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Registered Nurse Competence Training Scheme

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Graduate Certificate or Diploma

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The Registered Nurse Competence Training Scheme is a full-time, seven week programme which offers you stimulating Level 7 certificate studies and provides a pathway to your professional qualification in nursing. The programme meets the Nursing Council of New Zealand’s competencies for overseas registered nurses who wish to gain New Zealand registration and provides a refresher programme for New Zealand registered nurses who desire to return to practice.

The Registered Nurse Competence Training Scheme is a Level 7 programme, consisting of two theory weeks and five weeks of practicum. The programme delivery has a mixture of classroom and online teaching.

The aim of the programme is to support registered nurses wanting to obtain New Zealand registration by achieving Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the Registered Nurse Scope of Practice.

Each student is provided with guidance and support while studying. In particular, the programme is designed to:

  • Provide an understanding of the New Zealand health care system
  • Provide an understanding of cultural safety in nursing
  • Provide an understanding of the statutes and regulations impacting on the practice of nurses in New Zealand
  • Facilitate appropriate guided clinical placements
  • Provide overseas registered nurses with a Competence Assessment Programme that meets the registration requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • Provide a pathway to assist New Zealand registered nurses to return to clinical practice

In this application pack you will find information about the programme, descriptions of each of the subjects covered and fees and costs associated with this programme.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

This programme is designed to enable graduates to enter practice with a sound knowledge base of nursing theory and practice within the New Zealand health care context. Nursing is a professional practice that is an essential part of health care. Nurses are expected to be able to work autonomously and within the multidisciplinary team in a wide range of settings.

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Public and private hospitals
  • Mental health
  • Plunket
  • Independent practice
  • Public health
  • Nursing education
  • Maternity
  • Elder health
  • Occupational health
  • Nurse prescriber
  • Nurse practitioner

Employment can be obtained both in New Zealand and overseas.

Entry criteria

  • Documentation (specifically the “Decision Letter”) from the Nursing Council of New Zealand stipulating the requirement to complete a competency based integrated theory practice programme.
  • Nursing Council of New Zealand requires a Police Clearance to be submitted prior to graduating from the programme.
  • Verification that the applicant has successfully completed a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in Nursing.
  • A current curriculum Vitae including details of education, qualifications, registration and career summary.
  • Disclosure if you have had a previous CAP enrolment

You are required to have immunity and serology testing as part of the application process for acceptance into the programme.

Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 Academic in all bands, or Occupational English Test (OET) B.

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