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Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • Two years
  • Part-time
  • Fee dependent on modules selected
  • Level 8
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme provides registered nurses with the opportunity to extend their clinical knowledge and skills in a specific area of practice including registered nurse prescribing in primary health and speciality teams. It is delivered through a combination of block courses and online. A candidate may take up to four years to complete this postgraduate diploma.

The programme consists of four modules: two core modules and two practise modules covering a range of advanced speciality practice areas.

After successfully completing any two postgraduate nursing modules students may choose to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing. They ​can then return to complete the postgraduate diploma at a later date provided this is within four years of their first enrolment in the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing programme.

Registered Nurse Prescribing endorsement

Wintec offers prescribing practicums for nurses who want to become registered nurse prescribers in primary health and speciality teams.

The programme is in response to the recently introduced regulation that allows suitably qualified nurses working in collaborative teams to prescribe from a restricted list of medications for people with common and long-term conditions. The Wintec Postgraduate Diploma of Nursing – Registered Nurse Pathway is specifically for nurses who have at least three years of experience and are looking to become a registered nurse prescriber. The programme, which will take two years (part-time) to complete, requires the study of pathophysiology, pharmacology, assessment, clinical reasoning and long-term and related conditions, prior to undertaking a supervised prescribing practicum of 150 hours.

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module. All modules listed below have an individual module credit value of 30 credits. The range of modules offered will vary from year to year.

Group A: Compulsory module

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
NURS801Integrated Science and Assessment830  

Group B: Core module

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
NURS802 orReasoning in Practice830  
NUPCD02 Te Whiriwhiri Oranga Māori (The Weaving of Wellbeing)830  

Group C: Compulsory modules for the Registered Nurse Prescribing endorsement

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
NURS804 andPharmacology for Nursing Practice830NURS801 
NURS812 andAdvanced Practice in Long-term Conditions830  
NURS806Registered Nurse Prescribing Practicum830





Group D: Elective modules

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
NURS804Pharmacology for Nursing Practice830NURS801 
NURS807Advanced Diabetes Nursing Practice830  
NURS808Advanced Cardiac Nursing Practice 830  
NURS809Advanced Nursing Practice in Breast Care830  
NURS810Advanced Nursing Practice in Wound Care830  
NURS811Nursing Practice with the Older Adult830  
NURS812Advanced Practice in Long-term Conditions830  
HSIP801Leadership and Management in Professional Practice 1830  
HSIP802Leadership and Management in Professional Practice 2830HSIP801 
HSIP803Facilitating Learning in Professional Practice830  
HSIP804Coaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision830  
HSIP805Evidence and Inquiry in Practice830  
HSIP810Professional Supervision 1830  
HSIP811Professional Supervision 2830HSIP810 
HSIP813Palliative Care830  
HSIP815Supervised Critical Enquiry830Two modules at level 8 
HSIP816Mental Health and Addiction Practice830  

Group E: Compulsory modules for the endorsement in Māori Mental Health

Module codeModule nameLevelCreditsPre-requisites Co-requisites
NUPCD02Te Whiriwhiri Oranga Māori (The Weaving of Wellbeing)830  
NUPCD04He Rangahau Tapuhi Māori (Māori Research Methods)830NUPCD02 
NUPCD20He Ara Whai Mātauranga (The Context of Māori Mental Health Nursing)830  
NUPCD21He Ara Rapu Waiora (The Advanced Practice of Maori Mental Health Nursing)830  
Note: If the module you are interested in is not available, please contact to arrange a time with one of our postgraduate teaching staff to discuss possible alternatives.

Career/further opportunities

Employment in advanced nursing practice positions, management, research or independent practice.


If you have any enrolment questions, send them to​ and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

To discuss your pathway options within the programme and what modules would best compliment your area of work, contact the postgraduate team at


About the faculty

The Postgraduate Office at Wintec has been created to support postgraduate students in their studies and research by providing dedicated resources and advice. Wintec also has a dedicated Research Office which is the hub of research at Wintec and caters to all researchers, both staff and students.


Entry criteria

a. Candidates are required to have gained:
  • An undergraduate Nursing degree, or other undergraduate degree assessed as relevant by the Centre for Health and Social Practice Postgraduate Programme Committee, conferred by a New Zealand tertiary education institution, or
  • a qualification approved as equivalent by the ​Postgraduate Programme Committee.

b. Candidates who have not gained a relevant undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification may submit a portfolio for informal transfer of credit and, if the application is successful, may be admitted on an equivalent basis.

c. Candidates for the Māori Mental Health endorsement must meet the following additional and specific requirements for entry to the programme. Such applicants must:
  • Have at least two years’ of clinical experience in the mental health field, gained within the past five years, and
  • identify as Māori, demonstrating knowledge of their whānau, hapū and iwi, and
  • demonstrate understanding of the role of tikanga Māori within their own nursing practice.
d. Candidates for the Registered Nurse Prescribing endorsement must meet the following additional and specific requirements for entry to the programme. Such candidates must:
  • Have completed three years’ equivalent full-time practice in an area of common and longterm conditions nursing.
  • Demonstrate up-to-date clinical knowledge relevant to their intended area of prescribing practice and have attained a B grade in NURS801 Integrated Science and Assessment, NURS804 Pharmacology for Nursing Practice, and NURS812 Advanced Practice in Longterm Conditions.
  • Have a collaborative working relationship within an interprofessional team and the support of a designated, authorised prescriber (DAP), (a vocationally registered medical practitioner or nurse practitioner who has current indemnity insurance ) as a mentor who will provide clinical supervision for prescribing practice.
  • Have professional/personal indemnity insurance.
  • Be employed within an organisation that enables nurse prescribing through policy, audit, peer review and accessibility of continuing education, while undertaking the prescribing practicum.
  • Have documented approval from an area of clinical practice in which to undertake the prescribing practicum.

Selection Criteria
In addition to the above criteria, all candidates must hold a current New Zealand practising certificate as a Registered Nurse.

Unless otherwise stated, all candidates must have completed a minimum of six months of post-registration clinical experience within the past five years.

All candidates must be employed for a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Where there are more applications than the number of places available, selection will be determined on the basis of:
  • Whether candidates meet the pre-requisites for each paper, and
  • commitment to study as demonstrated at admission interviews, and
  • references supplied.

Where the industry and/or community have indicated a need for graduates from the programme with a particular specialisation, and/or have provided sponsorship for candidates to undertake modules leading to a particular specialisation, applicants for that specialisation and/or those modules may be given priority.

Candidates will complete their enrolment before the commencement of each semester.

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Māori Mental Health) will normally be enrolled in a part-time programme of study over two years, to enable them to fulfil the clinical requirements of that endorsement stream.

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing, Registered Nurse Prescribing endorsement, will normally be enrolled in a part-time programme of study over two years, to enable them to fulfil requirements for the supervised Prescribing Practicum.

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 7.0, with no band score less than 7.0; or equivalent. The language assessment must be less than two years old at the time of application. 

Check what documents are required to enrol in this programme. To ensure you receive the correct information for programme regulations, please download the document below.

Click here to view the Internationally Recognised English Proficiency Outcomes for International Students Table.

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Postgraduate nursing pathway diagram

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.

Programme information will be emailed to you approximately 2–4 weeks before your first workshop or at the start of your module.

What you will need

Logins for computer access
All course information, workshop timetables, and relevant content will be available online through Moodle.

Computer requirements 
We require students to have access to 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. For the Pharmacology module, Scopia is required.

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. 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

Kura Cloud $35 (required for the NURS801: Integrated Science and Assessment module only).

Additional information


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



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