Bachelor of Nursing

PLEASE NOTE: A new version of this programme is coming soon This programme is currently being unified with others across Te Pūkenga to provide one programme that is portable, consistent, and more closely aligned with the needs of industry. This is a good thing but does mean that there will be some changes to the information below. Enquire at to receive the latest updates on the new programme.

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


3 years


Level 7

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Rewarding study for a rewarding career

This degree will enable you to enter practice as a registered nurse with a sound knowledge base of nursing theory, social and biological sciences, research and professional practice skills.

The programme provides a balance of theoretical studies and nursing practice experiences which occur in a wide range of community and acute care settings. You will develop the understanding and skills needed to provide professional nursing care, promote health and develop as a nurse leader.


The Bachelor of Nursing (BN) is a full-time, three-year programme (or five years equivalent part-time) that offers you a stimulating undergraduate degree level of studies and provides a pathway to your professional qualification as a New Zealand registered nurse.

The BN programme enables you to apply for registration as a registered nurse with a sound knowledge base of nursing theory, social sciences, biological sciences, research and professional nursing practice skills. Work-integrated learning experiences occur in a wide range of community and acute health care settings and comprise approximately fifty percent of the programme. Theoretical and nursing practice experiences are balanced throughout the programme.

The BN programme is delivered in a blended mode. This means there will be face-to-face and online teaching and learning, workshops and work-integrated learning opportunities. You will need access to a computer with broadband facilities.

You are welcome to make an appointment to discuss your study options with our staff and to view our facilities.

Subject areas

  • Nursing knowledge and caring
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Māori health and health equity
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Knowledge of professional nursing practice through work-integrated learning placements
  • Applying Te Tiriti o Waitangi to nursing care
  • Human development
  • Health promotion
  • Health in Aotearoa
  • Mental health
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Evidence focused healthcare

Work-integrated learning

In order for you to complete the BN programme, New Zealand Nursing Council requires you to have undertaken a minimum of 1,100 hours practicum experience. To meet this requirement over the course of the programme you will be required to:

  • Undertake rotating and rostered shifts (i.e. shifts which may fall any time between Monday – Sunday), travel to various health care agency and community venues, which include Napier, Hastings, Waipukurau, Takapau, Wairoa and Gisborne areas including Te Puia Springs.

Please Note: Any travel or accommodation expenses that are incurred will be your responsibility.

Your future career opportunities

Nursing is a professional practice and an essential part of health care. EIT nursing graduates have high rates of employment.

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Community health
  • Tamariki Ora / Plunket (Well Child Health)
  • Independent practice
  • Public health
  • Nursing education
  • Child health
  • Mental health
  • Registered nurse prescribing
  • Nurse practitioner



There are two entry dates:

  • Monday, 5 February
  • Monday, 15 July


Domestic entry requirements

Entry with credit

International entry requirements

EIT nursing training in action

Today’s nurses aren’t just caring for the sick; they’re changing our very notion of modern health care delivery. A nursing education from EIT is highly regarded. Our graduate nurses are recognised nationally and internationally. Employment rates are high. The EIT Bachelor of Nursing programme gives graduates a sound knowledge base of science, research and professional nursing skills.

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.