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 in May.

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:

  • 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

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. Graduates may be eligible to become members of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA).

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

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.

Clinical learning program: Four (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