Graduate Diploma in Nursing.xml Graduate Diploma in Nursing

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Graduate diploma in Nursing

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

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code

CH4052

Domestic

$580 - $1,000 per course

Starts

Throughout the year

International

$22,370

Credits

120

Course related costs

Advised on enrolment

Level

7

Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

13 January for February start

Location

Christchurch - Manawa Campus

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.

Level 7

Acute and Long Term Stroke Management

GCSM700
5.0 credits

Administration of Cytotoxic Medications

GCCM700
5.0 credits

Adult Teaching and Learning in the Healthc...

GCED700
5.0 credits

Advanced Cardio-Respiratory Nursing

GCAD700
5.0 credits

Advanced Clinical Teaching and Learning in...

GCAT700
10.0 credits

Advanced ECG Analysis

GCEA700
5.0 credits

Aged Care Assessment Utilising InterRAI

GCIR700
10.0 credits

Applied Pharmacology for Nursing

GCPH700
5.0 credits

Assessing the Acutely Unwell Child

GCCA700
10.0 credits

Assessment in Aged Care

GCAA700
5.0 credits

Cardiac Rehabilitation

GCCR700
5.0 credits

Cardio-Respiratory Emergency Nursing

GCEN700
5.0 credits

Cardiology Nursing

GCCN700
10.0 credits

Cardiovascular Assessment and Health Promo...

GCVV700
5.0 credits

Cardiovascular Assessment, Health Promotio...

GCHR700
5.0 credits

Care of the Dying Person: Cultural Perspec...

GCCU700
5.0 credits

Care of the Dying Person: Managing Nausea/...

GCNV700
5.0 credits

Care of the Dying Person: Managing Pain

GCEP700
5.0 credits

Care of the Dying Person: Managing Respira...

GCRD700
5.0 credits

Care of the Dying Person: The Challenge of...

GCCI700
5.0 credits

Childhood Enuresis

GCPW700
5.0 credits

Clinical Learning and Teaching for Registe...

GCCT700
5.0 credits

Communication, Bereavement and Ethics

GCBE700
5.0 credits

Complex Issues in Surgical Nursing

GCSC700
5.0 credits

Comprehensive Child Health Assessment

GCCH700
10.0 credits

Contemporary Issues in Nursing and Healthc...

BNCI701
10.0 credits

Continence Assessment and Management

GCCE700
5.0 credits

Core Concepts in Perianaethesia Nursing

GCPN700
10.0 credits

Cultural Perspectives in Rural Health

GCUL700
5.0 credits

Evidence for Nursing Practice

BNHR700
10.0 credits

Exploring Rural Health Concepts

GCRH700
5.0 credits

Facilitation and Support of People with Im...

GCDC700
5.0 credits

Foundation in Perianaesthesia Nursing Skil...

GCFP700
5.0 credits

Foundations in Critical Care Nursing

GCCC700
10.0 credits

Health Assessment of Adults

GCHA700
10.0 credits

Infection Control Management for Registere...

GCIM700
5.0 credits

Integration in Critical Care Nursing

GCIC700
10.0 credits

Introduction to ECG Analysis

GCEI700
5.0 credits

Introduction to Youth Health

GCYH700
5.0 credits

Knowledge for Nursing Practice 4: Family, ...

BNKN700
10.0 credits

Leg Ulcer Assessment

GCUA700
5.0 credits

Leg Ulcer Management

GCUM700
5.0 credits

Management of Acute Pain

GCMP700
5.0 credits

Management of Cancer Related Problems

GCCP700
5.0 credits

Management of Parkinson's Disease and Issu...

GCPD700
5.0 credits

Managing Heart Failure in Acute and Commun...

GCHF700
5.0 credits

Managing and Caring for People with Diabet...

GCMD700
10.0 credits

Medical High Dependency Nursing

GCDM700
5.0 credits

Mental Health Assessment

GCMA700
5.0 credits

Māori Health Nursing

GCHM700
5.0 credits

Nursing People with Haemotological Disorde...

GCHD700
5.0 credits

Nursing People with Leukaemias

GCNL700
5.0 credits

Nursing Practice in Aotearoa New Zealand -...

CAPR702
24.0 credits

Nursing in the Context of Aotearoa New Zea...

CAPR701
10.0 credits

Paediatric Oncology

GCPO700
5.0 credits

Paediatric Palliative Care

GCPP700
5.0 credits

Pathophysiology Related to Ageing

GCPR700
5.0 credits

Pharmacology for Nursing Practice

BNPH700
10.0 credits

Pressure Injury/Ulcer Assessment

GCPA700
5.0 credits

Pressure Injury/Ulcer Management

GCPM700
5.0 credits

Principles of Motivational Interviewing

GCMI700
5.0 credits

Principles of Perioperative Nursing - Oper...

GCOT700
10.0 credits

Principles of Perioperative Nursing - Post...

GCAR700
10.0 credits

Principles of Surgical Nursing

GCPS700
5.0 credits

Professional Practice Issues in Gerontolog...

GCPI700
5.0 credits

Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Unwell Pat...

GCRA700
5.0 credits

Responding to People with Alcohol and Drug...

GCDI700
5.0 credits

Responding to the Mental Health Needs of P...

GCMH700
5.0 credits

Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Clinical Ski...

GCRC730
10.0 credits

Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Knowledge an...

GCRC720
5.0 credits

Rural Emergency Nursing Care: Recognition,...

GCRC710
5.0 credits

Special Topic: Practice Knowledge

GCST700
5.0 credits

Surgical High Dependency Nursing

GCDS700
5.0 credits

The Nursing Management of Dementia, Deliri...

GCDD700
5.0 credits

The Nursing Management of People with COPD

GCOD700
5.0 credits

The Nursing Management of: Breast and Gyna...

GCBG700
5.0 credits

The Nursing Management of: Head, Neck and ...

GCGI700
5.0 credits

The Nursing Management of: Lung and Centra...

GCLC700
5.0 credits

Understanding Cancer

GCUC700
5.0 credits

Understanding Mental Health and Illness

GCHI700
5.0 credits

Understanding and Responding to Behaviour ...

GCCB700
5.0 credits

Wound Assessment

GCWA700
5.0 credits

Wound Management

GCWM700
5.0 credits

Writing for Graduate Study

GCSS700
5.0 credits