Nursing Competence Assessment Programme

Avatar Institute of Learning

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Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the programme, applicants must:
have written notification from the Nursing Council of New Zealand of the requirement to complete a Nursing Competence Assessment Programme; and
meet English language requirements laid down in the NCNZ'S registration policy for overseas nurses prior to entry to the Nursing Competence Assessment Programme:
a) the International Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of at least 7.0 in reading, writing and speaking retrospectively; or

b) the Occupational English Test (OET) with a B band in each section; and

be able to demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively for the purpose of practicing in the New Zealand setting; and
provide current evidence of a Police clearance from the country where the applicant holds current registration; and
provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and any other vaccinations as per mandatory requirements from the Ministry of Health. Employment opportunities in healthcare will not be available for those unvaccinated.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of Avatar's Nursing Competence Assessment Programme is to enable internationally qualified nurses (IQNs) to meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) competencies to practise as New Zealand Registered Nurses (NZRNs).

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (06) 755 0558
Fax: (06) 00000

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