Approving and monitoring programmes

Approving and monitoring programmes

In New Zealand there are 16 schools offering Bachelor of Nursing programmes on 22 sites and nine schools the offer Diploma in Enrolled Nursing programmes. All these programmes are accredited by the Council in collaboration with agencies such as the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and the Council for University Academic Programmes.

Programmes are accredited for a maximum of five years. Schools that make significant changes to a curriculum, or establish a new delivery site, must have their programme accredited again. The Nursing Council regularly monitors and assesses nursing curricula to ensure that their implementation continues to meet the standards for registration. Please see the right hand downloads box on this page for relevant documents.

The following sections in the Schools Handbook are particularly relevant here:

  • Appendix 3: Policy guidelines for the accreditation of institutions seeking to establish a school of nursing
  • Appendix 4: Education programme standards for the registered nurse scope of practice  
  • Appendix 5: Education programme standards for the enrolled nurse scope of practice.

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