Full-time: 3 years
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2019 Semester One – 4 March
Available locations
Programme type
Conjoint options available

Programme overview

The BNurs curriculum reflects our multifaceted healthcare system, presenting a multidisciplinary view of patient care.

During your study you will be involved in research-based projects and clinical practice blocks, both designed to develop your critical thinking and practical knowledge.

Topics covered range from mental health nursing and aged care, to child and family healthcare, Māori and Pacific health, medical and surgical nursing, management and leadership in nursing.

After successful completion of the BNurs, graduates may apply for registration as a comprehensive nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Check out our BNurs FAQs.

Read the full programme regulations for the Bachelor of Nursing in the University of Auckland Calendar.

Conjoint options

Conjoint programmes let you pursue two undergraduate bachelors degrees at the same time.

Learn more about conjoints

Programme structure

  • The BNurs is a six semester programme, comprised of three parts (360 points).
  • It is structured to include a foundation year (Part I), where students study biological, physical and social sciences alongside other health professional students (105 points).
  • You are also required to complete one course (15 points) from the General Education Schedule.
  • Year Two (Part II) has two core courses: Nursing Clients with a Pathophysiological Problem (60 points) and Nursing in Mental Health, Addictions and Disability (60 points).
  • Year Three (Part III) has two core courses: Child and Family Health Nursing (60 points) and Professional Nursing Practice (60 points).
  • Clinical learning experiences are central to the overall purpose of the BNurs, so students will be immersed in a variety of clinical settings through years two and three.
  • Clinical settings include acute and chronic health care facilities, inpatient and outpatient clinics, and institutional and community health agencies, along with primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services.

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You are guaranteed entry to this programme if you meet these requirements.

  1. First, you must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.
  2. You must also meet the rank score for this programme. Not sure about your rank score? Use our rank score calculator.
  3. You may need to have studied certain subjects or achieved credits in particular subjects.
  4. Some programmes have additional requirements, such as an interview, portfolio or references.
Rank score, subject and credit requirements

If your rank score is slightly lower than the guaranteed score, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be able to apply under our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes.

  • NCEA National Certificate of Educational Achievement230

    • 18 credits in one subject from Table A
    • 18 credits from one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • CIE Cambridge International Examinations280

    • One subject from Table A
    • One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics at full A-level
  • IB International Baccalaureate31

Read more about entry requirements for New Zealand secondary school applicants.

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification, if you meet these requirements.

Grade requirements

These are the likely grades required, but they do not guarantee entry. Applicants may require higher grades to gain entry to this programme.

Further requirements

You must have completed one semester’s successful bachelor degree study from a New Zealand university or one year’s successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree or bachelor-level qualification from a New Zealand non-university tertiary institution.

You will be ranked on your academic performance (based on a GPA or GPE of 4.5 or higher) and an interview. See, Alternative admission.

If you have successfully completed the Certificate in Health Sciences with a GPA of 4.5 or better, you will be offered a place in the programme.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

How much does a Bachelor of Nursing cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
International students

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

Find out about financial support information

Scholarships and awards

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for.

Student loans and allowances

Are you a New Zealand citizen or resident? You could be eligible for a student loan or allowance.

Cost of living

Get an idea of how much accommodation and general living in Auckland will cost.

Key dates

You may apply for Semester One 2018 entry to the BNurs any time up until the closing date.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

How to apply

Applying for an undergraduate programme? Check out our step-by-step guide.

Where could this programme take you?

After successful completion of the BNurs, graduates may apply for registration as a comprehensive nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Graduates of the BNurs will have an immediate advantage in the job market. Nursing offers a variety of different career settings, practice specialities and roles.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Advanced nurse practitioner
  • Community nurse
  • Gerontology nurse
  • Mental health nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse researcher
  • Paediatric nurse
  • Primary healthcare nurse

Student career planning service

Once you become a student at the University, you can get help with planning and developing your career from Career Development and Employability Services.

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