New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)

18 Months

The Enrolled Nurse programme is an eighteen-month course which leads to registration as an Enrolled Nurse.

Enrolled Nurses work under the direction and delegation of Registered Nurses or other registered health practitioner in a range of settings including acute care, rehabilitation, and mental health in the community and/or in hospitals.

This qualification meets the Nursing Council of New Zealand requirements for application for registration in the enrolled nurse scope of practice.

The graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Apply nursing knowledge and skills to safely deliver health care 
  • Assess health status and undertake appropriate interventions in a manner that supports best health outcomes for health consumers
  • Establish, maintain and conclude therapeutic interpersonal relationships
  • Work collaboratively and communicate effectively within 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
  • Practice in a manner that is culturally safe and promotes  health, autonomy, self- determination and quality of life for health consumers
  • Apply the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to enrolled nursing practice
  • Identify and advocate for the needs of the health consumer and work in a partnership with the health consumer and/or family/whanau or support person(s).

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

Workload & schedule

This course is split into two parts. There are four theory courses in Part One including clinical skills taught in the practice and simulation rooms, and one clinical course of 300 hours in clinical practice settings.  Students should expect to be in class 4 days per week and undertake self-directed study and online activities at other times.

During the second part of the course, students do three rotations of six weeks in school and four weeks in clinical placement in mental health, acute care and rehabilitation/primary health care/palliative care.

Over the whole programme there are eight courses, all of which include assessments to be completed.

There are regular holiday weeks  spread over the 18 months, although students will be required to be in class or on clinical placement during some of the school holidays (particularly during some of the summer break).

Clinical Experience

Students will be required to attend clinical placements throughout the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing programme. These placements may occur anywhere in the Northland region. The student will be responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses incurred when undertaking a clinical placement outside of their home locality.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to understand follow, and respond to instructions given in English.
  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  •  NCEA Level 2 with at least 12 credits in Level 1 Mathematics; or
  •  Evidence of literacy and numeracy and an ability to study at an appropriate level. Evidence can be through study, work and/or life experience. Applicants may be required to undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment 

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.5 or an accepted international equivalence. 

All applicants must also:

  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes:
  • A personal statement that outlines why they have chosen nursing as a career and describe personal qualities and relevant aspects from their life experiences which will enhance the application.
  • Two referee reports that outline appropriateness to study in the nursing profession.
  • Authorise a Police Check for criminal convictions, including meeting the requirements of the Children’s Act 2014, and disclose any pending charges.
  • Have a level of physical and mental health commensurate with the NCNZ requirements.
  • Hold a current First Aid Certificate at the time the programme starts.
  • Have an immune status commensurate with, or complete vaccinations required by NZ health workers and in line with the policies of contracted clinical workplaces prior to any clinical placement.

Police Check Requirement

You are involved in a variety of clinical placements. Each applicant is therefore required to complete and return a NZ Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form with their application. Your completed form will be sent by NorthTec to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service and returned in confidence to the Programme Leader.

Please note that access to clinical placements is subject to police vetting clearance as specified by that agency.

Additional Requirements

You must also meet the following if you are accepted into the programme:

  • successful applicants need to have health screening (which will be provided at no charge). Any vaccinations required to meet the policies of the various clinical practice institutions and agencies, will be at the student’s expense.
  • have the ability to read and write unassisted (because of the requirement to independently and accurately read and write case notes and other documentation when in clinical practice). Applicants must be able to understand, interpret and speak English, at a level that is safe in clinical practice - the inability to do so would create risk or harm to others. Note that students may request, however, the use of a ‘reader/writer’ for exams in the instance of temporary disability.

Intakes & Applications

Dates & Bookings

To apply for this programme, you need to follow these FOUR steps.

Step 1: Complete the online application form

To begin, click the Apply Now button for the intake you wish to apply.

This programme is not open to international students.

Youth Guarantee Fund*

If you are aged 16 to 24, you could study for FREE as part of the government's Youth Guarantee fund. To qualify for the Youth Guarantee fund, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete an application for a course that is covered by the Youth Guarantee fund.
  • Be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be 16 to 24 years old at the time the course starts. Learners who are 15 years old and hold Ministry approved early leaving exemption from their school may also be eligible. This exemption must be in place before the course starts.

Priority places will be given to students who:

  • have not yet achieved NCEA Level 1 or NCEA Level 2; or
  • have completed a Level 1 or Level 2 qualification through a Youth Guarantee provision programme.

All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status is required. Programme entry criteria may apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact Studylink for more information.

Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)
Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)
Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)
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Step 2: Complete the Additional Information Form

Download the Additional Information Form. Email the completed form to

Step 3: Complete Police Vetting

Download the Police Vetting Service Request and Consent Form. Email the completed form to

Step 4: Provide two referees

Two referees must complete this Report on Applicant Form to support your application. This online referee form will remain confidential.

Please note: When you complete and submit all forms you are NOT FULLY ENROLLED until:

  • You have received formal written notification that your application has been successful; 
  • You have returned the 'offer of place' acceptance document to confirm your place on your programme of study. You will receive this 'offer of place' with your formal notification.

If you have any questions about applying to this programme, our friendly Enquiries and Enrolments team make enrolling at NorthTec easy. If you need help organising your enrolment contact us.


All applicants will be interviewed and where applicants exceed available places selection will be based on evidence of interest, motivation, academic achievement, referee’s reports and regional considerations (availability of clinical practice/work experience positions).

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All fees are in New Zealand Dollars and are approximate only - includes GST but excludes the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF) levy. Unless otherwise stated, the fees shown are for domestic students only. For programmes longer than one academic year in duration, the fees quoted are for the first year. Final study costs depends on a number of factors including the courses you select to study.

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. See our full Terms and conditions.

Additional Information

Computer/Internet Requirements

Students will need a computer less than 3 years old, together with reliable broadband access.

Career opportunities

Once registered with NCNZ, graduates may be employed in a wide range of health care, hospital and community settings. These may include:

  • Acute Care
  • Primary Care
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Mental Health & Addictions
  • Māori Health
  • Community Health
  • Aged Care

About Te Pūkenga

NorthTec is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (Te Pūkenga). From 1 October 2022, all references to NorthTec or Northland Polytechnic on this website (and any documentation linked through this website) need to be read as references to Te Pūkenga and its NorthTec business division.

Te Pūkenga brings the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and the arranging training activities of certain Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) together to create a national network. This will give learners more choices and flexibility in what, where, and how they learn.

Existing NorthTec ākonga (learners) will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga automatically in the same qualification and will continue to learn in the same way, in the same place, with the same people.

Learners should note that all programmes offered across Te Pūkenga are under review to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry and may be changed. Where there are changes to programmes that you have applied to enrol in, you will be notified of these changes.

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