Level 5

Study to become an enrolled nurse

Want to make a real difference caring for people in your community? Launch your career and gain the skills you'll need to become an enrolled nurse.

Programme highlights

Launch your career as a nurse in an essential industry.

Study this diploma to become a highly-skilled enrolled nurse. You will gain the necessary critical skills, learn in our modern clinical learning suite, and get the chance to work with patients in a range of healthcare settings.

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

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Please note: Although the Government vaccine mandate for health and disability workers ended on 11:59pm 26 September 2022, some employers can still require workers to be vaccinated due to their responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Placement is a compulsory component of MIT’s healthcare programmes. To go on placement in this sector, students will need to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to MIT. Students that hold a medical exemption that prevents them from being vaccinated are permitted to work in the healthcare sector, but will have limited placement opportunities in that sector. Students that are not vaccinated, or that do not wish to share their vaccination status with MIT, may not be able to go on placement in the healthcare sector. If you hold a medical exemption, or if you are unable or unwilling to provide proof of vaccination to MIT, your placement opportunities will accordingly be limited and MIT cannot guarantee availability with placement providers. If this applies to you, we encourage you to contact us to discuss your options.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The School of Nursing encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds who want to be employed in healthcare. If you believe you meet the following entry criteria with alternative evidence, please contact us to assess your eligibility for this programme.

Applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Academic requirements

  • NCEA Level 2 which must include 12 credits in Level 1 Mathematics, or
  • New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) or equivalent

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), MIT will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements

  • Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry. This may include Recognition of Prior Learning.

Additional requirements

  • Consent to Disclosure of Information. Successful applicants will be required to complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information form. The form will be sent by MIT to the Police Licencing and Vetting Service, and returned in confidence to the Head of School. Information on the NZ Police Vetting Service is available from the New Zealand Police website
  • A first aid certificate (Red Cross Comprehensive or St John's Workplace) which is current at the time the programme starts
  • Applicants who meet academic entry criteria may be required to attend an interview
  • Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via two referee report(s). Your referee reports, personal statement and interview (if required) should provide evidence of appropriateness to study in the nursing profession. In your personal statement you should outline why you have chosen nursing as a career and describe personal qualities and relevant aspects from your life experiences which will enhance your application
  • In order to participate in the clinical components of the programme, you must meet various Health Authority requirements. Currently, MRSA clearance is required by most clinical practice areas.
  • You will need to buy a uniform.

English requirements

  • If English is not the applicant’s first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart. Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact MIT for an assessment;
  • IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.5 in any subtest).

Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test. The English Language requirements for this programme are higher than the minimum set by NZQA, therefore; applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance may be required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

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.


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Programme structure

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below eight courses (180 credits):

Level 4

NURS4411 Nursing as a profession: enrolled nursing (15 credits)

Enables you to develop contemporary knowledge underpinning enrolled nursing.

NURS4415 Foundations for enrolled nurse practice (30 credits)

Enables you to participate in simulation and gain clinical experience in a range of health care settings to meet entry level Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the enrolled nurse scope of practice. You will be required to attend a minimum of 250 hours of clinical experience.

NURS4414 Clinical skills for enrolled nurses (15 credits)

Enables you to safely practise skills in a simulated clinical setting under the direction of a registered nurse.

NURS4413 Applied structure and function of the human body (15 credits)

Enables you to understand and apply the basic structure and function of major body systems to enrolled nursing practice.

NURS4412 Applied social science for enrolled nurses (15 credits)

Enables you to understand key concepts from developmental, cultural and social theories and how these influence the health of consumers, families/whanau and the community.

Level 5

NURS5413 Enrolled nurse practice: rehabilitation and community (30 credits)

Enables you to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes to meet the requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the enrolled nurse scope of practice in settings that support the principles of rehabilitation.  You will be required to attend a minimum of 150 hours of clinical experience.

NURS5412 Enrolled nurse practice: mental health and addiction (30 credits)

Enables you to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes when working with heath consumers in mental health settings to meet the requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the enrolled nurse scope of practice. You will be required to attend a minimum of 150 hours of clinical experience.

NURS5411 Enrolled nurse practice: acute care (30 credits)

Enables you to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes in an acute care (medical/surgical/perioperative) setting to meet the requirements of the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the enrolled nurse scope of practice.  You will be required to attend a minimum of 150 hours of clinical experience.

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.

Careers and pathways

Further training or study

Career opportunities

A range of potential jobs as an enrolled nurse. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

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 9 May 2024. 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.