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.

Your important questions answered here:

Course Overview

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.

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

The course consists of 9 weeks full time study, comprising:

 1.   4 weeks: Theory sessions at campus
 2.   5 weeks: Professional experience placement sessions at clinical facilities

Face to face Delivery


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The application process involves 5 steps: application, interview, offer letter, payment and confirmation of admission. Applicants must successfully complete each stage in order to enrol.
There are three ways which applicants can submit their initial application:

  1. Online: Applications can be completed online by clicking here
  2. Email: Applications can be downloaded by clicking 'Application Form' button below. Once completed, scan and send the application by email to enquiry@ihna.edu.au
  3. Post: Applications can be downloaded from here. You can send your completed application and required documentation to our Perth or   Melbourne office. Addresses for these offices can be found here

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

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 the leading online health care and nursing jobs website in Australia, Health Career is committed to the delivery of quality services for nurses and to being the leading site for nursing jobs.
•   Jobs4Nurses enables nurses to search, compare and apply for specialist and general roles from around Australia. This popular site lists a variety of nursing jobs on one easy to use website. We are devoted to nursing professionals and understand your needs and wants when searching for that perfect match in a job.
•   MyCareer aims to provide you with the best jobs from the best employers across Australia, while also delivering you new ways and new technology to make it easier to find the job that’s right for you.
•   SEEK is Australia's number one job site with over 150,000 jobs online and visited 14.7 million times each month.
•   There are also many job agencies in Australia that recruit overseas nurses – some examples are: WA Health National and International Recruitment, NSW Overseas Recruitment, Ramsay Jobs, Nursing Careers Australia, Affinity Nursing and RNS Nursing Recruitment.

This course is recognised throughout Australia and is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

This course may also provide postgraduate pathways into the Master of Nursing, and other higher qualifications in nursing and/or health care field.

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

Melbourne (Heidelberg) Campus Perth Campus
597-599 Upper Heidelberg Road
Heidelberg Heights
Victoria 3081 Australia
Level 2, Carillon City Arcade
680-692 Hay Street Mall
Perth, West Australia 6000 Australia

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:

1. Professional Issues in Clinical Practice
   •    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

2. Comprehensive Health Assessment
   •    Occupational Health & Safety
   •    Communication & Documentation in Nursing
   •    Pharmacology in Nursing
   •    Complex Nursing Care

3. Evidence Based 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

4. Professional experience Placement

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Frequently Asked Questions

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18th May 2015 7:42pm

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IHNA Admission says:
18th May 2015 7:49pm

Dear Jasmin, Thanks for contacting IHNA. We will be having intakes every month.Currently the start dates for 2016 are not scheduled.Once schedule ,we shall let you know. Kindly update us your AHPRA status to assist you better.

jayan sreedharan says:
21st May 2015 1:28pm

How much will be the total cost for some one to come from India and complete this course

IHNA admission says:
21st May 2015 1:34pm

The course fee for the bridging program is 10,900 AUD with flexible payment plans.

tupou says:
22nd May 2015 10:15am

I am a registered nurse in Fiji Islands. I would like to become a registered nurse in Australia. What courses do you have to obtain a bachelors degree in nursing and the cost?

Manpreet says:
22nd May 2015 10:17am

date of enrolement for august session. And regarding the payment plans , what is the upfront for an internationally qualified nurse.

IHNA admission says:
22nd May 2015 8:47pm

we have IROIN program registered nurse .Once you complete this course successfully you can work as registered nurse in Australia.course duration is of 9 weeks unfortunately we are not providing bachelor of nursing

IHNA admission says:
22nd May 2015 1:48pm

We have 03rd August for the IRON program in Melbourne.Payment plans The Course fee for IRON program is 10,900AUD.With flexible payment plans. • At the time of enrolment - $1,500/- • Before start of the course - $4,000/- • Remaining amount in two equal instalments or before clinical starts

nirmita jagdishbhai patel says:
25th May 2015 6:54pm

Is there any option with ielts band 6 in acedemic

bridging program for staffnurse registered nurse course fees detail completed says:
26th May 2015 4:54pm


IHNA admission says:
26th May 2015 4:28pm

Thank you for your enquiry into our IRON . One of our staff will be in contact with you regarding this course shortly. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information.

26th May 2015 4:59pm

Thank you for your enquiry into our IRON . The course fee for IRON program is just 10,900AUD. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information.

siken klein says:
24th June 2015 4:49am

can male nure work in australia?

david says:
24th June 2015 3:38pm

Yes,male nurse can also work.

Cate says:
27th June 2015 9:14am

What are the IELTS requirements?

ivy lorraine tee says:
27th June 2015 10:01pm

hi, i am from the philippines, how can i apply in your school for the the bridging program for nurses

ivy lorraine tee says:
27th June 2015 10:01pm

hi, i am from the philippines, how can i apply in your school for the the bridging program for nurses

Arun says:
28th June 2015 9:42pm

Is there any oppurtunity for ielts band 6.5 and not less than 6 candidates to work in australia

Sandhya says:
29th June 2015 6:49am

Is there chances of getting admission with academic 6 bands score or any other option??

IHNA Admission says:
29th June 2015 4:33pm

Hai Cate, According to the admission criteria, a candidate needs to meet individual band score of 7 as IELTS requirement.

29th June 2015 4:37pm

Hai Ivy, Thank you for your enquiry with IHNA. To proceed with the issuing of Offer letter, you must submit the IHNA application and send us the AHPRA letter. Kindly provide us your email id and best contact number to assist you better.

29th June 2015 4:43pm

Hai Arun, As per the new AHPRA rule, 1. 7 band or equal can be obtained in 2 sittings during 6months. (clubbing option) 2. Minimum 6.5 should be obtained during each sitting.

29th June 2015 4:49pm

Hai Sandhya, Kindly update us your preference course to assist you better. With the band score of 6.0 you can proceed for Diploma Of Nursing.

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