Enrolled nurses work under the direction and delegation of a registered nurse in a variety of health and disability settings. This programme provides theory and hands-on experience to develop the skills required to become an enrolled nurse.

Programme outline

The New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing is an 18 month full time programme, approved by Nursing Council of New Zealand, which prepares students to become an enrolled nurse. The diploma is a combination of theory (classroom-based sessions at the Porirua campus) and supported clinical experience (practical/hands-on work, which is completed in a variety of community and hospital settings).

Enrolled nurses assist registered nurses to deliver nursing care to individuals in community, residential and. Enrolled nurses contribute to nursing assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation, but the registered nurse remains responsible overall.

The enrolled nurse performs delegated interventions from the nursing care plan to:

  • provide care and comfort for individuals and groups
  • assist and support clients with activities of daily living
  • observe and report changes in individual/group conditions and behaviours
  • safeguard dignity and promote independence

More detail about this qualification

The New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing is taught over 18 months. Students who successfully complete Part A (full year) can then enrol in Part B (half year).

Part A

The first year of the programme provides the foundational knowledge and skills required to enable students to work as part of the health care team with clients/patients/residents in a range of hospital and community settings.

Part B 

In the second year, students enrol for six months and work towards being prepared to work effectively, efficiently and safely within a variety of broad practice areas including hospitals and community settings.

Students who successfully complete the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing are required to sit the Nursing Council of New Zealand State Final Examinations. When these examinations are passed, the student can apply to the Nursing Council for registration as an enrolled nurse.

Entry requirements

NCEA Level 2, including 12 credits in Level 1 Mathematics; or equivalent study/work experience; and evidence of suitability based on interview, health declaration, safety check and referee reports.

International students

Proven equivalence for Domestic Entry Requirements plus IELTS 6.5 in each band.

How to apply

We recommend you apply from the Whitireia website.

Before you start you online application, you will need the following documentation available to upload when requested:

Give the referee report to someone who is willing to be your referee. Ask them to complete the forms and either return to yourself (so you can upload with your application), or scan and email to enrolments@whitireia.ac.nz within 10 days. Please note applications will not be processed until the referee report has been received.

Alternatively, completed applications can be printed off and either:

Mailed to:

Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand

DX SX33459, Porirua 5022

Dropped into:

Enrolments, Whitireia New Zealand

3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua

Post enrolment information

Documents for students who have begun the enrolment process can be found on the School of Health Moodle page.

Funding your study

Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF)

New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5) is FREE under TTAF, covering; compulsory tuition fees, compulsory course costs and compulsory student services fees. Visit tec.govt.nz for more information about TTAF. 

Talk to Whitireia School of Health for further details of inclusions covered under TTAF.

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