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4786 Diploma in Enrolled Nursing - Invercargill

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 5

October 2016


18 months full time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 180

This 18 month programme prepares students to apply for registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand as an Enrolled Nurse.  Students gain knowledge and skills in nursing, social science, and structure and function of the human body. They will learn skills in simulated learning environments which they then apply on placements in clinical practice.  During the programme students will undertake a range of clinical courses in different health care settings including rehabilitation, acute care and mental health.

Part One – Foundation Component

The overall aim of Part One is to provide the foundational knowledge and skills required to enable the student to work as part of the health care team with clients/patients/residents in a range of hospital and community settings.

NURS401 The Discipline of Nursing

NURS402  Applied Structure and Function of the Human Body

NURS403  Applied Social Science for Enrolled Nurses

NURS404  Clinical Skills for Enrolled Nurses

NURS410  Foundations for Enrolled Nurse Practice


Part Two: Specialty

The aim of Part Two is to incorporate all knowledge gained in Part One and develop new speciality skills around these three specific Acute fields.

NURS510  Enrolled Nurse Practice: Rehabilitation

NURS520  Enrolled Nurse Practice: Acute Care

NURS530  Enrolled Nurse Practice: Mental Health and Addiction

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs of $1098 (Y1) + $838 (Y2) (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

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

Graduates of the 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 in a variety of health care settings under the direction and delegation of a Registered 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 NCNZ for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

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

NCEA Level 2  or equivalent - 80 credits total. This includes: 10 credits in NCEA English/Literacy Level 1, plus 10 credits in NCEA Mathematics/Numeracy or Pangarau Level 1, as well as a further 60 credits at level 2 or above in each of English, Mathematics, a science related subject and 1 other of choice. 

Specific Admission criteria
All applicants must:

  • Hold a current first aid certificate.
  • 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 candidates suitability for working in health care.
  • All applicants will be required to participate in a group interview at SIT Invercargill campus, and must produce copies of applicable certificates as evidence of prior achievements before interviews.
  • Provide a confidential report from the institution where a candidate is applying to transfer to another institution.

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.

Additional Requirements
All successful applicants are required to provide relevant evidence of health screening to meet various health authority and institutional requirements.

For students to be considered to have satisfactorily completed an SIT programme, and be eligible for award of a qualification, they must have:

  • attended for not less than 80% of the timetabled class hours and other scheduled learning activities relating to the programme
  • completed all scheduled course work requirements and assessments
  • successfully completed assessment requirements for all papers, and achieved a total of 180 credits.

In order to In order to be awarded the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing students must attain the minimum number of prescribed credits as specified in the programme schedule.

(Please note: students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours will forfeit zero fees entitlement.)

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