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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

A Registered Nurse holding a current Practising Certificate issued by the New Zealand Nursing Council.

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.

Duration

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

Tuition Fees

Student fees

Annual: - Total Qualification:
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

Annual: - Total Qualification:
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.)

Total

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.)

For more infomation on Compulsory Student Services Fees, loans and allowances

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 -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

In further study -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

Content

If you have a Level 5 or higher qualification in nursing or a health-related field and you'd like to extend your knowledge or specialise in a particular area, this part-time programme enables you to use your existing knowledge and experience as a Registered nurse to develop your career in an area of expertise.

Most courses are delivered either as a three or five-day block course, although online options are also available.

Registered nurses can begin courses immediately after graduating. A number of courses are available, including; gerontology, cardiac nursing, cardiothoracic nursing, critical care nursing, medical nursing, surgical nursing, wound management, oncology, palliative care, rural nursing and mental health. Other courses available include the management of diabetes, medical high dependency nursing, pain management and ECG rhythm analysis.

You have the choice of completing the full programme, or selected courses within it. On successful completion this programme (60 credits) you will gain the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice, and appropriate selection of courses can result in a Graduate Certificate endorsed with a specialisation.

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 Graduate Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 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 Registered Nurses holding a current Practising Certificate issued by the New Zealand Nursing Council. Additional information is specified for some courses.

Alternative requirements
  • Individual courses may, by request, be taken by other professionals with qualifications in a specialty area.

Additional requirements
English requirements
Acceptable Alternatives Chart
PROGRAMME CODE: CH3890
LEVEL: 7
CREDITS: 60
COMMENCES: Throughout the year
APPLICATION DUE:
Domestic: Received all year
International:
ANNUAL FEES:
Domestic: $290 - $620 per course
International: Please enquire
LOCATION: Christchurch - Madras Street
PART-TIME AVAILABILITY:
ADDITIONAL COSTS: Advised before enrolment

Next steps

To enrol in this programme please:

  • complete an Admissions and Enrolment form

Due to Immigration New Zealand visa requirements international students are ineligible to enrol in this graduate certificate.

Application documents

Career opportunities

This is an excellent opportunity for New Zealand Registered Nurses to gain a formal qualification as recognition of your on-going professional development. You will graduate with the confidence and skills to plan and coordinate complex patient care demands.

Study pathways

Many study options are available and this certificate is recognised as essential professional development for nurses.

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