Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science

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Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science


Our Nursing Science programmes have been designed for qualified and experienced Registered Nurses seeking to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills - both in general practice and in specialist areas of practice.

You will develop your knowledge, skills and professional confidence even further with the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science (PGDipNS). In addition you will gain a deeper understanding of pathophysiological concepts and current nursing practice issues, develop your ability to carry out advanced assessments on patients in order to improve your clinical reasoning, and enhance your skills in locating, analysing, evaluating and applying information and research to your everyday work.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science (PGDipNS) you will need to successfully complete the following courses:

  • HLTH 502 Applied Pathophysiology
  • HLTH 514 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning
  • Two 30-point approved courses

The two compulsory courses may be completed as part of the PGCertNS (if you complete this qualification first), as part of your PGDipNS or split between the two qualifications. The PGDipNS is a total of 120 points comprising the two compulsory courses plus a further two 30-point approved courses from HLTH 501-518 and HLTH 521-550.

Once you have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Science successfully, you may be able to apply for entry to the Master of Nursing Science (MNS) or Master of Health Research (MHR). Your Diploma may count towards these programmes, however, you will be required to relinquish your Diploma when you are awarded a higher qualification.

Nurse Prescribing

Framed within the PGDipNS, the nurse prescribing pathway will give you the skill set needed for a prescribing role in your practice. You'll take a set of core courses exploring pathophysiology, clinical pharmacology, and advanced assessment and clinical reasoning. You'll conclude wiht a nurse prescribing practicum which will help you prepare for the Nursing Council of New Zealand registration process.

Contact the School for further information or to discuss the requirements for this pathway.

Application for Admission

From 1 October you will be able to enrol online

If you have any enquiries regarding future study options please contact:

Postgraduate Administrator
Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 7625, Newtown
Wellington 6242
Phone: (04) 463 6647 or 0800 108-005
Email: address

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