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Objective Structured Clinical Examination for Registered Nurses (OSCE for RNs)

  • Delivery Mode: On Campus

  • Units: 01

  • Course Duration: 02 Weeks

  • On Campus: AUD $2,000
  • Melbourne CBD, Melbourne Heidelberg, Perth & Sydney

About the Course

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia implemented Outcomes-Based Assessment for Internationally qualified registered nurses in 2020. OSCE is the practical component in The Outcomes-Based Assessment for IQRNS. The Objective Structured Clinical Examination is a multifunctional assessment tool that may be used to evaluate IQRN’s in a clinical context. Objective evaluation and direct observation are used to establish a person’s level of competency in a given task. Students can be consistently evaluated on a wide range of clinical competencies according to their accuracy, objectiveness, and reproducibility. In contrast to a normal clinical exam, the OSCE may evaluate important aspects of IQRN’s efficacy, such as communication skills and the ability to handle unexpected patient behavior.

IQRN’s who want to work in the healthcare industry in Australia will need to demonstrate their ability to practice safely and professionally in the country by demonstrating their current knowledge and abilities.

OSCE for RN’s is a preparation course for the OBA in Australia, which is why the OSCE for RNs is offered. This course is designed to assist IQRNs to improve their professional knowledge and practical abilities.

This course is specially designed for Internationally Qualified nurses to pass OSCE as part of Outcomes-Based Assessments. In order to prepare for the OSCE test, they will be able to learn topics relevant to Australian nursing care and evaluate their existing nursing knowledge through ongoing assessment reviews.

All IHM campuses have state-of-the-art simulation centers that provide Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) simulation and practice sessions for your preparation for OSCE. Learn about the Australian healthcare system, its cultural diversity, and the nursing practice standards expected by Australian employers with this training.

This course’s instructors are all Registered Nurses in Australia who have either worked in a hospital or completed an OSCE in Australia and are now teaching or training.

* This course does not lead to direct registration as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia. As part of OBA, the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a pre-examination course for RNs, which develops the candidate’s professional knowledge and assists them in their preparation for the exam.

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About the Program

The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) has become a standard method of evaluation for both undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students across the world since its introduction in medical school in 1975. It was originally referred to as “a timed examination in which medical students interact with a series of simulated patients in stations that may involve history-taking, physical examinations, counseling or patient management, but the OSCE examination has undergone a huge amount of modification to suit specific circumstances. In the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and many other countries that follow this approach to finalise registration for domestic and internationally certified nurses, OSCE is the standard model of assessment of competency, clinical skills, and counseling sessions.

IHM’s OSCE for RN’s course is designed to assist internationally qualified nurses to gain competency, based on objective testing through direct observation. Students at our Melbourne CBD, Melbourne Heidelberg, Sydney, and Perth campuses are required to complete a number of clinical tasks in a certain amount of time against a set of criteria based on the clinical skill, thereby proving competence in skills and/or attitudes.

Improved problem-solving, teaching, communication, and handling of unexpected patient behavior are just some of the skills that IQRNs will learn in this course.

How is OSCE for RN’s course implemented?

Lectures, using previously established criteria, test and train a range of practical clinical abilities on an objective-marking scheme at each assessment station in this course’s fundamental framework.

In addition to multiple-choice or short-answer questions, history collection, display of clinical indicators, interpretation of clinical data, practical skills, and counseling sessions, these stations will include a variety of testing modalities. During clinical history, examination, and counseling sessions, our OSCEs employ “SPs” (simulated patients).

Frequently Asked Questions

The RN OSCE Examination is held in Adelaide at the state-of-the-art Adelaide Health Simulation Centre. Candidates must make their own way to Adelaide for the test.

The course is offered on campus for four weeks; face-to-face sessions will take place Monday to Thursday, and Friday of each week will be available for students to practice or ‘touch-up’ their skills in preparation for their OSCE testing – this service is provided free of charge to all IHM OSCE students.

IHM’s nursing simulation labs are meticulously developed to correspond to the NMBA’s registration standard requirements for nurses prior to the implementation of Outcomes-Based Assessment when IHM was offering a bridging program for nurses called EPIQ-RN. All nursing labs in all three locations are identical and can accommodate between 30 and 50 students. However, the OSCE for RN’s program has been designed to give the maximum help possible to overseas registered nurses preparing to sit for the RN OSCE examination, and cohort numbers have been limited to 10-15 students each intake at each site. This is to ensure that students receive as much support as possible in order to pass the OSCE on their first attempt.

The course is offered four days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each Friday, students can practice or ‘touch-up’ their abilities in preparation for their OSCE examination – this service is provided at no cost to all IHM OSCE students.

You will receive expert guidance and supervision at IHM. Students will be provided with labs and practice equipment. This thorough curriculum is meant to prepare students not only for OSCE success but also for safe nursing practice in Australia.

