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Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing | IHM Australia

Graduate Certificate in
Advanced Nursing (Australian Nursing Practice)

  • Delivery Mode: On Campus

  • Accreditation: TEQSA

  • AQF Level: 08

  • Course Duration: 26 Weeks

  • CRICOS Course Code: 107773K

  • On Campus: AUD $12,000.00
  • Sydney, Perth & Melbourne

About the Course

Nursing registration is open in Australia for internationally qualified nurses and the time is right to finalise your nursing registration with IHM’s Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing – Australian Nursing Practice course.

Australia has adopted a new two-part registration process for international nurses: NCLEX online test and a two-day OBA practical assessment.

This course combines a valuable four-week clinical placement and Australian work experience (you may also work up to 40 hours per week while studying) with intensive OSCE preparation to prepare you to ace the practical OBA assessment.

Working in Australia is a great way to gain valuable insights and knowledge about how the health system operates and the important role nurses play in delivering care. So don’t forget your nursing gear!

Job placements are available with leading health service providers so you will have current work experience in Australia when you start applying for jobs.

Do you have a current AHPRA Decision Letter?

If YES, then Australia is calling. You can gain valuable work experience in Australia and prepare for OBA by joining Australian Nursing Practice. We will help you prepare for the OBA assessment with four-weeks of intensive OSCE preparation and a valuable four-week work placement.

If you do NOT have an AHPRA Decision Letter, no problem, as Bachelor qualified registered nurses are eligible to apply for nursing registration in Australia. We will help you apply to AHPRA while you are studying the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing – Australian Nursing Practice course and preparing to ace the practical OBA assessment.

Recent nursing graduates may also apply for registration (you require 3 months working experience as a registered nurse) however employers in Australia prefer current work experience. So, combine Australian work experience with our valuable four-week clinical placement for the best outcome when you ace the practical OBA assessment.

Pathway Preparation Courses

If you don’t currently meet the requirements for nursing registration, we are here to help with pathway preparation courses designed for you.

  • NCAP Global brings together training courses and services to help you prepare for the NCLEX online test, improve your IELTS and communication skills and successfully prepare to ace the NCLEX online test
  • If your current IELTS English score is 5.5 you may join a pathway preparation course in Australia for two-years and improve your English and communication skills while working in Australia and studying a Certificate IV in Ageing Support (one year) followed by a Diploma of Community Services (one year)

The time is right to join an IHM Pathway Preparation Course because:

  • After two-years studying and working in Australia, combined with IHM’s English support, you will be ready to ace the IELTS test
  • As a student, you are currently eligible to work up to 40 hours per week, and IHM will help you find a job, so don’t forget your nursing gear!
  • If your current IELTS English score is 6.5 you can progress with the Australian Nursing Practice course over six-months, which includes OSCE preparation and a valuable four-week practical placement in Australian healthcare facilities
  • Complete your OBA/OSCE assessment in Adelaide, and work towards IELTS 7.0 to finalise your nursing registration (remember you don’t need to finalise your English score until after you have completed the OBA/OSCE assessment)

Remember, employers are also generally looking for working experience in Australia.

Join the course to achieve your dreams

Details about the Course

This course will expand on a student’s prior knowledge and skills while also providing an introduction to the nursing profession in Australia. The purpose of this course is to give an Internationally Qualified Registered Nurse (IQRN) the chance to learn about the Australian health-care system. This programme includes a Practical Experience Placement (PEP) to allow the IQRN to further improve their knowledge and abilities in the context of Australian nursing practise.

After passing the theory, simulation, and OSCE, students will be eligible to begin Practical Experience Placement (PEP). This course will allow students to expand on what they learned in the core unit of this speciality, such as the framework of accountability and responsibility for practising evidence-based nursing within the Australian healthcare system’s legislation and standards.

Each week will be devoted to a different theme. The students’ existing knowledge and relevant professional experience were taken into account when creating the Course Learning Outcomes (ULOs).

Course Aims

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing – Australian Nursing Practise speciality has been carefully created to help Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses become familiar with the Australian health-care system. This course will help overseas trained registered nurses gain a thorough understanding of the practise styles and requirements in Australian healthcare settings, as well as prepare them to confidently take the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Objective Structured Registered Clinical Examination (OSCE) (AHPRA).

  • AQF level 8
  • 26 weeks full time
  • On Campus
  • TEQSA accreditation

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing – Australian Nursing Practice, an applicant is required to:

  • Have completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree or an equivalent qualification
  • Be an AHPRA registered nurse; or
  • Be a registered nurse with the Nurses’ Board/Council from the country of origin or place of residence
  • English Language proficiency requirement for International Students:
    • An IELTS level of at least 6.5 with no band less than 6, or equivalent scores in OET/PTE/other recognised English examination; Nurses currently registered and working in English Speaking Countries do not need this requirement. The recognised countries are: Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland and South Africa; OR
    • Direct entry through a pass in English for Academic Purpose (EAP) course with the minimum score of 70%
  • Applicants must have concurrent employment (or access to) in the specific specialty clinical area of study and one year of full-time post-registration clinical experience
English Requirement
  • IELTS: Overall 6.5 and no band less than 6.0
  • PTE: Overall 56 and no band less than 46
  • OET: B for each test component

Registered nurses can work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Emergency departments
  • Medical and surgical wards
  • Operating rooms
  • Primary health care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Mental health
Course Structure and Delivery

Three units constitute the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing course. One core unit and two units of specialisation.

Unit Code

Unit Name

Credit Points

The course includes four weeks OSCE in preparation for OBA registration testing in Australia and a four-week Practical Experience Placement (PEP) in healthcare facilities, following successful completion of the theory, simulation and OSCE preparation.

Perth (SGT)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Nov 7, 2022

Sydney (Wentworth St)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Nov 7, 2022

Melbourne (North Mel)

Face to Face Delivery

  • Sep 5, 2022
  • Nov 7, 2022
  • Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Apply Online” on the top right corner of the course page.
  • Interview: If you meet IHM’s eligibility criteria you’ll be contacted for an interview with an admissions consultant.
  • Offer Letter: If you’re successful with the interview you’ll be offered a place for the course.
  • Enrolment Fee: Once you sign the acceptance offer, an invoice will be issued for the course. You may be eligible for government funding, so please call our team to know more.
  • Confirmation of Admission: Once you’ve paid the enrollment fee, we’ll send a confirmation of admission to you.

Are you a registered nurse with the AHPRA who has not practised in the last five years?

If you answered yes, then GCAN-Australian Nursing Practice is the course for you. This is a refresher course that will assist you in acquiring critical theoretical and practical information, preparing you to return to your nursing career.

The curriculum consists of three components that will assist you in regaining your nursing skills.

The Australian Nursing Practice includes an eight-week theory component that covers the Australian Nursing system and situations, equipping you with the necessary theoretical understanding to practise as an AHPRA registered nurse.

(4 weeks of simulation)- The four weeks of simulation, which is identical to the OSCE procedure for the OBA examination necessary for AHPRA registration, will help you improve your technical skills and keep you current on recent changes in Australian nursing.

After completing the theory and simulation, you will be placed in a hospital setting for four weeks as part of the Professional Experience Placement. This will assist you in compensating for your lack of recent practise and re-entry into an Australian hospital context.

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