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Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)


  • ​​Semester 1 starts 7 February 2017
  • Semester 2 starts 24 July 2017
  • ​For 18 months
  • Applications close 15th May
  • Fee Guideline: $6,796 per year (International students: Please click here for fee information)
  • Additional costs - read more here.
  • City Campus - Hamilton
  • Thames and Otorohanga campuses will run programmes subject to numbers


A Diploma in Enrolled Nursing will allow you to work in a variety of clinical settings as a valued member of the health team. Graduates have the opportunity to register with the Nursing Council of New Zealand and will be able to practice under the delegation of a registered health professional. It provides accessible health education and career development opportunities for those wishing to enter a career in health care or those already employed who wish to develop their career pathway.

Please note, this programme has additional costs.

Career Opportunities

The Diploma in Enrolled Nursing provides an opportunity for those wishing to be employed or already employed in health care to gain registration with the NCNZ as an enrolled nurse and develop a career pathway.

Graduates of this programme (who also meet Nursing Council of New Zealand requirements) will be competent to practise as an Enrolled Nurse in a variety of health care settings under the direction and delegation of a Registered Nurse. Graduates of the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing are able to deliver nursing care and health education across the lifespan of health consumers.

On completion of the programme, graduates are eligible to apply to NCNZ to sit the State exam for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Graduates will have gained a nationally recognised qualification in a sector with strong employment opportunities and career pathways.

Programme Content

Students gain knowledge and skills in nursing, social science, and the structure and function of the human body. They will learn skills in simulated learning environments which they then apply on placements in clinical practice. During the programme students will undertake a range of clinical courses in different health care settings including rehabilitation, acute care and mental health.

Tihei Mauri Ora Roopu
 If you identify as a Māori or Pacific Islander you can choose to study in the Tihei Mauri Ora stream. This option allows you to study in a culturally supportive environment and integrates all areas of knowledge from both the western and Māori worlds.

Scheduling and Workload

In the first semester you can expect up to three days at Wintec plus up to 2 hours of lecture directed work for each module and other reading as scheduled. You will have blocks of clinical placement throughout the following two semesters.

Entry Criteria

  • A minimum of 12 credits in NCEA English Level 1
  • A minimum of 12 credits in NCEA Mathematics (of Pāngarau) Level 1
  • And 36 credits NCEA Level 2 or equivalent

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) of 6.5 across all bands; or equivalent.

All candidates are required to complete an application process. This will include the requirement to provide two written references, to hold and maintain a current first aid certificate and to disclose any health issues or criminal history that may prevent their entry onto the Nursing Register. Before undertaking clinical practice within the programme, candidates will be required to make a declaration of their health status and provide evidence of required health screening results.

For domestic candidates aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

Download the full programme regulations:

​Application Process

  1. ​​Check that you meet the entry criteria 
  2. ​Submit your Application to Enrol form​ as well as:
  • a completed declaration form.​
  • a one page curriculum vitae. Follow this link​ for an example of how to write a curriculum vitae. 
  • a personal statement, outlining in approx. 250 words why you have chosen to study the Diploma in​ Enrolled Nursing.​ 

What ne​eds to go into a  personal statement? 

    • relevant experience and achievements (more in depth than the CV)
    • Study and career goals 
    • What drives you to succeed? 
    • Why do you want to peruse this career?​​​
  • ​​​a copy of academic achievement with results (NCEA or tertiary transcripts)
  • ​​A copy of your current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (NZQA units 6400, 26551 and 26552)​. If you do not currently have one, you must have completed your comprehensive first aid certificate by the end of semester one in your first year of study, so that you can participate in clinical practice. This must be kept up to date throughout the programme.


Candidates are required to have basic computing skills, and demonstrate strong communication skills and self-responsibilitv in relation to their learning and their practice.

All shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview.

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