New Zealand tertiary education providers offering the Bachelor of Nursing use theoretical and clinical learning experiences designed to educate and support students to become a New Zealand registered nurse, capable of working in a range of multicultural settings. There is a high demand for nurses both throughout New Zealand, and globally.  While studying, you will have the opportunity to provide nursing care to health consumers and communities in supervised environments. Here you can build your knowledge and skills so that as a graduate, you can step straight into the workforce feeling confident and work-ready.

The following New Zealand qualifications in the field nursing are popular amongst international students who are already registered nurses in their respective home countries or are high school graduates who would like to become a registered nurse in New Zealand or anywhere in the world.

 

of New Zealand Qualification NZQF
Level
Study
Duration
Minimum Entry Requirements Estimated
Tuition Fee
Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for Nurses 7 4 months Internationally Qualified Nurse (IQN)
•Overseas nursing registration letter from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
•Minimum of 2 years hospital nursing within the last 4 years.
•IELTS 7.0 in all bands (achieved in one sitting); or OET B in all sub-tests (achieved in one sitting).  
From NZ$9,600
Graduate Diploma in Nursing 7 1 year •Overseas nursing registration letter from the Nursing Council of New Zealand. From NZ$23,730
Bachelor of Nursing 7 3 years •At least a senior high school graduate.
•IELTS 6.5 in each band
From
NZ$22,950 per year
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing 8   •Hold a current New Zealand Practising Certificate as a Registered Nurse.
•Have an IELTS score of 7.0 across all bands; or equivalent.
 
Master of Nursing 9 2 years •Recognised bachelor’s degree with a minimum B grade (65%) in the third year of their qualifying degree.
•IELTS score of 7.0 in all bands.
 
Bachelor of Paramedic 7 3 years •At least a senior high school graduate.
•IELTS 6.5 in each band
 
Graduate Diploma in Healthcare and Rehabilitation Studies 7 1 year •A healthcare related bachelor’s degree
•IELTS 6.0 with no band lower than 5.5.