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Enrolled Nursing (Nēhi Whakauru) (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)


Course details

A new version of this programme is coming soon.

As part of our move into Te Pūkenga, we are excited to be part of a large-scale review of courses. This is ongoing, meaning course details will change, including duration, pathways, levels, fees and entry requirements. In the meantime, applications are open, and we welcome you to apply. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


This programme is for those who want to work in clinical settings as an enrolled nurse and a valued member of the health team.

Students will gain knowledge in nursing, social science, and the structure and function of the human body. They will learn skills in simulated learning environments which can then be applied on placements in clinical practice. A range of clinical courses in different health care settings will prepare students to practice in areas including rehabilitation, acute care and mental health.

After completing this programme students will be able to apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand to sit an exam to be registered as an Enrolled Nurse; this means they will be able to practise under the direction of a Registered Nurse.

Tihei Mauri Ora Roopu
Students who identify as Māori or Pacific** have the option to complete their programme within the Tihei Mauri Ora Kaupapa (stream). The Tihei Mauri Ora Kaupapa is focused on improving Māori health outcomes in the community. Participation provides students with an increased focus on Māori health, customs, and protocols, as well as additional support through a manaaki model of pastoral care. This is achieved through the integration of individual knowledge and that of whānau, hapū and iwi. Tauira are encouraged to work together (mahitahi) with their academic whānau (whanaungatanga) to achieve excellence in nursing practice. You will be part of a programme where you are supported by senior nursing students and by staff in a way that is representative of Māori culture. The Tihei Mauri Ora kaupapa reinforces the need to protect and legitimise mātauranga Māori from both traditional and contemporary worlds within a professional nursing context.

Please note, this programme has additional costs.

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
NURS4411Pūkenga Nēhi / Nursing as a Profession: Enrolled Nursing415
NURS4412Te Whakahangai Putaiao Paori / Applied Social Science for Enrolled Nurses415  
NURS4413Ngā Ahuatanga o te Tinana / Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body415
NURS4414Ngā Pukenga Manaaki / Clinical Skills for Enrolled Nursing415  
NURS4415Te Tūāpapa Whakatinana Pukenga / Foundations for Enrolled Nursing Practice430  
NURS5411Ngā Whakatinanatanga Tapuhi: Whakaora Tangata / Enrolled Nursing Practice: Acute Care530All level 4 modules 
NURS5412Hauora Wairangi: Mate Hiahia / Enrolled Nursing Practice: Mental Health and Addiction530All level 4 modules 
NURS5413Ngā Whakatinanatanga Tapuhi: Whakamatutu / Enrolled Nursing Practice: Rehabilitation530All level 4 modules 

Scheduling and workload

Students will have up to 6 hours per week of scheduled directed learning per module which may be in a classroom, online, or a nursing simulation laboratory. They will also have blocks of clinical placement throughout the following two semesters.

Career/further opportunities

Enrolled Nursing (Nēhi Whakauru) 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 Enrolled Nursing (Nēhi Whakauru) 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.


In the second semester you’ll undertake one placement for six weeks anywhere within the Waikato DHB region. In the third semester you’ll undertake three four-week placements anywhere within the Waikato DHB region.

Please note that while you are on placement you will need access to a computer and the internet so you can undertake assessments and communicate with your tutor, etc.

Covid-19 vaccination information
In light of the pandemic, it is highly recommended that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 if you want to apply for this programme. 

Application process

  1. Apply online or download and complete an Application to Enrol Form
  2. Complete the online Self-Disclosure Form. If you have applied in hard copy, you will also need to complete a Self-Disclosure Form, if you have applied online this form is included as part of the online application process.
  3. If applying in hard copy, and if you are unsure that you meet the entry criteria, complete the online Additional Information Form. This will enable us to assess your application further.
  4. If you have them, provide us with certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here.
  5. We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you are a domestic student we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN); if we can not, we will need you to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport.

Once you have submitted your application

  • We will email you to confirm we have received it and let you know if there is anything more we need from you.
  • We will assess your application and let you know the outcome.
  • If you are accepted to study, we will send you an enrolment offer letter – you will need to accept this to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.

