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Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Graduate DiplomaFull-time, 1 year | Part-time up to 3 years

Programme code

CH4052

Starts

Throughout the year

Credits

120

Level

7

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

13 January for February start

Location

Christchurch - Manawa Campus

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Domestic

$580 - $1,000 per course

International

$22,370

Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

About this programme

Align your overseas nursing qualification to New Zealand standards and pave the way to greater opportunities in the health sector.

If you're an overseas educated Registered nurse, this programme is designed to equip you with the confidence and skills to plan and co-ordinate complex patient care.

You can choose to complete the full time one year programme, or selected courses within it.

Courses include: gerontology, cardiac nursing, cardiothoracic nursing, medical nursing, surgical nursing, wound management, oncology, palliative care, rural nursing, mental health, the management of diabetes, medical high dependency nursing, pain management and ECG rhythm analysis.

Please note: This programme is intended as professional development for overseas nurses. New Zealand-trained nurses seeking professional development are advised to explore our Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice.

Career opportunities

With this qualification you can extend your knowledge in the practice area in which you're already working, or prepare to shift focus to a different area. It also recognises your ongoing professional development with a formal qualification.

Study pathways

Beyond this qualification you could consider a Masters or doctoral research in either health science or nursing.

Recommended school subjects

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Diploma you are required to complete 120 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
  • This qualification is open to New Zealand Registered Nurses holding a current Practising Certificate issued by the New Zealand Nursing Council or internationally qualified nurses who have been assessed by the Nursing Council as meeting their language and academic requirements to undertake a Competence Assessment for NZ registration.

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • What if English is not my first Language?

    If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study. Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart .

    OR

    • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
    • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS, Pearson or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.

    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS test report form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?

    The English Language requirements for this programme are higher than the minimum set by NZQA, therefore; if you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you may be required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

6.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

6.5

READING

6.5

WRITING

6.5

LISTENING

6.5
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • Complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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