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Entry requirements

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent AND New Zealand Nursing Council registration or equivalent.

Full details can be viewed on the regulation tab.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Candidates who have successfully completed a level 8 postgraduate course as part of a Nursing Council of New Zealand approved New Entry to Practice programme may apply for credit to the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing. Such candidates may be credited with up to 30 credits but they will not be eligible to receive the Certificate with an endorsement, and all requirements must be completed within one calendar year.

Planning your programme

Students who are intending to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing and/or Master of Nursing should not apply to graduate with the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing; courses completed will transfer to the higher qualification.


Postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered in 'block mode' with face-to-face teaching in on-campus blocks, web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This makes the courses available to students in employment and located at a distance from the university.

Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing structure

The Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing can be completed with or without an endorsement.

Students will complete a total of 60 credits at 700 level selected from the nursing schedule shown below.

The Certificate can be awarded with or without an endorsement:

  • For the Certificate to be awarded with an endorsement at least 30 credits must be taken from those courses listed for that endorsement.
  • Without an endorsement all 60 credits can be taken from any of the courses listed, including courses for the endorsements.

All requirements must be completed within two years.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

PGCertNurs without an endorsement

A) 60 credits from the courses listed below, including endorsement courses
168.703 Managing Lifelong Conditions
168.709 Contemporary Trends in Clinical Teaching and Learning
168.711 Health Research Design and Method
168.712 Pain Management (pre-requisite course 168.733)
168.713 Evidence-Based Practice
168.714 Advanced Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention in Mental Health
168.717 Ethical Dilemmas and Decisions in Professional Practice
168.719 Clinical Specialty: Older Persons’ Health
168.720 Clinical Specialty: Mental Health
168.721 Maori Centred Practice
168.722 Wound Management (pre/co-requisite course 168.733)
168.724 Primary Health Care Nursing
168.728 Clinical Assessment and Decision-Making (pre/co-requisite course 168.733)
168.731 Leadership in Nursing
168.733 Physiology and Pathophysiology
168.734 Clinical Pharmacology (pre-requisite course 168.733 or 168.725)
152.742 Health Systems Management
152.746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management
252.701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health
128.706 Micro-macro Ergonomics

Requirements for endorsements

Mental Health

Both courses listed below (60 credits):
168.714 Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention in Mental Health
168.720 Clinical Specialty: Mental Health

Older Persons' Health

The course listed below (30 credits)
168.719 Clinical Specialty: Older Persons' Health
plus 30 credits from any 168.7xx course; 128.706, 152.742; 152.746 or 252.701

Primary Healthcare

The course listed below (30 credits)
168.724 Primary Health Care Nursing
plus 30 credits from any 168.7xx course; 128.706, 152.742; 152.746 or 252.701

Note: not all courses are available in each semester.

Majors or endorsements

Endorsements are available in:

  • Mental Health
  • Older Persons’ Health
  • Primary Health Care

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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