Accrediting and monitoring pre-registration programmes

In New Zealand a number of educational institutes offer programmes that are accredited by the Nursing Council and lead to registration as either a registered nurse or enrolled nurse. The qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing degree or a graduate entry Masters degree or a New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing. 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 education programme standards for the relevant scope of practice. 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.