Taught course

Nursing (Competence Assessment Programme)

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology · Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
Conversion DiplomaProfessional Skills Course

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

To gain admission to the programme an applicant must be a Registered Nurse, either registered in New Zealand or registered with an overseas authority recognized by the NZNC.

Evidence Required

New Zealand Nurses - New Zealand Registered Nurses, registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand and who are returning to nursing practice after a break of 5 or more years.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of any health issues or criminal history that may prevent their entry onto the Nursing Register.

International Nurses - International Registered Nurses wishing to gain New Zealand Nursing Registration must have completed the application for registration process with the NCNZ and have received a decision letter outlining the requirements to be met to verify competency and New Zealand relevant skills.

English Language Requirements

All applicants who have English as a second language must meet the English language requirements set by the NCNZ. They will be required to provide evidence obtained within the last two years of their ability to speak and write in English.

If you are from a non-English speaking background the IELTS requirement is 7.0 Academic (no lower than 7.0 in reading, listening, writing and speaking subtests) or an acceptable alternative (external link).

Applicants must also be able to demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively to practice within their scope of practice.

Other Requirements

Applicants must also complete an NMIT Application/Enrolment form attaching the following documentation:

  • A declaration of satisfactory health.
  • Notification to the Head of Nursing of any health issues which may affect their ability to participate safely in practice placement.
  • Consent to the disclosure by the New Zealand Police of any information relating to criminal convictions they may have, and the disclosure of this information to the Manager of each placement provider.
  • A current first aid certificate if they have not been working as a Registered Nurse for 5 years or more.
  • A signed a confidentiality declaration.
  • Show serology screen evidence for Hepatitis B and TB, take the opportunity to be vaccinated, or sign a disclaimer.
  • Evidence of participation in MRSA screening.

Ministry of Justice checks

Upon application to the programme students are required to sign a consent form to allow NMIT to apply for a Ministry of Justice Criminal Conviction Check. This procedure will be repeated at the beginning of each year of study. Due to the nature of the nursing profession it is considered necessary to establish students’ records of criminal convictions, if any. Possession of a criminal record is not automatic grounds for declining enrolment. Consideration is given to currency, nature, severity of conviction(s) and associated factors.

The Head of Nursing, in consultation with the Programme Manager may decline an application for enrolment, or a student’s right to progress on the grounds of criminal conviction(s).

All records obtained will be kept as private and confidential. Where a student has a history of criminal conviction(s) or incurs a conviction while enrolled (see below), this record will be made available to practice placement agencies, with student consultation, to ensure informed agency agreement to student placement.

Once enrolled, students are required to inform the Head of Nursing of any criminal charges that may be laid during the year.

Supporting documentation required

  • Health Declaration
  • Convictions Against the Law form
  • Reference *
  • Police vetting service checklist *

* This is a requirement for domestic students only.

Download forms (external link)

You will be asked to upload these at Step 4 of our online application form.

Months of entry

September, May, February

Course content

This programme is for you if you are a registered nurse who has a qualification from another country or you were registered in New Zealand but you have been out of nursing for 5 years or more.

Through the programme you will be able to demonstrate your ability to meet the Nursing Council New Zealand’s (NCNZ’s) competencies for your scope of practice and to obtain a practising certificate to continue your career in nursing.

This is a full-time programme delivered over a maximum of twelve weeks consisting of a theory course and a clinical placement course

Fees and funding

UK students
NZD $9,750 plus $90 Student Services Levy
International students
NZD $9,750 plus $90 Student Services Levy

Qualification and course duration

Conversion Diploma

full time
3 months

Professional Skills Course

full time
3 months

Course contact details

International Enquiries
+64 3 546 9175