Bachelor of Nursing Pacific (Level 7)

Programme highlights

Become a registered nurse with sound theoretical knowledge, practical nursing skills and cultural competence working to improve the health of Pacific communities. Get hands-on clinical experience in placements across community and hospital based services. You will become a registered nurse who can work in two worlds: Pacific and all peoples. 

The programme explores self-identity and connection, Pacific worldviews, and health priorities. Incorporate Pacific knowledge into your nursing to provide culturally acceptable care aimed at reducing the health disparities of Pacific populations. Learn about the different types of nursing, such as community and inpatient nursing. Apply your learning in real-world situations and contribute to best practice for Pacific peoples as an essential part of a healthcare team.  

On completion of the degree you will be ready to sit the State Examination and apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February
Study Location(s) MIT Manukau
Level 7
Domestic fees $6,200 (approx.) per year
Youth Guarantee Not available
Programme Code MN4512
Duration

Three years (full-time)

Part-time option available (first year only and degree must be completed in five years)

Study Method Full-time, Part-time
Credits 360
International Fees NZD$23,900 (approx.) per year
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Not available
Qualification MIT Degree

Study Nursing at MIT

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the Bachelor of Nursing Pacific?

The programme is three years of full time study and must be completed within 5 years

When can I start?

There is one intake per year in February at the MIT Manukau, contact us on 09 968 8736.

What are the course hours?

When you are in theory, lectures and tutorials are generally scheduled between 8.00am and 5.00pm, these notional hours will include self-directed learning activities to complete in your own time. When you are on clinical placement, the hours vary considerably.

Will I have to do shift work when on clinical placement?

You are required to be able to manage your personal responsibilities so you can undertake the different start and finish times for clinical placements. Shift and start times will vary according to the organisation however morning shifts start around 7.00am until 3.30pm and afternoon shifts are approximately 1.00pm – 9.30pm (this may vary). When you are completing your clinical experience as a transition student, prior to finishing the degree, you will have the opportunity to work the same shift as your preceptor which may include night shifts and weekends.

Where will I go for my clinical experience and do I have to provide my own transport?

Students have clinical placements in the greater Auckland area extending from Pukekohe/Waiuku to Central and West Auckland. Areas outside of this would be negotiated with you. Students must be able to travel independently to all of their clinical placements.

Do I need to have a full driver’s license?

It is recommended that you have at least a restricted license as you need to travel independently to all of the clinical placements. Some placements may require a full license as you may be required to drive a vehicle with passengers.

I am an enrolled nurse. What credit will I get for this?

Credit will be individualised depending on when you completed the Enrolled Nurse Diploma so a process of recognition of prior learning process will need to be undertaken.  You can discuss this on application.

I have not studied for many years, can I still apply?

We welcome your application and we can work with you through the range of options in order to plan your pathway to registration as a nurse. There are a range of options available for you if you don’t initially meet the entry criteria. Currently entry criteria is university entrance or through foundation education for students over 20 years of age.

What support is available for students?

We have a wide range of support services for students. These include learning assistance, childcare center, library facilities, disability services, language support, Kaiāwhina, Māori and Pacific support and counselling and health services.

Is accommodation available?

Manukau Institute of Technology has a student village with rooms to rent, for more information phone 09 968 8000 or 0800 22 62 62.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees are set each year, please follow the link for current fee information. In addition to this students are required to purchase textbooks, uniforms, badge, clinical equipment and other items such as stationery or electronic devices as well as your registration for the final State Exam.

Are there any scholarships available?

MIT produces a booklet outlining scholarships and grants available and staff pass information on to students as it becomes available.

Who can I talk to gain more information?

Feel free to contact us on 09 968 8736 to speak to one of the admin team initially and an appointment can be made for you to meet with the relevant programme staff.

Do you have the course available part time, and what are the hours and how flexible are these?