After you have accepted your offer

  • If you do not have a current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (NZQA units 6400, 6401 and 6402), you will need to complete this before you start the programme.
  • At the start of the programme, you will need to provide evidence of your immunity and vaccination status. Your doctor will need to complete the Wintec Immunisation Form.
  • During your induction, you will be required to complete a number of safety checks to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. You can find out more about the safety check process and the Vulnerable Children Act here.

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect from the class schedule and workload?

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

Undergraduate, semester, pathway, module and cross-disciplinary - what do these words mean?

Undergraduate means any study up to the level of completing a bachelor degree. Our academic year is made up of two main semesters, one from February to June and the other from July to November. We also have a summer semester for some classes. A degree is made up of a mix of compulsory and elective modules, modules are worth between 15 and 60 credits. A year’s worth of full time study is 120 credits.

What are the additional costs associated with this programme?

There are additional costs when studying nursing. Here's a link to more information about these costs.


** Students wishing to apply for the Tihei Mauri Ora Kaupapa, please contact

Entry criteria

General Academic Admission

a) Candidates are required to have:
i. NCEA Level 2 which is comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, and 20 credits from any Level; and
ii. Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above in specified literacy assessment standards); and
iii. Numeracy (12 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above in specified numeracy assessment standards); or
iv. Equivalent.

Candidates who are applying to transfer from another institution will be required to provide a confidential report from that institution.

Special admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Academic Admission requirements but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission.  Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee.  Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher-level programmes.

Provisional entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the General Academic Admission requirements 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 Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection criteria

a) All candidates are required to:
(i) complete the standard Wintec application form 
(ii) complete a self-declaration of criminal convictions
(iii) complete a self-declaration of mental or physical condition

Candidates may also be required to provide additional information and/or attend an interview in order for their application to be assessed
b) Candidates for the Tihei Mauri Ora stream will be invited to attend a whānau meeting.
c) Candidates are required in their application to indicate whether they have been convicted of, or are being prosecuted for, a criminal offence. Candidates should be aware that, under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act (2003)) some types of criminal conviction may result in the Nursing Council of New Zealand refusing to allow a person to register as an Enrolled Nurse.
d) Candidates are required in their application to indicate whether they have had a mental or physical condition that may prevent them entering this nursing programme. Candidates should be aware that, under the HPCA Act (2003) some types of physical or mental conditions may result in the Nursing Council of New Zealand refusing to allow a person to register as an Enrolled Nurse.

Clinical placement requirement

a) Before undertaking clinical practice within the programme, candidates will be required to provide a written health and immunity status from their health practitioner. 
b) Candidates must hold a current First Aid Certificate (covering NZQA Unit Standards 6400, 6401 and 6402) prior to undertaking clinical placement in the programme.

Safety check

In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014 and Child Protection Policies for all ‘specified organisations’ providing a ‘regulated service’, all candidates/students will be subjected to safety checks.  These will include but are not limited to:
i. A Formal Interview;
ii. Referee Checks;
iii. A Police Vet Check;
iv. A Risk Assessment.

Any unsatisfactory result arising from the full safety checking process may result in the candidate/student being precluded/declined entry or withdrawn from the programme of study.  Furthermore, students must declare any pending or new convictions arising during any stage throughout the entire enrolment period.  A conviction or failure to declare a conviction may also result in the student being immediately withdrawn from the programme.  Persons who are convicted of ‘specified offences’ will not be accepted onto any programme that requires that Person to work in an organisation providing a regulated service.

English language requirements

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

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Entry to Nursing Pathway

To check what you need to gain direct entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Semester 2 2024

Whānau evening
Date: Wednesday 10 July 2024
Time: 5.30pm

Venue: Events Room 1, City Campus

Date: Monday 15 July to Wednesday 17 July 2024
Time: 8.30am-4pm

Venue: The Atrium, City Campus

Sessions include:
  • Health and social practice sector expectations
  • Kaimahi (staff) introductions
  • Programme overview
  • Setting up for success in studies
  • Timetables
  • Campus tour
  • Panel discussion
  • Programme processes overview
  • Health services, library support, Manaaki Pūkenga academic skills workshop
  • Clinical experience, SONIA and passport
  • Children’s Act and Police Vetting information session
  • Introduction and set-up for Moodle
  • Student ID Cards
  • Whakawhanaungatanga Q&A
  • Uniforms
  • Lab and ward orientation
  • Clinical passport forms
  • Children’s Act and Police Vetting submissions

What you will need

Bring a pen and notebook with you. We recommend you bring a device, such as a laptop or a smartphone, that has access to a video player, PDF reader and Microsoft software. Find more about device specifications here.

