What will I learn?

This certificate delivers an accelerated refresher programme including nursing theory, health studies, social sciences, biological sciences, research and professional practice skills.

Successful completion of this certificate will allow you to practice in public and private hospitals, independent practices, midwifery, nursing education and other public health areas in New Zealand.


For two weeks you’ll study New Zealand Nursing Practice Theory on campus. Then you’ll spend four weeks completing the clinical components of the programme at either Hawke’s Bay Hospital or another approved healthcare organisation.

Extra clinical time may be required depending on your ability to achieve Nursing Council competencies in this timeframe.

Career Opportunities & Outcomes

When you successfully complete this certificate you’ll have the confidence and nursing knowledge required to work in the New Zealand health sector.

Study options

Full Time (7 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $7,800 for the entire course

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 October 2019


Hawke’s Bay Campus

501 Gloucester Street,



4112, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification. English Language Requirements: Students are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English, approved scores on any one of the below: IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Paper-based test (PBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 20); University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 50; City & Guilds IESOL: B2 Communicator with a score of 66; NZCEL Level 4 Academic; Completion of an EIT Hawke’s Bay assessment.

For international students

Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 Academic in all bands, or Occupational English Test (OET) B pass in all areas (see details under English Language Entry Criteria)

  • Documentation (specifically the “Decision Letter”) from the Nursing Council of New Zealand stipulating the requirement to complete a competency based integrated theory practice programme.
  • Nursing Council of New Zealand requires a Police Clearance to be submitted prior to graduating from the programme.
  • Verification that the applicant has successfully completed a Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Health Sciences degree in Nursing.
  • A current curriculum Vitae including details of education, qualifications, registration and career summary.
  • Disclosure if you have had a previous CAP enrolment

You are required to have immunity and serology testing as part of the application process for acceptance into the programme.

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

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


About this uni

Eastern Institute of Technology is a Category 1 institution having achieved highly confident ratings for self-assessment and educational performance.

  • Recognised by Ministry of Education NZ (MOE)
  • Offers 138 academic programmes & qualifications
  • Academic programmes developed in response to industry needs
  • 1,250 international students from 47 different countries