Want to make a real difference caring for people in your community? A career in nursing might be for you.
The industry needs more essential workers who are passionate about improving health outcomes for others. You could work locally or abroad in a range of different specialities.
When you graduate from one of our nursing programmes, you'll be ready to sit the Nursing Council of New Zealand State Examination and apply for registration as an enrolled or registered nurse in New Zealand.
You'll be supported to succeed throughout your journey with access to a Kaiawhina, a Pasifika support person, a Whānau and a Mā Tātou room.
If your licence to practice has expired study this certificate to regain your Aotearoa New Zealand registration.
Or, are you keen to study a stand-alone course? If you want to study an individual course to gain proficiency in a specific area, find out more about nursing short courses.
Māori and Pasifika pathways
If you are of Māori or Pasifika descent and are passionate about making a difference to the health and wellbeing of your people you can get additional support on your study journey with Te Ara Oranga.
Learn with like-minded people in an environment that works around your needs and supports you to succeed. You’ll also get connected with future employers, opening doors to your health career pathway.
“MIT is a great place to study. From the first moment I arrived, I felt welcome and like part of a big family. The small classes, great resources and support from our amazing lecturers kept me on track. They were always available when we needed help. The practical skills I learnt at MIT gave me confidence during my placements and I graduated feeling well prepared to enter the workforce.”
"I enjoy talking to people and connecting with people and when you get into nursing you have opportunities to do these things. I draw my motivation from my own family and wanting to give them the best care possible. One of the main things about being able to care for our people is allowing them to live in that space and be themselves in that space. Studies have proven that a person gets better quicker when you are able to look after them holistically. So you’re looking at the person as a whole and not just the condition."
“I’ve found that giving forward is the best way to go. There’s always going to be a need for nurses and what’s a better way to help our Pacific people. A lot of our Pacific people don’t have a good understanding of health literacy. Being a nursing student and working part-time as a health care assistant I am able to help change this."
“Having a profession where you can show your family that this is what I do, I think that’s really important for us. This morning I was saving someone’s life and at 3 o'clock, now I’m at home playing with my girls outside kicking a ball. That’s the sort of stuff money can’t buy and that’s the sort of stuff you get being a health professional."
Sonny Te Wao
"MIT is the finest. The lecturers leave no stone left to answer your concerns and are outstanding at their professions. They have incredible skill on their subjects.
MIT is full of diversity, and when you're surrounded by such diverse people, you learn a lot, and you get a different perspective on things.
The curriculum has been great, but it's the people who have made my MIT experience exceptional. When I initially got here, I was scared people would be reserved and solely focused on their academics. I've been astonished. The friends I've met here are my new family.
Nursing rewards me constantly. I'm learning and developing faster than I ever imagined. I feel wonderful when my patients recover and when I comfort grieving family members. I love being a nurse because I connect and help people at their most vulnerable, unexpected times. It is the most different feeling when you heal a person. Helping others feels good, and I get compensated for it. It's my dream job.
I studied full-time with 2 kids as well as working. If I can do it, anyone can do it. Age is just the number.
If you dream to achieve something, MIT is the place to make that dream come true. MIT is your future, where you may study from the ground and then rise into the sky."
“It was such a privilege to be in the Bachelor of Nursing Pacific. For me and who I am as a person, I was able to come in and meet people I could relate to with the same background, same values and same believes. They helped push me through my degree when I felt like I needed that push."
“I chose to study nursing because I always had an interest in sciences, and I enjoy working with people, so it was an easy decision to combine the two and work in healthcare.
I chose to study at MIT because of the small class sizes. I really liked that the lecturers actually know their students by name, and you know the people in your class. I like the inclusive atmosphere on campus. Specifically, in my degree I enjoy the clinical placements, it is so exciting to actually gain practical experience in an environment where everyone wants you to succeed.
MIT is different because they are training students for the workforce. When you graduate you’re fully prepared to work in that field.
I would tell students that you need to be willing to commit. In order to get the most out of this experience, you must throw yourself in 100%, don’t make excuses for not giving it your all!
Three years seems like a long time but it will go by so fast, it is a lot of hard work, but it is so worth the time and energy in the long term.”
"My time at MIT has been awesome and I made so many lifelong friends. The support MIT offers has helped get me here to graduation today.
Definitely come to MIT if you're interested in doing nursing, they are so supportive, and you build a bond like a family here."
"I chose nursing at MIT because I wanted to learn the new ways on becoming a nurse, and learn the things that I don't know about, where it would lead to, and what I would become in the future. Becoming a nurse was the best decision that I made, and honestly there are no regrets. The main reason I chose to study nursing was to serve the health community, and make changes for our Pasifika people to create a safe environment.
Never give up on who you want to be. Never waste time on the things that you have planned for yourself. If there is a health career that you want, to make a change, make it happen for you. That is your career pathway, that is your life, that is your choice and opportunity. Don’t waste those chances."
The following programmes are available in this area of study: