QualificationNew Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Nursing StudiesProgramme code: NZ2860
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.
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
Special & discretionary admission
Any ākonga who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme is eligible for Special Admission. Te Pūkenga works with the ākonga to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. Any ākonga who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.
You will complete your test in one day, plus get free online tuition to help you succeed. We offer paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS. Choose computer-delivered IELTS and get your results in 3-5 days.
Give yourself credit with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
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Your previous work experience and on-the-job skills, volunteering, professional development, and other providers’ qualifications can be recognised as prior learning, matched against credits in our courses, and put towards your qualification – potentially saving you money and possibly helping you to complete your qualification faster Learn more.
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.
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
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)
Health and counselling:
"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.”
“When I was growing up, I always felt like healthcare was something I really wanted to do. I really want to be able to support people in the deaf community - there's a real need there.
I think it's really good here at MIT | Te Pūkenga. They're supportive of people with disabilities. It's fabulous that I can always ask my teachers, and they're very helpful to explain, showing me different things or giving examples so I can pick up on what those words mean. If you do find studying a challenge, you shouldn't worry. You can ask people, and they will help you, they will give you plenty of support to help you overcome your challenges.
Learning practical skills is really helpful. You're learning in the lab, it's very practical. But also, it's improving my English language as well at the same time, and the jargon that's involved.
Mostly what I'm enjoying about studying here is learning new things all the time. Also meeting loads of different people and faces, new people that I've not met before, that's a great part of things too.
Here at MIT, I think it's a really great environment. Lots of really fabulous people work here and study here. I just feel like it's a really comfortable environment to be studying here.”
“I chose the nursing foundation programme because I love to look after patients. My background is nursing from my country. Before I came to MIT I was working as a healthcare assistant in a rest home. I want to continue as a registered nurse so I chose to do further study.
Some of my friends have done the programme from here, and they talked to me about MIT | Te Pukenga and it is quite good. They are very supportive, they're helping me and it's near to my place as well.
When I came here, I didn't know anything about MIT, now I know about the rooms and the teachers and if I want to ask anything, I just come in and they're very supportive.
I think it's good to come here and we can learn so many things.”
“I’m from the Fijian Islands and I’ve been in New Zealand for 12 years now. I'm a healthcare worker and I’ve been working in the health and disabilities sector for 10 years. I love to help people who need really good quality of care, people who are sick and I love to help people as well.
I did my diploma in healthcare management, level 6, and diploma in healthcare, level 5. Then I worked in a rest home hospital, and I was working for Bupa for three years with old aged people. Then I moved into the community for intellectual disability. My dream goal is to become a registered nurse and I'm aiming to work in Auckland City Hospital.
The thing I enjoy most here is working with my lecturers. The lecturers are really supportive to the students during their assignments. I love to do practicals in the lab, it's very interesting and I feel very confident working in the labs.
I'm meeting different cultures and nationalities. Sometimes it's hard to communicate and to understand different perspectives. We are focused on our active listening and keep on asking if we don't understand. So that's how we can solve our problems so there won't be any barriers.
Age is just a number. If you are really interested and you want to achieve your goals, just come and join.”
“I chose to be in the healthcare sector because I wanted to be able to help my whānau out when they go into healthcare settings. A lot of Māori whanau and community don't really understand what services they can get and I want to help people get a better understanding and help the Māori community.
The hands-on learning and practical work help me to better understand what's been taught in the classroom as opposed to just having theory. For myself, I'm a practical learner. The theory side can be quite challenging for myself. Additionally, the actual practice makes what we are learning and discussing more clear to me.
I enjoy meeting new people, interacting with different cultures that are not from Aotearoa New Zealand and just being open to every possibility that is here.
The support is really good here. When you're struggling, your lectures will go over the assignments or work that you're needing help with to help you get a better understanding so that you're on the right track.
I chose Te Pūkenga because of all the support and the wraparound services. Just being able to have all the support whilst I'm studying - good support services, the lecturers support as well, and they have wraparound services like Te Ara Oranga. For me personally, just having as much support as I can to get me through to the end. My kids come first to me, but if I can do both at the same time, then why not?”
“He raukura tēnei o Te Aho Matua.
I studied under / I am a graduate of Te Aho Matua / the Kura Kaupapa Māori model of education. My first exposure to mainstream education was when I enrolled for MIT | Te Pūkenga.
My ideal job looks like a position in the healthcare sector that is underpinned by Māori concepts, for Māori.
MIT | Te Pūkenga offers great support, even coming from overseas, they offer support for all walks of life. I enrolled with Te Ara Oranga, and they offer a service that supports students from the day of enrolment to the day of employment.
What makes Te Pūkenga unique and different is the practical, it's more practical than theory. You're not learning from a textbook all the time.
I like Te Pūkenga because of the flexibility that they offer. It's convenient for me for transport because the bus and train route stop here.“
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 November 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 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 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 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. 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 Pūkenga 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.