Postgraduate programmes

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The Nursing Council has a role in accrediting and monitoring clinically focused postgraduate nursing programmes that provide a pathway to registration as a nurse practitioner. 

Many of the Council-accredited programmes include a range of exit steps, such as a postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diplomas as well as a Master’s degree qualification. 

For a list of educational institutions that offer programmes that are accredited by the Council as clinically focused postgraduate nursing programmes, see the document in the right hand downloads box on this page. Programmes shown in blue text include courses that have been approved by the Council as preparation for nurse prescribing. 

While educational institutions may have current Council accreditation, they may not always offer nursing programmes each year. We recommend that you contact the school you are interested in to clarify the programmes currently being offered. 

Frequently asked questions

Q: How can I find out if the postgraduate paper I want to take is accredited by the Nursing Council?

A: In the downloads box you will find a list of all currently accredited Nursing Council programmes. 

Q: What funding is available to nurses who want to study postgraduate nursing papers?

A: Health Workforce New Zealand provides funding for nurses who wish to undertake clinically focused postgraduate study that is accredited by the Nursing Council. You can find the criteria for funding here

Q: What if the postgraduate programme I want to undertake is not accredited by the Nursing Council?

A: You may still be able to undertake this study. However, Health Workforce New Zealand will probably not fund it. You will need to discuss other funding options with your employer. 

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