School of Nursing

How to apply for Nursing

To apply for nursing, follow the information below where we’ve helped to clearly outline the application process, the requirements you need to meet and what the next steps are.

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Your step-by-step guide to applying for the Bachelor of Nursing

This guide is for domestic student applications only. If you are an international student, please contact our international admissions team:

Step 1 : submitting an application

What you need to do

Ensure you know the preferred date for applications and our entry requirements by going to Programmes and clicking on the Bachelor of Nursing for full details.

Please ensure your application includes:

  • Academic records that meet the entry criteria
  • Two referee reports that identify applicants as highly suitable (both referee reports will be considered as they are expected to identify strengths in different areas)
  • A cover letter and CV that reflects your secondary or tertiary academic results, alongside your connection to the referee(s)
  • First Aid Certificate
  • The completed School of Nursing declaration form.

Pending results

We are aware that some applicants may not be able to provide all their academic results at the time of applying. It is important that you forward any academic results as they become available.

What we will do

If your application is successful, you will be notified within two weeks of the selection procedure with a conditional offer of a place.

Please note: you may still need to supply certified copies of your results if this has not already been done.

If you do not hear from us within two weeks of submitting your completed application (including your academic results), please contact the Otago Polytechnic Customer Services team:

Step 2 : selection procedure

We welcome any questions you may have about your application. However, we do ask that you check this flowchart before contacting us to ensure you understand the application process.

IMPORTANT: It is the policy of the School of Nursing that any questions relating to applications must be asked by the applicant – in other words, we would like to hear from you directly, not your parent or other advocate (unless you have identified an agent to act on your behalf).

Applications are assessed by the Bachelor of Nursing Selection Committee and are placed into the following categories:

  1. Place offered
  2. Waitlisted
  3. Waiting results
  4. Place not offered

The panel may request an interview with you if they believe there is a lack of congruence in the information you have submitted.

What you need to do

  1. Place offered: 
    Please ensure you notify the School of Nursing within 10 working days of receiving the offer if you wish to accept or decline your offer of place.

  2. Waitlisted: 
    The waitlist will be confirmed by the last week in January. You are welcome to contact the School of Nursing after this date for notification of your place on the list.

  3. Waiting results:
    As soon as you have obtained updated NCEA reports, please let us know.

  4. Place not offered:
    If your application is not accepted, it may be because you did not meet our entry requirements.

We strongly recommend you consider the following options:

  • Enrolling in Otago Polytechnic’s Certificate in Health (Level 4)
  • Enrolling in the University of Otago’s Human Body Systems 1 (HUBS 191) and Human Body Systems 2 (HUBS 192) papers
  • Undertaking work experience in a health-related industry and/or working with people in a people-centred area.
Don’t meet requirements?

Don’t meet requirements?

We have a Health Bridging programme you can do, to get you ready for the Bachelor of Nursing.

Contact us

If you want to know more about what we offer or you would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.