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Are you an international student looking to make a promising career in nursing?

Come,  discover the ever thriving and expanding (23% projected job growth) Australian workforce involved in Healthcare. Different nursing qualifications have different employment outcomes. You could choose to become an Enrolled Nurse, a Registered Nurse (RN), a midwife or even a Medication Endorsed Enrolled Nurse (EEN).

Nurses are in high demand globally and in Australia and consistently feature in the skills shortage list for Australian PR

Due to the high demand for Registered nurses as with other sectors of nursing, these occupations are listed consistently in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and the Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL). These include Registered Nurse (Medical Practice), Registered Nurse (Aged Care), and Nurse Practitioner. As most visa types, an assessment procedure by a recognised authority (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council, ANMAC for Registered nurses and practitioners) is required as part of the visa application for work or migration purpose such as Permanent Residency. Nursing degree graduates can look ahead in building a medical career and invest for a bright future in Australia.

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Courses Available for Nursing in Australia

As per the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia’s provisions, Enrolled Nurses usually work under the direction and authority of a Registered Nurse. There are some tasks that only a Registered Nurse can do. An EEN is an Enrolled Nurse who has gone through some additional training which gives them the ability to administer medications. Here are the different types of qualifications to set you up for a nursing career in Australia.

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Bachelor of Nursing

This prepares you for your future role as a Registered Nurse in a health care environment. Subjects include, but are not limited to, health assessment, physiology, legal and professional issues, principles of research etc.

Course Duration

3 years’ full time or equivalent part-time to complete Bachelor of Nursing

Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic: Completion of Year 12 or Overseas Equivalent
  • English: Academic IELTS score of 7.0 overall with no band lower than 6.5 or equivalent

*Institutions or universities may require a higher or lower IELTS score

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Master of Nursing

Specially designed for graduates of any Bachelor of Nursing degree to learn how to work with other healthcare professionals toward providing patient care that is of the highest quality and develop leadership skills in nursing.

Course Duration

2 years of full-time or four years of part-time study to complete Master of Nursing

Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic: Completion of relevant Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • English: Academic IELTS score of 7.0 with no band lower than 7.0 or equivalent

*Institutions or universities may require a higher or lower IELTS score

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Diploma of Nursing

You can become an Enrolled Nurse by doing Diploma of Nursing, in 12 to 18 months. The Diploma course will teach you the basic skills and knowledge needed to work under a Registered Nurse. Through this course you will be able to work in a variety of nurse settings, and/or you can continue studying to complete a Bachelor of Nursing and get credits towards it.

Course Duration

1.5 to 2 years to complete Diploma of Nursing

Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic: Completion of Year 12 or Overseas Equivalent
  • English: Academic IELTS score of 7 overall with no band lower than 7 or equivalent

*Institutions or universities may require a higher or lower IELTS score

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Certificate IV in Preparation for Health and Nursing 

This provides the academic knowledge for entry into the Diploma of Nursing. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Course Duration

6 months. There are a number of different specialisations in nursing you can train and work towards like aged care, mental health, paediatric nurse, midwife etc.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Academic: Completion of Year 11 or Overseas Equivalent
  • English: Academic IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no band lower than 6.0 or equivalent

*Institutions or universities may require a higher or lower IELTS score

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The Internationally Qualified Nurse (IQN) Program

Formally known as the IRON Program it aims to prepare international nurses for Australian registration. The program is a bridging course recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and helps build confidence and increases the employability of overseas nurses.

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Frequently asked questions
about studying Nursing in Australia

Australia had always taken pride for providing high quality education. Australian Nurse Programs had been meticulously developed to impart theoretical knowledge and hone practical skills required in delivering excellent healthcare services.

High demands for qualified nurses and related healthcare services, as reflected in Skilled Occupations List, is one of the driving factors for its popularity. Relevant educational background, work experiences maybe counted towards application of Permanent Residency.

Another appealing reason for practicing nurses to consider Australia is the Bridging Program for Nurses or popularly known as IRON (Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses). Overseas nurses coming from different backgrounds and practice are prepared thoroughly to be integrated into the Australian workforce.  It strengthens their existing knowledge and skills; orient them to best practise methods in their field; and make them aware of their conduct and legal responsibilities in the practise of their profession in Australia.

Also as the third most preferred destination for international students, the country continues to attract international students and tourists alike because of the culture, the sceneries, the laid back atmosphere and the unique flora and fauna and the thousand and one reasons why Australia is the place to be.

It is good to note that most international students can work for up to forty (40) hours every two weeks during semester and unrestricted hours during any scheduled course break and public holidays.

Talk to our friendly AECC Global consultants and start building your future today.

Nursing is a profession focused on the care of individuals and communities with scientific knowledge, trainings and skills developed through extensive education and career. Nurses are focused in promoting health and prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing and optimization of health and of life.

Nurses work in a diverse range of settings including hospitals, community settings, general practices, prisons, homes and residential settings.

AECC Global proudly represents the best Australian education providers, assisting students with visa and migrations processes, making personalised education pathway and worry free experience. Sample of the degrees and qualifications offered:

  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Return to Practice for overseas trained nurse / IRON (Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses)
  • Master of Nursing (with specialisation)

Here are some of the requirements in securing student visa. Alternatively, you can contact our education consultants for worry free process.

  • a valid passport for the duration of your study in Australia
  • offer letter from the selected university/institution
  • IELTS score 7 overall and no score below 6.5 in each of the component; or PTE score 65 or OET score B
  • At least 1 year of paid or unpaid experience within the last five (5) years. *
  • evidence of access to sufficient funds*
  • evidence of Overseas Student Health Cover
  • successfully completed at least year 12 AQF or Australian Qualifications Framework equivalent*
  • all other relevant documents listed on the Department of Home Affairs visa checklists

Depending on previous studies and experiences, students could be eligible for credit towards the chosen programme*. This will avoid taking the same unit or similar qualifications already taken from previous studies. It will help minimise the cost of the course, help students focus on other units and shorten the course duration, allowing more time for practical trainings.

Students of Nursing depending on their study goals, are able to design the pathway depending on their academic achievements. From Certificates to Diplomas (and Advanced Diplomas), to Bachelor Degrees and to Master and Doctoral, our AECC Global Consultants are committed to outline your pathway to success.

Overseas nurses having different backgrounds and practice are prepared thoroughly to be integrated into the Australian workforce via Bridging Program for Nurses or popularly known as IRON (Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses). The program helps build confidence and increases the employability of overseas nurses.

Additionally, there is a projected job growth of 23% for Registered nurses. Moreover, Registered nurses and other sectors of nursing occupations are consistently listed in the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) and Combined List of Eligible Skilled Occupations, which shows the need for more medical practitioners such as nurses in Australia.

Nurses cover a wide range of settings, from hospitals, private clinics, rural/community centres, to schools, prisons, rehabilitation centres and the likes. There are opportunities for nurses to explore other field such as in Aged Care, Education, Neonatal Care and Community Health.

Due to the high demand for Registered nurses as with other sectors of nursing, these occupations are listed consistently in the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) and Consolidated Sponsored Occupations List (CSOL). Sample of which are Registered Nurse (Medical Practice), Registered Nurse (Aged Care), and Nurse Practitioner. As most visa types, an assessment procedure by a recognised authority (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council, ANMAC for Registered nurses and practitioners) is required as part of the visa application for work or migration purpose such as Permanent Residency. Nursing degree graduates can look ahead in building medical career and invest for bright future in Australia.

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