Saturday rostered shifts for 14 weeks (3 days per week)
7.00am – 3.30pm or 2.30pm – 11.00pm

Primary Health Care Nursing 715.607
Monday – Thursday for 6 weeks

Year 3

Mental Health and Addiction Clinical Nursing 7715.710
5 rostered shifts from Monday – Sunday for 5 weeks
7.00am – 3.30pm or 2.30pm – 11pm or 11pm – 7.00am

Transition to Registered Nurse Practice 7715.712
5 rostered shifts from Monday – Sunday for 11 weeks
7.00am – 3.30pm or 2.30pm – 11.00pm
 11.00pm – 7.00am

Please note that this is only an example, and is subject to change. In years 1 and 2 clinical practice will generally occur between Monday and Saturday 7am – 11pm. In year 3 clinical practice can occur on all days and times.

All first year nursing courses will be offered in flexible delivery mode. This means they will have an online component, as well as scheduled face-to-face support sessions at NorthTec Whangarei campus

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to understand follow, and respond to instructions given in English.
  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

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.

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 Nursing Pathway Manager.

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 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 Nursing Pathway Manager. 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.

Workforce Restrictions for Children's Workforce

The Children's Act 2014 was part of a series of comprehensive measures brought in to protect and improve the wellbeing of vulnerable children. 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.

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.

Intakes & Applications

Dates & Bookings

To apply for the Bachelor of Nursing, you need to follow these FOUR steps.

Step 1: Complete the online application form

To begin, click the Apply Now button for the intake you wish to apply.

This programme is not open to international students.

Youth Guarantee Fund*

If you are aged 16 to 24, you could study for FREE as part of the government's Youth Guarantee fund. To qualify for the Youth Guarantee fund, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete an application for a course that is covered by the Youth Guarantee fund.
  • Be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be 16 to 24 years old at the time the course starts. Learners who are 15 years old and hold Ministry approved early leaving exemption from their school may also be eligible. This exemption must be in place before the course starts.

Priority places will be given to students who:

  • have not yet achieved NCEA Level 1 or NCEA Level 2; or
  • have completed a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification through a Youth Guarantee provision programme.

All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status is required. Programme entry criteria may apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact Studylink for more information.

Register your interest
Bachelor of Nursing
February & July
Full Time (Part Time Available)
$6,847 (Year 1)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
$7,040 (Year 1)
| Fees Free with Youth Guarantee*
International Fees:
$28,000 (per academic year)
International Fees:
Register your interest for this programme.

Step 2: Complete the Additional Information Form

Download the Additional Information Form. Email the completed form to

Step 3: Complete Police Vetting

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

Step 4: Provide two referees

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

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 us.

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.
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All fees are in New Zealand Dollars and are approximate only - includes GST but excludes the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF) levy. Unless otherwise stated, the fees shown are for domestic students only. For programmes longer than one academic year in duration, the fees quoted are for the first year. Final study costs depends on a number of factors including the courses you select to study.

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. See our full Terms and conditions.

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.

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

About Te Pūkenga

NorthTec is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (Te Pūkenga). From 1 October 2022, all references to NorthTec or Northland Polytechnic on this website (and any documentation linked through this website) need to be read as references to Te Pūkenga and its NorthTec business division.

Te Pūkenga brings the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and the arranging training activities of certain Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) together to create a national network. This will give learners more choices and flexibility in what, where, and how they learn.

Existing NorthTec ākonga (learners) will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga automatically in the same qualification and will continue to learn in the same way, in the same place, with the same people.

Learners should note that all programmes offered across Te Pūkenga are under review to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry and may be changed. Where there are changes to programmes that you have applied to enrol in, you will be notified of these changes.

Key Information for students - Qualification Information from the NZ Government.
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