Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)

Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


3-6 years


Level 9

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Specialise your nursing knowledge

The EIT | Te Pūkenga 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.

This qualification has been specifically designed to prepare nurses for the advanced practice role as a Nurse Practitioner and is approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as a “masters with a clinical focus, including the content for preparation for nurse prescribing”.

For nurses considering the Nurse Practitioner pathway, the Nursing Council of New Zealand requires that you complete specific courses.

Workforce Development Funding for Comprehensive Primary and Community Care Teams

About this funding

This funding covers one 30-point course per student, for Semester Two, 2024 only and is intended to support those nurses on a Nurse Practitioner or Designated Nurse Prescriber pathway. No funding for travel or release from your work is available. 

The list of courses that are eligible to funded are:

  • MN8.402 Advance Pathophysiology for Health Professionals
  • MN8.409 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing
  • MN8.401 Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning
  • MN8.424 Registered Nurse Prescribing Practicum

Application close date: 31st of May.

For further information about the available courses and enrolment documents please click on the ‘Download info’ tab above.

If you have any questions or require assistance in completing the enrolment forms, please contact Kathleen McCrory, Postgraduate Programme Coordinator,


The Master of Nursing degree is a 240 credit (three to six years), applied clinically-focused programme characterised by advanced study in nursing.

You will develop advanced nursing knowledge, skills of critical analysis, constructive synthesis, advanced practice and research within your specialty area.

The Master of Nursing is awarded upon successful completion of four courses from the programme schedule plus MN9.490 Masterate Research Thesis, or MNSC9.001 Critical Inquiry for Nursing Practice and MNSC9.002 Research Project, followed by MN8.427 Advanced Practice for Nurse Practitioners.

For nurses intending to apply for Nurse Practitioner registration, the following courses must be included in the schedule of study:

  • MN8.401 Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • MN8.402 Advanced Pathophysiology for Health Professionals
  • MN8.409 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing/Midwifery Practice
  • MN8.424 Registered Nurse Prescribing Practicum
  • MN8.427 Advanced Practice for Nurse Practitioner

It is recognised that those undertaking this programme are often engaged in full-time clinical practice and study part-time.

Where there is a clinical practice component to the learning, you need to be employed in a clinical setting.

This programme is accredited by the Nursing Council of New Zealand for the Nurse Practitioner pathway.

We recommend that you take the opportunity to discuss your study options with the School of Nursing Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator, prior to enrolment, to help ensure that you select the most appropriate pathway to meet your career goals.

Contact Kathleen McCrory on 06 830 1405 or email to discuss.

Online / blended delivery

Our postgraduate courses are offered either online or with blended delivery. This means that the majority of the work is located on a virtual teaching and learning platform with directed activities and learning that you work through. Lecturers work within the virtual classroom setting so that they maintain contact with you.

Blended delivery means that there are contact sessions or workshops with the bulk of the learning activity undertaken in the online environment.

This flexible delivery method allows you to study at your pace, in your place, at locations throughout New Zealand.


Generally the courses are delivered online. However, some courses may require attendance at online sessions or face-to-face workshops. Any requirement for attendance at face-to-face sessions is identified in the course information.

Please click here to refer to the programme timetable, showing full year and semester dates, and compulsory study days or contact Stacey Wong, the Postgraduate Programmes Administrator on 06 830 1507 or

Each credit for the course represents 10 hours of learning/study time over the period of the course.

You are expected to spend subsequent time in independent/self-directed study, critical reflection, and work-integrated learning in your place of study or work.

Work-integrated learning

Some courses will require you to be actively involved in clinical practice in the area of specialty.


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

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


Your future career opportunities

The Master of Nursing programme is specifically designed to prepare nurses for the advanced practice role as a Nurse Practitioner.

You will be supported to extend your knowledge and advanced practice skills in order to enhance your 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 coordinator
  • Health services manager
  • Nurse researcher


Entry requirements

Entry with credit

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. 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 | Te Pūkenga 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 | Te Pūkenga 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 | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.