Part time study may be an option, special conditions apply. Please contact the School of Nursing on 09 968 8736 to speak to one of the admin team initially and an appointment can be made for you to meet with the relevant programme staff.

If my IELTS/ELPTS score is not 6.5 in all bands, can I still enter the programme?

The results of the English language test need to be 6.5 in all bands. Applicants can re-sit the test and focus on the bands they did not achieve. An English language assessment is required of anyone whose schooling was not in New Zealand even if the medium of teaching was in English. The exception is for applicants who schooled in Australia or applicants who have completed at least 3 years of secondary education in New Zealand and who have achieved the literacy credits for UE.

I have been a caregiver for quite some time, does this qualify me for entry?

Having caregiving experience won’t qualify an applicant for entry to a nursing degree programme, however we can assist you to work out a pathway to entry.

What are the holiday periods? Do they coincide with national school holidays?

The programme often has holidays that coincide with school holidays in the first year however after that students frequently do not have school holidays.

Are uniforms and books included in the fees?

Uniforms, badge, clinical equipment and books are not included and there are other items that need to be purchased including an electronic device. The Programme Administrators can give you a more detailed list of items and costs.  Other costs will include transport and parking for example when on clinical placement.

Specific information for students applying from the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation:

Why do I need English language testing if I have passed courses in the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation?

They are testing two different things. The programme covers a range of content and skills to ensure you are fully prepared to study at degree level and the English language assessments, (IELTS) test English language proficiency. The Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) requires all registered nurses who have not done their schooling in either New Zealand or Australia to provide evidence of English language proficiency at 7.0 minimum in all bands.  We assume that as you will be studying in English, your scores will increase over the three year degree so we will accept a minimum of 6.5 in all bands.

Why do I need an English language assessment if all my schooling was in English?

As above, if your schooling was in either New Zealand or Australia and you meet literacy for University Entrance you will have evidence of your ability to study a degree in an English language medium.

How do I prepare for IELTS?

Once you have booked with MIT you receive access to 30 hours free online training.

What if my IELTS result is not ready in time?

You should inform us of the test date and the expected date of your results and we may be able to offer you an opportunity to attend orientation while we await your results. There is no offer of a place at this stage and this would only be available to applicants who had actioned the request for an English test within an appropriate timeframe. You are encouraged to action any request for additional information as soon as possible.

What if I haven’t got 6.5 in all bands?

As 6.5 in all bands is the minimum for entry you will not be considered to have met entry requirements.

Am I guaranteed entry to the BNP if I have B grades from New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation?

You may be offered a place subject to a B grade or higher, suitable references and available places. We would accept applicants from a list that is in order of application date. Therefore, the sooner you apply the better your chances of getting in to the next intake. We do try to accommodate all successful students, however sometimes the demand for places on the BN exceeds available places and you may be offered a place on the next available intake. If a place does become available you may be contacted to see if you would like the earlier place.

What if I don’t get a B grade in all courses and why do I need a minimum B grade for entry?

As a B grade or higher in all 4 compulsory Level 4 subjects is the minimum for entry, you will not be considered to have met entry requirements.  A degree begins at level 5 and finishes at level 7.   It is important that you are well prepared as it is an intensive programme of study that requires a sound knowledge base to be adequately prepared and to enhance your chances of being successful.

If I applied to the BNP and was referred to the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation programme, do I have to reapply (and do I need more referee reports)?

We can hold your application for one semester.  If you are required to study for more than one semester we will require a new application unless overall you are still within one year of first applying for the programme.

If I am studying the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation do I have to apply to the BN– and when should I do that – and who can be a referee?

Apply early in your programme. You will require one reference from a lecturer and no reference can be over one year old when you start in the BNP so you may need new references. Your other referee should meet the requirements stated on the application form.

Which programme should I apply for - the BN or the BNP - and should I try for the Diploma in Enrolled nursing course as well?

