Bachelor of Nursing (BN)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Some papers are available via distance learning
  • Equivalent to 3 years of full-time study
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Fulfil your dreams - be a life-saver

Caring? Committed? Compassionate? Looking to fulfill your dreams with a career for keeps? Then consider becoming a nurse. If you do, you’ll be a key player in our health system. Because without nurses, doctors would struggle to do their jobs and people would take much longer to recover from injuries and illness.

Victoria Smith's dream of becoming a nurse began as a young farm girl, when her beloved grandfather fell critically ill. Watch the video to see the story behind her lifelong journey of compassion, commitment and caring.

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.

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.
  • In 2013, Massey ranked as 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 - Albany, 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 centers, hospices and mental health units 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 papers 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 caring for those who can’t care for themselves
  • want to save lives and make a daily difference to the health and wellbeing of people in your community.
Leah Cameron
Bachelor of Nursing

“The best thing about learning at Massey was the exciting opportunity to work with and learn from the best lecturers within their chosen fields…”

Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers available, according to Leah Cameron.

"It gives me the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives, whilst giving me a passport to travel and further learning."

She made the decision to study at Massey because of its reputation as one of the top nursing schools in the country.

"Massey nursing graduates are highly valued and well prepared to work in a wide range of health-care settings. From my past three years as a student nurse I experienced a programme that is well integrated and provides the clinical expertise and theoretical knowledge required to work as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand and internationally."

Leah said every clinical experience was unique and it meant she was constantly developing new skills, which she can apply both in the workplace and throughout her life.

"The best thing about learning at Massey was the exciting opportunity to work with and learn from the best lecturers within their chosen fields, whether that is within nursing, sciences or social sciences. It gave me such a good theoretical grounding and has challenged me to become the best nurse I could be."

In her opinion, the values needed to be an outstanding nurse are: compassion, confidence, respect and commitment, as well as a passion to improve health-care services in New Zealand through leadership and teamwork.

"I hope to contribute to the world through furthering my nursing education and continuing to provide the best nursing care possible to each and every client."


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 children 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

Hospital-based care

  • Neonatal units
  • Medical and surgical wards
  • Emergency departments
  • Intensive care

Populations-based services

  • Public health

Specialty practice

  • Mental health
  • Aged care
  • Child health
  • Family health

What is a nurse?

  • A professional in the health-care field who combines the fine art of caring with scientific skills and knowledge
  • A professional who cares for the sick and infirm
  • An educator of people on the issues of healthy living and wellness
  • A professional who performs treatments and procedures as prescribed by physicians and nurse practitioners
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