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Australian Nursing Practice
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing

Gateway to Global Nursing

  • Delivery Mode: On Campus

  • Accreditation: TEQSA

  • AQF Level: 08

  • Course Duration: 26 Weeks*

  • CRICOS Course Code: 107773K

  • On Campus: Total Tuition Fee: AUD $12,000
  • Melbourne & Sydney

*Internaltional students undertaking this course on student visa are required to study full time as per their visa requirement and ESOS Act 2000

About the Course

IHM was awarded accreditation in 2019 to deliver the Entry Program for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses (EPIQRN) bridging program. The new process for the bridging program shifted to OBA (Outcome-Based Assessment), and AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) will be in charge of conducting the two national examinations.

  • NCLEX-RN examination (Same as in US and Canada)
  • OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

IHM began offering the GCAN Australian Nursing Practice course with the goal of assisting IQNM’s (Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives) in acquiring the necessary knowledge as well as the necessary amount of hands-on experience to satisfy the AHPRA standards necessary for registration

Internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) who complete the AHPRA Self-check and are advised to continue as Stream B candidates are those IQNMs who hold a qualification that is relevant to the profession but is not substantially equivalent or based on similar competencies to an approved qualification. IQNMs who are assigned to Stream B and must complete an Outcome Based Assessment (OBA) will benefit greatly from taking the GCAN Australian Nursing Practice course.

* This course does not lead to direct registration as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia. IHM can assist with the complete processing of AHPRA registration for students enrolling in GCAN Australian Nursing Practice.

Pathway for BSC nurse to become a registered nurse in Australia while studying ANP

ANP On campus + NCLEXRN Preparation

Attend NCLEXRN Exam

OSCE On-Campus Coaching – 8 Weeks

Attend OSCE Practical Exam

Apply for AHPRA Registration

Job Placement Assistance

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Details about the Course

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Nursing – Australian Nursing Practice specialty has been meticulously designed to assist Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses in becoming acquainted with the Australian health-care system. This course includes NCLEX RN preparation and eight weeks of OSCE training to allow the IQRNs to further improve their knowledge and abilities in the context of Australian nursing practise.

This course will assist overseas trained registered nurses in gaining a thorough understanding of the practice styles and requirements in Australian healthcare settings, as well as preparing them to confidently take the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency’s Outcome Based Assessment process, such as the NCLEX-RN and Objective Structured Registered Clinical Examination (OSCE).

  • 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 or 3 years Diploma of Nursing (3 years of work experience mandatory as RN) Diploma Nurses who have completed the ANP course are eligible to begin the OBA process.
  • Be an AHPRA registered nurse; or
  • Be a registered nurse with the Nurses’ Board/Council from the country of origin or place of residence
  • Registered Nurses having a three-year Diploma Of Nursing qualification and at least three years of experience as a registered nurse are eligible to enrol in this course.

English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements has to be met by the student

English Language Proficiency Entry Requirements
  • Gain work experience in Australian healthcare system as the program is offered under student visa scheme to assist with AHPRA registration process
  • Gain full one-semester credit to Master of nursing course offered by IHM. Complete the Master of nursing in 1½ years and gain stay-back up to five years
  • Opportunity to work in various roles in nursing including teaching positions once gain registration with AHPRA
Course Structure and Delivery

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

Unit Code

Unit Name

Credit Points

The course includes eight weeks OSCE in preparation for OBA registration testing in Australia.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) are as follows:
  • CLO 1.Integrate knowledge of the healthcare system to critically analyse the impact of socio‐political issues and health policies on the scope of nursing practice.
  • CLO 2.Synthesise specialised nursing and pathophysiological knowledge when conducting nursing assessments in the provision of optimal specialised treatment and management of complex health conditions of patients.
  • CLO 3.Apply analytical and reflective skills in planning, prioritising and implementing person‐centred specialised nursing care in challenging and diverse clinical situations.
  • CLO 4.Demonstrate professional physical and cultural safety and capability when providing specialised person‐centred care to individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • CLO 5.Apply expert professional judgement, accountability, and responsibility when providing optimal specialised person‐ centred nursing care.
  • CLO 6.Facilitate the empowerment of self and others, through positive and effective communication within a highly specialised, multicultural and multidisciplinary approach to safe practice.
  • CLO 7.Critically analyse legal, ethical, social, cultural and political dynamics impacting on specialised person‐centred nursing practice in a diverse and multicultural healthcare environment.
  • CLO 8.Appraise evidence‐based nursing research and knowledge to inform critical clinical decision‐ making when providing quality and safe specialised nursing care that will enhance health outcomes of health consumers.

