New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing - Invercargill

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 5

2019 Semester 1: 07 October to 03 May


18 months full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 180

To enable learners to access a nursing qualification that prepares them for practice under the direction and delegation of a registered nurse in a variety of health care settings.  It also enables students to meet the Nursing Council competencies for enrolled nurses.

Year One

NURS411  Nursing as a Profession: Enrolled Nursing

NURS412  Applied Social Science for Enrolled Nurses

NURS413  Applied Structure and Function of the Human body

NURS414  Clinical Skills for Enrolled Nursing

NURS415  Foundations for Enrolled Nursing Practice


Year Two

NURS511  Enrolled Nursing Practice: Acute Care

NURS512  Enrolled Nursing Practice: Mental Health and Addictions

NURS513  Enrolled Nursing Practice: Rehabilitation

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 direct material costs of $1210 (GST inclusive) 

There is free car parking around SIT and at many of the local clinical placements.

International Fees can be found here


Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing are able to deliver nursing care and health education across the lifespan of health consumers, in a variety of health care settings under the direction and delegation of a registered nurse.  Graduates of this programme (who additionally meet Nursing Council of New Zealand requirements) will be competent to practise as a beginning level Enrolled Nurse.

Graduates will work within the scope of practice of an Enrolled Nurse and be able to:

  • Safely apply knowledge and skills to deliver patient/client care across a range of health care settings
  • Competently assess health status and perform appropriate interventions in a manner that supports best health outcomes for clients
  • Establish, maintain and conclude therapeutic, interpersonal relationships
  • Work collaboratively and communicate in oral, written and electronic mediums relevant to the interdisciplinary health care team
  • Apply professional judgement, accountability and responsibility in ensuring that nursing practice and conduct meets professional, ethical and legal requirements and standards
  • Practise in a manner that is culturally safe and promotes health, autonomy, self determination and quality of life
  • Be responsible for own ongoing professional development to maintain competence

On completion of the programme, graduates are eligible to apply to Nursing Council New Zealand for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Applications are encouraged from applicants from diverse backgrounds who are seeking to be employed in health care.

School Leavers
NCEA Level 2, 80 credits total or the equivalent. This includes:

  • 10 credits in NCEA English/Literacy Level 1 plus
  • 12 credits in NCEA Mathematics/Numeracy or Pangarau Level 1 as well as 
  • A further 58 credits at Level 2 or above in each of English, Mathematics, a science related subject and one other of choice

Mature Applicants (20 years of age or older)
Successful completion of the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation or an equivalent programme of study at  NZQA Level 4 within the past five years.

For your group interview, you will have 30 minutes to complete a numeracy assessment. You can expect 30 questions. Download a sample of 10 questions here, which are reflective of the types of questions you can expect.

Specific Admission criteria

All applicants must:

  • Hold a current first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John’s Workplace). This first aid certificate must be current at the time the programme starts
  • Provide a completed medical declaration and/or evidence of a current health certificate indicating ability to practice safely from a registered health practitioner
  • Each applicant will be required to submit a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form with their application, which will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service if the applicant is accepted into the programme. This is returned in confidence to the Academic and Relationship Leader.  Information on the New Zealand Vetting Service is available from their website
  • Provide two testimonials and/or character references attesting to the candidate’s suitability for working in Health Care
  • Be prepared to attend an interview
  • Provide a confidential report from the institution where a candidate is applying to transfer to another institution

Additional Requirements

The following are required for all successful applicants:

  • Relevant evidence of health screening to meet various Health Authority and Institutional requirements. MRSA clearance is required by most clinical practice areas.

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency  Assessment, or one of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below:

  • IELTS Academic English language test overall score of 6.5 that includes a score of at least 6.5 in each of Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking.
  • TOEFL Paper based pOT score of 550 with an essay score of 5 TWE
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) – Score of 590 (with an essay score 5.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) – Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – CAE or CPE with a score of 176.  No less than 169 in each skill.
  • NZCEL – Level 5 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic score of 58)
  • City of Guilds IESOL  – C1 Expert with a score of 42

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have successfully achieved 1 of the English language tests listed above.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 180 compulsory credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5).

Please Note: Students failing to attend for 80% of the timetabled programme hours may forfeit Zero Fees entitlement

Graduates of this programme can apply to continue their nursing education with the Bachelor of Nursing programme.