Goodbye fees, study nursing for free^.

As part of the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) to rebuild New Zealand's economy, you can now study the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5) for free.

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Want to make a real difference caring for people in your community? A career in nursing might be for you.

The industry needs more essential workers who are passionate about improving health outcomes for others. You could work locally or abroad in a range of different specialities.

When you graduate from one of our nursing programmes, you'll be ready to sit the Nursing Council of New Zealand State Examination and apply for registration as an enrolled or registered nurse in New Zealand. 

You'll be supported to succeed throughout your journey with access to a Kaiawhina, a Pasifika support person, a Whānau and a Mā Tātou room.

Māori and Pasifika pathways

If you are of Māori or Pasifika descent and are passionate about making a difference to the health and wellbeing of your people you can get additional support on your study journey with Te Ara Oranga.

Learn with like-minded people in an environment that works around your needs and supports you to succeed. You’ll also get connected with future employers, opening doors to your health career pathway.

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Short courses

Keen to study a stand-alone course?
Whether you want to study an individual course to gain proficiency in a specific area, or are looking to upskill with a short course. This is where you'll find it.

Find out more about nursing short courses.

Potential jobs
JobAverage salary»
Registered Nurse

$47K-$68K per year (with 1 – 5 years’ experience)

$68K-$114K per year (senior nurses)

»Sourced from January 2017

There a huge range of jobs within nursing. From hospital based roles, to ones based in the community, nursing jobs that take you around the world to ones that take a step back from patient contact as a qualified nurse, you will have be able find a career that suits you. We've listed some possible jobs in the table below to give you some idea of the diversity involved in nursing.

Hospital-based nursing

Most of those who have a nursing degree simply begin work as a Registered Nurse before choosing an area of specialization. Once you have some experience there is a huge range of nursing opportunities for you to choose from. Here are a few examples.


Burns Unit Nurse

Work with people who have suffered burns, including fire burns and acid burns.

Cardiac Catheterization Lab Nurse

Help to insert catheters into aortas to diagnose heart conditions.

Critical Care Nurse

Critical care nursing is one of the most fast-paced jobs.

Emergency Nurse

You will never know what sort of cases you are going to get. Expect long, unsociable hours in a fast-paced environment.

Gastroenterology Nurse

Work with people who suffer from conditions affecting the digestive system and gastrointestinal tract.

NICU Nurse

Work with very sick and premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Oncology Nurse

Work with cancer patients.

Paediatric Nurse

Work with children between the ages of 0 and 19.

Radiology Nurse

Work extensively with cancer patients.

Renal Nurse

Work extensively with patients suffering from kidney disease and failure.

Surgery Nurse

Assist surgeons during procedures, as well as look after patients during recovery.
Community-based nursing

Provide health services, preventive care, intervention and health education to communities.


Aged Care Nurse Manager

Work in the growing aged care industry delivering a range of health services to the elderly.

Diabetes Management Nurse

Educate diabetes about their condition and how to manage it effectively.

District Nurse

Take responsibility over health delivery and health promotion in a specific district.

General Practice Nurse

Work with everybody in the family, seeing them as a full unit rather than groups of individuals.

Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse

Hospice nursing is hard, as you will be dealing with people who are dying. Your role will be to allow them to do so comfortably and in a dignified manner, and supported by their loved ones.

Mental Health Nurse

Work with people with psychiatric problems in hospitals or psychiatric wards and prisons.

Nurse Practitioner

Become a highly skilled autonomous health practitioners who have advanced education, clinical training and demonstrated competency.

Occupational Nurse

Work in large companies or in hospitals. You will ensure people can work in a mentally and physically safe manner.

Outpatient Care Nurse

This is a highly specialized field of nursing where you deal with patients who have problems with wounds, ostomy and continence.

Plunket Nurse

Work with children and families in the community from 0 to 5 years.

Public Health Nurse

See whether certain initiatives have actually improved the health outcomes of the population and why.
Rehabilitation Nurse Help people who have had an accident or other physical issue to regain as much mobility as possible.

School Nurse

Work directly with children. You will have some time off during school holidays.

Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing

Only some 4,000 nurses worldwide have specialized in this field to date.
Travel the world nursing

The nursing degree that you obtain in this country can be transferred to a license to practice in most other countries.

Army Nurse The army is always looking for nurses, particularly since we are still involved in a number of different conflicts.

Cruise Ship Nurse

This is a fantastic opportunity for those who want to travel the world. You will generally have a reasonably low workload, but you do have to be on call around the clock.

Flight or Transport Nurse

Help treat people who have to be expatriated due to illness or injury.

Missionary Nurse

Spread the word of God throughout the world, while at the same time deliver health care to impoverished countries.

NGO Nurse such as for Medicine San Frontier

Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) often help to improve the world on a very personal level and offer very rewarding career options.
Non-patient contact roles

Not all jobs require patient content. These are few examples of non-patient contact jobs.


Health Coach

Teach others how to obtain and maintain optimum health.

Legal Nurse Consultant

Relates to the handling of medical malpractice cases.

Medical Journalist

Investigate and report on healthcare issues around the globe.
Nursing Facility Administrator Handle the administration in facilities like nursing homes. Generally, you will have very little direct contact with patients.


Gives you the opportunity to pave the way for the future.

Sales and Marketing roles in medical devices, pharmaceutical industries

This is an interesting field for nurses who no longer wish to work directly with patients. Working for pharmaceutical and medical companies is a very interesting alternative.

^Free study for this qualification may be available to you under the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Visit for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student and meet any other entry criteria as required. Some costs may also apply. Free study is subject to funding confirmation.