You will also need to bring your ID documents for Police Vetting (VCA). For more information, click here.

Please wear closed footwear, bring your lunch and a drink bottle or cup. There are microwaves, hot water and snack vending machines in The Hub. If you prefer, sushi and our café serve an array of hot and cold food and beverages or alternative food establishments close by.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional to programme fees, the following are other costs associated with studying this programme. All costs are approximate, dependent on where the item is purchased, and are subject to change.

Health screening and vaccinations
All students must have completed a Health Screening Form and be cleared for clinical practice placement. Immunisation status can only be ascertained by a blood test arranged by your doctor/health provider, and there will be associated costs. Forms will be available during your first week. Vaccinations are available from  Wintec Health Services or from a medical practitioner/medical centre. The Wintec Immunisation Form is available online here.

Cost: Up to $300 depending on provider and screening/vaccinations required. In addition, you may require follow-up screening or vaccinations. Annual flu vaccinations during the declared influenza season are also a requirement for undertaking clinical placement in Te Whatu Ora Waikato (unless using an approved face mask). 

First aid certificate
All students must have a current comprehensive first aid certificate (NZQA units 6400, 6401 and 6402) - a copy of which must be on your file with the Student Enrolment and Information Centre (SEIC). If you do not have a current first aid certificate you will not be given a clinical placement.  The cost is approximately $120-$240.

Uniforms for nursing practice
Our uniform supplier will be at our main campus during your induction to custom-fit your uniform to order. Uniforms are available from $79-$99. You will also need to provide your own full-length navy trousers, and black or dark brown lace-up shoes or closed-in style, non-porous with a soft sole and low heel. You will also require a watch with a second hand that can be clipped to your uniform.

Costs depend on the type of phone and plan chosen.

Additional information


Required book
Koutoukidis, G., Stainton, K., & Houghson, J. (Eds.). (2021). Tabbner's nursing care theory and practice (8th ed.). Chatswood, Australia: Elsevier.

Recommended book
Herlihy, B. (2021). The human body in health and illness (7th ed.). St Louis, Missouri Elsevier.
Copies of this textbook are available for borrowing through the Wintec Library. An electronic version of the textbook is also available to read online and instructions on how to access this will be given in class.

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

    First aid certificate

    Health status



    Clinical placement

    Travel, parking, and accommodation
    In your second semester, you will undertake two placements. One placement for six to seven weeks and one placement for four weeks. Both placements are anywhere within the Waikato Region. You will be required to pay for your own travel, parking and accommodation when undertaking clinical placements.
    Please note that while you are on placement, you will need access to a computer and the internet so you can undertake assessments and communicate with your tutor, etc.

    Placement locations
    Placements are situated across the Waikato region, ranging from Taumarunui to the south of Hamilton and the Coromandel to the north, each approximately 160km from the Hamilton City Campus. Local placements may require travel of up to 40km, with associated costs like travel, parking, and accommodation being the student's responsibility.

    Schedule and transportation
    Typically, clinical placement shifts extend eight hours, starting at 6.30am (AM shift), 2.30pm (PM shift), or 11pm (night shift). Public transport may not ensure timely arrival or departure from your placement location. All students should plan for a minimum of one out-of-town placement, but there may be more. A lack of a driver's licence does not mean a student will not be allocated an out-of-town placement. You can find information on driver's licences in New Zealand here. For international students, having a driver's licence before arriving in New Zealand will expedite getting a New Zealand licence.

    Preparation and resources
    We work closely with placement providers to find excellent learning opportunities for all students. Placement providers determine the location, roster, and availability of student placements. All placements offer valuable learning experiences.

    Vaccination guidance
    It is highly recommended that you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (two primary and one booster) if you want to apply for this programme. 

    Prospectus (course guide)

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