Return to practice and initial registration (overseas nurses) course

Course commences 3rd June 2016 and concludes on 12 August 2016.

This non-award 10 week Return to Practice and Initial Registration (Overseas Nurses) course (H011) is specifically designed to fulfill registration requirements for the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for nurses who:

  1. have previously been registered in Australia, but have not had sufficient nursing practice in the preceding five years
  2. are from overseas wishing to obtain initial registration in Australia.

Note: Please go to Deakin International to apply for this course if you do not have Australian Permanent Residency.

Further information for international students:

Fees for the course will be announced in December 2015.


Completion of the course will enable the student to:

  • provide comprehensive nursing care in contemporary health care settings in Australia
  • foster the development of critical reasoning and reflection, conceptualisation, innovative thinking and the ability to transfer skills and knowledge to new and novel situations
  • develop attitudes and skills achieving Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) competencies in nurse practice
  • facilitate a broad understanding of the professional and ethical responsibilities aligned with being a registered nurse
  • use a range of information technologies including word processing and retrieving of information
  • increase the knowledge of the Australian social, cultural, political and economic context in which health services operate and where graduates are employed
  • develop the skills for independent study and a commitment to lifelong learning
  • encourage graduates to take responsibility for the development of nursing as a discipline and profession.

Course structure

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

Academic learning program: six weeks

The academic program comprises full-time study, based at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, 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

Units offered:

  • HNN021 - Nursing Practice in Australia
  • HNN026 - Legal, Ethical, and Contemporary Issues in Australian Nursing Practice
  • HNN025 - Clinical Practicum

Clinical learning program: four weeks

On 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.

Admission requirements

Applicants must:

  • be permanent Australian residents or have a current visa (for advice contact your nearest Australian Diplomatic Mission)
  • be overseas qualified nurses
  • have obtained approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to participate in the course.

Completed application forms must be accompanied by the following:

  • a letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), confirming your application for re-registration (dated within one year)
  • proof of achievement of an overall 'B' pass or above in all four sections in the Occupational English Test (OET) achieved in one setting, or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 7 in all four components (Reading; Listening: Writing and Speaking obtained in one sitting for the test);
  • evidence of Australian permanent residency where applicable;
  • evidence of employment, if any;
  • evidence of previous academic qualifications;
  • evidence of nurse registration.

Applications received without the relevant documentation requested on the application form will not be processed. Successful candidates will be notified by mail as soon as is reasonably possible.

Course cost

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
  • if eligible for receiving a FEE-HELP loan for the full tuition fee
  • pay some of the tuition fee up front and if eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan for the remainder of the tuition fee

Note that payment alone does not guarantee recommendation for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) the register: this requires successful completion of the course.

Course location:

The course is currently offered on the Melbourne Burwood Campus. This course will only be offered subject to minimum enrolments and the availability of suitable clinical venues.

Downloadable course information brochure (PDF 504 KB).

Download application form (PDF 108KB)

Australian permanent residents

The Professional Development Unit
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway Burwood
Victoria 3125 Australia
Telephone 61 3 9251 7776

International applicants

International Admissions Coordinator
Deakin International
Deakin University,
Melbourne Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood. Victoria 3125
Phone: +61 3 9627 4877

For further information and an application form

While the information in the publication was correct at the time of publication, Deakin University reserves the right to alter, amend or delete details of the course offerings listed and other information.

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