Competency Assessment Programme - Enrolled Nurse.xml Competency Assessment Programme - Enrolled Nurse

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Training SchemeFull time - 9 weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$1,500 - $1,700


January, June, October


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Course related costs

Travel, MRSA, indemnity insurance



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

2 November for January and October start; 15 September for June start


Christchurch - Madras Street


Our nursing programme gives New Zealand Enrolled Nurses returning to practice after five years or more, or internationally qualified Enrolled Nurses, the opportunity to obtain their current practicing certificate through the competency assessment programme.

This intensive programme comprises of three weeks of theory and includes study in ethics, regulations in New Zealand, quality assurance, cultural safety and preparation for clinical practice and a practical clinical component which runs for six weeks.

Please note this is a pathway to reactivate your existing scope of practice. It is not a transition pathway for Enrolled Nurses who wish to remove restrictions on their scope of practice.

Internationally qualified nurses: This programme will accept internationally qualified nurses who currently hold an approved registration in a country other than New Zealand. Internationally qualified nurses require a current visa or other evidence of right to study in New Zealand, with the appropriate letter to allow entry to the clinical workplace.

Applications are accepted subject to the availability of suitable clinical placement.

Programme structure

To complete this Training Scheme you are required to complete a minimum total of 34 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
  • Applicants must be a New Zealand Enrolled Nurse or an internationally qualified nurse with the appropriate documentation (see Additional Requirements) and have at least one year of employment as an Enrolled Nurse.

Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • New Zealand applicants will be New Zealand enrolled nurses. Internationally qualified nurses must o hold an approved registration in a country other than New Zealand; o have a letter from the Nursing Council approving their qualification and documenting the English, theoretical and practical requirements that they must meet in order to gain registration in New Zealand; have a current visa or other evidence of right to study in New Zealand with the appropriate letter to allow entry to the clinical workplace and If from a non English speaking background meet the English requirements below.

  • 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.
  • Consent to Disclosure of Information
    Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form depending on their placement. The form will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of School. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website.

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Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Usually the maximum number of students that can be accepted in any one intake is 30. This is directly linked to the availability of suitable clinical placements.

In the event of the number of applicants exceeding the number of places applicants will be accepted in order of application and clinical placement availability. If suitable applicants exceed the maximum intake students per programme, applicants will be placed on a wait list in order of application.

The final decision for entry will be conditional upon all required documentation being sighted and verified as well as the availability of a suitable clinical placement.

Next steps

complete an competency assessment programme domestic application pack

Application documents

Career opportunities

After completion of the theory and clinical components and having successfully met the Nursing Council of New Zealand's competencies for registration for your existing scope of practice, you may apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for a current practicing certificate.

Study pathways

Specialise in an area of your choice with our Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice.

Recommended school subjects

For enrolled nurses only