Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

Enrolled nurses work under the direction and delegation of a registered nurse, on a variety of health and disability settings. This programme provides theory and hands-on experience to develop the skills required to become an enrolled nurse.  LEVEL 5

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Programme Overview

The Diploma of Enrolled Nursing is a Level 5, full time programme run over 18 months and is approved by Nursing Council of New Zealand. Students who successfully complete the programme sit the State Final Examination conducted by the Nursing Council of New Zealand, to apply for registration as an Enrolled Nurse.
Enrolled Nurses assist registered nurses to deliver nursing care to individuals in community, residential and hospital settings. They perform delegated interventions from the nursing care plan to provide care and comfort for individuals and groups, assist and support clients with activities of daily living, observe and report changes in individual/group conditions and behaviours, safeguard dignity and promote independence and health and safety. Enrolled Nurses contribute to nursing assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation, but the RN (registered nurse) remains responsible overall.

The programme is a combination of theory (classroom based sessions at the Whitireia Porirua campus) and supported clinical experience (practical/hands-on work, which is undertaken in a variety of community and hospital settings).


Programme Outline

The Diploma in Enrolled Nursing is taught is two parts: Part A, the Foundation Component is taught in the first nine months of the programme and Part B, is taught in the second half of the 18 month programme. 

Part A / Level 4: The overall aim of Part A 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.

Part B /Level 5: The aim of Part B is to prepare students to work effectively, efficiently and safely within a variety of broad practice areas including hospitals and community settings.

Entry Requirements


  • 12 credits in NCEA English Level 1
  • 12 credits in NCEA Mathematics (or Pāngarau) Level 1
  • AND 36 credits NCEA Level 2 or equivalent

Additional Entry Requirements

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English Language Skills.  IELTS 6.5 Academic in all bands, or equivalent is required.

All Applicants


  • Provide a completed medical declaration and /or evidence of a current health certificate indicating ability to practice safely from a registered health practitioner.
  • On Acceptance into the programme each applicant will be required to submit a New Zealand Police Authorisation to Disclosure of Information - Exception' form with their application which will be sent to the Police Licensing and Vetting Service if the applicant is accepted into the programme. Click here for further Information on the New Zealand Vetting Service.
  • Provide two testimonials and/or character references attesting to candidate’s suitability for working in Health Care.
  • Attend an interview.
  • A Health declaration is required - acceptance into the programme will be dependant on this. A medical certificate may be requested from applicants.
  • On acceptance into the programme, applicants will be required to complete health screening for Hepatitis B, Rubella, Measles, Chickenpox and Tuberculosis.

Applicants offered a place in the programme will be given a date to accept the offer by; if the offer is not accepted by this date, the place may be offered to another applicant. ​

Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

Campus Starts on Duration
Porirua 2016: 15 February 18 months, full-time

Domestic Fees: $6,280 (Part A only)

International Fees: $23,950 NZD (Part A only)


Entry Requirements

Domestic students

36 credits NCEA Level 2 or equivalent; 12 credits NCEA Level 1 English and 12 credits NCEA Level 1 mathematics; evidence of suitability based on police vetting and health declaration

International students

Proven equivalence for Domestic Entry Requirements plus IELTS 6.5 in each band

Career Opportunities

Graduates who complete the Diploma in Enrolled Nursing, pass the NCNZ examination and meet all other NCNZ requirements will be competent to practice as a beginning level Enrolled Nurse, who work under the direction and delegation of a Registered Nurse. 

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