Bachelor of Nursing

  • 28 June 2021, Nov 2021 (INT ONLY)
  • Level 7
  • 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years
    Available in New Plymouth
  • $7,068 - Domestic student fee per year (2021)
    $21,000 - International student fee per year (2021)

Qualification overview

Learn from experts in specialist facilities and help meet the increasing need for qualified registered nurses.

This three-year degree programme will enable you to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

You will gain an understanding of the many opportunities available for a career in nursing and be challenged to go beyond traditional health and illness care and focus on creating a supportive environment for health and wellbeing.

This programme is highly regarded nationally and combines theory with clinical experience and meets the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) Competencies for the Registered Nurse Scope of Practice.

We will give you the opportunity to explore the diverse environments and relevant cultural understandings that nurses work within from hospitals, rest homes and health clinics to private practices and community care agencies.



The BN programme is full time over three years, or can be undertaken part time over five years.  

The programme is blended/online. Classes on campus at the Bell Street campus will usually be between 8:30am and 5pm. Students are expected to study approximately 40 hours a week, much of which can be completed in your own home, in your own time.


Entry requirements

Academic achievement

University Entrance for 2020 NCEA learners:
Following NZQA advice University Entrance will be 12 credits in each of three NZQA approved subjects rather than the standard 14 credits.  Read more about this here. 

University Entrance (pre 2020): NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) which must include:

·         14 credits at level 3 in:
·         English or an approved literacy subject
·         Biology or physical education or chemistry
·         One other approved subject

And Numeracy – 14 credits at Level 1 or above


New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) at WITT (Health Pathway)


If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), WITT will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

*NZQA approved subjects: see

Alternative requirements - still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: This qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact WITT for advice.

All applicants interested in nursing should apply for entry into the Bachelor of Nursing in the first instance. The WITT School of Nursing will contact you to confirm you meet the academic entry criteria for the Bachelor of Nursing or to assist you in designing your study pathway into the Bachelor of Nursing.

Special Admission Criteria

Applicants must meet entry criteria as approved by WITT's Academic Board. As students will be undertaking practice in a variety of clinical placements, admission is subject to consideration of:

  • Criminal, Disciplinary and Health Declaration form
  • References
  • 'Readiness to Study Nursing’ Self-disclosure form
  • First Aid Declaration (First Aid Certificate, no older than 9 months from the beginning of the Bachelor of Nursing programme)
  • Immunisation declaration
  • Travel declaration


If English is not your first language, you will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart. 

·         IELTS 6.5 Academic (*no lower than 6.5 in all subtests). IELTS scores are valid for two years from the date of the test.

Note: The English Language requirements for this programme are higher than the minimum set by NZQA, therefore; applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance may be required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

Career Options

Practice Nurse, District Nurse, Mental Health Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Research, Management, Health Promotion, Education, Elderly Care, Hospital Nurse (Medical, Surgical, Paediatrics and Theatre).

Further study options

Study at postgraduate level.

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