Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


3 to 6 years


Level 8 - 9

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Rewarding Study for a Rewarding Career

EIT’s Master of Nursing programme will enhance your nursing knowledge, skills in critical analysis, constructive synthesis, along with advanced practice and research within your specialty area, particularly in preparation for advanced practice roles.

EIT’s Master of Nursing qualification has been approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as a “masters with a clinical focus, including the content for preparation for nurse prescribing” – for graduates to become nurse practitioners.  EIT is one of only five institutions New Zealand wide providing this Nursing Practitioner pathway.


Start dates vary depending on courses selected, however generally 30 credit courses are semesterised and commence in either February and July each year.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

The Master of Nursing programme is specifically designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles as nurse practitioners. Students are supported to extend their knowledge and advanced practice skills in order to enhance their capacity to improve patient outcome and health services.

Career opportunities / advanced practice roles may include:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • Nurse consultant
  • Nurse educator
  • Clinical leader
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Clinical charge nurse
  • Case manager / case co-ordinator,
  • Health services manager
  • Nurse researcher


The Master of Nursing at EIT is an applied, clinically-focused programme characterised by advanced study in nursing and health sciences. Students develop advanced nursing knowledge, along with higher-level skills in critical analysis, constructive synthesis, advanced practice and research within their specialty area.

EIT has been accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand to deliver a clinical Masterate that, upon completion, enables nurses to apply for registration as nurse practitioners.

Part of the requirement for the programme is the completion of a 90 credit thesis. This provides the opportunity for students to critically examine philosophical, methodological and ethical issues that underpin research and establish a sound foundation for developing knowledge and understanding of the nature and application of research.  Thesis supervisors are chosen form a range of specialty areas, and are drawn from both internal and external experienced research supervisors.

The programme may be completed full-time over three years or part-time over six years.

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person at our Hawke’s Bay campus, or simply give us call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.



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.

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Hawke’s Bay 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 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.