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Study nursing , Akona te mahi tapuhi

Study nursing at Massey to care for people and communities. Graduate with in-demand skills, including clinical expertise, communication, empathy, and scientific nursing knowledge.

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Learn with the best

Your nursing qualification from Massey will be globally sought after – we're ranked in the top 150 nursing schools in the world.

Hands-on experience

Massey's state-of-the-art teaching facilities include simulation hospital suites and empathy labs to practise key nursing skills.

Personalised to you

Our health courses at Massey feature small class sizes with a learning environment customised to your interests and needs.

Striving to be Tiriti-led

We work to uphold the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi – and to empower all New Zealanders, especially Māori.

Overview

Become a highly skilled nurse. We can help — we've been doing it for decades, and rank in the world's top 150 universities for nursing.

Learn from experienced nurses and nursing researchers with expertise such as acute care, primary care, Māori health or mental health. Master new skills in state-of-the-art nursing simulation facilities. Gain empathy for the people you will treat and support. Graduate work-ready and eligible to register as a nurse, with qualifications recognised nationally and internationally.

Nursing is a good fit if you:

  • enjoy school subjects such as health, sciences and social sciences
  • want to work with people and make a difference in their lives
  • like balancing compassion with critical thinking and problem-solving.

Nursing courses cover:

  • children's nursing, also called paediatric nursing
  • clinical skills, including for emergency, mental health and primary care (GP and community clinics)
  • Māori health, including partnering with tangata whenua and upholding Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • patient-centred care and partnerships
  • professional and clinical leadership in nursing
  • hands-on practice sessions to use clinical skills in real-world scenarios.

Māori health draws together four dimensions of wellbeing — taha tinana (physical health), taha wairua (spiritual health), taha whānau (family health) and taha hinengaro (mental health).

Māori health models

How to study nursing

Discover what we offer if you’re interested in nursing – whether you’re coming to university for the first time, changing direction or returning to advance your study or career.

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is generally the first thing you’ll study at university.

Bachelor's degrees

Degrees are the standard qualifications you do at university – the most common is called a bachelor’s. Degrees give you enough time to explore your interests, and also focus on specific subjects.

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equivalent experience – you’ll be ready to take on postgraduate study.

Master's degrees

A master's degree normally builds on a main subject of study from your undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate certificates

Postgraduate certificates give you an introduction to postgraduate-level study. They’re shorter than postgraduate degrees. If you’re successful, you may be able to use the credits towards a postgraduate diploma

Postgraduate diplomas

Postgraduate diplomas are postgraduate-level qualifications that are longer than a postgraduate certificate. If you’re successful, you might be able to use the credits towards the longer master’s degree.

PhD and other doctoral degrees

Doctoral degrees, including PhDs, are the highest degrees we award. They’re very demanding and their entry criteria reflect this.

Relevant research areas at Massey

Discover research expertise, projects and initiatives relating to nursing at Massey.

Nursing research

What our students say

“My strengths and resilience grew on physical, emotional and psychological levels as my depth of knowledge about health, patients, society and healthcare services grew with the programme.”
Bo Yi-Leu

Bachelor of Nursing

“Studying nursing at Massey University has exceeded my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Massey and feel that Massey has pushed me to reach my full potential, preparing me well to work as a Registered Nurse.”
Maggie Symes

Bachelor of Nursing

“I chose to purse my postgraduate studies at Massey, because it offered distance learning. It meant I was able to balance my study life around work and family. Having that option to study via distance and part-time has definitely helped me to be successful in my studies in the College of Health, Massey University.”
Catherine Tu'akalau

I hail from the Kingdom of Tonga Ma’uafanga and Kolofalahola, Vavau. Also the beautiful Island of Samoa-Luatanu'u

Registered Paediatric Nurse Hutt Valley District Health Board

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

Our facilities

You'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities when you study with us.

Two student nurses in a nursing simulation suite

Nursing simulation suites

Suites include:

  • mock hospital settings
  • two-way observation spaces
  • standard nursing equipment for hospital and community work.

Students learn and practice nursing skills through case studies and simulations using actors, interactive manikins and real-time body camera recordings.

Location: Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington campuses

Empathy Lab

Empathy is a key aspect of healthcare. But when you're fit and healthy, it's not always easy to understand the impacts of long-term illness or ageing. Nursing students wear special suits that mimic what it's like to do daily tasks after suffering a stroke, or being restricted by declining health.

Location: Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington campuses

Jobs in nursing

Nurses support people, families and communities to improve health and wellbeing, using scientific knowledge and strong communication and critical thinking skills. Nursing is a career covering all areas of healthcare, such as intensive care, community mental health, aged care, and child health.

Experienced nurses can complete extra education to specialise in specific health conditions, such as cancer, or move into clinical leadership, health management or research.

Nursing careers include:

  • registered nurses
  • charge nurses, who manage wards
  • clinical nurse educators, who work in clinics and hospitals to develop the team's skills and knowledge
  • clinical nurse specialists
  • nurse prescribers
  • nurse practitioners, with advanced education and clinical training — some own or co-own healthcare clinics
  • nurse researchers, who conduct clinical trials.

Becoming a nurse

Become a registered nurse with Massey's Bachelor of Nursing — or our Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) if you already have an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

Both degrees are recognised nationally and internationally and approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. After graduation, you can apply to be a registered nurse.

As part of our degrees, nursing students do at least 1,100 hours of clinical practice in areas such as emergency, mental health, primary care or surgical services.

Nursing Council on education options

Registered nurses usually earn $54,000 to $130,000 a year.

Registered nurse career information

Leadership in nursing

Postgraduate study at Massey prepares you for clinical leadership roles such as prescribing nurse, clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner, or roles such as nurse manager or nursing researcher.

Depending on your area of practice or career goal, courses may cover:

  • advanced clinical skills and projects — examples include children's health, emergency care or mental health
  • leadership
  • prescribing courses such as physiology and clinical pharmacology
  • research projects.

Video: Postgraduate nursing at Massey

To become a nurse practitioner, here are the steps involved:

1

Be a registered nurse with at least four years' practice experience in your area of expertise.

2

Complete the Master of Nursing, including a prescribing course which combines online learning, supervised practice, and workshops.

3

Register as a nurse practitioner with the Nursing Council.

Salary ranges disclaimer

Indicative pay rates are:

Which nursing qualification?

Examples of where our qualifications may take you.

Table showing jobs and what you could study to enter them.
Jobs Examples of what you could study
Registered nurse Bachelor of Nursing Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) if you already have any undergraduate degree
Nurse practitioner Master of Nursing
Specialist, prescriber or leadership nursing roles Master of Nursing
Researcher or policy expert Master of Health Science (Nursing)

Accreditations and rankings

Nursing Council of New Zealand

Our nursing qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised and approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Upon completion you can apply for registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

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QS Ranking - Nursing

Massey nursing is ranked in the world's top 150 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

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ShanghaiRanking - nursing

Massey University is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world and second in New Zealand in the subject area of nursing by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

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