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Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Pave the way to greater opportunities in the New Zealand health sector.

If you're an overseas educated Registered nurse, this programme is designed to equip you with the confidence and skills to plan and co-ordinate complex patient care.

It is a full time one year programme with intakes in February and August.

Courses include: Academic Writing, Health Assessment, Understanding Mental Health and Illness, Communication and Clinical Skills, Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Unwell Patient, Diabetes Management, Maori Health Nursing and Pharmacology.

Please note: This programme is intended as professional development for overseas nurses. New Zealand-trained nurses seeking professional development are advised to explore our Graduate Certificate in Nursing.

For detailed information about this programme please contact:

Michelle Thompson
Academic Manager

Fees for 2024

Indicative Student Services Fee
$350 per year

A Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s Degree holding a current Practising Certificate issued by the Nursing Council of New Zealand

OR an internationally qualified nurse who has been assessed by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as meeting their language and academic requirements to undertake a Competency Assessment Programme for New Zealand registration.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • 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.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • 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.

Overall IELTS 6.5 Academic

  • 6.5 Listening
  • 6.5 Reading
  • 6.5 Writing
  • 6.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Core courses
Elective courses

Graduate Diploma in Nursing

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Pave the way to greater opportunities in the New Zealand health sector.

Type Graduate Certificate / Diploma
Code CH4052
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
Credits 120
Level 7
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH4052-STRU

Fees for 2024

Indicative Student Services Fee
$350 per year
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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