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New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

Level 5

The New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to deliver nursing care across the human life-span in a variety of health care settings as a qualified registered enrolled nurse.

Nursing student studies at our Wairarapa campus
Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: Whanganui

Duration: 18 months, full-time

25 Sep 2017 - 10 Aug 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$7,188.68Scholarship info

International Fees:*
To be confirmed.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

This enrolled nursing programme is taught by UCOL’s highly experienced, passionate lecturers and will equip you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed for a successful career in the health care industry.

As preparation to becoming a qualified registered enrolled nurse, students will undertake 900 hours of clinical practice in a variety of health care settings.

Career & Study Outcomes

You could gain a career in the private and public health sector, including:
  • Iwi and Māori Trusts
  • Care of the elderly
  • Respite care
  • Mental health
  • Continuing care
  • Māori health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medical/surgical

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Registered Nurses.

Industry Connections

The Nurse Education Team have strong links with industry and students gain a wide range of clinical experience in Mental Health, Medical/Surgical, Aged Care and Primary Health environments across the three years of study.

Learning Facilities

Simulation, Nursing skills and Science labs

Domestic Entry Requirements

All applications are required to:

  • Declare any previous criminal convictions prior to admission being confirmed; and
  • Authorise UCOL to obtain a background check from the New Zealand Police Licensing and Vetting Agency; and
  • Complete a health declaration form; and
  • Hold a first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace), which is current at the time the programme starts.
  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee report(s). Your referee reports, personal statement and interview (if required) should provide evidence of appropriateness to study in the nursing profession. In your personal statement you should outline why you have chosen nursing as a career and describe the personal qualities and relevant aspects from your life experiences which will enhance your application.
  • Provide certified copies of all relevant documentation.

The Academic Leader may require students to provide additional information before the admission is confirmed.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

NCEA Level 2 which must include 12 credits in Level 1 Mathematics or equivalent.

Applicants over 20 years of age:

Applicants 20 years or older 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.

Equivalence may include but is not limited to:

  • Equivalent academic qualifications
  • Other academic qualifications
  • Successful previous tertiary experience
  • Employment history
  • Satisfactory results from a diagnostic test
  • Literacy/numeracy level
  • Life skills
  • Recommendation/Testimonial

International Entry Requirements

International students will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure they meet New Zealand University Entrance requirements. In addition, in accordance with NCNZ (2007a) and the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act [HPCA] (2003) requirements, international students whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the general medium of instruction is not English, will be required to provide documentary evidence of proficiency in English (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS Academic score of 6.5 in all bands (or equivalent including TOEFL).  UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.  IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing comprises 180 credits.

Applicants who do not meet the required academic standard/equivalency will be encouraged to complete the Short Course in Introduction to Human Science, Level 2 and/or the Certificate in Science and Health, Level 3.

UCOL will undertake a safety check of all students after enrolment to ensure UCOL meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act, 2014.  UCOL will do this on behalf of Hospitals, District Health Boards, Primary Health Organisations and GP practices which host UCOL student placements.  The safety check involves confirming the student's work history, verifying their suitability to work with children with a trusted referee, and completing New Zealand Police vetting. 

Recognition of Prior Learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Course Information

Part 1: Foundation

  • The Discipline of Nursing
  • Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body
  • Applied Social Science for Enrolled Nurses
  • Clinical Skills for Enrolled Nurses
  • Foundations for Enrolled Nurse Practice

Part 2: Speciality

  • Enrolled Nurse Practice: Rehabilitation
  • Enrolled Nurse Practice: Acute Care
  • Enrolled Nurse Practice: Mental Health


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.