Pre-degree preparation for nursing
Duration and study methods
Full-time for 17 teaching weeks
QualificationNew Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Nursing StudiesProgramme code: NZ2860
Explore the free options available for this programme, and check your eligibility:
Do you want to become a nurse or healthcare professional?
This qualification will give you the essential skills to pathway into one of our nursing programmes.
You will get hands-on learning of which some will be in our modern clinical learning suite.
Our supportive learning environment will enable you to build your confidence and independence throughout your journey.
When you graduate, you will be ready to study one of our nursing or health programmes.
Māori and Pasifika pathways
If you are of Māori or Pasifika descent then you also have access to Te Ara Oranga while studying this programme.
Te Ara Oranga will support you to succeed in a way that suits your needs and you will get connected with industry, opening doors to your health career pathway.
"I dropped out of high school at the age of 17 after finishing Level 2 NCEA. I realised school wasn’t for me, but I found the opportunity to start fresh at MIT.
I chose nursing because I love science and medicine, I also want to give back and support our nurses, and make our people feel good.
MIT is where my mum graduated from and so far, it’s a lovely, safe, diverse educational environment with lots of opportunities, support and love. MIT is like a kick-starter and gives me the motivation to learn to manage my time and be organised. My teachers always help and support me along the way.
I would like to continue my studies and become a registered nurse."
“I chose this subject because I wanted to give back to the people and the community and also help those in need.
If you have a passion for nursing MIT is the right place for you because it caters to you and your needs by being surrounded by diverse people/cultures and teachers who only want you to become the best version of you.
I chose to study at MIT because of its amazing new facilities and how convenient and close it is to me compared to other universities. I enjoy the amazing people/community and how I got to make such amazing friendships with the people, also the support from the teachers and peers.
I have found the workload a challenge. I am overcoming this by using my own time to study outside of class time and also taking as many notes and asking as many questions as I can. I fit studying into my life by having a dedicated to-do list and also taking a bit of time out of my day to focus on my studies.
When I finish this programme I want to apply and get into the Level 7 Bachelor of Nursing.
My advice would be to go in with an open mind, listen, study hard, be confident, don’t be shy to make new connections and get out of your comfort zone.”
Matthew San Diego
“I was in college, but I left when I was 16 years old. I decided to pursue a career in medicine because I didn't want to sit around doing nothing and because it runs in my family to some extent.
It doesn't matter if you dropped out when you did or anything; this field is worth studying because it will lead to a fulfilling career.
The subjects are enjoyable, and the people are wonderful. Every place is different, but MIT focuses on getting its students through exams.
I want to be a registered nurse or midwife.”
All applicants entering the nursing pathway will be required to partake in literacy and numeracy testing to ensure suitability for the programme.
Students must score 70% on each test (literacy and numeracy).
International students: English language entry requirements
For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules
Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme or training scheme may be eligible to be enrolled. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements may also be eligible to be enrolled in exceptional circumstances where they can demonstrate capability for study at the required level. Such decisions must consider any applicable pre-requisites and will be made by the Head of School.
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You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):
105.433 Skills for successful tertiary study (15 credits)
Prepares you to study successfully at tertiary level in nursing studies.
105.435 Project pathway A (15 credits)
Enables you to substantially and progressively apply, consolidate and demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed in this Science course as well as the Skills for Successful Tertiary Study and Building Communication Competence courses through authentic learning experiences in order to meet the varied demands of your personal life, study and intended career destination in nursing and health fields.
105.436 Project pathways B (15 credits)
Enables you to substantially and progressively apply, consolidate and demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed in this Numeracy course as well as the Skills for Successful Tertiary Study and Building Communication Competence courses through authentic learning experiences in order to meet the varied demands of your personal life, study and intended career destination in nursing and health fields.
181.432 Building communication competence (15 credits)
Enables you to effectively use a variety of communication strategies to support your learning and your future career pathways in nursing and health fields in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Further training or study
Further study at certificate, diploma or degree level within nursing or health and counselling.
- New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)
- Bachelor of Nursing (Level 7)
- Bachelor of Nursing Pacific (Level 7)
- Bachelor of Nursing Maaori (Level 7) (Te Tohu Paetahi Tikanga Rangatira aa-Tapuhi)
Health and counselling:
Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.
Information is correct as at 29 March 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pukenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.