Nursing pathway for International Nurses and Students

Australia is considered to be one of the  top destinations  in the world when it comes to the health care
industry. Many international students regard nursing as the most favourable occupation.

If you want to  study nursing in Australia , you can choose from various nursing specializations available
like Nurse (Surgical), Nurse (Community Health), Nurse (Mental Health), Nurse (Child and Family
Health), Nurse (Medical Practice), Nurse (Paediatrics) and more.

With the growing population in Australia, there’s also an increasing requirement of skilled medical

Australia’s Future Health Workforce reported that by 2030, there’s a need for 123,000 nurses.


  • Opportunity for flexible work
  • Travel and work between different states
  • Large and modern hospitals
  • Excellent rates of pay
  • Opportunities for further study and professional development

To work as a registered nurse, enrolled nurse, nurse practitioner or midwife in Australia, you must be
registered with the NMBA. The NMBA will commence assessment of International Qualified Nurses and
Midwifes (IQNMs) from eight assessment criterias to three criteria in the second half of 2019. All IQNM’s
will have their qualifications assessed and only IQNMs qualifications that don’t meet all the required
assessment criteria will be directed to the outcomes-based assessment pathway.  Some IQNM’S may
need to complete an NMBA approved program of study if they do not hold a relevant qualification.

Those who have done their Bachelor of Nursing from overseas and have not begun practising may have
their credit transferred and complete a Bachelors Degree in Nursing in Australia and complete the
course in 1 year instead of 3 years. In some cases, depending on where you obtained your qualification,
you may not have to complete your Bachelor of Nursing if your qualification is recognised in Australia.
To become a registered nurse, you must undertake a Bachelors in Nursing in Australia. This requires
completion of Year 12 or overseas equivalent and have a basic English IELTS score of 7.0 overall with
no band lower than 6.5 or equivalent. Individual institutions or universities may require a higher or lower
IELTS score.

Alternatively, international students with no previous nursing background can also study a Diploma of
Nursing and become qualified as an enrolled nurse in 12 to 18 months. As above, this requires the
completion of Year 12 or equivalent, and the expected English IELTS score from the education provider
or equivalent in one of the other accepted English exams.


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Australia, contact us without delay.

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