NPTP Entry Criteria

You must meet all of the following requirements to be considered for entry to the NPTP:

Practice Readiness

    • Have completed a minimum of three years’ equivalent full-time practice within the last five years, with at least one of the three years in full-time practice (0.8FTE or higher) in New Zealand and in the area of practice that the NP will be employed.
    • A solid foundation of clinical skills and knowledge to be able to practice at an advanced level.

Employer Readiness

    • Have identified a clinical supervisor (NP or senior doctor) who is willing to mentor the attainment of the advanced skills and competencies required for NP practice.
    • Written agreement from your employer must be provided with the application to confirm a minimum of 500 hours of supernumerary clinical release time, clinical supervisor availability, release to attend University study days, and commitment to employ the student as a NP on registration (minimum 0.6FTE). Further information for employers can be found here.

Academic Readiness

    • Be educationally prepared to complete the masters programme at the end of the practicum year or have already completed a masters programme (Please verify your eligibility for masters completion with your university of choice for the NPTP).
    • Have completed the prerequisite courses including advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, and preferably with a B grade average or above (including any required grades for specific courses). See further information regarding the academic pathway here.


    • Be a New Zealand citizen or hold a New Zealand Permanent Resident Visa.
    • Be a registered nurse with a current New Zealand practising certificate and be in good standing with the Nursing Council of New Zealand.