Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Registered Nurse Prescribing) [Level 8]

Study Options

Online, Full-time, Part-time


1 year


Level 8

Rewarding Study for a Rewarding Career

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science is a 120 credit programme (one year full-time or up to four years part-time) that provides the opportunity for qualified nurses, health professionals and health service managers to develop advanced practice knowledge and critical analysis skills.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science is characterised by advanced study in a specific nursing or health science discipline. The programme requires a foundation of undergraduate knowledge and skills achieved through previous tertiary qualifications or equivalent professional experience.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science offers two pathways, one for nurses and one for health professionals. The Diploma offers a selection of online and blended courses designed to meet the needs of health practitioners, health sector managers and other professionals whose practice has a focus on health. It is comprised of 120 credits and may be completed full-time over one year or part-time over four years. The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science may be completed with or without a specialty option.

Nursing specialty endorsement options available are:

  • Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Registered Nurse Prescribing (approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand)

You may enrol directly into the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science or further develop knowledge and skills gained during study of the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science.

As a graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science you will have developed your knowledge and skills of critical analysis, constructive synthesis and their application to high quality approaches to health care delivery.

Graduates of this programme may be able to credit these course to the Master of Health Science programme and registered nurse graduates may progress to the Master of Nursing Science or Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) programme (pending successfully achieving the specified academic and professional criteria).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Registered Nurse Prescribing) is approved by the Nursing Council of New Zealand as an advanced nursing practice programme.

We recommend that you take the opportunity to discuss your study options with the Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator, prior to enrolment, to help ensure that you select the most appropriate pathway to meet your career goals.

Contact Lizzy Mackenzie on 06 830 1950 or email to discuss.

Blended / Online Learning

All the postgraduate courses are offered either online or with blended delivery.

This means that the majority of the work is located on a virtual teaching and learning platform with directed activities and learning that you work through. Lecturers work within the virtual classroom setting so that they maintain contact with you as much as if they were in a face-to-face classroom setting.

Blended delivery means that there are on-campus contact sessions or workshops with the bulk of the learning activity undertaken in the online environment.

Various teaching modes are used, such as virtual classroom discussions at predetermined times, and also in the asynchronous format.

This flexible delivery method allows you to study at your pace, in your place, at locations throughout New Zealand.

Individual Study Hours

Generally the courses are delivered asynchronously via online delivery. However, some courses may require attendance at synchronous online sessions or face-to-face workshops at the EIT campus. Any requirement for attendance at synchronous or face-to-face sessions is identified in the course information.

For the programme timetable, showing full year and semester dates, and compulsory study days, please contact the Postgraduate Programmes Secretary, Stacey Wong on 06 830 1507 or

Each credit for the course generally represents approximately 10 hours of student learning/study time over the period of the course.

Each course consists of online learning opportunities and in some cases clinical field work and on-campus workshops. You are expected to spend time in independent/self-directed study, critical reflection and field work in your place of study or place of work.

Work Integrated Learning

Some courses will require you to be actively involved in clinical practice in the area of specialty practice.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Pending successful completion of the required academic entry requirements you may have the following further study options:

  • Health Science students may pathway to the Master of Health Science.
  • Registered Nurse graduates may credit their programme of study/courses to the Master of Nursing Science programme or the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) programme.

Possible career outcomes include a role in:

  • Advanced Nursing
  • Allied Health
  • Research
  • Project Management


There are two entry dates per year:

  • February
  • July

Start date varies depending on courses selected.


Entry Requirements

English Language Entry Requirement

Entry with Credit

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.