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Objective Structured Clinical Examination for Registered Nurses (OSCE for RNs)

Quick Facts

  • Delivery Mode:
    Blended

  • Tuition Fee:
    AUD $3,000

  • Course Duration:
    12 weeks

Course Overview

  • Course Name: Objective Structured Clinical Examination for Registered Nurses
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Delivery Mode: Blended

Introduction

In March 2020, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) transitioned to an Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) for 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 the internationally qualified nurses in preparing for the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) as part of Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) in Australia, the Institute of Health & Management (IHM) has developed the OSCE for RNs course.

OSCE for RNs is a preparatory course which enhances the candidate’s professional knowledge and practical skills to help them to prepare for both the modules of the Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) in Australia.

* This course does not lead to direct registration as a Nurse or Midwife in Australia. OSCE for RNs is a preparatory course which enhances the candidate’s professional knowledge and helps them to prepare for the Objective Structured Clinical Examination as a part of the Outcomes Based Assessment (OBA) in Australia.

** this course was previously called NCAP-OBA part 2

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About the Program

OSCE is a specialised clinical examination preparatory course curated for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses to successfully prepare for Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE).

Course Structure

12 weeks of Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) / Simulation Training is provided on campus along with two non-awarded units. These units have been created to assist the students to formulate a strong understanding of the Australian Healthcare system.

This course includes OSCE training and model exams to help them get familiarised with the examination.

Course Fees

Students can book and practice more simulations under the supervision of simulation coordinators

  • Fees $3000, additional monthly $500 for simulation practice

Admission Requirements

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

Course Start Dates

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

Changes in the Australian Nursing Registration Process

The New Nursing Registration process comprises of 7 steps:

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.

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.

90 mins of video orientation and quiz based on that video.

At this stage you will have to upload all the attested documents as required.

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).

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.

The last part of the process before the registration.

For more Information

What is OSCE?

The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is a clinical exam to assess the candidate’s knowledge, skills and competence at the graduate-level nurse or midwife from an Australian NMBA-approved program of study.

(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-OSCE will build on the foundation of your knowledge and skills in nursing practice.

OSCE Journey

For more information, download a copy of the IQNM RN OSCE – Candidate Handbook

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.

Flexibility of Learning

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.

Teaching and learning methodologies implemented include:

  • tutorials
  • demonstration,
  • role play,
  • online learning resources such as V- Sim, Peer assisted learning and
  • OSCE practice.

Learning is also enhanced through the use of multimedia including audio-visual, interactive materials accompanying texts, websites and Knowledge Hub, which is IHM’s electronic learning platform.

It is expected that all students will undertake a minimum of 20 hours per week of self-directed learning in addition to the timetabled hours.

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.

Students can book and practice more simulations under the supervision of simulation coordinators

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.

Institutional Partnership

Our partnerships are built through positive, transparent, and engaging collaboration, and we’re grateful for the strong relationships we’ve built over the lifetime of IHM. These partnerships may vary in their nature but they all share the common fact that there’s mutual benefit and a strong sense of purpose to move the healthcare industry forward.

We encourage Nursing institutions, Hospitals, Healthcare Organisations and nursing associations to submit their expression of interest to become our partners!

Our industry and clinical partners provide physical access to products that benefit the simulation experience for students at IHM. Other partners provide opportunities to develop clinical skills at their facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals. We also provide opportunities to upskill staff with the latest course.

If you’re interested in becoming a partner, make sure to express your interest with our staff today.

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