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Short Course in Cervical Smear Taking

Level 6

Add to your skills as a Registered Nurse and learn how to provide cervical screening in UCOL's Short Course in Cervical Smear Taking. Email to enrol (see below).

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Quick info

Level: 6

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 3 days, with up to one year for smear testing experience

31 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$1,038.00Scholarship info

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International Fees:*
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Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

In UCOL's Short Course in Cervical Smear Taking you'll learn the skills and philosophical background to undertake safe and effective cervical screening services for women. 

The course is designed to enhance your skillset as a Registered Nurse and can form part of your continuing education.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of this course may be employed as non-medical cervical smear takers.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Candidates must be registered or enrolled nurses/nurse assistants, midwives and/or doctors and must:
  • have a current New Zealand practising certificate;
  • provide a clinical supervisor for completion of the clinical component;
  • possess professional/personal indemnity insurance;
  • support the practices and policies of the National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP);
  • have access to an appropriate client base;
  • demonstrate an interest and commitment to women’s health.
Enrolled nurses/nurse assistants will need to supply confirmation of an on-going clinical supervisor after certification.

The above criteria will be determined from application details.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

The Short Course in Cervical Smear Taking, Level 6 comprises 7 credits. Whilst the course is three days in duration, to allow time for the required number of smears to be undertaken, student enrolment is a full calendar year.

Work experience
Students must complete 15 smears under the supervision of an experienced medical practitioner, experienced Certified Nurse Smear Taker or a National Cervical Screening Programme Clinical Supervisor. Students are assessed by the Clinical Nurse Coordinator after completion of 15 smears.

Recognition of prior learning
Not applicable.