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Initial Registration for Overseas Registered Nurses (IRON)

Equip yourself to work in Australia!

Overseas nurses who can provide a high standard of care to patients are in high demand in Australia. Studying this course will enable you to adapt yourself to the healthcare system in Australia, and work with confidence and competence in a variety of healthcare settings.

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Accreditation :
This course is recognised throughout Australia and is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
Qualification Name : Initial Registration for Overseas Registered Nurses
Duration : 12 Weeks Course Delivery : Face-to-Face
Course Code : BPOQN Delivery Location : Perth City Campus, & Melbourne Heidelberg
Course Type: Bridging Provided By:Institute of Health and Nursing Australia
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This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to practice safely and competently in a variety of health care settings. On successful completion of this course, graduates will be eligible to apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as a Registered Nurse.

The total tuition for the Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses (IRON) is AUD $12,500.00

No government funding available for this course.

The course consists of 12 weeks full time study - Face to Face
This program consists of a theory component of 160 hours and an acute care Professional experience placement of 200 hours.

All Theoretical Assessments must be passed before the Professional experience placement component can be commenced.

The program is divided into 4 learning areas:


• The Australian Health Care environment
• Professional bodies, codes, guidelines & legal implications in nursing
• Cultural & Ethical awareness in nursing
• Contemporary Issues in Nursing practice
• Indigenous health and culture


• Occupational Health & Safety
• Communication & Documentation in Nursing
• Pharmacology in Nursing
• Complex Nursing Care


• Introducing evidence into nursing practice
• Concepts and challenges in patient care
• Mental health
• Nursing care of the older adult
• Leadership & Management in nursing


Throughout the course students will be assessed using a variety of tools such as:

  • Seminar presentation
  • Written assessment
  • Practical assessment
  • Project work
  • Examination or testing
  • Professional Experience Placement (PEP) assessment
Once registered with AHPRA, graduates can work as a Registered (Division 1) Nurse in a range of health settings in Australia such as: acute care, chronic care, aged care, rehabilitation and mental health. Health care settings include hospitals, aged care facilities, disability services and rehabilitation clinics.

Nursing is a great career for people wanting to work in a broad or specialised environment. Here is a list of job search websites that will help you look for your ideal job:

As part of the application process, all candidates are required to:
1. Provide a letter from AHPRA confirming eligibility to undertake the IRON course.
2. Be successful at IHNA selection process.
3. Appropriate reference checks.
4. IELTS Requirement 7.


While IHNA will work with you to make "reasonable accommodations" in the campus lab and classroom, there are clinical practice conditions that occur in the workplace environment that are beyond IHNA control. The physical requirements below are necessary to function in the hospital and community health settings. Students must be able to perform and complete course objectives and requirements with or without reasonable accommodations. Additional skills and abilities are needed to perform patient/ resident care in the clinical settings to pass the course objectives and requirements.

Strength: Sufficient to assist with lifting and transferring a patient, and perform CPR
Mobility: Sufficient mobility to bend, stoop, and bend down to the floor; ability to move around rapidly; and to move in small, confined areas.
Hearing: Sufficient to hear through the stethoscope to discriminate sounds; to hear cries for help; to hear alarms on equipment and emergency signals; and various overhead pages.
Vision: Sufficient to make physical assessments of patients and equipment.
Communication: Able to communicate in both verbal and written formats; and interact with clients, staff, and faculty supervisors.

If you have a disability that will require reasonable accommodations to fulfill these requirements then please declare in your course application, special needs section.

For further information about AHPRA’s eligibility letter requirements, please click here.

We have two campuses, Melbourne (Heidelberg) and Perth:

Melbourne (Heidelberg) Campus

597-599, Upper Heidelberg Road,
Heidelberg Heights, Victoria 3081 Australia

Perth Campus

Level 4, Carillon City Arcade,
680-692 Hay Street Mall, Perth WA 6000 Australia

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