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New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)

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18 months

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New Zealand Enrolled Nurses deliver nursing care and health education across a range of health care settings under the direction of a Registered Nurse. They have a variety of roles and work in partnership with health consumers, families/whanau and multidisciplinary teams. For more information about the role of an Enrolled Nurse.

Otago Polytechnic nursing graduates are in high demand due to their high caliber and work-readiness and Maori and Pasifika nurses are particularly sought after for careers in health.

This Diploma will allow you to gain knowledge and skills in nursing, social sciences, and in the structure and function of the human body. Time spent in our clinical practice facility and on clinical placement will give you vital hands-on experience and allow you to put your theory into practice. You will benefit from access to state-of-the-art Dunedin nursing facilities, the latest industry knowledge and the support and advice from highly experienced teachers.

This programme may provide a pathway into our three-year Bachelor of Nursing qualification or any of our other health professional degrees.

Please note: Upon completion of the Diploma, graduates must pass the NCNZ Registration Examination and meet other criteria to be issued with a practicing certificate and to be able to work as an Enrolled Nurse.

Programme delivery

The New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5) provides enrolled nursing courses with a blended delivery structure of face-to-face teaching, online learning, simulation suite, practical sessions and clinical practice placements. This provides a rich learning environment due to your exposure to a diversity of clients and health needs.

Your workload

You must meet both theoretical and clinical enrolled nursing requirements during this applied diploma and the workload is demanding. You can expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week on this full-time course and should expect a range of assessments to evaluate learning.

Entry criteria

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.
International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet diploma-level entry requirements.

Overall Academic IELTS 6.5 with no individual band score lower than 6.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)

Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill;

PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

by 30 September (the Selection Committee will continue to review applications after this date)

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