Course Start Dates

Course Intake Course Start Date Course End Date Census Date Orientation Date
March 2025 03-03-2025 08-08-2025 14-04-2025 03-03-2025
July 2024 01-07-2024 27-12-2024 01-07-2024
November 2024 04-11-2024 02-05-2025 29-11-2024 04-11-2024
September 2024 02-09-2024 01-09-2025 27-09-2024 02-09-2024
January 2025 06-01-2025 13-06-2025 18-02-2025 06-01-2025
May 2025 05-05-2025 10-04-2026 16-06-2025 05-05-2025
July 2025 07-07-2025 26-06-2026 18-08-2025 07-07-2025
September 2025 01-09-2025 07-08-2026 13-10-2025 01-09-2025
November 2025 03-11-2025 09-10-2026 15-12-2025 03-11-2025
On Campus
Tuition Fee : On Campus: AUD $12,000
Administration (Non-Tuition) Fee :

**Only applicable to international students.

**AUD $250 (Non Refundable)

Applicable for International (1 year fee) and full-fee students. Not applicable for funding students.

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Australian Nursing
Registration Process
Step 1
Self Check
Self Check

If you are an internationally qualified nurse or midwife (IQNM) who wishes to register in Australia, you will need to complete the Self-check before applying for registration. This is an online check where you will need to enter your qualification information into the Self-check. Based on your qualification you will be assigned to one of three streams for registration. The three streams are:

  • Stream A – IQNMs who hold a qualification considered to be substantially equivalent, or based on similar competencies, to an approved qualification
  • Stream B – IQNMs who hold a qualification that is relevant to the profession, but is not substantially equivalent, nor based on similar competencies to an approved qualification
  • Stream C – IQNMs who hold a qualification that is not substantially equivalent or relevant to an approved qualification
*There is no fee to use the Self-check.

IQNMs that do not hold a relevant qualification (under section 53 of the National Law) or do not meet the required assessment criteria will need to upgrade their qualification in Australia before being eligible to apply for registration.

Click here to know more!
IQNM Assessment Process
Step 2
IQNM Assessment Process
  • Those who successfully complete the self-check must proceed in the IQNM assessment process.
  • For IQNM assessment process students will need to pay a non-refundable assessment fee of $640 AUD.
  • This fee contributes towards AHPRA’s costs in checking IQNM documentation provided, and for the IQNM to undertake their orientation. This process may take upto 6 weeks.
Step 3
Orientation : Part A
Orientation : Part A

90 mins of video orientation and quiz based on that video.

Portfolio Stage
Step 4
Portfolio Stage

At this stage you will have to upload all the attested documents as required.

Step 5
NCLEX-RN (Multiple Choice Questions)
NCLEX-RN (Multiple Choice Questions)

Multiple choice questions exam, the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is an online test taken through Pearson VUE test centres in most countries.

Step 6
  • A clinical exam to assess whether candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competence of a graduate-level nurse or midwife from an Australian NMBA-approved program of study.
  • The OSCE will simulate a clinical environment and “patient” scenarios which Registered Nurses are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. Nurses are expected to utilise a contemporary evidence base and effectively demonstrate the safe practical application of nursing skills.
  • The fee for sitting the OSCE is $4,000 AUD. The OSCE fee replaces previous bridging program fees from private providers. This fee pays for AHPRA’s costs in running and maintaining the OSCE. AHPRA and the NMBA are funded only by fees, which must cover all costs of assessing IQNMs for registration in Australia.
Step 7
Orientation : Part B
Orientation : Part B

This e- learning module must be completed within the first 6 months of becoming a registered nurse in Australia.

For more Information

At IHM, we have dedicated admission staff members who are able to assist you throughout the process. It is highly recommended that you apply for this course by clicking the “apply now” button. You will be contacted by a member of the admissions staff, who will provide you with relevant assistance, such as guidance with the AHPRA registration process, guidance with the processing of visas, and orientation to Australian student life, as well as short courses to gain jobs while studying in Australia.

Eligible students from India can avail
loan options from ICICI Bank.

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Our Course Coordinator

Ms. Divitha Subramanian

Designation: Course Coordinator

Email : Divitha@healthcareers.edu.au

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