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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Bachelor of Nursing

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates.

Part II


1. Admission to the Degree of Bachelor of Nursing requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified;

(b) have achieved 14 credits or more at NCEA Level 3 or higher in at least one of the following subjects: biology, chemistry, or physics;

(c) hold a current First Aid Certificate from an approved provider;

(d) meet Health Clearance and Police Vetting requirements as specified by the Academic Board or their delegate;

(e) meet the requirements for registration as a nurse in New Zealand as set down by the Nursing Council of New Zealand in terms of good character and fitness to be a nurse;

(f) have achieved an IELTS of 6.5 with no band less than 6.5 within the preceding three months, if English is not the applicant's first language and the language of instruction in previous schooling is not English; and

(g) be selected into the programme on the basis of a selection process which include a written application, and may include an interview and practical exercises as determined by the Academic Board or their delegate.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Degree of Bachelor of Nursing shall follow a parts-based programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 360 credits, comprising:

(a) Part One, Part Two, and Part Three, as defined by the Schedule to the Qualification;

and including:

(b) the compulsory courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification; and

(c) attending Contact Workshops, block courses, field trips, workshops, tutorials, laboratories, and clinical experiences as required.


3. The Degree of Bachelor of Nursing is awarded without specialisation.

Academic Requirements

4. Every candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Nursing shall complete to the satisfaction of Academic Board a minimum of 1100 hours of approved clinical practice and associated reports in accordance with the following courses:

168.162: Nursing Fundamentals

168.165: Health Assessment and Clinical Decision-making I

168.262: Nursing People with Long-Term Conditions

168.263: Mental Health and Addictions Nursing I

168.264: Primary Health Care and Health Promotion

168.362: Nursing People with Acute Conditions

168.363: Mental Health and Addictions Nursing II

168.364: Pre-graduate Nursing Practice.

Passes in these courses will be awarded on the basis of practical work completed in accordance with the guidelines and standards governing the practical work requirements.

Student Progression

5. Candidates may progress from Part One to Part Two, and from Part Two to Part Three, by passing all courses in the previous part.

6. The Academic Board may, under such conditions as it may determine and taking into account the recommendations of the examiners, admit any candidate to a supplementary examination where available in a course in which the candidate failed to gain a pass.

7. Candidates who fail to complete all the courses related to any Part in accordance with Regulation 5 shall re-enrol in the remaining unpassed course(s) at the next available offering of the course(s).

8. Candidates must maintain their eligibility for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand in terms of good character and fitness to be a nurse, throughout the duration of their enrolment in the programme.

Completion Requirements

9. A candidate's programme of study may not exceed five years, unless a specified time of suspension or extension has been approved by the Academic Board and the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Permission must be sought in advance of any suspension or extension by applying in writing to the Bachelor of Nursing Programme Director. Suspensions or extensions granted will appear on the academic transcript.

10. Candidates may be permitted to graduate when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

11. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Bachelor of Nursing, the following will lead to exclusion from the qualification:

(a) failure to obtain a pass in any of the Bachelor of Nursing courses for which they have been enrolled for two occasions;

(b) failure to pass courses totalling at least 75 academic credits or failure to pass at least 60% of an approved part-time programme of study in any academic year; or

(c) failure to complete the Degree within five years from the date of first enrolment.

Candidates excluded under (a), (b), or (c) above will only be re-admitted to the Bachelor of Nursing with the approval of the Academic Board.

Transitional Provisions

12. All candidates commencing study towards the Degree of Bachelor of Nursing on or after 1 January 2017 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations and as outlined in the Schedule for the Qualification.

13. All candidates who commenced study towards the Degree of Bachelor of Nursing prior to 1 January 2017 may complete under the Bachelor of Nursing regulations in the 2016 Massey University Calendar until 31 December 2021.

14. In all instances, candidates must complete the qualification within the timeframes for completion as specified in the Completion Requirements.

15. Candidates who were awarded Restricted passes prior to the commencement of the 2017 academic year may not credit restricted passes in 214.101, 214.102, or any courses with a 168 prefix, to the degree.

16. These transition arrangements expire on 31 December 2021.

Schedule for the Bachelor of Nursing

Part One (120 credits from)

150.112 Hauora Tangata: Foundations of Māori Health 15 credits

168.161 Research and Scholarly Writing in Nursing 15 credits
R 168.125

168.162 Nursing Fundamentals 15 credits
R 168.121

168.163 Health across the Lifespan I 15 credits

168.164 Health Across the Lifespan II 15 credits

168.165 Health Assessment and Clinical Decision-making I 15 credits
C 214.101 R 168.123

214.101 Human Bioscience: Normal Body Function 15 credits
R 194.101, 117.155

214.102 Applied Sciences for Health Professionals 15 credits

Part Two (120 credits from)

168.261 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice 15 credits

168.262 Nursing People with Long Term Conditions 15 credits
C 214.201, 168.265

168.263 Mental Health and Addictions Nursing I 15 credits
C 214.201

168.264 Primary Health Care and Health Promotion 15 credits
C 214.201

168.265 Health Assessment and Clinical Decision-making II 15 credits
C 214.201, 168.262

168.266 Professional Nursing Practice 15 credits

214.201 Human Bioscience: Impaired Body Function 15 credits
P (214.101 and 214.102) OR (162.101; and 194.101 or 117.155 or 214.101)

214.202 Pharmacology 15 credits
P 214.101 and 214.102

Part Three (120 credits from)

168.361 Preparing for Professional Practice 15 credits
C 168.362, 168.363 R 168.312

168.362 Nursing People with Acute Conditions 30 credits
C 168.361

168.363 Mental Health and Addictions Nursing II 15 credits
C 168.361

168.364 Pre-graduate Nursing Practice 30 credits
C 168.366

168.365 Leadership and Management in Nursing 15 credits
C 168.364

168.366 Contexts of Nursing Practice 15 credits
C 168.364