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Advantages of Studying Nursing in Australia


Nursing is a revered profession across the world that requires sheer passion and dedication to help people ease their pain and recover from illnesses. A nurse pours her heart out every day to the wellness of every single patient. It is a profession, although arduous, more giving than any other. That is the reason people often call it a 'blessed profession.'

If you are wondering about the options for pursuing a nursing career in Melbourne, Australia, we have you covered! Going through this article will give you an overview of nursing courses, universities offering nursing courses for international students, their fees and much more.

If you're reading this, you have certainly taken a great decision to pursue a nursing course. But choosing the right destination must be the foremost step before opting for a university of your choice. To ease your search, here we have jotted down some of the institutions to study nursing & the advantages of studying nursing in Australia. 

Employment Opportunities

No matter which part of the world you live in or where you want to study, the nursing profession will always offer fantastic job opportunities. The salary may vary, but nursing is a future-proof profession, meaning, nurses are in demand whether it is a recession or inflation period.

The scope of nursing turns out to be more substantial when it comes to countries like Australia and Canada. The Australian government spends a decent amount of their budget on the healthcare sector, making sure that the citizens receive only the best of the best healthcare services.

However, over the past few years, the country has been facing a shortage of qualified nurses. The government authorities and operative bodies have initiated a bridging or IRON (Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses) program to address this shortage. The program is designed to attract overseas nursing graduates by making them aware of the newer technologies and Australian health care settings.

The completion of the program also enables overseas nurses to earn five migration points towards permanent residency in Australia. Once you are a registered nurse in the country, you can find job opportunities in hospitals, private clinics, schools and community centres, where you can practice nursing with a befitting salary. 

Nursing Salary in Australia

Salary in AUD

Nursing Assistant

$42,000 – $60,000

Enrolled Nurse

$50,000 – $67,000

Registered Nurse

$58,000 – $92,000

Clinical Nurse

$69,000 – $108,000

Nurse Practitioner

$101,000 – $127,000

Nurse Manager

$95,000 – $130,000

Director of Nursing

$140,000 – $200,000

Why Choose Melbourne to Study Nursing? 

Australian cities are known for providing a perfect environment to international students hailing from different countries, but Melbourne is the most liveable among all the cities. It is the capital city of the State of Victoria and one of the top four popular student cities alongside London, Paris, and Boston.

The highest score for stability, healthcare, culture, environment, education, and infrastructure are some of the positives that make Melbourne the "world's most liveable city". When you study nursing in Melbourne, you will be living in a safe and vibrant place that offers brilliant study options, services, and other intriguing things to carry out in your leisure.

According to QS World University Rankings, six of Victoria's ten universities are among the top-ranked universities globally, and Melbourne is a global knowledge hub for native and overseas students. Whether you are interested in nursing or other areas of the medical profession, you will be learning from the best academicians in the world.

3 Types of Nursing Courses for International Students in Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne is home to some world-class universities, each offering 3 nursing programs such as:

  • Diploma in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Master of Nursing

Below is a list of the 5 best universities in Australia offering nursing courses to international students:

1.The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is one of the finest institutions in Australia, offering three nursing programs such as:

Master of Advanced Nursing (Postgraduate)

  • Duration: Full Time- 1.5 Years
  • Fee: Around AUD30,816 per year

Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Postgraduate)

  • Duration: Full Time- 2 Years
  • Fee: Around AUD30,816 per year

Master of Nursing Science (Postgraduate)

  • Duration: Full Time- 2 Years
  • Fee: Around AUD30,240 per year

2. RMIT University

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University ranks 59 in the world. The nursing courses offered by RMIT are:

Bachelor of Nursing (Undergraduate)

  • Duration: Full Time- 3 Years
  • Fee: Around AUD29,760 per year

Diploma of Nursing (Career-Based/Vocational)

  • Duration: Online/Distance- 2Years
  • Fee: Around AUD38,750 per year

Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (Postgraduate)

  • Duration: Full Time- 1 Year
  • Fee: Around AUD26,880

Master of Science (Postgraduate)

  • Duration: Full Time- 2 Years
  • Fee: Around AUD30,720 per year

PhD- Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) (Postgraduate)

  • Duration: Full Time
  • Fee: Around AUD30,720 per year

3. La Trobe University

The university offers four graduate and postgraduate nursing courses such as:

Bachelor of Nursing (Undergraduate)

  • Duration: Full Time- 3 Years
  • Fee: Around AUD34,000 per year

Master of Nursing Science (Postgraduate)

  • Duration: Online/ Distance- 20 Months
  • Fee: Around AUD32,000 per year

Doctor of Nursing (Postgraduate)

  • Duration: Online/Distance
  • Fee: Around AUD34,800 per year

PhD- Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

  • Duration: Full Time- 4 Years
  • Fee: Around AUD35,800 per year

4. Victoria University

The university ranks 351-400 in THE rankings and offers five nursing courses, including:

Bachelor of Nursing (Undergraduate)

  • Duration: Full Time- 3 Years

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Integrated) in Nursing & Midwifery

  • Duration: Full Time- 4 Years

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing and Midwifery

  • Duration: Full Time- 4 Years

HLT54115- Diploma in Nursing (Career-Based/Vocational)

  • Duration: Full Time- 2 Years

Master of Nursing (By Research) (Postgraduate)

  • Duration: Full Time- 2 Years

5. Charles Sturt University 

The university offers one undergraduate nursing program, i.e.) Bachelor of Nursing.

Bachelor of Nursing (Undergraduate)

  • Duration: Full Time- 3 years
  • Fee: Around AUD25,600 per year

If you are all set to study in Australia, you will have to apply for admission to an institution and a student visa from the Australian Government. Following are the mandatory steps you must go through:

  • Choosing your preferred institution and course.
  • Submitting your application to the institution.
  • Receiving the 'Letter of Offer' from the institution.
  • Preparing your Financial Documents.
  • Receiving your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).
  • Applying for a student visa.

You will also need to meet the following entry requirements for institution admission & visa application:

  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE).
  • Academic requirements.
  • English language requirements.
  • Evidence of funds to support your study.
  • Possessing Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Why Choose Education Consultancies to help you study nursing in Australia?

Education consultancies in Nepal can help you in applying to your desired nursing courses in Australia. It is a requirement under the ECOS Act (Education Services for Overseas Students) that all institutions must have published the list of their appointed education agents on their websites. So, when you visit the institution's official website, you will find the list of their partnered education consultancies near you.

AECC  is a renowned education consultancy in Nepal that is making waves globally for many years. We are a team of experienced education agents committed to providing ethical and expert counselling to Nepalese students looking to pursue higher studies in Australia.

If you want to build your career as a nurse in Australia, we at AECC can absolutely help you get started. We can help process your admission to one of the best universities and can assist in crafting a pathway for a successful nursing career in Australia.

Our expert education and migration consultants have helped thousands of Nepalese students realise their dreams in careers of their choice. Consult with AECC's experts today to get detailed information on nursing education, admission procedure, scholarships, visa process and everything else needed in the process.

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