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Initial Registration for Overseas Registered Nurses (IRON)

Initial Registration for Overseas Registered Nurses (IRON)

Intake for IRON 2018 is now closed.

Accreditation : This course is recognised throughout Australia and is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
Duration :  12 Weeks
Course Delivery : Face-to-Face
Delivery Location : Perth City Campus, & Melbourne Heidelberg
Course Type: Bridging
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Australia Needs You!

Nursing in Australia is a profession in high demand! Australia is looking for overseas nurses who can provide a high standard of care to patients with a variety of skills. Feel appreciated and enjoy excellent pay and working conditions!

Become an Australian Registered Nurse

Have your overseas nursing qualification recognised and register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Learn about the nursing profession in Australia and become part of it! The IRON program is a quality bridging program for nurses entering Australia.

Study with Australia’s Premier Nursing Institute

IHNA is exceptionally experienced in helping overseas nurses become part of Australian healthcare. As of last year, we helped over 4000 overseas nurses, achieving excellence in graduate employment outcomes and student satisfaction.

IHNA provides quality training courses for nurses who wish to practice in Australia. At IHNA, we are committed to making the transition of international nurses who wish to start practice in Australia as smooth as possible.

Our comprehensive learning environment and student support services are unique and customized to each student’s individual needs, and are regularly updated with relevant practices. Our courses are delivered by experienced nurses who are practising in Australia and are well versed in current professional competencies.

IHNA offers the latest course content in medical technology the world over, and our courses stand apart due to their systematic and structured approach to both theory and clinical practice. The IRON course for nurses qualified overseas equips them with the local knowledge, skills and the understanding of medical professional practice in this country, and provides them with a comprehensive overview of the Australian healthcare system.

Over 2000 students in over 100 batches have completed courses at IHNA with highly successful results, and have gone on to achieve almost 100% job outcomes.

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

No government funding available for this course.

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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

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.

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.

The course consists of 12 weeks full time study.

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:

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 assessment

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


There are two possible pathways for this course:


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