Bachelor of Nursing

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Fulfil your dreams - be a life-saver

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. If you are caring, compassionate and committed to wanting a professional career that can take you all over the world, then consider becoming a nurse.

What is it like?

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.


Massey’s nursing programmes are ranked as some of the best globally.

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.
  • Massey is the leading institution for nursing research in New Zealand
  • We are the only university in the country offering you our undergraduate nursing degree (Bachelor of Nursing) on three different campuses - Auckland, Manawatu and Wellington.
  • Our proven programmes are approved by the New Zealand Nursing Council.

So why not join the hundreds of Massey nursing students gaining real work experience in hospitals, community health centres, rural and outreach clinics and mental health services throughout the country every year? Why not learn valuable new skills to ensure your success when you go to work in the real world?

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.

Isn’t it good to know that our high-quality degree provides the theoretical and practical knowledge required to work as a registered nurse? As our student, you will be well supported by clinical teachers who are themselves experienced registered nurses.

A good fit if you:

  • are passionate about making a difference to the everyday lives of people in our community
  • want excitement and challenges in a job where every day is different
  • want to be ‘work ready’ and have choices about where you want to work when you finish your degree.
Talitha Claassens
Bachelor of Nursing

“Nursing is more than just a job. It is a life-changing vocation that will challenge and reward you for the rest of your life…”

Studying nursing at Massey University allowed me to ground my theoretical knowledge in clinical practice settings – all while making life-long friends. The nursing class moves through the programme as one cohort, which means you get to know your classmates extremely well. We were supportive of one another, encouraging and assisting one another through study sessions, assignments, tests, examinations and clinical practice. The bonds and connections you make with your fellow students and lecturers will truly last a lifetime.

Massey University thoroughly prepared me to enter the workforce as a registered nurse. The programme entailed working on nursing resumes, cover letters, interview preparation and compiling a nursing portfolio, which helped secure my NET-P position. Due to the diversity of clinical practice settings during my nursing studies, I gained the necessary clinical experience to practice as a registered nurse.

Nursing is truly a rewarding and honourable career, which can lead to many different opportunities across the world or within a variety of specialised practice areas. I feel blessed and honoured to be in a position where I am trusted with the care, consideration and advocacy of individuals and groups who need it the most.


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

What is a nurse?

  • A professional in the health-care field who combines the art of caring and compassion with scientific skills and knowledge.
  • A professional who leads care for people who are facing an urgent or ongoing health issue.
  • An educator of people on the issues of healthy living and wellness.
  • A professional who undertakes all aspects of assessment and treatment in partnership with other health professionals.

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