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Information for 2022 First Year Learners

Congratulations and welcome to the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing Programme. Please take time to read this information. This website will help prepare you for joining us and contains important information relating to what you can expect as a nursing student.

Important Dates

The programme commences on Monday 21 February 2022 at the Otago Polytechnic Dunedin Campus. The exact time and location for your first day will be sent to you closer to your start date.


Semester one commences 21 February 2022
Mid semester break 18 April 2022 - 01 May 2022
Semester one ends 01 July 2022


Mid-year break 02 July 2022 - 17 July 2022


Semester two commences 18 July 2022
Mid semester break 19 September 2022 - 02 October 2022
Semester two ends 25 November 2022


Please do not book any airfares/holidays without confirming your intention with the Programme Leader first. Learners are not permitted to sit examinations outside the scheduled times unless there are exceptional circumstances (holidays do not meet this criteria). 


Your 2022 timetable overview is below. Your individual class scheduled will be emailed to you. 


Please note your first week (commencing 22 February 2021) has a different timetable to your individual class schedule. Your first week will be scheduled from 0900-1600 hours Monday to Friday. The timetable for week one will be emailed to you as soon as it is available.


Part time employment /childcare arrangements and ensuring you have access to transport to attend your classes and clinical placements need to be considered in advance of commencement of your programme.


2022 Timetable

First Aid Certificate (condition of enrolment)

* Having a first aid certificate is a condition of your enrolment. You will not be enrolled until your comprehensive level 2 first aid certificate has been booked and a screenshot uploaded to your application portal. *


Part of the enrolment criteria for the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing is a comprehensive level 2 first aid certificate valid until at least July 2021. There is no requirement for you to renew your first aid certificate once you commence the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing programme as your status as an Enrolled Nurse student will supersede this.


Once you have booked your first aid course, please upload a copy of the booking to your application portal. We cannot enrol you into the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing programme until either your booking or certificate have been received.

Police Vetting (condition of enrolment)

* We cannot enrol you into the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing until this section is completed and uploaded to your application portal. *

Under the Children's Act 2014 all individuals that engage as children’s workers must be appropriately safety checked before they commence the programme. All nursing learners are required to consent to a criminal history check as part of the safety checking, this is carried out via the New Zealand Police vetting service.


You should already have a copy of the vetting consent form (with your letter of offer). The form can also be found here. Please complete and upload the form in your application portal along with two verified forms of identification. 


An Identity Referee must:

  • be either a person of standing in the community (e.g. registered professional, religious or community leader, Police employee)
  • be over 16 years of age.
  • not be related or a partner/spouse.
  • not be a co-resident of the applicant.


To verify an applicant’s identity, the Identity Referee must:

  1. Sight the original versions of each identity document.
  2. Compare the photographic image with the applicant to confirm they are the same person.
  3. Sign and date a copy of each document to verify that the documents produced by the applicant relate to that person.
  4. Provide his or her name and contact details.


Further information to assist you with completing the form can be found here. You must complete this process to enable your enrolment into the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing programme. 



Clinical Placements

Your first clinical placement will take place in the greater Dunedin area. Subsequent clinical placements may be in the greater Otago area. It is your responsibility to ensure you have access to transport to and from your clinical placement, public transport may not be available to match your rostered duty.


Please be aware that the cost of travel and accommodation for all placements are the responsibility of the learner. You will receive advance notification of when these will occur so that you can make necessary work/childcare/travel arrangements.


During your programme you will be required to be available for rostered duties/clinical placements over seven days of the week (including public holidays) between the hours of 0700-1530hrs and 1430-2300hrs. This may have implications for learners with dependants. It is your responsibility to make alternative arrangements for your dependants, so you are available for all shifts.

Recognition of Prior Learning

The New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing Programme may recognise prior learning from other New Zealand Education Institutions.


Recognition of Prior Learning Applications will be considered by Course Coordinators until Friday 11 March 2022. If you are interested in applying for recognition of prior learning, please see the Recognition of Prior Learning policy. When you apply for recognition of prior learning, please email with:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Receipt for $80 (payable by contacting customer services, please advise you wish to pay for RPL for Nursing)
  3. Certified academic transcript


If you are unsure if you are eligible for recognition of prior learning, please contact with your prior academic information and someone will contact you.


There is a non-refundable recognition of prior learning application fee of $80.00 (excl. GST) per application. For further information please see the Recognition of Prior Learning policy on the Otago Polytechnic website.


All recognition of prior learning applications must be submitted by 11 March 2022

Immunisation Status

You are required to provide your immunity status to the School of Nursing, this is a requirement of the Ministry of Health. The associated testing must be completed in advance of commencing your programme. The only way to ascertain your immunity status is through a blood test. Immunisation requirements and the Otago Polytechnic Student Health screen form is available below.


The cost of this testing is $282.50, a price list for the testing, (from Southern Community Laboratories), is attached. The cost of this testing is your responsibility. Southern Community Laboratories will be holding a pop up clinic at the Hunter Centre in February 2022, you can book from early November:


Please note that Otago Polytechnic Student Health will retain a copy of your immunisation reports while you are studying at Otago Polytechnic. Failure to complete this requirement may compromise your progress within the programme.


Otago Polytechnic is required by the agencies/practitioners that offer clinical/fieldwork placements to hold documentary evidence (i.e. a copy of laboratory results) of your immune status for certain diseases before the commencement of programmes. This information will be shared as necessary with clinical partners. The infectious diseases which we are required to hold immune status information on are: Varicella, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis.


