How to Become a Registered Nurse in New Zealand?
Pathway programmes as per your current and previous nursing qualifications, work experience and English proficiency level.
CAP - Competence Assessment Program
This short term, 6 weeks integrated theory-practice programme has been designed to meet the needs of Overseas Registered Nurses who are required to successfully complete a competency based programme in order to attain Nursing Council of New Zealand registration as a Registered Nurse.
Those holding a valid registration as a R.N. in their home country with one year work experience as a registered nurse and in position of a valid IELTS overall as well as all sub-segment scores not less than 7.0 are eligible to apply for CAP provided, they have already obtained an assessment letter from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
Successful registration as a registered nurse with the council makes the newly registered nurse eligible to practice as R.N. in New Zealand after obtaining a full-time employment and work permit. They may also consider applying for permanent residence permit, after getting a work permit.
Please contact us with an updated resume, valid IELTS certificate and the assessment letter of the nursing council of New Zealand – in case obtained one already - to process your application for direct CAP at firstname.lastname@example.org
PG Diploma in Nursing or and Health Care
Majority of the nurses whose IETS scores do not match with the level required for CAP but, with not less than 6.5 choose to enroll on a PG Diploma programme in one of the best programme providers in New Zealand. This way they qualify for one year stay back visa with work permit after successful completion of the course. While on the studies or work permit thereafter, they do their CAP upon achieving the required level of language skills in English and later become New Zealand registered nurses.
Most of the Institutions which offer the PG Diploma specialization programmes offer CAP within the same campus.
The following programmes are available to choose from
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Mental Health Nursing.
Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing.
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences in Advanced Nursing.
Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science in Mental Health Nursing.
Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Level 8).
Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Health Care Specialty Nursing.
Postgraduate Certificate in Preoperative Specialty Nursing.
Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing.
Bachelor of Nursing for registered Nurses
One year Bachelor of Nursing for registered nurses
overseas registered nurses, Diploma / Degree, with IELTS score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0 can choose a one year course specially offered for foreign registered nurses, which leads to a New Zealand Bachelor Degree in nursing.
After achieving this Degree and with the require scores in IELTS, graduates can apply for the Competence Assessment Programme to qualify for registration with the nursing council of New Zealand as a Registered Nurse.
Two years Bachelor of Nursing for registered nurses
Those who do the Bachelor degree nursing in two years in New Zealand through the 2nd year direct entry route and complete it successfully in an approved Institution in New Zealand leads to qualifying for registration with the nursing council without any further requirements of CAP or IELTS tests.
Here too, to be accepted in to the course they should be registered nurses in their home country with at least one year of work experience as a registered nurse with an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS and no score less than 6.0, individually.
English Studies For Nursing Registration (ESNR)
English Studies for Nursing Registration programme prepares foreign educated nurses to become a Registered Nurse in New Zealand. The goals of the programme are
To raise the level of the overseas-registered nurses’ standard of English to that required for nursing registration.
To prepare overseas-registered nurses’ for study in a New Zealand Institute of Technology or Polytechnic’s nursing programmes.
To assist overseas nurses to communicate more effectively in a NZ healthcare environment.
To assist foreign educated nurses to adapt to the expectations and culture of NZ nursing curriculum and workplace.
The ESNR programme was specially designed to assist overseas qualified nurses to achieve an IELTS score of 7.0 OR a 'B' passes in all four skill areas of Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
The programme consists of two course
A. IELTS Preparation OR OET Preparation (26 weeks)
This component of the programme consists of two options
i. Intensive IELTS Preparation course
ii. Intensive OET Preparation course
Learners can choose the option they would like to study based on the test they intend to take.
B. Working in NZ – Seminars and Workshops
The second component of the programme is designed to introduce nurses to New Zealand health industry, living in New Zealand and workplace culture. Nurses would also be taught how to write a CV, search for jobs, apply for jobs and attend an interview.
After completing this course, nurses will be assisted by the institution’s job recruitment partners to obtain part-time work* of up to 20 hours per week.
The entry requirements for this programme are
A complete 4 year B.Sc. Nursing degree.
Current practicing certificate.
Registration as a nurse in own country.
Employment as a registered nurse in a practice setting in the last five years.
IELTS (Academic Test) score of 6.0 across all bands.