New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing.xml New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

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Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

NCEA Level 2 including 12 credits Level 1 Maths. If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.5 in any band).

Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

Detailed requirements

Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification.


The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

Tuition Fees

Student fees

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The annual and total qualification tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (These are averages based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Government tuition subsidy

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The average annual and total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (These are estimates based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)


Annual: - Total Qualification:
The combined total of the annual and total amount paid by both student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (These are estimates based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

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Student Success

Successful course completion -

The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

National Graduates Outcomes

3 years after completion

Earnings -

(lower quartile, median, upper quartile)
The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. The upper and lower quartile values represent the one quarter point and three quarters point for earnings. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.

In employment -

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In further study -

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If you'd like to gain a formal qualification in nursing, this 18-month diploma programme will equip you with the theory and clinical nursing practice required to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

Your study comprises of a combination of theory, practice in simulated environments and clinical placements in different health care settings. Practise your skills in different nursing contexts such as rehabilitation, acute care and mental health while studying the fundamentals of nursing and the human body.

Your clinical practice may not all be within Christchurch and may include placements in the West Coast, Marlborough, Ashburton and North Canterbury. Clinical placements will require you to work shift work starting and finishing anytime from 6.30am - 11.30pm. Theory classes are timetabled between 8am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

Following completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing, graduates must pass the NCNZ registration examination and meet other criteria to be issued with a practising certificate and be able to work as an enrolled nurse.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 180 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 2 which must include 12 credits in Level 1 Mathematics OR our Certificate in Pre Health and Science.

Alternative requirements
  • Evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/ or life experience. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
    • Consent to Disclosure of Information Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of Department. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.
    • A first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace) which is current at the time the programme starts.
    • Applicants who meet academic entry criteria may be required to attend an interview.
    • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee report(s). Your referee reports, personal statement and interview (if required) should provide evidence of appropriateness to study in the nursing profession. In your personal statement you should outline why you have chosen nursing as a career and describe personal qualities and relevant aspects from your life experiences which will enhance your application.
    • In order to participate in the clinical components of the programme, you must meet various Health Authority requirements. Currently, MRSA clearance is required by most clinical practice areas.
    • You will need to buy a uniform.
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, us for an assessment.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Where applicants exceed available places, selection will be based on one or more of the following: evidence of interest, motivation, academic achievement, referees' reports and relevant regional considerations.

Successful applicants are notified in writing and asked to confirm their place on the programme.

Domestic: Received all year
International: 10 February for March start
Domestic: $6,700 - $7,100
International: $21,280
LOCATION: Christchurch - Madras Street
ADDITIONAL COSTS: Uniform, equipment and costs associated with placement such as travel and accommodation. Costs will vary.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form
  • complete an enrolled nursing application pack

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Application documents

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the programme (who also meets Nursing Council of New Zealand requirements) you will be competent to practise as a beginning level enrolled nurse under the direction and delegation of a Registered Nurse in a variety of health care settings such as hospitals, community aged care facilities, iwi and Māori trusts, mental health and other health care facilities.

Study pathways

Upon competing this diploma you can take your professional nursing career to the next level with our Bachelor of Nursing.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics