Nursing Competence Assessment Programme for New Zealand (NCAP) (Level 7)

Programme details

Translation Mahi Tapuhi Aromatawai Āheitanga mā Aotearoa (Pae 7)
Code WR3122
Level 7
Credits 35
Duration 7 weeks, however, students requiring extension to their practicum/clinical work experience will be provided with this opportunity not exceeding the recommended timeframe of 12 weeks
IntakesJanuary, July, October
Intakes information

Available 2018 intakes are July (Tauranga) and October (Rotorua)

Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Tauranga (Windermere)
Further study Postgraduate Certificate in Management
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$8,900
IntakesJanuary, July, October
Minimum IELTS7.0 in all bands
Duration (length of study)12 weeks
Application Checklist and RequirementsView the information page to see what documents you must supply with your application.
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Programme aim

This training scheme is intended to provide overseas registered nurses and New Zealand registered nurses returning to practice New Zealand Nursing Council recognition. The training scheme provides students with the opportunity to understand nursing in the Aotearoa New Zealand context and assess competence of nursing praxis within the Aotearoa New Zealand healthcare setting.

Career opportunities

A range of health care settings including, primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings.

Award information

To achieve the award for this training scheme, students must pass a total of 35 compulsory credits and demonstrate that all the NCNZ competencies for the scope of practice are met.
Overseas registered nurses, who do not hold Nursing Council of New Zealand registration status, are required to complete four weeks of nursing practicum.
Domestic registered nurses who hold Nursing Council of New Zealand registration status are required to complete two weeks of nursing practicum.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • meet the requirements for NCNZ registration as a registered nurse; and
  • return to practice with current nursing knowledge and demonstrated practice competency for this scope of practice.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations and the following criteria:

  • applicants must provide evidence of Nursing Council of New Zealand registration/practicing certificate; and
  • applicants must provide evidence of immunity status.

English Language Competency

All overseas applicants for New Zealand registration (whose applications are received on or after 1 January 2009, including applicants from English speaking countries) will be required to successfully complete an English language assessment to be registered in New Zealand.

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Page last updated: 08 Nov 2017