Certificate of Achievement in Registered Nurse Competency to Practice (Level 7)

Who should attend

This certificate is open to both New Zealand and internationally qualified registered nurses who hold a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and who wish to gain an annual practising certificate. 

Are you a New Zealand qualified registered nurse? 

This is the course for you if you have been out of practice for more than five years and you wish to regain your Aotearoa New Zealand registration so you can return to nursing; or if you are seeking professional development for the Nursing Council and want to obtain an annual practicing certificate. 

Are you an internationally qualified registered nurse? 

Many nurses who have been registered overseas will need to successfully complete a Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) before they are granted Aotearoa New Zealand registration. If you are an overseas registered nurse looking to obtain Aotearoa New Zealand registration, this certificate will prepare you to work in a contemporary New Zealand health environment.

Course highlights

This certificate will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand Registered Nurse Competencies and practice effectively within the Aotearoa New Zealand context. 

You will gain experience in a clinical environment within the public or private sector which has been assessed by the school as able to provide quality learning experiences. 

Nursing placements for competence assessment will be coordinated for you by the clinical coordinator. 

Upon completion of this certificate, you will be eligible to apply to the Nursing Council of New Zealand for registration and a practising certificate to work in Aotearoa New Zealand as a registered nurse.

Key facts

Start Date(s)

2021 intakes:
21 June - 10 September 
20 September - 10 December

Duration 12 weeks
Time 8.30am - 4.00pm (theory hours). Shift hours will apply to clinical practice, Monday through Sunday.
Level 7
Study location(s) MIT Manukau and clinical placement locations
Study method Full-time
Domestic fees $2,768 (approx.)
International fees (NZD) NZD$10,300 (approx.)
Course code MN0617
Offered by School of Nursing

Entry requirements

NZ Registered Nurses

Evidence of registration as a nurse with Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) who are returning to nursing practice after a break of 5 or more years.

Overseas Registered Nurses

Provide evidence of registration as a nurse in the applicant's country of origin and must have completed the application for registration process with NCNZ and have received a decision letter outlining the requirements to be met. and All applicants are preferred to have a minimum of 2 years full-time equivalent work experience as a registered nurse. Entry may be granted by the Head of School for applicants who have had less than 2 years full-time equivalent work experience as a registered nurse but whose application indicates potential to succeed on the Certificate of Achievement. These applicants may require extra time to demonstrate competency.

AND

All applicants must produce evidence of their immune status in respect of the [age appropriate] vaccines covered by the New Zealand National Immunisation Schedule, along with Quantiferon Gold (if you require a chest x-ray after the Quantiferon Gold, you are to provide a copy of the report if positive. See further information on the Ministry of Health website.

AND

All applicants are required to declare all criminal or pending criminal convictions and undertake Police screening, including Vulnerable Children's Act 2014 risk assessment.

AND

International students: English language entry requirements

Overseas Registered Nurses must meet the English language requirements of both NZQA and the NCNZ applicable at the time of the application.

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-internationalstudents/

Refer to the NCNZ http://www.nursingcouncil.org.nz for information on the required IELTS orNCNZ requirements. Overseas Registered Nurses must provide a copy of the English evidence provided to the Nursing Council.

Note: All applicants will be required to complete an MIT School of Nursing application form which specifies work experience and preference for clinical placement.

Course structure

Content is structured around the below domains of the Nursing Council of New Zealand competencies for the registered nurse scope of practice.

  • Professional responsibility
  • Management of nursing care
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Interprofessional health care and quality improvement
  • It also includes Aotearoa New Zealand health systems and current strategy.

Theory and clinical learning and assessment apply. This is broken into six weeks of theory; the first two being online lecturer directed activities and remaining four weeks are part time and a combination of onsite and online learning. The remaining six weeks is full-time supervised clinical placements.

All applicants must produce evidence of their immune status (relevant details will be made available).

You must complete the below courses (45 credits):

726.714 Registered nurse practice in the Aotearoa New Zealand context (Level 7) (20 credits)

This course will prepare you to practice effectively within the Aotearoa New Zealand context (including socio-political, cultural, ethical, legal, and practice contexts). It includes online learning, studying, and assessment activity and you will:

  • Analyse contemporary issues related to current nursing practice in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Discuss effective and appropriate communication skills on personal, professional and organisational levels
  • Interpret the significance of the Te Tiriti O Waitangi and the responsibility of nursing to respond to Māori health disparities through improved nursing and health service delivery
  • Reflect on how evidence-based practice, current research and appropriate resources enhances practice when own limitations are identified
  • Evaluate and respond to the culturally diverse nature of the practice of nursing in Aotearoa New Zealand.

726.715 Competence assessment in clinical practice (Level 7) (25 credits)

Includes work placement/practicum of 240 hours, you will:

  • Apply evidence-based practice and current research to practice nursing in a holistic manner accessing appropriate resources to enhance practice when own limitations are identified
  • Apply effective nursing practice in a culturally diverse setting, responding to Māori health disparities through improved nursing and health service delivery
  • Apply effective and appropriate communication skills on personal, professional and organisational levels.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Apply safe practice in the scope of a Registered Nurse by meeting the competencies specified by the Nursing Council of New Zealand
  • Consistently apply effective and appropriate communication skills on personal, professional and organisational levels
  • Interpret the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi and the responsibility of nursing to respond to Māori health disparities through improved nursing and health service delivery
  • Apply evidence-based practice and current research to practice nursing in a holistic manner accessing appropriate resources to enhance practice when own limitations are identified
  • Evaluate and respond to the culturally diverse nature of the practice of nursing in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Information is correct as at October 2019. 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 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 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 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. 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 accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.