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Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Courses have compulsory contact workshops
  • Up to 2 years part-time
  • Not available for international students

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Details you need to know about the structure, courses and requirements for this programme.

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Entry requirements

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

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.


Several postgraduate courses in Nursing are delivered via ‘distance or block mode’ with compulsory face-to-face teaching in on-campus contact workshops, web-based teaching, relevant readings and other study material. This is designed to make the courses available to students in employment and located at a distance from the university.

Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing structure

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

The Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing can be completed with or without a specialisation.

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

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


Requirements for specialisations

Please see the 'Regulations' for a full list of courses.

Mental Health

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

Without Specialisation

60 credits selected from the course schedule.


  • In addition to the elective courses which can be viewed as per the above information, a new course is now available. Health and Well-being of Young People and Children will be offered under a Special Topic number 250.705 for 2019, before being added to the programme schedule in 2020. Students wishing to enrol in this course can do so under the Special Permission facility in the online enrolment process (via your student portal).
  • Not all courses are available in each semester.

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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