New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)

This programme will give you the skills you need to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) as an Enrolled Nurse. Upon graduation, you’ll then need to pass the NCNZ Registration Exam and meet other criteria to be issued with a practicing certificate to work as an Enrolled Nurse.

About the programme

Prepare to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) as an Enrolled Nurse.

New Zealand Enrolled Nurses deliver nursing care and health education across a range of health care settings under the direction of a Registered Nurse. They have a variety of roles and work in partnership with health consumers, families/whānau, and multidisciplinary teams. 

Find out what an Enrolled Nurse does.

Our nursing graduates are in high demand due to their high calibre and work-readiness. Māori and Pasifika nurses are particularly sought after for careers in health.

This diploma will allow you to gain knowledge and skills in nursing, social sciences, and the structure and function of the human body. Time spent in our clinical practice facility and on clinical placement will give you vital hands-on experience and allow you to put your theory into practice.

You will benefit from access to state-of-the-art Dunedin nursing facilities, the latest industry knowledge, and the support and advice from highly experienced teachers.

This programme may provide a pathway into our three-year Bachelor of Nursing qualification or any of our other health professional degrees.

Please note: Upon completion of the diploma, graduates must pass the NCNZ Registration Examination and meet other criteria to be issued with a practicing certificate and to be able to work as an Enrolled Nurse. 


The New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5) provides enrolled nursing courses with a blended delivery structure of face-to-face teaching, online learning, simulation suite, practical sessions and clinical practice placements. This provides a rich learning environment due to your exposure to a diversity of clients and health needs.

Course Level Credits
Year One    
Nursing as a Profession: Enrolled Nursing 4 15
Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body 4 15
Applied Social Science for Enrolled Nurses 4 15
Clinical Skills for Enrolled Nursing 4 15
Foundations for Enrolled Nursing Practice 4 30
Enrolled Nursing Practice: Rehabilitation and Community 5 30
Total (Year One)   120
Year Two    
Enrolled Nursing Practice: Acute Care 5 30
Enrolled Nursing Practice: Mental Health and Addictions 5 30
Total (Year Two)   60

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


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.