Study to become an enrolled nurse
Duration and study methods
Full-time for 1.5 years (54 teaching weeks)
QualificationNew Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)Programme code: NZ2889
International feesNot available to international students
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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.
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.
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.
“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."
“My mum encouraged me into nursing because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. She was working as a health care assistant in a rest home and in the community. She loved the work nurses do so wanted one of her children to get into nursing.
I did my own research and saw that there were loads of opportunities here and around the world – community nursing in GP practices, public health nursing, in-patient nursing, surgical nursing, transplants, emergency, plus nursing jobs with different working hours. You can build a solid foundation, and there are loads of opportunities including further study and career opportunities to build a future.
I really enjoyed the group activities with classmates during days that we didn’t have classes. We used to work together which helped us all succeed in our studies. You can’t get through it alone, you need support, ideas from your classmates. MIT had good spaces for us to sit in and work.
The lecturers prepare you well for your exams and they provide very practical learning. I’ve heard universities have heaps of theory, but most people learn through hands-on – I really liked the practical learning. I had a variety of industry placements to give me hands-on skills, including Middlemore Hospital (stroke and surgical ward), community mental health in Counties Manukau, GP practice community nursing, and Plunket.
In my final year MIT supported me to write my CV and with interview techniques, then they supplied my CV to 5 different DHB organisations to help me seek employment in the areas I wanted to work in. I’m now working in public health and I love it because I get to go out into the community, build relationships, dig deeper and understand what I'm truly working with.
I would highly recommend nursing at MIT.”
The School of Nursing encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds who want to be employed in healthcare. If you believed 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
You will need to complete the below eight courses (180 credits):
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.
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.
Further training or study
- Bachelor of Nursing (Level 7)
- Bachelor of Nursing Pacific (Level 7)
- Bachelor or Nursing Maaori (Level 7)
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 20 February 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.