Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing

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Take the next step in your nursing career

The Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (PGCertNurs) provides Registered Nurses like you with the knowledge needed to develop your professional practice within a clinical speciality. Endorsements are available for the Postgraduate Certificate in Older Person’s Health, Mental Health, and Primary Health Care.

What is it like?

Most students like you undertaking postgraduate study in Nursing are in full-time practice and study part-time. Postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered in 'distance or 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 for those in employment and located at a distance from the university.

Develop your practice

Students like you initially enrol in the postgraduate certificate to develop clinical knowledge and skills. You then study towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing or progress to a Master of Nursing as preparation for advanced practice roles and/or Nurse Practitioner registration.

Learn from the best in your field

You’ll learn from academics and professional clinicians who are highly experienced registered nurses. Their expertise in practice and research drives the development of relevant, up-to-date course content, teaching, and assessment of your work.

You’ll be supported all the way

There is always plenty of help at hand. Along with contact with your lecturers, Learning Consultants in the Centre for Teaching and Learning are available to support your study and academic writing skills. Each library has a subject librarian who supports you on campus or at a distance.

Number one school for research

Massey’s School of Nursing has been ranked number one in New Zealand in the most recent 2012 Performance-Based Research Funding (PBRF) rankings. PBRF ranks all university programmes for their research excellence.

A good fit if you:

  • Are a Registered Nurse eager to complete clinically focused courses at postgraduate level
  • Successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Want to develop your professional practice within a clinical speciality
  • Seek to further your contribution to people’s health and wellbeing


The Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (PGCertNurs) prepares nurses like you to embrace new knowledge to develop your professional practice within a clinical speciality.

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