Return to Practice and Initial Registration (Overseas Nurses)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo

The course is completed over a 10 week period commencing 5 June 2017.

This course will only be offered subject to minimum enrolments and the availability of suitable clinical venues.

Indicative annual fee

This is a full fee paying program. International applicants must contact Deakin International directly for details of course fees. Re-entry and Australian permanent resident applicants should the School of Nursing and Midwifery regarding fees.

CRICOS course code062983J
Deakin course codeH011

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This is a non-award 10 week Return to Practice and Initial Registration (Overseas Nurses) course for nurses who: a) have previously been registered in Australia, but have not had sufficient nursing practice in the preceding five years OR b)are from overseas wishing to obtain initial registration in Australia.

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Note: the NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements.

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

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Provide competent, safe, and comprehensive nursing care in contemporary health care settings in Australia; select and evaluate current research and evidence; demonstrate the attitudes and skills required by ANMC competencies in nursing practice.


Demonstrate therapeutic communication skills to interact effectively and professionally within the multidisciplinary health care team.

Digital Literacy

Use a range of information technologies and retrieve information via databases.

Critical thinking

Contribute to the development of nursing as a discipline through critical enquiry and professional engagement.

Problem Solving

Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving, innovative thinking, and the ability to transfer skills and knowledge to new and challenging situations.


Develop the skills for independent study and a commitment to life-long learning.


Display a broad understanding of the professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities aligned with being a Registered Nurse within the Australian context.

Global Citizenship

Demonstrate knowledge of the Australian social, cultural, political and economic context in which health services operate including those involved in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


Course rules

To complete the Return to Practice and initial Registration (Overseas Nurses) students must attain 4 credit points taken over three units. All units must be successfully completed.

Course structure

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

Academic learning program:  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.

Clinical learning program: 4 weeks

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.

On successful completion of the course, each student will have the met the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s Registered Nurse Standards for Practice.

Units offered:

HNN021Nursing Practice in Australia

HNN026Legal Ethical and Contemporary Issues in Australian Nursing Practice

HNN025Clinical Practicum