New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing

New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing (Level 5)

Become an enrolled nurse and get the qualification to work under the directive of a registered nurse. This diploma is perfect in opening a world of future job or study opportunities. With both theory based learning, and practical, hands-on experience, students develop the skills needed to become and enrolled nurse.

Programme outline

Before applying for this qualification please ensure you have read the COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

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

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.

*International fee displayed is for 1 year of study (equivalent to 120 credits) and does not include insurance and administration (approximately $924 per year of study).


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all students applying for entry to a health or social practice programme are strongly recommended to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

How to apply

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

  • Completed Supplementary Application Form
  • Referee report
  • Verified ID 
  • Verified official transcripts

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 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.

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by Whitireia.

From 2023, Whitireia and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. All programmes offered by Whitireia and other subsidiaries of Te Pūkenga are under review, to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry. The programme you have enrolled in may change over time.

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