Nursing is a fulfilling career path and an occupation in high demand in New Zealand. There are three different types of categories and pathways to qualify as a Registered Nurse in New Zealand:
First Category: Applicants without a nursing qualification
Second Category: Applicants with an overseas Diploma in Nursing and registered as a nurse in their own country
Third Category: Applicants with an overseas 4 year Bachelor of Science in Nursing and registered as nurse in their own country
Applicants who fall within the first category will need to complete a Bachelor of Nursing (duration of three years) from an approved education provider before applying to the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ) for registration. Applicants who fall within the second and third category will need to complete a bridging course/programme which will enable them to apply to the NCNZ for registration. Applicants who fall within the third category will need to be assessed on an individual basis by the Nursing Council of New Zealand. There is a specific assessment criteria and process that applicants will need to meet and undergo. Applicants from all three categories would need to have an IELTS score of 7.0 across all bands for registration with the NCNZ.
There are numerous education providers in New Zealand that offer Bachelor degrees, Diplomas, bridging programmes in Nursing. The following is a list of education providers that are approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
If you are interested in studying a nursing qualification in New Zealand and/or pursuing or continuing a career in Nursing in
New Zealand please contact our team today!