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Graduate Diploma in Nursing at UCOL New Zealand

Do you want to work as a New Zealand Registered Nurse? If you are already degree qualified and your registration is recognised by your country's Nursing Council, you can apply for the one year hands-on Graduate Diploma in Nursing in New Zealand.

This ground-breaking Programme aims to prepare internationally-qualified nurses for the reality of nursing practice in New Zealand and registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand (NCNZ).The Graduate Diploma includes the NCNZ approved Short Course in Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) specifically written for international, degree qualified Registered Nurses. It is designed to prepare you for work in a range of health practice settings in New Zealand. These include hospitals, mental health centres, primary healthcare organisations and agencies as well as Iwi-based health initiatives.

Successful completion of this qualification will lead to New Zealand Nursing Registration and more work opportunities as a Registered Nurse with no conditions on your scope of practice.

Bachelor of Nursing at UCOL, New Zealand

For over 30 years UCOL’s School of Nursing has provided a supportive and caring culture to ensure our nursing graduates pass the Nursing Council State Finals Examination with flying colours. UCOL’s personal approach helps you succeed in getting your nursing career off to the best start. It’s the personal approach from our lecturers that makes all the difference and that’s why UCOL nursing graduates enjoy an excellent professional reputation both here and overseas.

When you enrol in UCOL’s Bachelor of Nursing we’ll assign you your own Personal Tutor to guide you right through your nursing journey. They’ll support you through our curriculum, which includes 240 hours of clinical placement in your first year. Later in the programme these clinical experiences will include primary health care, medical and surgical, disability and mental health settings. An added attraction for students doing their nursing degree with UCOL in Palmerston North is that it has two Nursing Skills’ laboratories, with one uniquely sited at Palmerston North Hospital.

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