This programme includes 3 weeks of theory and 6 weeks of clinical practice including assessments. Applications are accepted subject to the availability of suitable clinical placement.
Programme Specific Information
Obtain a current practicing certificate to work as a registered nurse in New Zealand.
This intensive programme comprises of three weeks of theory and includes study in ethics, regulations in New Zealand, quality assurance, cultural safety and preparation for clinical practice and a practical clinical component which runs for six weeks.
Please note this is a pathway to reactivate your existing scope of practice.
Internationally qualified nurses please note: this programme will accept internationally qualified nurses who currently hold an approved registration in a country other than New Zealand. Internationally qualified nurses require a current visa or other evidence of right to study in New Zealand, with the appropriate letter to allow entry to the clinical workplace.
Applications are accepted subject to the availability of suitable clinical placement.
Return to Nursing Workforce Support Fund
If you are in work or have a pending nursing role your workplace or intended employer may be able to apply for funding towards your CAP study at WITT.
To qualify you must be
- A NZ citizen, resident-class visa holder or have confirmed eligibility to apply for the 2021 Resident Visa.
- An internationally qualified nurse who is currently working as a Health Care Assistant/Support worker for an ARC provider, DHB, or NGO, and is intending to work for the employer as a Registered Nurse.
Find out more here.
COVID-19 vaccination requirements
Government COVID-19 vaccine mandates finished on Monday 26 September 2022, however, many placement providers will require that ākonga (students) are vaccinated against COVID-19 (up to two vaccinations and one booster), before they allow any placements to proceed. Placements are an integral part of our health programmes and ākonga must complete these practical elements to successfully achieve their qualification. We cannot, therefore, guarantee a placement without this evidence, as per our clinical placement agreements with placement providers. If there are any questions or concerns relating to this, please email HealthWellnessEnrolments@witt.ac.nz in the first instance and one of our team will be in contact.
On acceptance into the programme, ākonga are required to complete a health screening to provide current evidence of their immunisation status, as required by Te Puna Whai Ora | Ministry of Health and our placement providers. At this stage ākonga will also need to provide a copy of their Covid vaccination record.
After completion of the theory and clinical components and having successfully met the Nursing Council of New Zealand's competencies for registration, you may apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for a current practicing certificate.
- Textbooks - price TBC
- Indemnity Insurance (Compulsory)
- Or NZNO - approx $40
- Or Nurses Society - $25
- Or Private Cover - approx $350
- Medical screening (MRSA) - approx $65
- Vital Sign Pack - prices will vary depending on the supplier you use
- Fob Watch - prices will vary depending on the supplier you use
- Vaccinations (recommended) - up to $450 depending on immunity status (excl any clinical consultation fees)
- Folders, writing pads, pens, etc. - $50
- Computer consumables - $150
- Uniform (x2) - approx $90 each
Travel to and from clinical placements
As placements may be undertaken throughout the Taranaki region travel costs will vary.
Changes for 2023 learners
On 1 November 2022, WITT and the programme you have enrolled in became part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology .
When you apply to study with WITT in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed.
Please note that all programmes offered by WITT and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review. This is to make sure they are portable, consistent, and aligned with the needs of the industry to provide you with excellent and quality educational opportunities.