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Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing


Course details

  • Feb 2022
    Jul 2022
  • Two years
  • Part-time
  • Fee dependent on modules selected
  • Level 8
  • Hamilton City Campus or Tauranga


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 pathway

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’ 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 pathway

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

  • 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 with at least a B average in their grades for the final year, or
  • A qualification approved as equivalent by the ​Postgraduate Programme Committee

Applicants 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 ad eundem statum​​ basis.

In addition to the above criteria, applicants must

  • Hold a current New Zealand Practising Certificate as a Registered Nurse, or
  • An international candidate must be a New Zealand registered nurse and comply with 1.1 within these regulations
  • Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an 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, and 
    • must have completed 6 months of post registration clinical experience within the past five years and 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 applicants 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 indic​ated 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.

All applicants are required to supply two written references from senior Nurses who have supervised them and / or academic staff members who have taught them for a previous qualification.

Check what documents are required to enrol in this programme.

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Postgraduate nursing pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain 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.

Welcome information will be emailed to you approximately 2–4 weeks before the first workshop day or the start of your online course.

Please also read the information below for details about your first day.

What you will need

Wintec logins for computer access
Your course outline, workshop timetables, and relevant content will be available online through Moodle.

Computer requirements 
We require students to have access to use Microsoft Office 365, Windows Media Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader, an antivirus program, and have access to the internet. For the Pharmacology module, Scopia is required.

We invite you to view the information at the following link introducing you to the Postgraduate Health and Social Practice Moodle site:

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 - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted 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



    Clinical placement

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