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New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

Level 5

Gain a nursing qualification that prepares you for practice with UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing.

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Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton, UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North (Coming Soon)

Duration: 18 months, full-time

Palmerston North
26 Sep 2022

Year 1: 21 Feb 2022 - 25 Nov 2022
Year 2: 21 Feb 2022 - 08 Jul 2022

Year 1: 03 Oct 2022 - 08 Jul 2023

Domestic Fees: *
Eligible for fees-free until 31 Dec 2022Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$22,500 (Year 1) & $11,250 (Year 2)

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.

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing will equip you with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed for a successful career in the health care industry. 

This qualification enables you to meet Nursing Council competencies for enrolled nurses, and prepares you for practice under the direction and delegation of a registered nurse.

Enrolled nurses work as part of a team to contribute to care planning and deliver nursing care to health consumers in community, residential or hospital settings. They are accountable for their nursing actions, and practice competently in accordance with legislation, to their level of knowledge and experience.


Don’t miss your chance to study fees-free under TTAF – this free funding closes at the end of 2022!

This programme is eligible for fees-free study under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF).

You don’t need to apply to access the Fund - just enrol in an eligible 2022 programme, and the Fund will take care of a full year of your programme’s fees, covering up to 31 December 2022.

Get enrolled now! Please contact the info centre for more details. 

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

At present, in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, it's highly recommended that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 if you want to apply for this programme. All health sector organisations engaging health care workers have obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to take all reasonable steps to eliminate, or otherwise control, the risk of Covid-19 transmission in the workplace. The New Zealand Government has mandated the vaccine for frontline health care workers (first vaccination by 15 Nov 2021, and fully vaccinated by 1 Jan 2022). Many of the health care providers we work with are requiring their staff, including any students on placement, to be vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination. As more providers follow suit, if you are unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose whether or not you are vaccinated, or to provide evidence if asked, this will have an impact on healthcare placements that are allocated to you as part of your undergraduate health programme and will have an impact on you being able to successfully complete the programme.

You can see more information on this on UCOL's Covid-19 page, and on the Ministry of Health's website.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing will be able to apply to become an enrolled nurse, providing nursing care under the direction and delegation of a registered nurse or other registered health practitioner in a range of settings, including acute care, rehabilitation, and mental health in the community and/or in hospitals.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Registered Nurses.

Graduates may also wish to undertake further study at a higher level, including UCOL's Bachelor of Nursing degree.

 Course Information

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing comprises 180 credits.

Year One - Compulsory Courses

Nursing as a Profession: Enrolled Nursing (15 Credits)
Develop contemporary knowledge underpinning enrolled nursing practice.

Applied Social Science for Enrolled Nurses (15 Credits)
Learn key concepts from developmental, cultural and social theories and how these influence the health of consumers, families/whanau and the community.

Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body (15 Credits)
Learn to understand and apply the basic structure and function of major body systems to enrolled nursing practice.

Clinical Skills for Enrolled Nursing (15 Credits)
Safely practise skills in a simulated clinical setting under the direction of a Registered Nurse.

Foundations for Enrolled Nursing Practice (30 Credits) (250 Clinical Hours)
Undertake clinical experience in a range of health care settings to meet entry level Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the enrolled nurse scope of practice.

Enrolled Nursing Practice: Rehabilitation (30 Credits) (50 Clinical Simulation Hours) (150 Clinical Hours)
Learn to demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes to meet the requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the enrolled nurse scope of practice in settings that support the principles of rehabilitation.

Year Two - Compulsory Courses

Enrolled Nursing Practice: Acute Care (30 Credits) (50 Clinical Simulation Hours) (150 Clinical Hours)
Learn to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes in an acute care (medical/surgical/peri-operative) setting to meet the requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the enrolled nurse scope of practice.

Enrolled Nursing Practice: Mental Health and Addictions (30 Credits) (50 Clinical Simulation Hours) (150 Clinical Hours)
Learn to demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes when working with health consumers in mental health settings to meet the requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the enrolled nurse scope of practice.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

The Nurse Education Team have strong links with industry and students gain a wide range of clinical experience in Mental Health, Medical/Surgical, Aged Care and Primary Health environments across the three years of study.

 Learning Facilities

Simulation, Nursing skills and Science labs

 Domestic Entry Requirements

All applications are required to:

  • Declare any previous criminal convictions prior to admission being confirmed; and
  • Authorise UCOL to obtain a background check from the New Zealand Police Licensing and Vetting Agency; and
  • Complete a Health Declaration Form; and
  • Hold a first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace), which is current at the time the programme starts.
  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee report(s). Your referee reports, personal statement and interview (if required) should provide evidence of appropriateness to study in the nursing profession. In your personal statement you should outline why you have chosen nursing as a career and describe the personal qualities and relevant aspects from your life experiences which will enhance your application.
  • Provide certified copies of all relevant documentation.

The Head of School of Nursing may require students to provide additional information before the admission is confirmed.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

NCEA Level 2

Applicants over 20 years of age:
Applicants 20 years or older with no formal academic qualifications must provide evidence of literacy, numeracy and an ability to study at the appropriate level. This can be through study, work and/or life experience.

Equivalence may include but is not limited to:

  • Equivalent academic qualifications
  • Other academic qualifications
  • Successful previous tertiary experience
  • Employment history
  • Satisfactory results from a diagnostic test
  • Literacy/numeracy level
  • Life skills
  • Recommendation/Testimonial


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

 International Entry Requirements

International students will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to ensure they meet New Zealand University Entrance requirements. In addition, in accordance with NCNZ (2007a) and the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act [HPCA] (2003) requirements, international students whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the general medium of instruction is not English, will be required to provide documentary evidence of proficiency in English (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS Academic score of 6.5 in all bands (or equivalent including TOEFL).  UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.  IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

Successful completion of New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) (Academic).

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL will undertake a safety check of all students after enrolment to ensure UCOL meets the legislative requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act, 2014.  UCOL will do this on behalf of Hospitals, District Health Boards, Primary Health Organisations and GP practices which host UCOL student placements.  The safety check involves confirming the student's work history, verifying their suitability to work with children with a trusted referee, and completing New Zealand Police vetting. 

Clinical Placements
As preparation to becoming a qualified registered enrolled nurse, students will undertake 900 hours of clinical practice in a variety of health care settings.

Students studying UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing in Horowhenua will undertake their clinical placements in Whanganui. Travel and accommodation are at their own cost. The placements will include:

  • Aged care - foundation - 7 weeks
  • Rehabilitation - 4 weeks
  • Medical/surgical - 4 weeks
  • Mental health - 4 weeks

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email (not via the online application form).

Domestic Fees: Currently eligible for fees-free

Year 1 - $7592.00

Year 2 (Final 6 months) - $3796.00

International Fees

Year 1 - $22,500.00

Year 2 (Final 6 months) - $11,250.00

 Additional Costs

Please note the costs you will need to budget for with the NZ Diploma in Enrolled Nursing:

Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
Students must hold a current Comprehensive First Aid certification as an entry requirement for this programme. You will need to arrange to complete this in your own time through NZ Red Cross at a cost of $225.00.

Other Costs
Textbooks - approximately $253.00
Watch with second hand - approximately $40.00
Shoes and skirt/trousers - approximately $200.00
Travel and accommodation - approximately $300.00
Serology and MRSA testing - approximately $275.00
First Aid Certificate (if required) - $225.00

Please note that these costs are approximations, as actual costs vary from year to year dependent on supplier.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.