Nursing

OverviewStudying nursing

To become a registered nurse, you need to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or, alternatively, you can undertake a general undergraduate degree and then progress into a two-year, graduate-entry master’s degree.

Each Australian nursing program varies in its offering, but they all include clinical placements and are accredited in their respective Australian states.

Understanding graduate and undergraduate pathways

If you have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than nursing, have a look at the postgraduate nursing degrees like the Master of Nursing (listed below), which will allow you to become a registered nurse. Alternatively, if you hold a nursing qualification and would like to advance your skills with an additional nursing program, please contact OzTREKK to discuss your options.

The undergraduate nursing degrees like the Bachelor of Nursing (listed below) are designed for students with high school or college studies who want to become an registered nurse.

Licensing Practicing in Canada

All nursing professions are regulated in Canada. RNs are licensed in the province or territory in which they work. The provincial or territorial regulatory body for nursing handles the assessment of qualifications for internationally educated nurses and the scheduling of nurses to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination.

Graduates from Canada who wish to practice as a registered nurse upon their return to Canada should be aware of the certification process for foreign-trained nurses in their province of residence. For information about the Canadian certification processes for foreign-trained registered nurses, please visit the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) or contact OzTREKK.

Practicing in Australia

Graduates can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to become registered nurses in Australia and many overseas countries.

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“…the hands-on practical component is invaluable”

[The university] has an excellent reputation and has provided me with excellent locations for clinical practicums. The program itself is interesting, and the hands-on practical component is invaluable. Also, there is a heavy emphasis on "self-directed learning," which is understandable at this level of education. ...the course conveners are all very approachable, and understanding of the limitations of the program, and so are usually keen to help in any way they can.

Jan P
Master of Nursing Studies
The University of Queensland, 2019

“Love the program, placements and instructors”

Great campus, close group of people from the cohort, university events and able to speak to professors whenever needed. Love the program, placements and instructors.

Julia V
Master of Nursing Science
The University of Melbourne, 2019