If you are a recent graduate, or you have recently completed a minimum three year Diploma or Degree at an approved institution and you have limited clinical practice experience within the last five years (either post graduation or during your degree), or you are a registered nurse in a country other than Australia and have practised as a registered nurse with the past five years, you may be eligible for enrolment in the UQ Bachelor of Nursing 1 year pathway for Overseas Educated Professional Nurses. Applications for this pathway will be assessed on an individual basis.

The UQ Bachelor of Nursing 1 year pathway for Overseas Educated Professional Nurses is specifically designed to meet the Australian National Nursing Competency Standards for Registered Nurses. On successful completion of the pathway you will be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse in Australia.

Pathway Overview

Semester 1
NURS2001 #2 units Nutritional and Metabolic Health
NURS2002 #2 units Immunological Health
NURS2005 #2 units Mental Health
Students select two (2) of the above three (3) courses
NURS3007 #4 units Clinical Practice 7
Semester 2
NURS2003 #2 units Neuro-Endocrine Health
NURS2006 #2 units Injury Prevention
NURS2007 #2 units Healthy Ageing
Students select two (2) of the above three (3) courses
NURS3008 #2 units Clinical Practice 8

How to Apply

Applications for domestic students are made through QTAC.

Applications for International students are made through UQ International.

An overview for the Bachelor of Nursing and information for international students can be found online.

The English language proficiency requirement for the Bachelor of Nursing is an IELTS overall 7 with 7 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Domestic students who do not have Year 12 English or equivalent will also have to demonstrate that they meet the English language proficiency requirements.

How to Enrol

Students who have received an offer to enrol in the Bachelor of Nursing intending to complete the 1 year pathway may enrol in the courses above.

However, students must submit a credit or exemption for previous study application form as soon as possible after they have been offered a place in the Bachelor of Nursing, so that their previous study can be assessed and credited towards the Bachelor of Nursing award.

Please submit the application form to the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, building 24, St Lucia.When submitting your application you will need to provide certified copies of all transcripts of results, award certificates, grading systems, and translations (if required), documents for English Proficiency, and other documentation as outlined in the application form.


On successful completion of this 1 year pathway students will be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse in Australia.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) require nurses applying for registration in Australia (i.e. applicants who have not completed their secondary education as well as a nursing program taught and assessed in English) to demonstrate they have the necessary English language skills required for registration.