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Postgraduate Diploma in Registered Nurse Prescribing

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


AUT North Campus


The new Postgraduate Diploma in Registered Nurse Prescribing is relevant for registered nurses working in primary health and specialty teams where registered nurse prescribing could safely improve access to healthcare for people with long term or common health conditions.

This programme advances postgraduate academic development while preparing eligible registered nurses to meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand educational requirements for registered nurse prescribing. Flexible learning options are available in some papers to support working and studying at the same time.
You can exit with the educational qualification for registered nurse prescribing or use the Postgraduate Diploma in Registered Nurse Prescribing as a foundation for further postgraduate study for nurse practitioner.

Complete the following papers

NURS804 Science for Advanced Practice (30 points)
PHMY803 Pharmacology Science and Therapeutics (30 points)
HEAL824 Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (30 points)
HEAL849 Specialty Practicum (30 points)

Entry criteria

Must have completed the following or equivalent:

Bachelor’s degree in nursing
Be a registered nurse with a current NCNZ practising certificate

Other requirements

Provide evidence of current professional practice
Complete three years of equivalent full-time clinical practice prior to commencing the final specialty practicum paper
May be required to meet Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) and Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) requirements and other relevant legislation

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Computer-based: Total score of 233 with minimum essay rating of 4.5; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

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