Bachelor of Nursing
Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology trading as UCOL
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All applicants must meet the general admission criteria as approved by the Academic Board. In addition, all applicants are required to
a) declare any previous criminal convictions (including international convictions) prior to admission being confirmed. Convictions of any offence may not necessarily exclude applicants from enrolment, the decision is at the discretion of the Head of School, and
b) authorise UCOL to obtain a background check from the New Zealand Police Licensing and Vetting Agency. If a conviction and/or a matter of concern is identified, the decision for accepting the applicants enrolment onto the programme is at the discretion of the Head of School and
c) complete a health declaration form and
d) provide certified copies of all relevant documentation.
The Head of School (Palmerston North or Regional) may require students to provide additional information before admission is confirmed.
2.2.1 Academic Entry Requirements
The following academic requirements apply
a. Applicants under 20 years of age
Under 20 years of age applicants
Successful completion of. New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Nursing Pathway)
Successful completion of the UCOL Certificate in Science and Health, Level 3 (for 2018, 2019 and 2020 intakes only).
On a case by case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean
b. Applicants 20 years of age or over
A person having reached the age of 20 years before the first day of the programme in the year for which admission is sought, is not required to meet any of the academic qualifications above. Applicants will however be required to meet the criteria for enrolment to study nursing and may be required to attend a conversation, as set out in the advice and guidance section, prior to their enrolment being accepted. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss their career goals, reasons for study, choice of study, possible challenges, and the support that is available for them at UCOL. In some instances, applicants may be advised to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) (Nursing Pathway) available through UCOL.
International students will be assessed on a case by case basis to ensure they meet New Zealand University Entrance requirements.
In addition to this international applicants under the age of 20 must have NCEA equivalency (refer to Business Development International).
In accordance with NCNZ (2017) and the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act [HPCA] (2003) requirements, all students whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the general medium of instruction is not English, will be required to provide documentary evidence of proficiency in English (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). The minimum requirements are:
- Successful completion of an internationally recognised English Language proficiency tests to the equivalent of IELTS score of at least 6.5 (Academic) in all bands, achieved in one sitting authorised by the awarding body and which is within the preceding two years at the time the student's application is received and stamped by Registry; OR
- Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; OR
- Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; OR
- Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States OR
- Exemption or waiver on the basis of equivalence.
The English Language requirements for this programme are higher than the minimum set by NZQA; therefore, applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance may be required to provide evidence of English Language skills.
About the course
What can I expect out of this qualification?
The programme prepares students to meet the NCNZ requirements for registration as a Registered Nurse (2016). Successful completion of the programme results in the award of the UCOL Bachelor of Nursing (BN) degree
What graduates earn
Graduates who studied Nursing at this level can earn:
Median earnings one year after study
Median earnings two years after study
Median earnings five years after study
Status one year after study
Employment rate two years after study
Employment rate two years after study
Data as at November 2022
Examples of related scholarships
Florence Nightingale Memorial Fund Grants
NZ Nurses Organisation (Inc) National Office - Scholarships & Grants
Up to $800
This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.
NZQA supplies course information based on material from the provider.
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