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New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)

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Level of Study



18 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Thames Campus


This programme is for those who want to work in clinical settings as an enrolled nurse and a valued member of the health team.

Students will gain knowledge in nursing, social science, and the structure and function of the human body. They will learn skills in simulated learning environments which can then be applied on placements in clinical practice. A range of clinical courses in different health care settings will prepare students to practice in areas including rehabilitation, acute care and mental health.

After completing this programme students will be able to apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand to sit an exam to be registered as an Enrolled Nurse; this means they'll be able to practise under the direction of a Registered Nurse.

Career/Further Opportunities

Enrolled Nursing (Nehi Whakauru) provides an opportunity for those wishing to be employed or already employed in health care to gain registration with the NCNZ as an enrolled nurse and develop a career pathway.

Graduates of this programme (who also meet Nursing Council of New Zealand requirements) will be competent to practise as an Enrolled Nurse in a variety of health care settings under the direction and delegation of a Registered Nurse. Graduates of Enrolled Nursing (Nehi Whakauru) are able to deliver nursing care and health education across the lifespan of health consumers.

On completion of the programme, graduates are eligible to apply to NCNZ to sit the State exam for registration as an Enrolled Nurse. Graduates will have gained a nationally recognised qualification in a sector with strong employment opportunities and career pathways.

Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have gained an international qualification equivalent to NCEA Level 2

Candidates who are applying to transfer from another institution will be required to provide a confidential report from that institution.

English Language Requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) Academic band score of 6.5 across all components; or equivalent.

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