Return to Practice and Initial Registration (Overseas Nurses)

Course summary for current students

Year2015 course information
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No

The course is completed over a ten (10) week period commencing in May.

CRICOS course code062983J
Deakin course codeH011

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This non-award 10 week Return to Practice and Initial Registration (Overseas Nurses) course is specifically designed to fulfil registration requirements for Division 1 of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for nurses who:
i) have previously been registered in Australia, but have not had sufficient nursing practice in  the preceding five years
ii) are from overseas wishing to obtain initial registration in Australia.

Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.

Fees and charges

This is a full fee paying program. International students should contact Deakin International directly for details of course fees. Australian residents should access tuition fees at Students may be eligible for FEE-HELP (

Students may pay their tuition as follows:

  • pay the tuition fee up front
  • receiving a FEE-HELP loan for the full tuition fee
  • pay some of the tuition fee up front and receive a FEE-HELP loan for the remainder of the tuition fee
  • Department of Human Services scholarship.

Course rules

The course consists of four (4) credit points taken over three units. All units must be successfully completed.

Course structure

The course is divided into two components: a six (6) week academic component and a four (4) week clinical component.

Academic learning program:  Six (6) weeks

The academic program comprises six weeks of full-time study, based at Burwood (Melbourne), providing a broad overview of nursing practice in the contemporary Australian society and health care system. The program is offered in two units of study, including nursing clinical simulation skills.

Clinical learning program: Four (4) weeks

On successful completion of the course, each student will demonstrate the minimum standards of competence as per the Australian Nursing Council’s National Competency Standards prior to being recommended for registration.

The clinical learning program aims to provide an opportunity for the student to consolidate their experience in the Australian clinical environment under the supervision and guidance of expert clinicians and clinical facilitators. 

Units offered:

HNN021Nursing Practice in Australia

HNN026Legal Ethical and Contemporary Issues in Australian Nursing Practice

HNN025Clinical Practicum