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Graduate Diploma in Nursing
Graduate Diploma in Nursing

Graduate Diploma in Nursing

  • ID:CPIT640159
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
  • Duration:
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (NZD)

  • TuitionFee/Year:$23,040.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,400.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$23,040.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$16,400.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$700.00
Estimated Total/program:
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • This qualification is open to New Zealand Registered Nurses holding a current Practising Certificate issued by the New Zealand Nursing Council or internationally qualified nurses who have been assessed by the Nursing Council as meeting their language and academic requirements to undertake a Competence Assessment for NZ registration.
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?
    • If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

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 7.0 academic: speaking 6.5, reading 6.5, writing 6.5, listening 6.5.

Course Information

Align your overseas nursing qualification to New Zealand standards and pave the way to greater opportunities in the 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.

You can choose to complete the full time one year programme, or selected courses within it.

Courses include: gerontology, cardiac nursing, cardiothoracic nursing, medical nursing, surgical nursing, wound management, oncology, palliative care, rural nursing, mental health, the management of diabetes, medical high dependency nursing, pain management and ECG rhythm analysis.

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 Practice.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

Beyond this qualification you could consider a Masters or doctoral research in either health science or nursing.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

With this qualification you can extend your knowledge in the practice area in which you're already working, or prepare to shift focus to a different area. It also recognises your ongoing professional development with a formal qualification.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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