Learn to become a nurse with a range of clinical skills in this supportive programme, offering hands-on experience. Whitireia nursing graduates are highly sought after for their practical, work-ready skills.

The Bachelor of Nursing is a three year, Level 7 programme. The Bachelor of Nursing degree is a combination of theory (classroom based sessions at the Whitireia, Porirua campus) and supported clinical experience (practical/hands-on work, which is undertaken in a variety of community and hospital settings).

Students who successfully complete the programme sit State Final Examinations conducted by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. When these examinations are passed, the student applies to Nursing Council for registration.

Programme Outline

Year 1 / Level 5: Has a primary health care focus and students are supported to become student nurses by gaining knowledge of nursing theory and research, biosciences, the Tiriti o Waitangi, cultural safety, sociology, communication and assessment. Students learn clinical skills in our on-site labs, as well as attending off-site clinical experiences in primary health care settings such as rest homes and community practice settings.

Year 2 / Level 6: The student has become an independent learner and is ready to add to the knowledge gained through on-sire workshops and context based learning, with a focus on national health trends and simulated learning experiences. Block periods of off-site clinical learning have a focus on direct client care in mental health, community and in-patient care settings.

Year 3 / Level 7: The student nurse consolidates practice and theory knowledge in preparation for undertaking the roles and responsibilities of a registered nurse. Integration of knowledge, focusing on contemporary professional nursing and health issues in the local and global context?, enables the student to further develop in their clinical Judgment, professionalism and leadership. In the second semester students have an extended period in clinical practice and prepare for the Nursing Council State Final Examinations and registered nurse practice.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Nursing is a qualification that gives the registered nurse opportunities to work in a wide variety of settings, both nationally and internationally. Nurses are present across the entire spectrum of health-service delivery and, with over 40,000 registered; they are the largest part of the professional health workforce. The most common image of the nurse is in a hospital ward or general practice, but in reality, nurses are found in a much wider range of health and disability services settings.

There is a nurse at work in child-health services, residential-care facilities, mental-health services, community services, marae, independent-nurse clinics, public-health services, occupational health and safety, the defence forces, sexual-health services, ACC case management, prisons, policy development and implementation, health-service management, education and research – as well as in many other settings.


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  • Nursing
  • Forensic Nursing
  • Health Promotions
  • Mental Health
  • Palliative Care Nurse
  • Perioperative Nurse
  • Primary Health Care Nurse
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • Well Child Services


IELTS Academic score of 6.5  (with no band less than 6.5).

Great Nation NZ offers practical guidance to students on enrolling for the Bachelor of Nursing course at the Wellington Institute of Technology in New Zealand. To avail of our coaching contact us by filling out the contact form on this website, calling us or walking into one of our centers.