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Entry Program for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses (EPIQ-RN)

Quick Facts

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  • Accreditation:

  • Tuition Fee:
    AUD $16,700

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  • Course Duration:
    12 weeks

  • CRICOS Course Code:

Course Overview

  • Award Titles: Entry Program for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses (EPIQ-RN)
  • Accreditation: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC)
  • CRICOS Course Code : 0100725
  • Duration: 12 weeks. The course consists of 6 weeks delivered on campus and 6 weeks of Professional Experience Placement.
  • Campus: Sydney (Wentworth & Argyle St), Perth (Hay St Mall & St George Tce) & Melbourne (Heidelberg & CBD)
  • Organisation Delivering the Program: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)
  • Organisation Issuing Certification: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)


Entry Program for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses (EPIQ-RN), enables overseas registered nurses to adapt to the Australian Health Care System and be assessed against the Registered Nurse Standards of Practice. The course is designed and developed to build on previous experience and knowledge of the overseas registered nurses. These nurses are required to be proficient in most general nursing knowledge, exhibit skills and have experience of nursing in different cultures and health care systems outside Australia

IHM considers you to be an ‘International’ student if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of Australia; not a citizen of New Zealand; or not a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Course Details


To be eligible for admission to the course an applicant is required to:


Upon completion of the course, internationally qualified nurses will be expected to:

CLO 1 Think critically and analyse evidence-based information to support clinical reasoning for providing effective and safe person-centred nursing care.
CLO 2 Engage in effective therapeutic and professional relationships with clients and multi-disciplinary teams for providing person centred nursing care.
CLO 3 Maintain the capability for practice through adherence to professional, legal, ethical standards and lifelong learning to ensure safe and effective nursing care.
CLO 4 Conduct culturally safe and holistic assessments to diverse groups and plan care in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary health care team.
CLO 5 Collaboratively construct, document and communicate nursing care plans based on subjective and objective assessment data.
CLO 6 Provide safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice demonstrating leadership behaviours’ that contribute to an effective team culture.
CLO 7 Evaluate current nursing practice against agreed priorities, goals, plans and outcomes and revises nursing care accordingly.


Professional Experience Placements (PEP) is a compulsory component of this course, 100% attendance is mandatory. Students must complete all theory and simulation activities satisfactorily prior to attending PEP.

PEPs are undertaken in partnership with a wide range of health care facilities. These facilities are located throughout metropolitan, regional and rural areas, and in some cases interstate. Students must consider that they may be required to travel or relocate for the duration of their PEP. Students must account for additional costs for travel, accommodation during PEP.

After You Successfully Complete the EPIQ-RN

As an internationally qualified nurse who is interested in working in Australia, it is important you review the following important information about immigration to Australia, and registration and employment as a nurse in Australia.To work as a nurse in Australia, you need to apply for and be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). You may also need to apply for a visa issued by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

Immigration and employment details.

Calculating Your Skills Points for Visa

Students applying for a skilled visa in Australia, require to score a minimum number of points on the Points calculator.

Check your current points.

Falling short on points? Call our admissions team to discuss your options.

Units of Study

Units of study Assessment Methods
NNS5806 – Nursing and the Healthcare System in Australia
  • Reflective Journal (formative)
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Short answer examination (summative)
  • Essay
  • Group presentation
NNS5807 – Nursing Care in Australia
  • Reflective Journal (formative)
  • Case Study
  • Multiple-choice questions
  • Short answer examination (summative)
  • Quiz and practical assessment
  • Medication administration and Drug Calculation test
NCE5801 – Professional Experience Placement
  • Reflective Journal (formative)
  • Clinical Placement tool
  • Reflective Practice assessment

Course Start Dates

Melbourne CBD

Face to Face Delivery

Fees and charges

Tuition Fee : AUD $16,700
Administration (Non-Tuition) Fee : AUD $300 (Non Refundable)

Books, equipment and other materials are required to undertake the program and their cost is not included in the tuition fee.

Fees and Charges 2021
Fees Charges and Refunds Policy and Procedure

Due to high volume of applications, IHM does not engage recruitment agencies to recruit students for EPIQRN program. Students are encouraged to submit direct application to college.

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