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.
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.
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).
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.
PhD and other doctoral degrees
Relevant research areas at Massey
Discover research expertise, projects and initiatives relating to nursing at Massey.
What our students say
“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.”
“I saw a need for others like me, mature, Samoan, male, to join the nursing workforce in the mental health area to help others, especially the Pacific community both here in New Zealand and overseas. I chose Massey because it allowed me to work while studying.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Massey University and am thankful for the many relationships I developed along the way, the wider network of health professionals I engaged with, and the opportunity to be involved with Massey after graduating.”
You'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities when you study with us.
Nursing simulation suites
- 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: Manawatū and Wellington campuses
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
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.
Registered nurses usually earn $54,000 to $130,000 a year.
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
- prescribing courses such as physiology and clinical pharmacology
- research projects.
To become a nurse practitioner, here are the steps involved:
Be a registered nurse with at least four years' practice experience in your area of expertise.
Register as a nurse practitioner with the Nursing Council.
Salary ranges disclaimer
Indicative pay rates are:
- in New Zealand dollars
- based on careers.govt.nz data.
Which nursing qualification?
Examples of where our qualifications may take you.
|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.
QS Ranking - Nursing
Massey nursing is ranked in the world's top 150 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
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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