How to Become a Registered Nurse in Australia from Nepal?

Being a Registered Nurse in Australia, you can enrich your life and others' lives every day. That’s why becoming an RN in Australia is popular among Nepalese students. Mostly female students, following the completion of their higher secondary level, approach educational consultancies to help them out to become registered nurses in Australia.

With the increasing trend of becoming an RN in Australia, students who have just finished their higher secondary level studies or who are still studying have become curious to know the process of nursing in Australia from Nepal. Below we have discussed how you can become a registered nurse in Australia. Keep reading.

To become a registered nurse in Australia, you first have to be a registered nurse of Nepal. The second requirement to become a registered nurse in Australia is that you should have at least one year of experience as a registered nurse in Nepal.

As for the qualifications to apply for registered nurse in Australia, you should have any of the three degrees mentioned below.

The process of nursing in Australia from Nepal for the one with each degree are different.

1. RN in Australia For BSc Nurses

One with a BSc in Nursing degree can apply for registered nurse in Australia in two ways:

Let’s discuss both of these pathways in detail.

I. OBA (Outcomes-Based Assessment)

OBA is the assessment process that IQNMs (Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives) have to go through to apply for registered nurses in Australia. BSc in Nursing graduates have to go through the IQNM assessment process for which they have to pay AUD 640 as an assessment fee. The IQNM assessment process includes a 90-minute video orientation where they have to answer questions related to Australian healthcare.

Once passed, they proceed for the OBA test which is a two-stage assessment process. Let’s learn what those stages are.

NCLEX-RN (Cognitive Test)

Organized by AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), the NCLEX-RN computerized objective test is designed to examine one's knowledge, skills and competency to practice nursing in Australia. Questions in NCLEX-RN come from four sections, Safe and Effective Care Environment, Health Promotion and Maintenance, Psychological Integrity and Physiological Integrity.

Questions in NCLEX-RN come from four sections, Safe and Effective Care Environment, Health Promotion and Maintenance, Psychological Integrity and Physiological Integrity.

The registration fee for an NCLEX-RN exam is $200. An additional international scheduling fee of $150 USD needs to be paid to take the test.

B. OSCE (Behavioral Components)

After passing the NCLEX-RN test, candidates have to take the OSCE test in Adelaide Health Simulation, Australia. Students have to travel to Australia with a visit visa and have to join the OSCE preparation course in order to participate in the test. Once passed, they get their nursing license and officially become registered nurses of Australia.

II. RN Leading Masters

BSc in Nursing graduates can also join a Masters of Nursing in Australia to get a nursing license. Students have to apply for a student visa and join the Masters of Nursing program in an Australian university.

Students have to take an English Proficiency Test to apply for admission. Below are scores students must have to apply for Masters in Nursing in Australia.

After the completion of the Master’s program, students get nursing licenses to practice nursing in Nepal.

2. RN in Australia For BN Nurses

For Bachelor’s in Nursing graduates, there are again two pathways to become a registered nurse in Australia.

I. Bachelor’s Top Up Degree

With your Bachelor’s of Nursing degree, you have to apply for a student visa and join a 1-year Bachelor’s Top Up course in Australia. Once you complete this course, you become eligible to apply for the OBA program and following all the processes we mentioned after OBA, you ultimately license to practice nursing in Australia.

II. RN Leading Masters

Bachelor of Nursing graduates can join a Master of Nursing program in Australia and after the completion of the program, they become registered nurses in Australia. As we mentioned earlier, students have to take a Language Proficiency Test to get admission to an Australian university. Here are the required IELTS/PTE/OTE scores.

3. RN in Australia For PCL Nurses

Students with a PCL in Nursing certificate are eligible to join a Bachelor’s in Nursing program in Australia. After graduating from the university in Australia, the ultimately become a registered nurse in Australia.

Required IELTS/PTE/OTE scores:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What qualifications do you need to be a nurse in Australia? A: Only the one with a BSc in Nursing degree or a Bachelor’s of Nursing degree or a PCL in Nursing certificate can apply to be a registered nurse in Australia. Q: Is it hard to get a job as a nurse in Australia? A: All you have to be is eligible to become a nurse in Australia. As the need for nurses in Australia has been increasing, it’s not hard to get a job as a nurse in Australia. Q: How much does an RN earn in Australia? A: The average salary of an RN in Australia is between $70,000 and $80,000.

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Here you go. Schedule your flight and start your nursing career in the USA. Best of Luck!! If you are planning to take an NCLEX-RN exam then connect with us at NCLEX in Nepal. We provide the best preparation classes for NCLEX-RN in Nepal. Additionally, we also guide our students throughout NCLECX-RN registration and the visa application process. NCLEX Nepal is considered to be the best NCLEX preparation center in Nepal.

What qualifications do you need to be a nurse in Australia?

Ans:Only the one with a BSc in Nursing degree or a Bachelor’s of Nursing degree or a PCL in Nursing certificate can apply to be a registered nurse in Australia.

Is it hard to get a job as a nurse in Australia?

Ans:All you have to be is eligible to become a nurse in Australia. As the need for nurses in Australia has been increasing, it’s not hard to get a job as a nurse in Australia.

How much does an RN earn in Australia?

Ans:The average salary of an RN in Australia is between $70,000 and $80,000.

How do I start a nursing career in Australia?

Ans:You can apply for a nursing license and become a registered nurse of Australia to start your nursing career in Australia.

What is the age limit for nurses in Australia?

Ans:Anyone under the age of 45 can apply to become a registered nurse in Australia. If you are 45, you cannot migrate to Australia.

Is nursing a good career in Australia?

Ans:Yes because as a nurse in Australia, you enrich your life and others' life every day.

How many years does it take to become a nurse in Australia?

Ans:It will take around 3 to 4 years including theory, registration and clinical placement time.