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Nursing Career Advancement Program – Outcomes Based Assessment (NCAP – OBA)

Quick Facts

  • Delivery Mode: Online

  • Tuition Fee: AUD $3,500

  • Course duration: 12 Weeks

Course Overview

  • Award Titles: Nursing Career Advancement Program – Outcomes Based Assessment (NCAP – OBA)
  • Duration: 12 Weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Organisation Delivering the Program: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)
  • Organisation Issuing Certification: Institute of Health & Management (HEP ID: PRV 14040)

Introduction

In March 2020, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) transitioned to an Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) for Internationally Qualified Nurses and Midwives (IQNMs) who meet the AHPRA registration standards. With this new system, the bridging program has been now replaced by Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA).

To assist internationally qualified nurses prepare for the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam and the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE), the Institute of Health & Management (IHM) has developed the Nursing Career Advancement Program – OBA. NCAP – OBA is a preparatory course which enhances your professional knowledge and practical skills to help nurses prepare for both modules of the Outcomes-Based Assessment in Australia.

*Please Note: This course does not lead directly to registration as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia.

Changes in the Nursing Registration Process

The New Nursing Registration process comprises of 5 steps:

Step 1 – Self Check

If you are an internationally qualified nurse or midwife (IQNM) who wishes to register in Australia, you will need to complete the Self-check before applying for registration. This is an online check where you will need to enter your qualification information into the Self-check. Based on your qualification you will be assigned to one of three streams for registration.

The three streams are:

  • Stream A – IQNMs who hold a qualification considered to be substantially equivalent, or based on similar competencies, to an approved qualification
  • Stream B – IQNMs who hold a qualification that is relevant to the profession, but is not substantially equivalent, nor based on similar competencies to an approved qualification
  • Stream C – IQNMs who hold a qualification that is not substantially equivalent or relevant to an approved qualification

There is no fee to use the Self-check.

IQNMs that do not hold a relevant qualification (under section 53 of the National Law) or do not meet the required assessment criteria will need to upgrade their qualification in Australia before being eligible to apply for registration.  Click here to know more.

Step 2 – IQNM Assessment Process

Those who successfully complete the self-check must proceed in the IQNM assessment process.

For IQNM assessment process students will need to pay a non-refundable assessment fee of $640 AUD.

This fee contributes towards AHPRA’s costs in checking IQNM documentation provided, and for the IQNM to undertake their orientation.

Step 3 – Orientation

This is an online learning course that is an introduction to Australia and the Australian healthcare context.

There is no fee for this Orientation.

Step 4 – NCLEX-RN (Multiple Choice Questions)

Multiple choice questions exam, the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) is an online test taken through Pearson VUE test centres in most countries.

For registered nurses, the NCLEX-RN registration fee is $200 USD (Approx. AUD 288), plus an additional international scheduling fee of $150 USD (Approx. AUD 216) ($350 USD in total) (Approx. AUD 504).

Step 5 – OSCE

A clinical exam to assess whether candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competence of a graduate-level nurse or midwife from an Australian NMBA-approved program of study.

The OSCE will simulate a clinical environment and “patient” scenarios which Registered Nurses are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. Nurses are expected to utilise a contemporary evidence base and effectively demonstrate the safe practical application of nursing skills.

The fee for sitting the OSCE is $4,000 AUD. The OSCE fee replaces previous bridging program fees from private providers. This fee pays for AHPRA’s costs in running and maintaining the OSCE. AHPRA and the NMBA are funded only by fees, which must cover all costs of assessing IQNMs for registration in Australia.

For more Information

Part one NCLEX – MCQ

What is NCLEX – MCQ exam?

The multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam assesses the candidate’s professional knowledge. There are separate exams for internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) intending to register in Australia as a registered nurse (RN), enrolled nurse (EN), or midwife:

The RN MCQ exam is the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develops and delivers the NCLEX-RN through Pearson VUE test centres in most countries.

(source: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Accreditation/IQNM/Examination/Multiple-choice-question-exam.aspx )

Get started with MCQ preparation!

About the program

NCAP – OBA (Part one NCLEX – MCQ Preparation) is a preparatory course which enhances the candidate’s professional knowledge and helps them to prepare for the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam as a part of the Outcomes Based Assessment (OBA) in Australia.

Through the course, nurses will learn about the Australian Healthcare system, the diversity of Australian culture and more importantly the standards of nursing practice required by Australian employers. NCAP – OBA (Part one NCLEX – MCQ Preparation) will build on the foundation of your professional knowledge and skills in nursing.

Course Structure

Duration : 12 Weeks

Orientation: 1 Week

Course Units
  • NAU 001: MCQ Exam for RNs
Course fees

Total course fee: $3500* scholarship options available for eligible students

Admission Requirement

The applicant must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse in their home country.

Course Start Dates
  • October 19, 2020
  • November 23, 2020
  • January 11, 2021
  • March 1, 2021

Part two OSCE Assessment

What is OSCE?

The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is a clinical exam to assess the knowledge, skills and competence of internationally qualified nurses or midwives.

(source: https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Accreditation/IQNM/Examination/Objective-structured-clinical-exam.aspx )

IHM’s faculty includes highly skilled, well experienced Australian Registered Nurses who help students understand the foundation of nursing in Australia and nurture them to strive for the best. Since 2019, IHM has trained over 1700 IQNMs to get registered in Australia through the bridging program. With immense knowledge and experience, IHM has formulated this course to help nurses overcome OBA.

All IHM campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art simulation centres that provide Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) simulation and practice sessions for nurses preparing for OSCE. Through the program, nurses will learn about the practices in the Australian Healthcare system, the diversity of Australian culture and more importantly the standards of nursing practice required by Australian employers.

NCAP – OBA (Part two OSCE Assessment) will build on the foundation of your knowledge and skills in nursing practice.

Get started with OSCE preparation!

About the program

NCAP – OBA ( Part two OSCE Assessment) is a specialized clinical examination preparatory course curated for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses to successfully prepare for Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE).

Course Structure

6 weeks of Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) / Simulation Training is provided on campus.

  • NAU004: OSCE Training and assessment
Course Fees

Total course fee $5500

Admission Requirements

The applicant must hold current registration as a Registered Nurse in their home country

Course start date

1st February 2021

*Dependent on the travel restrictions laid out by the Australian Government.

Why choose IHM?

Experienced and Highly Skilled Faculty

IHM’s faculty includes highly skilled, well experienced Australian Registered Nurses who help students understand the foundation of nursing in Australia and nurture them to strive for the best. Since 2019, IHM has trained over 1700 IQNMs to get registered in Australia through the bridging program. With immense knowledge and experience, IHM has formulated this course to help nurses overcome OBA.

Excellent Online Learning Platform

The online learning platform used by IHM is interactive and innovative, through which students receive immense support, flexibility and quality virtual learning experience. With IHM’s Online learning platform students can experience learning that is centred around them, their work and other life commitments. Studying online with IHM means, care and support that students will receive at their fingertips, 7-days a week.

State of the Art Facilities

Students benefit from fully equipped campuses with modern facilities and amenities, including state-of-the-art nursing and computer laboratories, a student library, audio-visual equipped classrooms and student break out areas. IHM also has high fidelity medical simulation centres equipped with Sim-Man and virtual simulation experiences to enhance the growth of the budding professionals.

24*7 Student Support

Student welfare, administrative and educational support are paramount to IHM from the moment of application to the time of graduation and beyond. Whatever the mode of delivery – face-to-face, blended or online – students are supported and motivated on a one-on-one basis by the institute’s lecturers. IHM’s student support officers are available 24*7 to help students, if needed.

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