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Registered nurse

To become a registered nurse, you must successfully complete a three-year Bachelor of Nursing degree (level 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority Framework) or a two-year graduate entry master's degree (level 8 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework).

A list of Council accredited programmes offered in New Zealand and leading to registration as a registered nurse is available in the download on this page. For further details of the Bachelor of Nursing, please see the Schools Handbook for pre-registration nursing programmes. 

You may find the following sections helpful:

  • Section 3: Curriculum framework for the registered nurse scope of practice
  • Section 5: General policies for enrolled nurse and registered nurse
  • Section 6: Registration
  • Section 7: State Final Examination
  • Appendix 4: Education programme standards for the registered nurse scope of practice
  • Appendix 8: Requirements for registration in the registered nurse scope of practice – information for students

The Nursing Council's Competencies for Registered Nurses describe the skills and activities of registered nurses.

See the downloads on this page for links to resources.