Otago Polytechnic

Health bridging certificate*

  • Dunedin or online with compulsory block courses
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options (*six-month, full-time option possible for those with the pre-requisites)
  • Level 4
  • Starts February and July*, 2018
  • Apply by November, 2017

If you don't have the academic entry requirements needed to enter one of our diploma- or degree-level healthcare programmes, then this is the perfect option! This bridging programme can help you meet the minimum academic criteria for application to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), New Zealand Diploma in Wellness and Relaxation Massage (Level 5), Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Social Services and Bachelor of Applied Science. This year long programme is replacing the Certificate in Health (Level 4) from February, 2018. It consists of two separate Certificate qualifications - the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4)*. You will be enrolled in both of these qualifications at the beginning of the year.

Bachelor of Nursing

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 September

Become educated to the highest professional standards through both theoretical and practical learning. On successful completion of the Bachelor of Nursing, you will be eligible to sit the State Final Examination for registration as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand.

New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 September

Enrolled Nurses deliver nursing care and health education across a range of health care settings under the direction of a Registered Nurse. Prepare to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) as an Enrolled Nurse through this diploma. 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.

Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for Overseas Registered Nurses

  • Dunedin
  • 8-12 weeks full-time
  • Starts 29 January, 2018
  • Apply until two weeks before start date

Ideal if you need a Competency Assessment Programme to obtain nursing registration in New Zealand. Gain the specific knowledge required to practice as part of a healthcare team in the New Zealand system.

Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for New Zealand Registered Nurses

  • Dunedin
  • 5-8 weeks full-time
  • Starts 29 January, 2018
  • Apply until two weeks before start date

Complete this theoretical and applied programme to obtain a current Annual Practising Certificate. Acquire the most up-to-date skills and knowledge required to be part of a healthcare team in New Zealand.

*There are multiple options for programme duration, location, delivery and start times. Please view the full information sheet or contact us for more details.