Are you interested in a career in nursing? Whether you have a degree or are coming straight from high school, you can enter a nursing program at a world-class university in Australia. Learn more.

Studying Nursing in Australia

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.

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How to Apply to Australian Nursing Schools

The process of applying to an Australian nursing school can feel both simple and confusing at the same time. That’s why we’re here. Our goal is to have the best prepared students ready for a first-class educational experience in Australia and New Zealand—and we take that to heart.

When you’re considering nursing school in Australia, you may have questions about

  • your eligibility;
  • the application;
  • how (and where) to submit your documents; and
  • what we do with your application.

We’ve got you covered. Head on over to our how to apply to nursing school in Australia page where you’ll find info about what to expect!

Practicing Nursing 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 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.

For more details, please visit our Practicing Nursing in Canada page.


“…the professors are very knowledgeable”

The campus is beautiful and people are really friendly! Class sizes are really great and the professors are very knowledgeable. The placements are a bit stressful but I think a lot of the other universities are struggling with that too.

Allison B
Master of Nursing Studies
The University of Queensland, 2022

“I like how quickly we got to the hands on learning”

I like how quickly we got to the hands on learning. Facilities on campus, events on campus. I don't like how some of the other course content is delivered.

Monash University Danielle B
Master of Nursing Practice
Monash University, 2022

“…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