Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)

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. For more information about the role of an Enrolled Nurse, click here

Otago Polytechnic nursing graduates are in high demand due to their high calibre and work-readiness and 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 in 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. 

Entry requirements
  • 12 credits in NCEA English Level 1, and
  • 12 credits in NCEA Mathematics Level 1, and
  • 36 NCEA Level 2 credits OR equivalent.
  • Applicants over 20 years of age with no formal academic qualifications must provide evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet diploma-level entry requirements.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.5. 
  • You will need to supply a cover letter, CV, Level 2 Comprehensive First Aid Certificate, Health declaration form, two referee reports demonstrating your character, community/work-related skills and suitability to become a nurse. You will also need a Ministry of Justice police check for any convictions. Please see the Completing your application section below for more information and to download the necessary forms.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed.
Application process

For a step-by-step guide to applying for the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing, please click here.

Completing your application

You must provide certified copies of proof of identity, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Applications will only be considered complete when the following documents are also received by the School of Nursing.

  • Application form completed
  • A cover letter outlining your motivations for studying this programme
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Level 2 Comprehensive First Aid Certificate and Health declaration form (click here to download form) 
  • Two referee reports (click here to download guidelines and form) 
  • Ministry of Justice police check for any convictions - you can find the required form, along with the other forms you need at the Ministry of Justice website.     

Please use this checklist to ensure your application is complete.

Selection procedure 

Student selection is the responsibility of the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing Selection Committee.

Criteria for assessing suitability are:

  • Academic records that meet the entry criteria
  • Referee reports that identify applicants as highly suitable (both referee reports will be considered as they are expected to identify strengths in different areas)
  • A curriculum vitae that is congruent with referee reports and academic transcripts.

Selection process for pre-registration students to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)*:

Each application is considered by the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing Selection Committee who will interview all applicants. There is an affirmative action policy in regard to applicants who identify as Māori and meet the stated entry criteria.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their completed application after the interview process. Following the assessment of the applications, applicants are placed into four groups:

  • Place offered
  • Wait-listed
  • Waiting results
  • Place not offered.

Should the number of applicants who meet the selection process requirements exceed the available places, applicants will be placed on a prioritised waitlist. Applicants are welcome to make an appointment with the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing Selection Committee Chairperson to discuss the outcome of their application. 

Applications officially close 30 September, the Selection Committee will continue to review applications received after this date.

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase:

  • Textbooks $300
  • Uniforms $250
  • Equipment $130

There will be additional accommodation and travel costs associated with clinical placements.

Students are required to have a laptop or device which has Win7 or above or IOS Maverick.

Please note: All costs are approximate.

Programme specific risks 

You must be physically and psychologically able to engage in diverse clinical nursing practice in New Zealand, including acute hospital, community and mental health settings during this programme.

Once you have been accepted into the programme, you will be notified that you must produce current evidence of immunisation status. You are encouraged to be immunised against Hepatitis B. Not having this immunisation will impact on access to some clinical placements and thus progression in the course may be affected.

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) clearance is a requirement of a number of clinical placement providers. A positive result for MRSA may delay your progression in the programme as you will be unable to attend your clinical placement until you have clearance.

Occasionally, clinical providers request additional information on health status. During your clinical placements, you will be exposed to risks commonly associated with the health services. These are broad and include personal injury such as needle-stick, through to potential harms to service users which may be reported to the Health Commissioner.

Programme delivery 

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.

Qualification structure 
Papers/Unit Title Level  Credit
YEAR ONE    
The Discipline of 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 Nurses   4   15
Foundations for Enrolled Nurse Practice    4   30
Enrolled Nurse Practice: Rehabilitation    5   30
Year One total     120
     
YEAR TWO    
Enrolled Nurse Practice: Acute Care     5   30
Enrolled Nurse Practice: Mental Health   5   30
Year Two total     60
Your workload 

You must meet both theoretical and clinical enrolled nursing requirements during this applied diploma and the workload is demanding. You can expect to spend approximately 40 hours per week on this full-time course and should expect a range of assessments to evaluate learning.

Student loans/allowances 

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.

Disclaimer

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.