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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice
Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice

  • ID:CPIT640156
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • This qualification is open to Registered Nurses holding a current Practising Certificate issued by the New Zealand Nursing Council. Additional information is specified for some courses.
  • Individual courses may, by request, be taken by other professionals with qualifications in a specialty area.

English requirements

  • 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 AraExamination 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.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 6.0 academic: speaking 5.5, reading 5.5, writing 5.5, listening 5.5.

Course Information

This part-time programme enables you to extend your knowledge and skills as a Registered Nurse or Enrolled Nurse, to further develop your career.

A range of courses (5 - 10 credits) is delivered through on line media and/or face-to-face sessions over three to five days. Delivery of face-to-face content is mostly at our Manawa campus, near Christchurch Hospital.

Registered Nurses can commence studying for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing immediately after graduating. A number of courses at Level 7 are available, including Health Assessment, Cardiology Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Perioperative Nursing, Rural Nursing, Emergency Nursing, Pressure Injury Assessment, Wound Care, Mental Health and Illness, Child Health Assessment, Management of Diabetes, Pain Management and ECG Analysis.

The programme is designed to be studied part-time, with up to six years to complete. You may choose to do one or two courses, or work towards the whole 60-credit qualification.

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

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Pathway Courses

  • Many study options are available and this certificate is recognised as essential professional development for nurses.
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

This is an excellent opportunity for New Zealand Registered Nurses to gain a formal qualification as recognition of your on-going professional development. You will graduate with the confidence and skills to plan and coordinate complex patient care demands.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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