Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Bachelor of Nursing entry requirements

Entry to the Bachelor of Nursing programme is limited.

International students are eligible to apply. For more information, contact the International Office.

New Zealand citizens and permanent residents may apply under one of the following three application categories:

  1. School-leavers 
    School-leavers are selected on the basis of academic merit. Students will be ranked on their 80 best credits at NCEA level 3 or higher over a maximum of five subjects. A minimum of 18 credits in one of the subjects listed in Table A, and 18 credits in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics at NCEA level 3 are required. Other qualifications such as the Cambridge International Examination may also be accepted. 

    Entry requirements for school-leavers
  2. Alternative admissions 
    Mature students without academic qualifications may apply under alternative admission regulations. Applicants should be able to provide evidence of success in academic study, for example having successfully completed a qualification from a tertiary provider or one year at university level or a university degree. The faculty includes interviews as part of the selection process for alternative admission candidates, allowing students to be assessed on the basis of their suitability for nursing and their aptitude for study. These interviews will take place in December each year. 

    Alternative admissions 
  3. Māori and Pacific Admission Scheme (MAPAS) 
    This category is for students of Māori or Pacific descent and is described in the general admissions section. Those applying may be school leavers, alternative admissions students, or may have completed the year-long Certificate in Health Sciences offered by the University of Auckland.