Check the programme descriptions and get a sense of which one will allow you to meet your own personal aspirations. You can make an appointment  to talk to a staff member if you are unsure about programme selection. Each course above has been accredited and approved and therefore the most appropriate programme is a matter of personal choice for the applicant along with the appropriate entry criteria.

Need help applying?

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Send us a message, call us on 0800 62 62 52 or come in and see us.

Information is correct at September 2018. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2019 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2019 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2019 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here manukau.ac.nz/study/apply-and-enrol/fees-and-study-costs. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2019 are based on the 2018 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2019. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

Entry requirements

Please note: this programme is not offered to International Students

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

University Entrance:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • three subjects - at Level 3 or above, made up of:
    • 14 credits each, in three approved subjects
  • Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
    • 5 credits in reading
    • 5 credits in writing
  • Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
    • achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or
    • unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required.

and

  • A minimum of 12 credits at NQF Level 2 or higher from the subjects listed below:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Science

or

NCEA Level 2

Applicants must hold at least 80 credits at NCEA Level 2, of which 40 credits must be at merit or excellence.

Of the 80 NCEA Level 2 credits, students must have gained;

  • a minimum of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing in English or Te Reo Māori
    and
  • a minimum of 12 credits from the subjects listed below:
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Science
      and
  • a minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or higher in mathematics.

or

  • Applicants who have completed the Foundation education programme and gained B grades or higher in all subjects will be offered a place on the BNP programme subject to referee reports and available places. Compulsory subjects are:
    • Communication Plus
    • Advanced Science
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics.

Applicants who did not achieve B grades or higher will be considered on an individual basis by the Head of Department/Deputy Head of Department in consultation with the Foundation education programme leader

or

  • applicants must be able to demonstrate a mature approach to study; the ability to pass a science diagnostic test; the ability to manage their time; the ability to seek support; a strong motivation to work in the health sector; the ability to read and write at the level required for degree-level study. The above attributes will be assessed through an interview process (please see Appendix 1 of the Bachelor of Nursing Pacific MIT Application for Accreditation for the interview form)
    and
  • have English language competence to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English. Any applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 6.5 (with no score below 6.5) or equivalent.

Equivalence may be demonstrated by evidence of having completed three years' secondary education, or tertiary study in New Zealand at a diploma or degree level. Applicants may be requested to attend an interview to discuss equivalence.

Applicants with English as a second language who have achieved a B grade or higher in the Communication Plus course of the Foundation Education programme offered at MIT may in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Head of Department Nursing, be exempt from IELTS or ELP testing.

Additional Requirements for Admission

Each applicant is required to submit the names of at least two referees who are able to affirm that the applicant is of good character and reputation and is likely to be a 'fit and proper' person to register as a registered nurse. Relatives may not be used as referees. Referees must have known the applicant for at least two years.

The applicant's level of health shall be such that it is possible to achieve the competencies required for registration as a nurse. A health declaration is required and further reports may be requested with the consent of the applicant. Immune status must be provided for the specified diseases/conditions as determined by the Faculty from time to time.

Applicants are required to declare all criminal or pending criminal convictions with enrolment. Police screening is required for all applicants. In cases where a previous criminal conviction has been reported, applicants will be interviewed by the Dean of Faculty and their prospects of gaining registration upon successful completion of the programme will be outlined.

Application to enter the Programme

Persons wishing to undertake the Bachelor of Nursing Pacific programme must complete the prescribed application form and attach to it evidence of educational qualifications and work experience and submit it to the Faculty of Nursing and Health Studies.

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

International students

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Career opportunities

Broad range of career options as a registered nurse

Programme structure

The programme comprises of fifteen courses. The first semester of the programme consists of four theory courses which focus on Pacific concepts of self awareness and self identity, Pacific worldviews and relationships and knowledge (e.g. science, health, learning skills). These theory courses will provide foundations for the remainder of the programme. Literacy and numeracy development will be embedded throughout the programme and particularly Semester 1.

