Internationally Qualified Nurse (IQN) Program

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The Internationally Qualified Nurse (IQN) Program (formally known as the IRON Program) is a university-based initiative that aims to prepare international nurses for Australian registration.

This course recognises the high level of preparation that international nurses receive in completing their Bachelor of Nursing in other countries and takes the entry point for familiarising students within nursing in Australia. The focus is on those aspects of the practice of nursing in Australia that differs from practice in other countries.

The program is made up of seven modules. The first five are online and can be completed by the student before coming to Australia. The sixth module is an intensive one week program at Monash University and the final module is a six week full-time clinical experience in an Australian hospital.

Course information and registration

The program is a bridging course recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia which prepares suitably qualified overseas trained registered nurses for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

The course comprises seven modules

  • Module 1 - The Context of Health Care in Australia (online)
  • Module 2 - Australian Health Care (online)
  • Module 3 - Australian Legal System (online)
  • Module 4 - Regulation of Nursing in Australia (online)
  • Module 5 - Safety in Health Care in Australia (online)
  • Module 6 - Intensive week (on Monash campus)
  • Module 7 - Clinical practicum (6 weeks)

IQN program schedule for 2019

The next intake of the Monash IQN program is scheduled to commence in February 2019. Applications for the February 2019 intake closed on 30/10/18. Applications received before 30/10/18 will be assessed and considered for entry into the program. We have received a large number of applications for the February 2019 and applicants should receive an outcome response by 14/12/18.

ActivityLocationFebruary 2019
intake dates
5 modules of study on the Australian health care system Online study, can be completed in home country or Australia as required 5 weeks
commencing
February 18 2019
Intensive clinical workshop Monash University, Clayton campus, Melbourne, Australia Group A #
March 29 2019
or
Group B #
May 10 2019
Clinical placement An Australian hospital - specific locations for each participant to be advised Group A
(i) April 8 2019 *
or
(ii) April 29 2019 *
Group B
(i) May 20 2019 *
or
(ii) June 10 2019*

# Students will be offered a place in Group A or B; * Students will be allocated to one placement starting date

Course cost

The cost of the IQN program in 2019 is AUD$14,950, which covers course tuition and clinical placement. Participants in the course must meet their own travel costs, accommodation costs, daily living costs and uniform costs for clinical placement.

Clinical Placement may be located outside of the state of Victoria. A range of accommodation options will be supplied. Students attending the same placements are encouraged to arrange to share accommodation to reduce costs.

Registration as a nurse in Australia

Participants must successfully complete the IQN program in order to be recommended by Monash University for nurse registration in Australia. Successful completion of the IQN Program requires:

  • an overall pass grade in the assessments of theory studied in Modules 1 – 5;
  • the completion of all mandatory learning and reflection tasks;
  • the achievement of a passing grade for all competency assessments by the end of clinical placement.

Failure to successfully complete the IQN Program will not result in nurse registration in Australia or in a refund of tuition fees.

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for the IQN course:

  • be overseas qualified nurses with a qualification that is equivalent to that required of an degree qualified Australian trained registered nurse;
  • applicants must apply for overseas qualified nurse registration to AHPRA - if AHPRA judges that the applicant meets the criteria for registration they will issue a letter advising that the applicant will be eligible for registration after completion of bridging program for internationally qualified nurses - this letter is required to undertake the IQN course;
  • meet the current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia English language skills registration standard (nursing and midwifery). The Registration standard document can be downloaded from the AHPRA website;
  • have practised as a registered nurse in an acute care ward for at least one year within the 5 years prior to the application;
  • have current Police and Working with Children checks regarding their suitability to undertake such placements; (obtained after arrival in Australia, further information provided on application) and obtain relevant vaccinations and infectious disease screening tests prior to clinical placements (information provided on application).
  • These are minimum requirements, admissions to this course are competitive and applicants may need to meet a higher requirement to be offered a place.

How to apply

Applications for the February 2019 intake closed on 30/10/18.

The Monash bridging program for internationally trained registered nurses is changing

Our new program, the Australian Nursing Studies (ANS) stream, is currently undergoing accreditation by ANMAC, and will be housed in two specific units (conducted concurrently in one semester) within the Masters of Advanced Nursing. Students wishing to take the ANS stream will need to meet entry requirements for the Master of Advanced Nursing and extra entry requirements which are specific for ANS. Enrolments in the ANS stream are capped and there will be an interview process for entry into the ANS stream.

Students may take an early exit from the Masters of Advanced Nursing upon the completion of the ANS stream and will received a Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing and be eligible for registration as a nurse in Australia (subject to accreditation of the ANS stream by ANMAC). Alternatively, students may continue with their studies to complete the Master of Advanced Nursing. Please note that students exiting with Graduate Certificate of Advanced Nursing and enrolling only in the ANS stream units would undertake half of the annual full-time course load and consequently incur half of the annual full time course fee.

Current indications are that the accreditation is likely to be finalised by late March and we will have the first intake into the ANS in Semester 2 2019. Looking forward, the ANS units will be taught in Semester 1 (starting late February/early March) and Semester 2 (starting mid/late July) is succeeding years. It is anticipated that admissions to the ANS stream will be competitive and applicants may need to exceed the entry requirement to be offered an interview or enrolment in the stream.

Course Details – the Australian Nursing Studies stream and Master of Advanced Nursing

Applications are now open for the Semester 2 2019 intake for the Master of Advanced Nursing (commencing 29 July 2019). Please find below course links and detailed information on the Master of Advanced Nursing and Australian Nursing Studies stream.

Course link

Entry Reqs link (For entry requirements, fees and application information)

Handbook link

Students are welcome to apply for the MAN and study other units pending application for the Australian Nursing Studies stream; however, they need to meet all entry criteria prior to applying for the ANS, and also be successful at interview to be offered a place in the ANS stream.  Entry into this stream will be very competitive as places are limited. There is no guarantee of a place.

Additional Entry Requirements for the Australian Nursing Studies stream

Additional selection criteria for Australian Nursing Studies Specialisation

  • Be an overseas qualified nurse with a qualification that is equivalent to that required of a degree qualified Australian trained registered nurse;
  • Provide a personal letter of eligibility to undertake a registered nurse bridging program from the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (Bridging programs are only available to internationally qualified nurses and midwives who are required by the National Board under s 53(c) of the National Law to undertake a bridging program following an assessment of their qualifications.). Students will not be considered for entry into ANS until they obtain and present their letter of eligibility from AHPRA;
  • Have practised as a registered nurse in an acute care* ward for at least one year within the 5 years prior to the application;
  • Be able to obtain current Police and Working with Children checks regarding their suitability to undertake such placements once accepted into ANS
  • Be able to obtain relevant vaccinations and infectious disease screening tests prior to clinical placements (see course requirements for more information) once accepted into ANS.

* Acute care refers to clinical health-care functions, including medical care, emergency medicine, trauma care, pre-hospital emergency care, acute care surgery, critical care/ intensive care, urgent care and short-term inpatient stabilisation (or at discretion of course coordinator).

Contact

Domestic StudentsInternational Students

Phone 1800 666 274 or from outside Australia +61 3 9902 6011

Or Enquire Online (Domestic Student)

Phone +61 3 9903 4788

Or Enquire Online (International Students)