Applications are now open. Programme availability may be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.
Who is this for
This programme is for you if you are:
An Internationally Qualified Nurse - Meet competence requirements to register to practice in New Zealand.
Returning to Nursing - You were registered in New Zealand but you have been out of practice for 5 years or more.
About this programme
This Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) enables registered nurses to meet competence requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand. Graduates can apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for a New Zealand Registered Nurse Practising Certificate, and can work in all healthcare settings.
This flexible course consists of 2 weeks theory and up to 6 weeks clinical. Students must attend class for 2 compulsory days in the 2 week theory component.
What you will learn
You will be able to:
Demonstrate competency in the Nursing Council of New Zealand required domains of professional responsibility, management of nursing care, interpersonal relationships, inter-professional health care and quality improvement
Apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for a New Zealand Registered Nurse practising certificate
Preceptors and clinical teachers provide one to one support in clinical placements and online.
Courses in this programme
719.701 - Returning to Practice: Registered Nurse
719.702 - Nursing Practice: Clinical
Able to work in all healthcare settings
Supervise the work of Enrolled Nurses and Health Care Assistants
May be eligible to enrol in postgraduate studies
New Zealand Applicants
Prior to enrolment all New Zealand applicants must have a registration number from NCNZ. It is recommended that the Nursing Council is contacted prior to enrolment to confirm requirements for maintaining individual practicing certificate.
Prior to enrolment all international applicants must contact the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) to obtain a letter from NCNZ giving directions to the individual applicant regarding English language and competence requirements. International applicants should contact the International Office.
All applicants will be required to disclose any previous criminal convictions, any charges awaiting hearing and declare any health issues that are likely to impact on their ability to undertake the course at the time of application. Successful applicants will need to provide a clearance from the Ministry of Justice’s computer systems.
All applicants will be required to provide the names and contact details of 2 people who are prepared to act as confidential referees.
At present, in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, it's highly recommended that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 if you want to apply for this programme. All health sector organisations engaging health care workers have obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 to take all reasonable steps to eliminate, or otherwise control, the risk of Covid-19 transmission in the workplace. The New Zealand Government has mandated the vaccine for frontline health care workers. Many of the health care providers we work with are requiring their staff, including any students on placement, to be vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination. As more providers follow suit, if you are unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose whether or not you are vaccinated, or to provide evidence if asked, this will have an impact on healthcare placements that are allocated to you as part of your undergraduate health programme and will have an impact on you being able to successfully complete the programme.
Places on this course are very limited, and preference is given to applicants living in the Northland area.
Record of Attainment
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. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions