Deakin’s IRON Program

Return to Practice / Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses – Registered Nurse

Course information

The Return to Practice or Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses – Registered Nurse course is a non-award course for nurses who: a) have previously been registered in Australia, but have not had sufficient nursing practice in the preceding five years OR b) are wishing to obtain initial registration in Australia.

The course is made up of 6 weeks of theory and 4 weeks of clinical placement, normally conducted over a 10 week period. Depending on the availability of clinical placements and other clinical requirements the duration may extend to 14 weeks.

On successful completion of the course the student 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.

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

Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements

Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

International students must meet academic admission requirements as well as English language requirements to be considered for entry.

Return to Practice applicants must:

  • have obtained approval from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to participate in the course; and
  • be permanent Australian residents or hold, or be eligible to hold, a current Visa (contact your nearest Australian Diplomatic Mission for advice);

Initial Registration of Overseas Nurses – Registered Nurse applicants must:

  • have obtained approval from the AHPRA or the NMBA to participate in the course; and
  • be permanent Australian residents or hold, or be eligible to hold, a current Visa (contact your nearest Australian Diplomatic Mission for advice);
  • be overseas qualified nurses holding a Bachelor’s degree in nursing; and
  • international applicants must have proof of achievement of an overall ‘B’ pass or above in all four sections in the Occupational English Test (OET), achieved in one sitting, 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), or equivalent approved English language test.