New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)

Learn the theory and clinical nursing practice required to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse with the Nursing Council of New Zealand with this 18-month diploma programme. Your study comprises of a combination of theory, practice in simulated environments, and clinical placements in different healthcare settings.

Practice your skills in different nursing contexts such as rehabilitation, acute care, and mental health while studying the fundamentals of nursing and the human body.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

NCEA Level 2 which must include 12 credits in Level 1 Mathematics OR

New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Health Pathway or equivalent

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), we will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

English Requirements

If English is not the applicant’s first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

  • IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.5 in any subtest)


IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

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 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.

Career Options

  • Graduate enrolled nurses working for Te Whatu Ora usually earn $68,000 a year. ($70,000 from 1 April 2024.)  Enrolled nurses usually earn $68,000-$84,000 per year.  Source: Te Whatu Ora and NZHO

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WITT and this programme are part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology 

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