Study Pathways to Become a Registered Nurse in
New Zealand

There are pathways to qualify as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand, which applies to the following category of applicants:


 English Studies For Nursing Registration (ESNR)


The ESNR programme was specially designed to assist overseas qualified nurses with 6.0 and above in IELTS but not up to the level set by the New Zealand Nursing Council R.N. registration.

This 26 weeks programme has two components;

Component 1: Component 2:
(a) 26 weeks IELTS Preparation course

(OR)

(b) OET Preparation course.
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 job recruitment partners of the institution to obtain part-time work of up to 20 hours per week (if permitted as per the visa currently holding by the student)

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 for at least 1 year, in the last five years
  • IELTS (Academic Test) score of 6.0 across all bands.

 Pre-English Studies For Nursing Registration (Pre-ESNR)


This programme is designed for qualified nurses that do not fulfill the IELTS 6.0 requirement for the ESNR programme. Upon completion of the Pre-ESNR programme, learners will be promoted to the ESNR programme.

The programme itself consists of two courses

(a.) IELTS Preparation OR OET Preparation (48 weeks):
This component of the programme consists of two options. Option A is the Intensive IELTS Preparation course and Option B is the 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 WIE’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 5.0 across all bands.



 Conversion Of Diploma into BSN Leading to CAP And Registration


Applicants with an overseas Diploma in Nursing and registered as a nurse in their home country may choose any one of their appropriate programme.

(a.) Bachelor of Nursing for Registered Nurses
(1 year):


( The required IELTS score is 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0)

A programme specially offered to Internationally Educated Nurses with a Diploma in Nursing giving an opportunity to convert the said Diploma in to a New Zealand Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Nursing.

After achieving this Degree and with 7.0 in ILETS, these graduates can easily register with the Nursing Council of New Zealand as Registered Nurses.
(b.) Direct entry in to 2nd year Bachelor Degree in Nursing

The qualifications mentioned in (a) are required to apply for this programme. And successful completion of this programme will qualify the graduates eligible for registration as R.N. with the Nursing Council of New Zealand without any further or additional requirements.


 Competence Assessment Programme (CAP) (6 - 12 Weeks)


This competency based 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. For more information, please go to www.wie.ac.nz/Cap.htm.

The Registered Nurse will be updated across the scope of nursing practice and have the opportunity to revise his/her nursing knowledge in order to achieve prescribed Nursing Council of New Zealand Competencies.

Applicants from a country where English is not the first or native language must provide certification from an accepted language testing authority indicating that they have achieved the required standard of performance in the English language within the last two years. Accepted tests and related standards include:

Upon successful registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand, the applicant would now be a fully qualified, registered nurse and can seek employment in New Zealand. With a job offer, the applicant can gain a work visa. After obtaining a work visa and full-time employment, the applicant may apply for permanent residence in New Zealand.


Please contact for more information; 098409 47417 / 095661 95111