Return to Practice and Initial Registration (Overseas Nurses)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No

The course is completed over a 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:

  • have previously been registered in Australia, but have not had sufficient nursing practice in  the preceding five years


  • are from overseas wishing to obtain initial registration in Australia

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

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicable$13,752

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 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