What will I learn?

This programme is for you if you are an Internationally Qualified Nurse (IQN) or you were registered in New Zealand but you have been out of practice for 5 years or more.

Through the programme you will be able to demonstrate your ability to meet the Nursing Council New Zealand’s (NCNZ’s) competencies for your scope of practice and to obtain a practising certificate to continue your career in nursing.

This is a full-time programme delivered over a maximum of twelve weeks consisting of a theory course and a clinical placement course.

Career opportunities & pathways

Graduates, once they have been issued with a practising certificate by the Nursing Council of New Zealand, are able to practice evidence-based person centred care at a beginning level in a range of clinical settings.

Study options

Full Time (12 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $9,750 for the entire course plus NZ $90 Student Services Levy
Start date

9 May 2022, 22 August 2022


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson campus,

322 Hardy Street,


Nelson Central,

7010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have an undergraduate degree in any discipline. English language requirements: IELTS: Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18).

For international students

To gain admission to the programme an applicant must be a Registered Nurse, either registered in New Zealand or registered with an overseas authority recognized by the NZNC.

Evidence required

New Zealand Nurses - New Zealand Registered Nurses, registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand and who are returning to nursing practice after a break of 5 or more years.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of any health issues or criminal history that may prevent their entry onto the Nursing Register.

International Nurses - International Registered Nurses wishing to gain New Zealand Nursing Registration must have completed the application for registration process with the NCNZ and have received a decision letter outlining the requirements to be met to verify competency and New Zealand relevant skills.

English Language requirements

All applicants who have English as a second language must meet the English language requirements set by the NCNZ. They will be required to provide evidence obtained within the last two years of their ability to speak and write in English.

If you are from a non-English speaking background the IELTS requirement is 7.0 Academic (no lower than 7.0 in reading, listening, writing and speaking subtests) or an acceptable alternative.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.