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New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

This course is available


Level of Study



18 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


If you are a natural carer, patient, compassionate and want to help others, the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing will help you start your healthcare career in just 18 months. Enrolled Nurses are an essential part of our healthcare sector and provide nursing care in collaboration with Registered Nurses or other registered health practitioners.

This professional nursing qualification will allow you to work in a range of settings including acute health care, rehabilitation, and mental health in hospitals, community services, medical centres or in aged care.

Through a blend of classroom theory sessions, clinical environment simulation, and clinical placements you will learn:

  • Nursing Profession
  • Applied Social Science
  • Applied Structure and Function of the Human body
  • Clinical Skills
  • Nursing Practice
  • Acute Care
  • Mental Health and Addictions
  • Rehabilitation

On successful completion of this programme graduates will be eligible to apply to Nursing Council of New Zealand to sit the NCNZ State Exam and register as a qualified Enrolled Nurse.

Career Opportunities

Enrolled nurses work as a vital part of the health care team in a range of acute health care settings, such as hospitals, community services, and medical centres, or in aged care settings. Enrolled Nurses can have a variety of roles from general nursing through to specialised roles working in collaboration with Registered Nurses (who retain further responsibility for critical thinking and clinical decision making).

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

A minimum of 180 compulsory credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5).

Qualification Pathways

Graduates of this programme can apply to continue their nursing education with the Bachelor of Nursing programme.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to NCEA Level 2.

Mature Applicants (20 years of age or older)
Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation or an equivalent programme of study at NZQA Level 4 within the past five years.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6.5 that includes a score of at least 6.5 in each of Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking.
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 590 (with an essay score 5.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)
  • Cambridge English Examination – C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill
  • OET – Minimum of Grade C+ or 300 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Level 5 (Academic) or (Professional), b) Level 5
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50
  • Language Cert – 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.
  • ISE III with no less than pass in any band

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