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Is Nursing the Permanent Career for you?

Nursing shortage is good news for migrants and international students – Study Nursing to begin your career in Australia 

Nurses are the life blood of our health system.

But unless there is a transfusion of new blood, the Australian health system will deteriorate according to a Federal Government study into Australia’s future health workforce.

The Health Workforce study identifies a chronic shortfall of nurses into the future and predicts Australia’s demand for nurses will significantly exceed supply in the medium to long-term (with a projected shortfall of approximately 85,000 nurses by 2025, or 123,000 nurses by 2030 under current settings).

While the report’s prognosis may be grim for Australia’s health sector, it’s good news for an international student that is interested in becoming a nurse and hoping to migrate to Australia. Once qualified and with the necessary professional experience, it may be possible obtain a skilled or employer-sponsored visa that will allow you to continue to live and work in Australia once you have completed your Australian studies.

For those considering study nursing, there are upward of 60 educational institutions throughout Australia offering nursing training through a broad range of healthcare courses.

Study Gurus has agreements with many of these education providers and can give specialist educational and visa advice for those wishing to study nursing in Australia.

If you are interested in becoming a Nurse, you can find a relevant checklist below.

Nursing Course Checklist


What qualifications do I need for Nursing?

You will need to have completed a Year 12 certificate. Some schools also require some experience in the industry or a prior qualification such as a Certificate III or IV in Aged Care, Community Services or a Health Services preparation course.

What level of English do I need for a Diploma of Nursing or Bachelor of Nursing course?

Academic IELTS 7.0 with 7.0 across all bands.
Occupational English Test (OET) with minimum score of B in each of the four components.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four components.
Test of English as a Foreign Language internet based test (TOEFL iBT) at a minimum overall score of 94 with reading at a minimum of 24, listening a minimum of 24, speaking at a minimum of 23, and writing at a minimum of 27.

What is the time frame for completing my English tests for Nursing study?

The results can be collected across two tests within a six-month period. There are also other exemptions if you have undertaken and satisfactorily completed at least six years’ continuous education, taught and assessed in English, in a list of recognised countries. Conditions apply to these exemptions.

What qualification do I attain with a Diploma of Nursing?

A Diploma of Nursing gives you an Enrolled Nurse qualification, enabling entrance into a Bachelor of Nursing degree. With this qualification, you can become a Registered Nurse.

How many years of study is required for a Diploma of Nursing?

A Diploma of Nursing requires 18 months to two years of study.

What are the costs of nursing studies?

Diploma tuition costs vary from $24,000 – $30,000.

A Bachelor of Nursing costs from $25,000 – $35,000 per semester.


Where is practical nursing training conducted?

Students complete supervised clinical placement in hospitals, nursing homes and/or healthcare agencies.

Can nursing study lead to permanent residency?

Nursing practitioners and midwifes, and nursing educators, managers, researchers and clinical directors are currently on the Australian Department of Home Affairs medium to long term occupation list which can potentially lead to Permanent Residency for successful applicants.

Whether you are a trained nurse or interested in studying nursing. Nursing can offer a pathway to permanent residency in Australia as it’s on the Australian Department of Home Affairs medium to long-term skilled occupation list. 

For international students considering nursing as an option, it’s timely to check your eligibility for the wide range of nursing courses available in Australia.

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