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Initial Registration Course (Overseas Nurses) IRON1A

The course is accessible to all overseas Qualified Nurses wishing to nurse in Australia who have been recommended by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for eligibility.

The aim of this course is to assist overseas Qualified Nurses to embrace the knowledge and skills required to work as a nurse in Australia and provide support in the transition from nursing in their country of origin to nursing in Australia.

  • Entrance Requirements Open or Close

    - letter from AHPRA (Australian Health and Practitioner Registration Agency)
    - current police check
    - valid visa for studying

  • Intake dates Open or Close
    Victoria Western Australia
    Commencement Date Commencement Date
    8th April 22th April
    13th May
    17th June 17th June
    15th July
    19th August 19th August
    16th September 16th September
    New South Wales South Australia
    Commencement Date Commencement Date
    20th May 17th June
    1st July 29th July
    19th August
    16th September 16th September
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    - 132 Burgundy St, Heidelberg 3084 - Victoria
    - Suite 15202, Locomotive Workshop Australian Technology Park, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh 2015, New South Wales
    - Level 2 East, 50 Grenfell Street, Adelaide 5000, South Australia
    - Unit 4, 78-84 Catalano Circuit, Canning Vale 6155 Western Australia

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  • Course content Open or Close

    1. IRONRNAHCS - Australian Health Care System
    2. IRONRNCOM - Communication
    3. IRONRNNIA – Nursing in Australia
    4. IRONRNNT&P – Nursing theory & Practice
    5. IRONRNPHAR – Pharmacology

  • Course accreditation Open or Close

    The course is recognised in Australia and accredited with ANMAC (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council)

  • Course duration Open or Close

    The course duration is 12 weeks which contains four weeks of theory and 6-8 weeks of clinical practice either in public or private hospitals anywhere in Australia

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  • Testimonials Open or Close

    Kirk IRON Student's Photo

    "Having been registered and practiced in two other countries prior to coming to Australia, showed me this fundamental truth that “care is universal to all culture, but the method, circumstance, and degree on how care is rendered varies.” This is the very reason why internationally qualified nurses undertake the IRON (Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses) course. It is to familiarize ourselves with the standards of practice, modes of rendering care, and the scope of nursing practice prevalent in Australia.
    In order to gain registration as a Nurse in Australia, I have to spend time and money going through the rigors of the IRON program. I went into the internet to search for the best school offering the course. I asked friends and even random people on social media and there was no unanimous answer. There was a lot of clamor about certain schools providing inadequate services and charging a hefty fee. There were also complaints of cheap schools that could not readily book clinical placements causing a delay in the completion of the course. I took a leap of faith and chose a small school, ETEA (Education, Training, and Employment Australia). I was not disappointed. In fact, I was amazed on how professional, organized, and thorough they drive you through the IRON program. ETEA provided relevant and up to date theoretical foundation, and exceptional clinical placement venues that fostered maximum learning and a smooth integration into the Australian nursing system. They have a competent and approachable staff who will support you, from admission to registration, every step of the way.
    Today I am a step closer to my dream of working in Australia. I am glad I took that leap of faith, I am glad that I chose ETEA."

    Kirk Odrey O. Jimenez - 24th November 2014


    "ETEA were incredibly supportive during the bridging course. The staff are friendly and fun to work with and always have time to listen and help. The practical placement was fantastic and it is an essential part of the course. I believe there are very few differences from the UK to Australia but there are some, the course and practical placement addressed these and gave me the knowledge I required. I am now fully prepared and ready to be a nurse in Australia. Thanks ETEA."

    Hannah – 17th November 2014


    Chiharu Imakura

    "To begin with it was a big challenge for me to be a Registered Nurse in Australia. After working for three years in Japan, I decided to broaden my horizon in Australia I had my apprehensions before starting the course with ETEA, but thanks to the supportive staff that I could sail through easily When I was struggling with something new, the staff at ETEA was always happy to help and encourage me It was great experience that I shared with my friendly classmates who are from different countries. Studying at ETEA will not only lead to my registration as RN Division 1 Nurse but the experience that I had while studying enriches my knowledge and application"

    Chiharu Imakura – 2nd October 2013

  • Working with children check and Police check Open or Close

    The student needs to have working with children check and Police check (validity for six months from the start date of the course).
    Please follow the links for obtaining the above documents:
    VIC - Working With Children’s Check :
    WA - Working with children's check:

    VIC - Police Check: WA - Police Check:

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