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Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Delivered via on-campus block courses and incorporates some distance learning
  • 2 years full-time
  • Not available for international students

Change to a career in nursing

Massey’s Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) is a vocationally focused programme that is a postgraduate pathway to becoming a registered nurse.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Your studies will be similar to the Bachelor of Nursing programme to ensure that you will meet the required Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) competencies to become a registered nurse. However, as this programme is at master’s level, three of your courses will be at 800 level.

As a graduate of the Master of Clinical Practice (Nursing) you can go on to more postgraduate study to become a nurse specialist with prescribing rights or a nurse practitioner. You can also do a PhD in nursing.

Get real-world experience

You will complete 1100 clinical learning hours in a range of clinical settings under the supervision and guidance of a registered nurse. In your last semester, you will have a continuous nine-week placement within a clinical setting. Clinical learning takes place in many different areas including surgical, emergency, medical, mental health and primary care services.

Learn from the best in your field

Massey is recognised for research excellence within New Zealand for the subject area of nursing, in the 2018 Performance-Based Research Funding (PBRF) rankings.

You’ll learn from academics and professional clinicians who are highly experienced registered nurses. Their expertise in practice and research drives the development of relevant, up-to-date course content, teaching, and assessment of your work.

You’ll be supported all the way

There is always plenty of help at hand. Along with contact with your lecturers, learning consultants in the Centre for Teaching and Learning are available to support your study and academic writing skills. Each library has a subject librarian who supports you on campus or at a distance.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to change careers
  • Want excitement and challenges in a job where every day is different
  • Are passionate about making a difference to the everyday lives of people in our community
  • Successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in a different field


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.

In these challenging economic times, it’s good to know that as a Massey nursing graduate you’ll be highly valued and workplace-ready for a wide range of health-care settings. Here are just a few examples of where you can work:

Primary and community health care

  • General practice
  • Māori health services
  • Hospice
  • District nursing
  • Community mental health

Hospital-based care

  • Neonatal units
  • Medical and surgical wards
  • Emergency departments
  • Intensive care
  • Paediatrics
  • Acute mental health services

Populations-based services

  • Public health
  • Schools

Specialty practice

  • Mental health
  • Aged care
  • Child health
  • Family health
  • Rural and remote nursing

What is a nurse?

  • A professional in the health-care field who combines the art of caring and compassion with scientific skills and knowledge.
  • A professional who leads care for people who are facing an urgent or ongoing health issue.
  • An educator of people on the issues of healthy living and wellness.
  • A professional who undertakes all aspects of assessment and treatment in partnership with other health professionals.

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