The clinical component of the programme will begin in Semester two with two week placements in both a hospital and community setting. This will be followed by 45 credit courses in which theory and clinical components will be integrated. The final 60 credit course will provide students with the opportunity to select a preferred area of practice and to further develop their nursing knowledge, Pacific knowledge and practice in this area while exploring and preparing for the transition to the Registered Nurse role.

Semester 1

  • Self-identity and Connections
  • Pacific World Views
  • Health and Wellness
  • Science for Nurses 1

Semester 2

  • Nursing in Context: Inpatient
  • Nursing in Context: Community
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Science for Nurses 2

Semester 3

  • Nursing with an Inpatient Focus
  • Hauora Maori

Semester 4

  • Nursing with a Mental Health Focus
  • Professional Practice

Semester 5

  • Nursing with a Community Focus
  • Pacific Health Priorities

Semester 6

  • Focussed Experience & Transition to Practice.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the Academic year and key dates.

Further training or study

Postgraduate nursing study (at other institutions).

Offered by

School of Nursing

Need help applying?

We're here to support you to succeed.

If you need help with applying or advice on choosing a programme, our Information and Application Centre is here to give you guidance.

Send us a message, call us on 0800 62 62 52 or come in and see us.

Information is correct at September 2018. Programme fees may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2019 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2019 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2019 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here manukau.ac.nz/study/apply-and-enrol/fees-and-study-costs. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2019 are based on the 2018 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2019. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.

Key information for students

Bachelor of Nursing Pacific

Entry Requirements
Minimum requirements [?] Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification. Applicants must meet the following entry requirements: University Entrance ? NCEA Level 3 ? Three subjects - at Level 3 or above, made up of: ? 14 credits each, in three approved subjects ? Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of: ? 5 credits in reading ? 5 credits in writing ? Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of: ? achievement standards ? specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or ? unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required). and A minimum of 12 credits at NQF Level 2 or higher from the subjects listed below: Biology Chemistry Physics Science Or NCEA Level 2 Applicants must hold at least 80 credits at NCEA Level 2, of which 40 credits must be at merit or excellence. Of the 80 NCEA Level 2 credits, students must have gained a minimum of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing in English or Te Reo Maori and A minimum of 12 credits from the subjects listed below: Biology Chemistry Physics Science and A minimum of 10 credits at Level 1 or higher in mathematics. Or Applicants who have completed the Foundation education programme and gained B grades or higher in all subjects will be offered a place on the BNP programme subject to referee reports and available places. Compulsory subjects are: Communication Plus Advanced Science Chemistry Mathematics. Applicants who did not achieve B grades or higher will be considered on an individual basis by the Head of Department/Deputy Head of Department in consultation with the Foundation education programme leader Or Applicants must be able to demonstrate a mature approach to study; the ability to pass a science diagnostic test; the ability to manage their time; the ability to seek support; a strong motivation to work in the health sector; the ability to read and write at the level required for degree-level study. The above attributes will be assessed.
Detailed requirements [?] Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification. More information about entry to this qualification
Duration [?] The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification. 3 Years
Tuition Fees Annual Total Qualification
Student fees [?] Annual:
The annual tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Total Qualification:
The total tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (This is an average based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)
$6,195 $18,584
Government tuition subsidy [?] Annual:
The average annual amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The average total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (This is an estimate based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$10,650 $31,950
Total [?] Annual:
The combined total of the annual amount paid by both the student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total Qualification:
The combined total of the amount paid by both the student and government towards the total tuition fees for this qualification. (This is an estimate based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)
$16,845 $50,534
Compulsory student services fee
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Student Success
Successful course completions [?] The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year. 93%
National Graduate Outcomes (3 years after completion)
Median earnings [?] The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. $56,330
Earnings range [?] The range shows the upper and lower quartile values representing the one quarter point and three quarters point for all earnings of young graduates who completed qualifications in this subject area. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range. $47,712 - $63,120
In employment [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 67%
In further study [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 29%
On a benefit [?] This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. 1%
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