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


Entry Program for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses (EPIQ-RN), which 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 who ought to be proficient in most general nursing knowledge and skills and have experience nursing in different cultures and health care systems outside Australia

IHM considers you 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.


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


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.

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

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

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
  • 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 2020

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.

Course Summary

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


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