Study nursing in Australia!
In recent years, Australia has turned into one of the best educational hub for international students. Due to wide variety of courses and great record of graduate employability, study in Australia is getting more and more popular. With 22,000 courses across more than 1100 institutions and setup of world class infrastructure has been some of the prime reasons for turning study in Australia most popular one. Australia is 3rd most popular destination international students choose besides US and UK. Among different popular courses international students choose for studying in Australia, nursing is one among them. Nursing is one of the thriving career pathway for international students in Australia. It is one of the most highly paid and well respected professions in Australia. Further, it is one of the noblest profession that serves the community.
Every year many international students carve their dream of studying in Australia and choosing nursing as their career pathway. But often many of them lack an adequate information required for studying nursing in Australia. Strong background in biological science, quick thinking, and ability to work in fast paced stressful environment and nature of caring are few essential qualities a candidate should have to pursue their pathway towards nursing career in Australia.
This blog post primarily focuses about the pre requisites international students need to choose courses related to nursing in Australia.
Entry points for taking a nursing pathway courses
- Diploma of Nursing
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Master of Science (Nursing)
- PhD (Nursing)
Students must have completed high school or 12th standard from Australia or from home country to enroll in Diploma courses across institutions in Australia. Most of the institutions ask for mathematics in 12th standard as a prerequisite as well to enroll in Diploma courses in Australia. Further an applicant must be above 18 years old to enroll in nursing courses or else special approval from academic advisory has to be taken. It is good for international students below 18 years old to take a pathway of certificate III than enrolling in Diploma of nursing.
An international student who have completed year 12 with STEM major can enroll in Bachelor of nursing courses in Australia. They must have taken physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics or general sciences to apply for enrolling the nursing program in bachelor level. Besides the good academics, international students must have a good English proficiency demonstrated as well. They must score overall 7 with each band 7 in IELTS or equivalent in PTE, TOEFL, etc. to enrol in the bachelor of nursing in Australia.
An international student must have completed their Bachelor’s level to enroll in the master’s program in nursing at Australia. The student from another background other than nursing can also join master’s program in nursing at Australia as per their choice. This opens a door for students who have completed different courses in bachelors to be a nursing practitioner by doing a two years Master’s program.
Course duration: From 3 months to 4 years (full time).
- A valid passport for duration for study in Australia
- OSHC for duration of stay and study in Australia
- Offer letter and COE from institution/ university after payment of initial fees
- English proficiency test
- Evidence of sufficient funds for stay and study in Australia and other checklist materials from Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Wages of nurses in Australia
Types of nurses in Australia
Nurses are broadly categorised into two categories in Australia which includes:
- Registered nurses
Must have completed the tertiary level studies in nursing program from Australian institutions which has a duration of three years.
- Enrolled nurses
Must have completed Diploma level of nursing with duration of 18 months to two years.
- Nurse Practitioner
- Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
- Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
- Registered Nurse (Community Health)
- Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
- Developmental Disability or Mental Retardation Nurse
- Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
- Registered Nurse (Medical)
- Medical Practice Nurse
- Mental Health or Psychiatric Nurse
- Perioperative or Operating Room Nurse
- Registered Nurse (Surgical)
- Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
- Other Registered Nurses
- assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for patients according to accepted nursing practice and standards
- working in consultation with other Health Professionals and members of health teams, and coordinating the care of patients
- providing interventions, treatments and therapies such as medications, and monitoring responses to treatment and care plan
- promoting health and assisting in preventing ill health by participating in health education and other health promotion activities
- answering questions and providing information to patients and families about treatment and care
- supervising and coordinating the work of Enrolled Nurses and other health care workers
- Aged Care
- Neonatal Care
- Community Health
- Hospital/Medical Facilities