Postgraduate Diploma in Registered Nurse Prescribing

The new Postgraduate Diploma in Registered Nurse Prescribing is relevant for registered nurses working in primary health and specialty teams where registered nurse prescribing could safely improve access to healthcare for people with long term or common health conditions.

This programme advances postgraduate academic development while preparing eligible registered nurses to meet the Nursing Council of New Zealand educational requirements for registered nurse prescribing. Flexible learning options are available in some courses to support working and studying at the same time.

You can exit with the educational qualification for registered nurse prescribing or use the Postgraduate Diploma in Registered Nurse Prescribing as a foundation for further postgraduate study for nurse practitioner.

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Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed the following or equivalent:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • Be a registered nurse with a current NCNZ practising certificate

International student entry requirements

Other requirements

  • Provide evidence of current professional practice
  • Complete three years of equivalent full-time clinical practice prior to commencing the final specialty practicum course
  • May be required to meet Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) and Children's Act 2014 requirements and other relevant legislation

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0

English language requirements


Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
North Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$10,277 (for 120 points)
($9,203 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$41,374 (for 120 points)
($40,300 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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