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Do you want to make a difference by working in a profession that gives back to people when they need it most? Take the next step in your professional journey with an Executive Diploma in Nursing and Patient Care Assistance.

Whether you’re already working in health and fitness or you want to embark on a new career, this flexible online course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our nursing assistant course, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Health and Wellness
    • Defining health and wellness
    • Determinants of health
    • Illness behaviour and the sick role
    • Health promotion
    2Rehabilitation Nursing
    • Defining rehabilitation
    • The multidisciplinary team
    • Rehabilitation nursing practice
    3Community Nursing
    • Defining community nursing
    • Roles of the community nurse
    • The family in community health
    4Community Support Services
    • Traditional services
    • Other community support services
    5Medical Terminology
    • Medical definitions, prefixes & glossary
    • Abbreviations & acronyms
    • Using medical terminology
    • Human systems & anatomical divisions
    • Pharmacology
    6Maintain Patient Records
    • Monitoring & reviewing records
    • Accessing records
    • Maintaining records
    7Maintain Workplace Safety
    • Occupational health & safety
    8Confidentiality & Privacy in a Medical Environment
    • Codes of conduct
    • Confidentiality & privacy
    • Security procedures
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with this course. For example, you will:

    • Fast track your career in nursing and patient care assisting
    • Study a nursing assistant course that has been designed in consultation with senior healthcare professionals
    • Learn at your own pace, allowing you to fit your healthcare assistant training around existing commitments
    • Benefit from access to your own personal tutor
    • Avoid wasting time and money attending a nursing assistant course in person
    • Pay upfront for a 10% reduction in fee, or choose our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Start reaping the benefits by enrolling on our Executive Diploma in Nursing and Patient Care Assistance today!

  • Career Prospects

    There is always high demand for nursing assistants, so this course is an excellent choice if you are looking for strong career prospects.

    Graduates of the course are typically known as:

    • Healthcare aides
    • Nursing Assistant
    • Patient Care Assistants

    These specialists provide care to individuals who cannot fully care for themselves. They work in a variety of settings, including:

    • Residential care facilities
    • Hospitals
    • GP surgeries
    • Clients’ homes

    Working as a nursing assistant or healthcare aide, you can expect a varied and rewarding career. You will operate under the direction of nurses and patient support services managers to undertake a wide range of tasks that support patient care. This could include transporting patients to procedures and appointments, preparing food and making sure the care environment is clean.

    There are also options to advance within the healthcare field. For example, with additional training, you can become an enrolled or registered nurse.

  • Course Levels Explained

    Executive Diploma

    This course leads to the awarding of an Executive Diploma. This qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry onto this course.

    As this is a caring profession however, it is important for candidates to have personal qualities including patience and a desire to help people.

  • Course Length

    Students typically complete their studies within 31 weeks.

    Studying nursing assistant courses online with ICI means you can learn at your own pace, with no assignment deadlines to meet. This gives you total flexibility in terms of how long you take to complete the course.

    If you wish to graduate as quickly as possible, you can fast track and finish the course in a matter of months. The maximum time we permit to complete the programme is three years.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our nursing assistant course is carried out entirely remotely via distance learning (also known as correspondence learning). This can be a highly convenient option for all learners, particularly those who need to adapt their studies around work, family and other commitments. It is also extremely beneficial if you want to fast track your learning and don’t wish to be constrained by a timetable.

    You can learn, undertake assessments and communicate with your personal tutor whenever you wish, and wherever you are in the world. No more costly commuting to a classroom, or anxiety over late assignments.

    As well as being convenient, our healthcare assistant training is designed to be highly relevant and engaging.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    Our Executive Diploma in Nursing and Patient Care Assistance is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC) and the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC). ICI courses are not NZQA qualifications. ICI is an independent global awarding body that develops and administers career-related curriculum and training programs. When you graduate from an ICI training program you join ICI graduates in over 150 countries around the world.

    Like all our learning programmes, it takes a practical approach. This course doesn’t just teach you the theory behind nursing assistance. It has been developed by industry professionals to provide you with the skills you need to succeed in this role.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    If you already work in healthcare but are looking to transition into a role as a nursing assistant, or even if you have experience as a healthcare aide but want to consolidate your existing knowledge and update your industry skills, this course is for you. It will further your professional development and give you added confidence in your role.

    You can claim course fees as a tax deduction as long as the learning programme is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete the Executive Diploma in Nursing and Patient Care Assistance are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all of your course and career questions and provide guidance.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    • A graduation certificate officially recognizing your successful completion of studies and qualifications
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme.
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 22nd September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career as a nursing assistant – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.