Prepare for a career in nursing or health studies
Duration and study methods
Full-time for 17 teaching weeks
QualificationNew Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) Nursing and Health StudiesProgramme code: NZ2863
International feesNZD$12,500 (approx.)
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Do you want to study for a career in nursing, health or counselling?
Then take the first step toward the career of your dreams with MIT.
This qualification will give you the core skills you need to study at tertiary level and provide you with an opportunity to pathway into one of our level 3 or 4 health programmes or New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Nursing Studies.
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.
At the Manukau campus, you will have access to a Kaiawhina, a Pasifika support person, a Whanau and an Mā Tātou room.
You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.
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.”
“I was born and raised in Samoa, and I came to New Zealand in 2021 because my family wanted me to come here, looking for a better future.
I chose to take a nursing programme to teach me how to take good care of myself and lead me to my dream life in the future. It pushes me harder to help my Dad who has a serious injury, but also, I want to offer my life to help out people who have special needs.
When I started my course and even now, I struggle, it's a busy life for me. Studying at MIT as a nursing student is quite hard because I am not only a student but an employee as well so I’m holding up so many responsibilities. But, I still fight to achieve this dream no matter how hard it is. I'm trying my best to study hard because my dream is to become a nurse.
Studying in the MIT environment keeps me going because the people surrounding me are so supportive and helpful. It is like everyone feels like family to me.
My advice is to prepare a plan for this pathway to the future. When you come to MIT, you have to focus on the teachers, the teachers' lessons and learning.”
Open entry for domestic students
There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.
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 https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/
International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link: https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/
For more information please visit the IELTS test centre.
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Your previous work experience and on-the-job skills, volunteering, professional development, and other provider’s qualifications can be recognised as prior learning, matched against credits in our courses, and put towards your qualification – not only saving you money but also helping you to complete your qualification faster Learn more.
You will need to complete the below three courses (60 credits):
141.320 Mathematics in practice (15 credits)
The purpose of this course is to develop and expand your knowledge and understanding of numeracy through real-world learning experiences, in order to meet the varied demands of your personal life, study and intended career destination
161.306 Pathway projects (30 credits)
The purpose of this course is to develop and expand your knowledge and understanding of Science through real-world learning experiences. It will also enable you to progressively apply, consolidate and demonstrate the skills and knowledge developed in Science, Numeracy and Literacy in order to meet the varied demands of your personal life, study and intended career destination.
181.336 Communication in practice (15 credits)
The purpose of this course is to develop and expand your knowledge and understanding of literacy through real-world learning experiences, in order to meet the varied demands of your personal life, study and intended career destination.
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?
Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.
Further training or study
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Nursing Studies
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. Free study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 24 year olds (Youth Guarantee). 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 May 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.