Study Nursing Courses in Australia
Kick-start your Nursing Career and get on the Pathway to PR!
Why study Nursing in Australia?
Australia is one of the best countries for international students to study nursing. Upon graduation, nursing graduates enjoy a high rate of employment, relatively higher salaries compared to other countries, multiple PR pathways and a better quality of life overall. Nurses in Australia are in the top 20% of high salary earning professionals across industries in Australia with salaries ranging from $55000 to $72000 a year. Nursing graduates can make an exceptional career in a variety of specializations in Australia with 123000 new job openings are expected by 2030.
Pathway to PR for Nursing
As stated above, the demand for international nurses is currently high and this trend is only getting better until 2030. Nursing occupations constantly feature in MLTSSL and STSOL lists which means the chances of obtaining PR is higher for nursing than most other professions. Here is the typical pathway to PR for an international nursing student in Australia.
Step 1: Enrol for a Diploma/Bachelor’s/Master's degree in nursing
Step 2: Register with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agenc
Step 3: Get the skills assessment done by ANMAC (Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council)
Step 4: Get invited to apply for a permanent visa
Enrol for a Diploma/Bachelor’s/Master's degree in nursing
Register with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agenc
Get the skills assessment done by ANMAC (Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council)
Get invited to apply for a permanent visa
Diploma of Nursing
Diploma of Nursing is an 18-24 months foundational course in nursing that helps you work as an enrolled nurse in Australia. During the course, you will develop competencies in basic nursing skills to work under the supervision of a registered nurse.
Bachelor of Nursing
On successful completion of this 3-year bachelor’s course, you become eligible to work as a Registered nurse in Australia. A registered nurse earns in the range of $55000 t0 $60000 a year at the start of their career and the salary increases with experience and qualification.
You may be eligible for credits if you have completed a nursing qualification overseas and it can potentially reduce the course to 2 years.
Master of Nursing
With a Masters degree in nursing, you become eligible for managerial and leadership positions in Nursing. You can choose to specialize in one of the majors that lead to AHPRA’s registration from a top Australian university and set your career on a high trajectory.
Please note that not ALL Master of Nursing programs in Australia are leading to AHPRA's registration.
Career Advancement Courses for Nurses
Australian institutions offer excellent supplementary courses for nurses that serve a dual purpose. One, these leadership and management courses help nurses advance in their profession. By completing these courses, you can qualify to hold managerial positions and set yourself on a better career path. Next, these courses do also help you stay lawfully in Australia while waiting for your next visa or PR. These courses make this waiting period meaningful and an excellent value-addition to your resume.
Course duration: 2 years
Entry requirements differ depending on the course and the institute to choose to study at. Talk to our education counsellors to understand the requirements for your preferred course.
Fees Range: $4000 - $12000
(Fees may vary according to intake dates)
Upskilling courses for nurses in Australia
Here are some of the top courses that international nurses study in Australia.
- Certificate III and IV in Health Administration
- Certificate III and IV in Allied Health Assistance
- Certificate III and IV in Individual Support (Ageing/Disability)
- Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
- Certificate III in Pathology
- Certificate IV in Massage Therapy
- Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
- Diploma of Mental Health
- Diploma of Counselling
- Diploma of Remedial Massage
- Diploma of Laboratory Technology
- Diploma of Community Services
- Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management
Whether you find these courses as means to accelerate your career or simply a bridge between your current and next visa, get expert guidance from our education counsellors to pick the most suitable and affordable course from the best institutions in Australia.
PR visa options for Nursing graduates
Featured Skills List
Potential visa types (Subclass)
Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)
190 -Skilled Nominated
Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
189 - Skilled Independent - Point Tested
Frequently asked questions
about studying Nursing in Australia
What is the scope of getting a PR if I study Nursing as a discipline?
The probability of obtaining a PR for the nursing professional is immensely high in Australia.
What are the various categories of Nurses in Australia?
Principally two types of nurses
What is the pecking order of nurses in Australia?
The hierarchy looks like this
- AIN- Assistant in Nursing
- EN- Enrolled Nurses
- EEN- Endorsed Enrolled Nurse
- RN- Registered Nurse
- CN- Clinical Nurse
- Midwife- RN Midwifery
- NP- Nurse Practitioner
What are the different professions that are open to me with a nursing degree?
A nurse manager and or a Nurse educator are opportunities that are readily available with this degree. Apart from that one can also specialise in any specific field of interest by undertaking a Masters in Nursing.
How do I become an Enrolled Nurse?
A board-certified course of Diploma is mandatory to step up and get enlisted as an Enrolled Nurse.
I previously completed a Nursing qualification overseas and also a registered nurse. What would be my pathway for nursing registration in Australia?
You can either study an AHPRA accredited Bachelor or Master of Nursing or go through the outcomes-based assessment (OBA) of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
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