Graduate Certificate in Nursing Graduate Certificate in Nursing

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Competency Assessment Programme

Graduate CertificatePart time: 2 - 6 years

Programme code



Throughout the year





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Not available for International Students, please see Graduate Diploma in Nursing


Christchurch - Manawa Campus

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$310 - $630 per course


$990 - $1,990 per course

Course related costs

Advised before enrolment

About this programme

This part-time programme enables you to extend your knowledge and skills as a Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse, to further develop your career.

A range of courses (5 - 10 credits) is delivered through on line media and/or face-to-face sessions over three to five days. Delivery of face-to-face content is mostly at our Manawa campus, near Christchurch Hospital.

Registered Nurses can commence studying for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing immediately after graduating. A number of courses at Level 7 are available, including Health Assessment, Cardiology Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Perioperative Nursing, Rural Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Pressure Injury Assessment, Wound Care, Mental Health and Illness, Child Health Assessment, Management of Diabetes, Pain Management and ECG Analysis.

The programme is designed to be studied part-time, with up to six years to complete. You may choose to do one or two courses, or work towards the whole 60-credit qualification.

Please note: This programme is intended as professional development for New Zealand registered nurses. Overseas trained nurses seeking professional development are advised to explore our Graduate Diploma in Nursing.

Registered Nurses - Nursing Practice Timetable - 2020

Enrolled Nurses - Nursing Practice Timetable - 2020

For detailed information about this programme please contact:

Kirsten Gunn

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Programme Coordinator
Phone 03 940 8293 / 021 224 0773

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.

Recommended school subjects

  • for registered nurses only

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Certificate you are required to complete 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
  • 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 .


    • 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?

    You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

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

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.