Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing


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Entry requirements

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing are required to have an undergraduate Nursing Degree or a qualification approved as equivalent by the Postgraduate Programme Committee. Candidates who do not have a relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification may submit a portfolio and, if the application is successful, may be admitted on an equivalent basis.

All candidates (including international) must also:
- hold a current New Zealand practising certificate as a Registered Nurse; and
- have completed a minimum of six months of post-registration clinical experience within the previous five years; and
- be employed a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Candidates for the optional endorsement in Maori Mental Health must also:
- have at least two years of clinical experience in the mental health field, gained within the past five years; and
- identify as Maori, demonstrating knowledge of their whanau, hapu, and iwi; and
- demonstrate understanding of the role of tikanga Maori within their own nursing practice.

Candidates for the Registered Nurse Prescribing pathway must also:
- hold a current practicing certificate and must have completed three years equivalent full-time practice in an area of common and long-term conditions nursing; and
- have a collaborative working relationship with a multidisciplinary team and have the support of a designated authorised prescriber (DAP) as a mentor who will support her/him to prescribe; and
- undertake the practicum in an organisation that supports nurse prescribing through policy, audit, peer review, and accessibility of continuing education; and
- have identified and have access to an area of clinical practice in which to develop their prescribing skills and have up-to-date clinical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice.

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an academic International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 7.0 across all bands; or equivalent. The language assessment must be less than two years old at the time of application.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing with an optional endorsement in Maori Mental Health and optional pathway in Registered Nurse Prescribing aims to prepare nurses as skilled practitioners who are responsive to health service demands for increasingly complex population health needs. It will foster the development of nursing practice at an advanced level within the registered nurse scope of practice, using a generalist and/or specialist focus.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing will enable registered nurses to undertake specialty and advanced clinical practice, health education and leadership and management roles.

Graduates with the optional Maori Mental Health endorsement will provide and/or co-ordinate nursing care to Tangata Whai Ora and whanau in the areas of health promotion, health maintenance and health restoration in both the community and institutional settings.

Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing with the Registered Nurse Prescribing pathway will be eligible to apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for an expanded scope of practice as a designated prescriber for populations with common and long-term conditions.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Nursing at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 444 204
Phone: (0800) 294 6832
Fax: (07) 838 0707

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