Study Nursing in Australia

Nursing schools in Australia have an excellent reputation internationally for providing high quality nurse education programs designed to service every sector of the health care industry.

Historically, nursing in Australia began its transition to the university education sector 25 years ago. Subsequently, all states of Australia implemented nursing education courses in tertiary institutions. Since then, it has become a country at the cutting edge of professional nursing education and scholarship. Nursing education at all levels in Australia is acknowledged worldwide as being comprehensive, challenging, dynamic and of high academic standard.

All Schools of Nursing in Australia have developed curricula, from undergraduate preregistration programs through to postgraduate and doctoral studies. Integrated within these study programs is the opportunity to complete study abroad units and certified continuing education packages that target specific areas of professional practice.

Postgraduate Courses
Numerous postgraduate study courses are available throughout Australia, designed to meet the changing health-care environment, and the greater complexity of the registered nurse's role in the provision of health care. The courses aim to develop advanced practitioners in nursing specialities; areas of focus include management, education, health promotion, research and a variety of clinical specialities. Students are provided with opportunities to expand their knowledge base, to increase their understanding of international health, and to gain expertise and experience allowing them to practise as advanced health professionals on a worldwide basis. As postgraduate courses also include research design, preparation and thesis writing, students are also well placed to pursue further studies at Master and Doctoral levels. Health management and administration courses include: strategic planning, quality improvement, nursing management, human resource management, financial management, and patient classification systems. This content facilitates the development of expertise in health management principles and practices that can be utilised across any health care environment.

Masters and Doctoral Studies
Masters and doctoral studies provide opportunity for students to research in greater depth specific health administration and management concepts relevant to their own specific areas. Postgraduate courses in nursing education include generic educational units, such as staff development, reflective practice, curriculum design, and effective teaching and learning. Health education and promotion provides avenues for students to pursue courses specifically targeted at health counselling, behavioural health science, substance abuse management, mental health, and women's and men's health. Clinical speciality areas offer opportunities to those nurses wishing to advance their competencies and knowledge in clinically-based practice areas. Universities in Australia have developed postgraduate courses in clinical areas such as midwifery, neonates, paediatrics, critical care, nephrology, mental health, emergency, neurosciences, orthopaedics, oncology, spinal injuries, operating room, respiratory and cardiothoracic nursing.

Clinical Nursing
Many universities have structured their courses on a collaborative teaching model with major public and private hospitals, enabling them to offer dynamic postgraduate courses in clinical nursing. With the strong involvement of the clinical areas, the courses are academically rigorous, relevant and practical to the reality of the changing health care environments in which we work all today. English study programs can be undertaken prior to commencing full-time postgraduate study, if needed to meet entry requirements. Additional English language study can then be incorporated into your program to support the progress of your study.

Diploma of Nursing

The Diploma of Nursing will equip you with the essential real-world nursing skills and knowledge required to work as an Enrolled Nurse in a range of different healthcare settings. You will be able to perform clinical assessments, contribute to nursing care of people with complex needs, administer and monitor medications and IV therapy, research and apply evidence to practice.

Highly-experienced industry professionals guide you through every step and ensure your success.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to seek registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, which you will require to work as an Enrolled Nurse (EN) in Australia.

Entry Requirements

  • IELTS score of 7.0 minimum (Academic) or above, with no skills band less than 7.0 OR equivalent
  • min. 18 years of age;
  • Year 12

Bachelor Nursing

Bring your dreams of becoming a Registered Nurse to life with the Bachelor of Nursing. This course will prepare you to enter a career as a Registered Nurse in Australia, enabling you to provide care in multiple health care, industry and community settings, in complex environments of healthcare systems.

This nursing degree also shows you how to apply physical and behavioural sciences to nursing, while you explore the best ways in which to care for a diverse range of individuals.

Nursing Academics are industry experts with years of experience, which brings knowledge to lectures and also the practical application of the latest technology and methods.

On completion of the Bachelor of Nursing, you are eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Agency (AHPRA) as a registered nurse (RN).

Entry requirements:
Institutions have different entry requirements, we will advise you of the entry requirements.
Applicants generally are required to have:

  • Successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification)
  • English language skills: Demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) English language skills registration standard.

Can I stay in Australia longer after completing a Nursing course in Australia?

Temporary Graduate Visa

Anyone who completes vocational training in Australia for more than 2 years (certificate / diploma), which is on the "Medium and Long term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)", but needs a "bridging time" for a permanent visa, may qualify for the Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa. This visa allows you to stay in Australia for 18 months and gives you full work rights. During this time you can gain the work experience required for a “Skilled Visa” or an “Employer-sponsored Visa” and can also improve your English skills. You may eve find an employer who is willing to sponsor you.

If you have applied for the Temporary Graduate Visa you may also be eligible to apply for the Job Ready Program. The Job Ready Program (JRP) is a employment-based skills assessment program that provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate that your skills and job readiness are relevant to your nominated occupation, in an Australian workplace before you apply for migration in Australia.

Note: Since the conditions for the respective visa categories can change constantly, we advise that you consult a migration agent who can provide detailed, accurate and timely advice on the current visa categories.