IHM is the sole provider of higher education in Australia that formerly offered the nursing bridging program (EPIQ-RN) and is currently offering OBA preparatory courses for overseas registered nurses. IHM aided 2150 international nurses in obtaining Australian nursing registration through its bridge program, which ran from 2019 to 2021. All of these nurses had successfully completed an OSCE as part of their bridging program prior to beginning clinical placements. Conducting and evaluating OSCEs is not unfamiliar territory for our educators, who are currently employed as registered nurses in Australia.

All labs are set up to replicate an exam center, and students will be prepared to practice as successful and safe nurses in Australia.

Students may continue to practice after the four-week course has concluded for a charge of $1000 per week. Our lecturers are also pleased to provide you with some complimentary sessions before your exam to boost your confidence and do some last-minute preparation.

In most cases, you will get your OSCE results within eight weeks.

Each RN OSCE station evaluates a candidate’s ability to perform a specific clinical skill, as well as their ability to manage a patient’s care holistically. It is critical, then, that the treatment offered inside each station takes into account the patient’s unique circumstances and is adapted to their specific needs.

  • Physiological observations
  • Vital signs
  • Calculating drug dosages
  • Subcutaneous/intramuscular injection
  • Aseptic Non-Touch Technique (ANTT)
  • Resuscitation in the hospital
  • Sharps disposal
  • Medication administration
  • Wound care
  • Hand hygiene
  • Therapeutic patient communication/consent
  • Infection control practices
  • Patient identification
  • Intravenous therapy administration/management

Candidates will get hands-on training with a manikin. Because manikins are used as the patient in the exam center, it is critical for candidates to display the same amount of empathy and engagement as they would with a genuine patient. They will be educated to treat these manikins as patients, as the exam center will have both manikins and simulated patients.

The OSCE registration cost is $2000 AUD for each examination session. This charge is payable to AHPRA. OSCE for RN is a two-week exam preparation course given at IHM. Students may pay 50% of the course costs to enroll in the program and the remaining balance prior to the start date of the course.

Candidates are expected to arrive for the OSCE for RN’s dressed professionally and appropriately for clinical practice. This is to guarantee that all candidates present themselves professionally, adhere to infection control and prevention standards, and maintain a safe atmosphere for both candidates and the simulated patients with whom they will interact throughout the OSCE.

You must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse in your home country.

You’ll be prepared for the Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) in Australia if you complete the OSCE for RNs course. You will gain a thorough grasp of the OSCE exam at the Adelaide Health Simulation Centre through this program.

Students will be able to formulate working diagnoses, analyse data and images, request and interpret investigations, and enhance their communication skills at the end of the course.

Many aspects of the OSCE for RN’s course will teach overseas nurses, notably in terms of objective, uniformity, and flexibility of clinical situations that may be tested, which indicates superiority over conventional clinical evaluation. It may be used to evaluate students at various levels of training in a short amount of time, across a wide range of abilities and problems. In order to prepare for the exam, this course will remove any preconceptions and allow all nurses to go through the same scope and requirements.

The New Nursing Registration process comprises of 7 steps:


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.

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.

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

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

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.

For registered nurses, the NCLEX-RN registration fee is $200 USD (Approx. AUD 288), plus an additional international scheduling fee of $150 USD (Approx. AUD 216) ($350 USD in total) (Approx. AUD 504).

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 $2,000 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.

IHM’s faculty includes highly skilled, well experienced Australian Registered Nurses who help students understand the foundation of nursing in Australia and nurture them to strive for the best. Since 2019, IHM has trained over 1700 IQNMs to get registered in Australia through the bridging program. With immense knowledge and experience, IHM has formulated this course to help nurses overcome OBA – MCQ exam.

The online learning platform used by IHM is interactive and innovative, through which students receive immense support, flexibility and quality virtual learning experience. With IHM’s Online learning platform students can experience learning that is centred around them, their work and other life commitments. Studying online with IHM means, care and support that students will receive at their fingertips, 7-days a week.

Through the program, nurses will learn about the Australian Healthcare system, the diversity of Australian culture and more importantly the standards of nursing practice required by Australian employers. NCAP for NCLEX – RN will build on the foundation of your professional knowledge and skills in nursing.

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Melbourne CBD

Face to Face Delivery

  • Jun 5, 2023
Tuition Fee : AUD $2,000

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

  • Application: Submit your online application by clicking “Enroll now” on the course page’s upper right corner.
  • Enrollment Fee: After completing your application, you will be taken to the payment gateway, where you can make your payment immediately.
  • Confirmation of Admission: Once you’ve paid the enrolment fee, we’ll give you a confirmation of admission along with the orientation package so you can get ready for classes.

Our partnerships are built through positive, transparent, and engaging collaboration, and we’re grateful for the strong relationships we’ve built over the lifetime of IHM. These partnerships may vary in their nature but they all share the common fact that there’s mutual benefit and a strong sense of purpose to move the healthcare industry forward.

We encourage Nursing institutions, Hospitals, Healthcare Organisations and nursing associations to submit their expression of interest to become our partners!

Our industry and clinical partners provide physical access to products that benefit the simulation experience for students at IHM. Other partners provide opportunities to develop clinical skills at their facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals. We also provide opportunities to upskill staff with the latest course.

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