The Nursing Competence Assessment Programme is delivered over a period of eight weeks of full-time learning.
The main topics covered throughout the programme include:
Part One is delivered over the first three weeks and includes the following topics:
Part Two is delivered over five weeks. Students will complete a minimum of 200 hours work experience in clinical practice.
Clinical placements are arranged by the Training Manager. Placements are organised on a 40-hour week, including weekends but excluding nightshift.
Students will work alongside a designated preceptor who is a Registered Nurse. All preceptors have a minimum of three years New Zealand work experience and have completed preceptor training.
Clinical placement providers are located in Bell Block and New Plymouth.
Public transport is limited between Bell Block and New Plymouth as per the bus links listed below. This may be a concern for you when you are required to attend workplace training. For your convenience we suggest that you bring your own vehicle as you will also want to explore what New Plymouth has to offer during your free time. Students sharing the same work placements may be able to agree to car share. There is free car parking available onsite at the learning centre.
Clinical placement transport will be arranged and provided for students without a vehicle.
Molly Ryan Life Care, 269 Mangorei Rd, Merrilands, New Plymouth – 7.3 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time is 9 mins, on peak travel time is 13 mins.
Radius Thornleigh Park, 25 Heta Rd, Highland Park, New Plymouth – 9.1 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time 12 mins, on peak travel time 16 mins.
Riverside Lifecare, 361 Mangorei Rd, Merrilands, New Plymouth – 8.2 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time is 10 mins, on peak travel time is 14 mins.
Radius Heatherlea, 139 Vivian Street, New Plymouth, 8 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time 13 mins.
Summerset Mountain View, 35 Fernbrook Drive, Upper Vogeltown, Hurworth, New Plymouth, 10 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time 14 mins.
Sunhaven , 48a Sunnyvale Street, Bell Block, New Plymouth – 2 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time 2 mins, on peak travel time 2 mins.
Elizabeth R Lifecare, 30/33 Elizabeth Grove, Stratford – 42 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time 35 mins.
Agecare Central Ltd/Maryann Home and Hospital, 59 Brecon Road, Stratford, 41 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time 33 mins.
Annie Brydon Lifecare, 71 Glover Road, Hawera, 70 km from Avatar Institute of Learning – off peak travel time 58 mins.
Bus Timetable – Bell Block, New Plymouth
Bus Timetable – New Plymouth – Merrilands (three workplace training establishments based in this area)
Energy City Cabs 06 757 5580
New Plymouth Taxis 06 757 3000.
Note: Uber is not available in Taranaki Region.
a) the International Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 in reading, speaking and listening and 6.5 in writing; or
b) the Occupational English Test (OET) minimum score of 350 in reading, speaking and listening and 300 in writing; and
Important: We do not have any contractual agreement with Immigration New Zealand, nor any immigration advisors. We request that the CAP nurse apply directly with Avatar by emailing the Training Manager, Louise Cummings: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have small, supportive intakes:
Tuition fee is $10,250 for the 8-week programme.
The following costs will be incurred once enrolment has been confirmed. The costs are approximate and will depend on the options you choose: