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Nursing Education in NZ

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Regulated Scopes of Practice and Education pathways

Enrolled Nurse

To become an Enrolled Nurse in New Zealand, you must complete a Nursing Council approved Diploma in Enrolled Nursing programme (NZQA Level Five programme) from a Polytechnic, or Institute of Technology.

Registered Nurse

To become a Registered Nurse in New Zealand, you must complete a Nursing Council-approved Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Health Science programme (NZQA Level Seven programme) from a Polytechnic, Institute of Technology or University.

If you are an internationally qualified nurse or a NZRN without a current practicing certificate then you may be eligible to complete a Nursing Council-approved Competency Assessment Programme - check out Health Careers

Nurse Practitioner

To become a Registered Nurse Practitioner in New Zealand, you must have registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand in the Registered Nurse Scope of Practice and a minimum of four years of experience in a specific area of practice AND successful completion of a clinically focused Masters Degree programme approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand, or equivalent qualification AND a pass in a Nursing Council assessment of Nurse Practitioner competencies and criteria.

Nurse Practitioners seeking registration with prescribing rights are required to have an additional qualification AND successful completion of an approved prescribing component of the clinically-focused master's programme relevant to their specific area of practice.

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