Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for Overseas Registered Nurses

If you’re an internationally registered nurse who has met the initial Nursing Council of New Zealand criteria, this is the programme for you. Gain the specific knowledge you need to practice as part of a healthcare team in New Zealand during this theoretical and practical programme.


Course Description Credits Level
Theory: BN721001: Contemporary Nursing Practice in New Zealand 

The aim of this course is to enable learners to meet selected registered nurse competencies through updating their health assessment and fundamental nursing skills. 

10 7
Clinical: BN722001: Professional Assessment: Clinical Practicum

This clinical course commences immediately after the two theory courses. Through work-based learning, orientate yourself to nursing practice in New Zealand and demonstrate your ability to meet the Nursing Council Registered Nurses Competencies. Successful completion of this course, as well as the theory courses, will mean you are able to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand. If you do not achieve the competencies by the end of the clinical course, you may apply to re-enrol. This course involves 240 hours of full-time rostered duties at an approved clinical provider.

30  7

Upon successful completion of this programme, you'll achieve the Certificate in Professional Practice for Registered Nurses.

You will need to demonstrate the ability to meet Competencies for registered nurses (Nursing Council of New Zealand, 2007) when you finish this Certificate. 

Clinical placements

Otago Polytechnic has clinical placements around New Zealand and you may be placed in a clinical facility outside Dunedin. Candidate preferences will be taken into account by the Programme Leader.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.