Massey University Nursing

Massey University is ranked in the top 150 universities in the world and second in New Zealand in the subject area of nursing by the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. The ranking is determined by a series of indicators such as the number of papers authored by an institution in an academic subject, international collaboration on papers, and the number of staff winning awards in an academic subject.


Bachelor of Nursing

Postgraduate programmes


Professional development

Registered nurse

Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers, as it is focused on supporting people, families and communities to manage a wide range of health challenges. Nurses are involved in all areas of health care and can choose to specialise in particular areas, such as intensive care, community mental health, aged care, or child and adolescent nursing. They can also become a specialist in particular conditions, such as diabetes, respiratory care or cancer nursing. Nurses can also choose to develop careers in health management, research and teaching.

What do I study?

Massey University’s high quality nursing programmes are nationally and internationally recognised and approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Students who have completed Massey’s Bachelor of Nursing, can apply for registration as a registered nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand. This will involve passing the state final examination.

Nurse practitioner

Nurse practitioners have advanced education, clinical training and the demonstrated competence and legal authority to practise beyond the level of a registered nurse. Nurse practitioners work autonomously and in collaborative teams, providing a wide range of assessment and treatment interventions, ordering and interpreting diagnostic and laboratory tests, and prescribing medicines.

What do I study?

To become a nurse practitioner you must be a registered nurse, have four years practice experience in your area of expertise, and complete the Master of Nursing which includes the Prescribing for Nurse Practitioner Practice practicum.

Massey’s Master of Nursing (MN) prepares you for a range of clinical leadership roles in specialty areas, education, management or research. Our nurse practitioner (NP) pathway is approved by the Nursing Council and meets the education requirements for registration as a NP.

Study programmes

Our nationally and internationally recognised nursing programmes are approved by The Nursing Council of New Zealand. We prepare our graduates to be accomplished, highly competent and skilled nursing professionals, ready for rewarding careers in a wide range of settings.

Research expertise

The School of Nursing’s research focuses on primary health care and mental health as well as nursing development as it relates to the workforce, clinical practice, and patient safety and education. Our research is authentic and sustainable, and is based on respectful partnerships between researchers and the people with whom we conduct research. We seek to make a difference.


Find out more about the Massey study programmes, research, facilities, services and people working in the School of Nursing’s areas of specialisation.