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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

Part II


1. Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing requires that the candidate will:

(a) meet the University admission requirements as specified; and

(b) have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor's degree or equivalent; and

(c) be a registered nurse with a practising certificate from the Nursing Council of New Zealand or equivalent.

Qualification Requirements

2. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing shall follow a flexible programme of study, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:

(a) courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification; and including:

(b) any compulsory courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification; and

(c) attending Contact Workshops, block courses, field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.

3. A candidate who has been awarded the Massey University Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing or its equivalent from another tertiary institution may apply to cross-credit up to 60 credits to the Postgraduate Diploma.


4. The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing is awarded without an endorsement.

5. Notwithstanding Regulation 4, candidates enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing prior to 1 January 2021 may complete an endorsement in accordance with Transition Provision 10.

Student Progression

6. In cases of sufficient merit, the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing may be awarded with distinction or merit.

Completion Requirements

7. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Qualifications will apply.

8. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing should they meet the relevant Qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

9. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.

Transitional Provisions

10. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the diploma, candidates enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing endorsement in Neonatal prior to January 2021 who have completed 30 credits, may be permitted variation in excess of the stated limits to substitute a course or courses already taken for a course or courses at the same level within the Schedule in order to complete the endorsement. These transition arrangements expire 31 December 2022.

Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing

Schedule A: Core courses (At least 30 credits from)

168.711 Health Research Design and Method 30 credits
R 168810, 168710

168.713 Evidence-Based Practice 30 credits

168.733 Physiology and Pathophysiology 30 credits

Schedule B: Core Subject (No New Enrolments)

Neonatal (90 credits)

No new enrolments

Compulsory courses (90 credits from)

Schedule C: Elective courses

152.742 Health Systems Management 30 credits
R 250742

152.746 Contemporary Issues in Health Service Management 30 credits
R 250746

168.702 Issues in Nursing 30 credits

168.703 Managing Long Term Conditions 30 credits

168.709 Contemporary Clinical Teaching 30 credits

168.712 Pain Management 30 credits
C 168733

168.714 Advanced Assessment and Therapeutic Intervention in Mental Health 30 credits

168.717 Applied Ethics for Professional Practice 30 credits

168.719 Clinical Specialty: Older Persons' Health 30 credits

168.720 Clinical Specialty: Mental Health 30 credits

168.721 Māori Centred Practice 30 credits

168.722 Wound Management 30 credits

168.724 Primary Health Care Nursing 30 credits

168.728 Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making 30 credits

168.731 Leadership in Nursing 30 credits

168.734 Clinical Pharmacology 30 credits

168.750 Registered Nurse Prescribing Practicum 30 credits
P 168733 and 168734 (B grade), and either 168728 (B grade) or 168714 (B grade) R 168850

168.796 Health and Well-being of Children and Young People 30 credits

252.701 Sleep and Circadian Science for Health Practitioners 30 credits
R 252702