Toi Ohomai Institute Of Technology Nursing

Would you like to play a key role in caring for people at challenging times of their lives? If you’re a practical, adaptable and compassionate person and love working with others, nursing could be the career for you.

Trained nurses are in demand, worldwide. With this qualification you gain the skills and competencies to be eligible to meet the final requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) for registration as a registered nurse.

And with experience behind you, you’ll be able to take your skills overseas to work in a range of health related roles.

Nurses work with people of all ages, and alongside other health professionals in a variety of
health care settings. They help provide the best possible health outcomes for individuals, whānau, and communities.

During this three-year course you gain a thorough grounding in professional nursing practice, through the integration of theory with lots of industry-based work experience. You learn the critical skills and knowledge to become a competent, culturally safe, confident, ethical and reflective practitioner.

The Bachelor of Nursing is offered at both our Windermere (Tauranga) and Mokoia (Rotorua) campuses.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you’ll receive the award of:

  • Bachelor of Nursing Te Tohu Paetahi Tapuhi (Level 7)

You will also become eligible to sit the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) examination which, if passed, will lead to registration as a New Zealand registered nurse.

LocationsTo be confirmed
Next intakeTo be confirmed 
Study options3 years full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
Total credits360
StudyLink assistanceAvailable
Indicative Fees$7,336 per year for domestic students


This course is specifically aimed to prepare graduates for registration as a registered nurse at a beginning level. Employment and career opportunities exist within a range of health care settings and may include:

  • Hauora Māori nursing
  • Plunket nursing
  • Practice nursing
  • Public health nursing
  • Rural health nursing
  • School health nurse
  • Medical/surgical nursing
  • Criminal justice nursing
  • Addictions nursing
  • Nurse Entry to Practice (NETP)
  • Operating theatre nursing
  • Nurse researcher
  • Nurse manager
  • Aged care nursing
  • Paediatric nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Nurse education
  • Palliative care nursing


Year One

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi for Professional Practice 
  • Tiaki Ritenga Tūturu: Fundamentals of Nursing Care
  • Tīmatanga Mahi Mātanga: Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice
  • Whānake ā Tangata ā Hinengaro: Human Development and Psychology for Nursing Practice
  • Tiaki Hāere Tonu: Nursing Practice: Continuing Care
  • Oranga a Hāpori: Community Wellness
  • Pūtaiao: Science for Nursing

Year Two

  • Primary Health Care 1 – Maternal, Baby, Child and Adolescent
  • Nursing Practice: Mental Health and Addiction
  • Tiaki Pōnānā: Nursing Practice: Inpatient and Ambulatory Care
  • Pharmacology for Professional Nursing Practice
  • Pathophysiology for Professional Nursing Practice

Year Three

  • Primary Health Care 2: Adult, Older Adult
  • Ngā Hiahia Uaua: Nursing Practice: Complex Needs
  • Kōkiri Mahi Mātanga: Advancing Professional Practice
  • Mahi Whakawhiti: Transition to Practice


Indicative Fees *$7,336 per year for domestic students
Course related costsApproximate Costs:
Health Screening – $300-500 (includes evidence of completion of a comprehensive first aid course, proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Pertusus, Hepatitis and TB, an MRSA screen and a flu booster)
Uniform – $75
Indemnity insurance – $30 to $50
Required textbooks (8): $1,014.25

Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You’ll have to pay this money back.
  • student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you’re studying. You don’t have to pay the money back.


Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.



You must be:

  • 17 years of age or over.

For domestic applicants under 20 years old:

  • University Entrance as per New Zealand Qualification Authority specifications (highly recommended that one approved subject be science or a related discipline) OR
  • Evidence of recent (within 5 years) study at Level 4 or higher on the NZQF. Applicants who have completed an approved foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory course/programme in Health at Level 4, with 60% or higher in all modules will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing.

For applicants 20 years old and over:

  • Demonstrated academic ability (at NZQA Level 4 or equivalent, within the last 5 years) to undertake the undergraduate nursing degree and have the ability to succeed through personal attributes, work and life experience.
  • Applicants who have completed an approved foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme in Health at Level 4, with 60% or higher in all modules will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Nursing programme.

Information Session/Interview

You’ll be invited to an information meeting prior to Toi Ohomai offering you a place. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course content and to make sure you’re on the most appropriate course for your career aspirations and current level of experience.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

Other Considerations

Applicants who have had a criminal conviction at any time in the past must declare the circumstances in confidence to the Academic Lead for Nursing . All students accepted will be required to provide a Ministry of Justice conviction check on entry and prior to completing the Degree to demonstrate they are “fit for registration” as a nurse.

Two character references are required (these should be from persons in positions of trust such as; an employer, Teacher, Pastor, Kaumatua or Kuia. References from family, friends or work colleagues will not be accepted.

Confirmation of acceptance on to the Bachelor of Nursing is subject to submission of the following documents prior to the start of the Bachelor of Nursing:

  • Current comprehensive First Aid Certificate
  • Evidence of immunity as identified by the Department of Nurisng Te Puna Whai Ora and the department’s clinical partners
  • Letter regarding physical and mental health status from a GP or Practice Nurse


  • IELTS test – Academic score of 6.5 that includes a score of at least 6.5 in each of Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking, OR
  • OET – Minimum of 300 in all sub-tests

Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test. 

If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident and English is your second language, you’ll complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Toi Ohomai will contact you regarding a possible internal assessment.