Immune status can only be ascertained by a blood test. To do this required testing, please take the attached blood test form to a Southern Community Laboratory. Costs for the tests are the responsibility of the student. As this is a course-related cost, Studylink may be able to assist through use of a student loan for course-related costs. The results of the tests will be sent directly to the Nurse at Otago Polytechnic Student Health. She will inform the school of your immune status and follow up with you if there are any concerns about your results.


The tests are a requirement of entry to the programme and you must have completed them by 21 February 2022. Please ensure you complete these tests once you have accepted your place on the programme


Not immune

If you are not immune to any of the tested diseases, the nurse at Student Health will contact you and provide advice regarding vaccination. Students who are not immune to these diseases may not be permitted to access some clinical areas and/or may require treatment and clearance before being able to access some clinical areas. This could affect your progress through the programme. You may choose to be vaccinated. Vaccination is recommended to protect both you and your future clients. If you choose this option then you will need to provide Student Health with evidence of the vaccine you have had and the date it was given. 


Immunisation History

Additionally, please provide the Otago Polytechnic Student Health Nurse, Helen Munro, with a copy of your immunisation record. To do this, please phone your Doctor’s office and ask them to email a copy to you then forward this on to Helen at with the subject line: Immune status nursing 2022. We need this evidence in order to gain a full picture of your immunity and it will enable Student Health to provide specific advice if you are not immune to any diseases.


Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

It is strongly recommended that you are vaccinated for pertussis. Some of the agencies/practitioners offering clinical/fieldwork placements require us to keep evidence of whether students have been vaccinated for pertussis within the last 10 years. Please ensure this is evident in your immunisation record which you provide to the school. If you have not had a booster in the last 10 years we strongly recommend you do so.



It is strongly recommended that students are vaccinated annually against influenza


Cost of immune testing 2020 - 2021


Bleeding charge                                  $14.00

Measles                                               $35.50

Mumps                                                $35.50

Rubella                                                $28.00

Varicella                                              $35.50

Hepatitis B antibody                            $48.00

Quantiferon Gold                                $86.00


Total cost for all                                 $282.50


Boostrix vaccination                          $34.00




Learners are required to purchase the following textbook.  It is an expectation that textbooks are purchased in advance of the commencement of classes so that you can participate fully in all learning activities. We recommend that you purchase your textbook new so that you have the latest edition.


Koutoukidis, G., Hughson, J., & Stainton, K. 2020. Tabbner’s Nursing Care: Theory and Practice (8th ed). Published by Elsevier.

This textbook is available from University Book Shop.


Learners require at least one full uniform of scrub top, trousers and black leather or synthetic closed toe shoes (fabric shoes are not permitted). We recommend you purchase two scrub tops. You can either order in advance or purchase directly from our uniform supplier who will be on campus during your first week. Uniform purchase information is below.


Uniform Order Form

Clinical Equipment

Learners require the following equipment for practice purposes:

  • Adult Sphygmomanometer
  • Stethoscope
  • Neuro torch


These can be purchased as a pack or individually from our supplier, Pharmaco (NZ) Ltd, you can pre-purchase on their website. All items come with a lifetime guarantee.


Equipment detail

Information Technology

Learners are expected to have:

  • Computer, tablet or laptop with a reliable broadband connection
  • Headset with a microphone to engage in online learning


It is an expectation that learners are familiar with Microsoft applications such as Word and Excel. The New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing has online components so learners will require access to a computer with broadband connection. All learners will be able to download Office 365 for free, you will not need to purchase Microsoft Office.


The recommended Learner Laptop operating systems for the 2021 Academic Year:


For Windows computers:

Minimum - Windows 8.1 or higher (Windows 8.1 support ends 10/01/2023)

Recommended – Windows 10 (with the latest Feature Update applied, or within 1 version of the latest Feature Update)


For Apple computers:

Minimum – Mac OS X 10.14 or higher (this will be the minimum supported level that allows OP Learners to install the current Office 365 software)


Learners should be aware that Apple only provide support for OS X versions that are 3 versions below the current supported version


Otago Polytechnic campus has free wireless internet access for learners.


We strongly recommend that you reserve the Course Related Cost Allowance that New Zealand Resident students will receive for the purchase of your textbooks, uniform, equipment, immunity status testing and associated travel costs for attending clinical placements during 2022.

Final Checklist
  • Return your letter of offer
  • Complete the following offer conditions and upload the evidence to your application portal:
    • Complete the police vetting form and upload with two forms of verified identification
    • Book first aid course and upload screenshot to your application portal (or upload a copy of your first aid certificate)
  • Complete and return immunity status
  • Purchase uniform
    • Scrub top (we recommend two)
    • Black pants
    • Black leather closed toe shoes
  • Purchase textbooks (as listed above)
  • Purchase clinical equipment
    • Adult Sphygmomanometer
    • Stethoscope
    • Neuro torch
  • Ensure you have correct IT equipment
    • Functioning computer, tablet or laptop 
    • Access to reliable broadband
    • Headset with microphone to engage in online learning

Postal Address:

Freepost 1910, Otago Polytechnic School of Nursing, Private Bag 1910, Dunedin 9054


Physical Address:

Level 2, H Block, Forth Street, Dunedin


Freephone: 0800 762 786



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Office Hours: 9.00am – 4.00pm, Monday to Friday 

Please note Otago Polytechnic School of Nursing is closed from Friday, 17 December 2021, and reopens Monday, 17 January 2022. Most School of Nursing academic staff will be on leave until 07 February 2022.