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
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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.
“Nursing is a noble career, and if you really have a heart to serve people you should become a nurse. It's a workforce that’s valued locally and internationally. I would encourage anyone who wants to pursue study to come to MIT. It’s in the heart of the community and they cater for all students at all abilities. Its warmth and approach radiate from the facilities to the lecturers, to the support staff.
I chose MIT because my family and friends strongly recommended MIT. It was also closer to home. I started with the foundation programme and moved onto the nursing degree. I am now a qualified registered nurse.
Prior to studying I was a primary school teacher in Fiji. I moved to New Zealand in 2011 where I worked in mental health caring for people for 6 years. This gave me the desire to do more in this area. I have always wanted to work in nursing and contribute to the health environment – I didn’t get the opportunity to do this when I finished high school. After looking after my children and extended family when they were unwell – I knew I had the skill to become a nurse and contribute to society.
I started my nursing studies at MIT Manukau. I loved the warm, clean, inviting and welcoming space. As a pacific person the space MIT has created resonates with me and my culture. The learning suite replicates a hospital setting and sets the tone for the real thing, it’s what ‘doing’ looks like in a hospital. I liked the learning provided by the lecturers – the way they prepared their materials which was at the level students could understand. It wasn’t too overwhelming, and theory was simplified so we could understand it which made me want to learn.
My qualification and work placements with local hospital and community based health teams helped me into the workforce when I graduated.
MIT provided me with the right opportunity, at the right place, at the right time, and nursing gave me the opportunity to broaden my scope to support people. Why would I want to go anywhere else when there is such a good facility in the community.”
“MIT is a great place to study. From the first moment I arrived, I felt welcome and like part of a big family. The small classes, great resources and support from our amazing lecturers kept me on track. They were always available when we needed help. The practical skills I learnt at MIT gave me confidence during my placements and I graduated feeling well prepared to enter the workforce.”
"I enjoy talking to people and connecting with people and when you get into nursing you have opportunities to do these things. I draw my motivation from my own family and wanting to give them the best care possible. One of the main things about being able to care for our people is allowing them to live in that space and be themselves in that space. Studies have proven that a person gets better quicker when you are able to look after them holistically. So you’re looking at the person as a whole and not just the condition."
“I’ve found that giving forward is the best way to go. There’s always going to be a need for nurses and what’s a better way to help our Pacific people. A lot of our Pacific people don’t have a good understanding of health literacy. Being a nursing student and working part-time as a health care assistant I am able to help change this."
“Having a profession where you can show your family that this is what I do, I think that’s really important for us. This morning I was saving someone’s life and at 3 o'clock, now I’m at home playing with my girls outside kicking a ball. That’s the sort of stuff money can’t buy and that’s the sort of stuff you get being a health professional."
Sonny Te Wao
"MIT is the finest. The lecturers leave no stone left to answer your concerns and are outstanding at their professions. They have incredible skill on their subjects.
MIT is full of diversity, and when you're surrounded by such diverse people, you learn a lot, and you get a different perspective on things.
The curriculum has been great, but it's the people who have made my MIT experience exceptional. When I initially got here, I was scared people would be reserved and solely focused on their academics. I've been astonished. The friends I've met here are my new family.
Nursing rewards me constantly. I'm learning and developing faster than I ever imagined. I feel wonderful when my patients recover and when I comfort grieving family members. I love being a nurse because I connect and help people at their most vulnerable, unexpected times. It is the most different feeling when you heal a person. Helping others feels good, and I get compensated for it. It's my dream job.
I studied full-time with 2 kids as well as working. If I can do it, anyone can do it. Age is just the number.
If you dream to achieve something, MIT is the place to make that dream come true. MIT is your future, where you may study from the ground and then rise into the sky."
“It was such a privilege to be in the Bachelor of Nursing Pacific. For me and who I am as a person, I was able to come in and meet people I could relate to with the same background, same values and same believes. They helped push me through my degree when I felt like I needed that push."
“I chose to study nursing because I always had an interest in sciences, and I enjoy working with people, so it was an easy decision to combine the two and work in healthcare.
I chose to study at MIT because of the small class sizes. I really liked that the lecturers actually know their students by name, and you know the people in your class. I like the inclusive atmosphere on campus. Specifically, in my degree I enjoy the clinical placements, it is so exciting to actually gain practical experience in an environment where everyone wants you to succeed.
MIT is different because they are training students for the workforce. When you graduate you’re fully prepared to work in that field.
I would tell students that you need to be willing to commit. In order to get the most out of this experience, you must throw yourself in 100%, don’t make excuses for not giving it your all!
Three years seems like a long time but it will go by so fast, it is a lot of hard work, but it is so worth the time and energy in the long term.”
"My time at MIT has been awesome and I made so many lifelong friends. The support MIT offers has helped get me here to graduation today.
Definitely come to MIT if you're interested in doing nursing, they are so supportive, and you build a bond like a family here."
"I chose nursing at MIT because I wanted to learn the new ways on becoming a nurse, and learn the things that I don't know about, where it would lead to, and what I would become in the future. Becoming a nurse was the best decision that I made, and honestly there are no regrets. The main reason I chose to study nursing was to serve the health community, and make changes for our Pasifika people to create a safe environment.
Never give up on who you want to be. Never waste time on the things that you have planned for yourself. If there is a health career that you want, to make a change, make it happen for you. That is your career pathway, that is your life, that is your choice and opportunity. Don’t waste those chances."
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 1 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.