Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing)

Nurses are critical to the success of the healthcare system, and AUT-trained nurses are recognised as some of the best in New Zealand. Study the Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing) to start your nursing career.

Our nursing degree focuses on interprofessional practice and care, just like it is in the workplace. You’ll learn that health and healthcare is multifaceted and dynamic, and goes beyond health and illness care to nurture the growth of healthy communities. Throughout your studies you complete 1,200 hours of practical experience in hospitals and in the community.

Graduates who pass the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s State Examination gain registration as a Registered Nurse.

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Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance or equivalent
  • Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) and Children’s Act 2014 requirements, including police clearance
  • Preference will be given to applicants with one subject from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies, Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira, and one subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science, Calculus, Mathematics, Statistics

Applicants with English as a second or other language who have not completed at least three years of secondary schooling in NZ will be required to meet IELTS requirements.

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.5 or higher

English language requirements

Year 1

Semester 1 courses

You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

Semester 2 courses

The second semester focuses on nursing knowledge, nursing skills and health service delivery.

Year 2

In your second year, you focus on nursing individuals with physical and mental illness. Year 2 also includes community placements where you gain clinical experience in both the hospital and community, in acute and chronic illness and mental health. You also become familiar with conceptual knowledge, psychomotor skills and clinical decision-making skills.

Semester 3 courses

Semester 4 courses

Year 3

In your final year, the focus is on the complexity of caring for individuals, young and old, and their families in hospital and community settings. You develop clinical skills, clinical reasoning and decision-making skills to nurse people with complex health conditions. You also study the impact of developmental and rehabilitation issues.

Semester 5 courses

Semester 6 courses

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Workplace experience

The final semester prepares you for graduate nursing practice. This involves an extended placement (360 hours) in a setting where you can apply your science and nursing knowledge to the nursing of individuals, families and populations with a range of health needs.

Recent placements included:

  • Starship (paediatric)
  • Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS)
  • Mason Clinic (forensic mental health)
  • Emergency and critical care departments
  • Primary healthcare
  • Aged care

Throughout your studies you complete 1,200 hours of practical experience in hospitals and community centres.

Te Ara Hauora Māori courses

If you're interested in a career with a Māori development perspective select the following courses as electives or as an alternative course of study

We will help you form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.

Graduates who pass the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s State Examination gain registration as a Registered Nurse. Nursing registration gives scope for specialisation in health service delivery and work in organisations allied to the health sector.

Examples include:

  • Acute care nursing – public or private
  • Advanced nursing practice
  • Health administrator/manager
  • Medical representative
  • Mental health nursing
  • Nurse in defence forces
  • Nurse lecturer/researcher
  • Primary healthcare nursing

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Nursing Careers

Nursing education at AUT
Practical classes are conducted in our on-campus nursing labs
AUTs Health clinic
Get introduced to interprofessional health practice at our AUT Integrated Health Clinic with industry standard equipment
Experience education for nursing at AUT
Students get the opportunity to experience nursing in practice in hospitals and community settings
Simulation training for nursing at AUT
Simulated scenarios in the on-campus labs prepare students for their clinical placements
Aleisha Patard
Ashleigh Bennett
Briar Hornell
Toni Parker
Taria Hebden
Quick facts
Programme code:
3 years full-time
North Campus
17 Jul 2023
26 Feb 2024
15 Jul 2024
$8,165 - $8,524 (for 120 points)
($7,091 - $7,450 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$38,474 (for 120 points)
($37,400 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

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