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Competency Assessment Programme - Registered Nurse

STARTS: March 2023
Manawa; Timaru
Close Date: 5 December for January start.

Obtain a current practicing certificate to work as an registered nurse in New Zealand.

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: New Zealand nurses require a letter from Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) confirming scope and eligibility for a Competency Assessment Programme

Internationally qualified nurses please note: 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.

Funding for this course is available from Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand to approved domestic and international applicants. Find out more here.

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$1,811 - $2,014 per year
International Fee
$7,038 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$93 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022

Applicants must be a New Zealand Registered Nurse or an internationally qualified nurse with the appropriate documentation (see Additional Requirements) and have at least one year of employment as a registered nurse.

New Zealand applicants will be New Zealand enrolled nurses. Internationally qualified nurses must:

  • hold an approved registration in a country other than New Zealand.
  • have a letter from the Nursing Council approving their qualification and documenting the English theorectical 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.
  • if from a non English speaking background meet the English requirements below.

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.

Provide two referee reports (one must be from your most recent employer).

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.

What if English is not my first Language?

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

After completion of the theory and clinical components and having successfully met the Nursing Council of New Zealand's competencies for registration, 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.

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Competency Assessment Programme - Registered Nurse

FULL-TIME - 9 Weeks

Obtain a current practicing certificate to work as an registered nurse in New Zealand.

Information
Type Other
Code G21134
Next Starts March 2023
Application close date 5 December for January start.
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 35
Level 7
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference G21134-STRU

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$1,811 - $2,014 per year
International Fee
$7,038 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$93 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022
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Additional Entry Requirements

New Zealand applicants will be New Zealand enrolled nurses. Internationally qualified nurses must:

  • hold an approved registration in a country other than New Zealand.
  • have a letter from the Nursing Council approving their qualification and documenting the English theorectical 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.
  • if from a non English speaking background meet the English requirements below.

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.

Provide two referee reports (one must be from your most recent employer).

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.

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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