Your nursing career in Australia starts here - La Trobe University

La Trobe University's Entry Program for the International Qualified Registered Nurse (EPIQ) prepares you to work as a Registered Nurse in Australia. Successful completion of this program will allow you to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for registration as a Registered Nurse.
Alpine Health, Myrtleford, Victoria
Why study EPIQ at La Trobe?
Placements that give you local work experience - Gain professional work experience through placements with our partner Alpine Health who have a long standing reputation in health services. You'll accumulate up to 400 hours of supervised experience facilitated by local clinical experts, with five eight-hour shifts each week of your professional placement.
Understand nursing in Australia - Our nursing academics prepare you for the Australian nursing workforce by helping you build on your theoretical knowledge and nursing skills. You'll learn about Australian health and the national health priorities.
Transition to work - Expand your skills and use existing knowledge to transition into the Australian healthcare workforce. We offer help with:
  • obtaining registration upon completion
  • writing your resume; and
  • interview preparation.
Our graduates are now working all over Australia.
World-class facilities - La Trobe University's Rural Health School opened in 2013. It houses state-of-the-art simulation facilities, research and laboratory facilities, and a range of outstanding teaching and learning spaces.
Strong Partnerships with rural and regional communities - The La Trobe Rural Health School (LRHS), the largest rural health school in Australia, creates and strengthens the future health workforce of regional and rural Australia. Each year, La Trobe students complete around 3000 individual placements, totaling 400,000 hours in hospitals, community health centers, welfare and justice agencies, and private clinics around the country. This means that our program has been assessed as the highest standard of nursing education in Australia.
Students will be introduced to nursing within the Australian health care context with a clinical hurdle component. Areas covered include:
  • the Australian health care system
  • clinical reasoning
  • communication in health care
  • law and ethics in Australian health care
  • risk management, including infection control
  • mental health issues
  • medication management
  • caring for vulnerable groups
  • community nursing
  • perioperative care and investigations; and
  • fluid and electrolyte balance
Entry requirements
Academic entry requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • Evidence of current registration as a registered nurse in a country other than Australia
  • A letter (valid for the duration of the program) from the Australian Health Professionals Regulation Agency (AHPRA) confirming eligibility for registration as a registered nurse in Australia upon satisfactory completion of an ANMAC-accredited Program.
English language requirement:
  • IELTS (Academic): overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0
  • TOEFL Paper based: overall score of 600 with 6 or better in TWE (Test of Written English)
  • TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall 98 with 24 in Reading, 24 in Listening, 23 in Speaking and 27 in Writing.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 65 with no communicative skill score less than 65
N.B: English language tests except the ones listed above will not be accepted. The test results will also need to be within the 2-year time frame (until course commencement), according to the University’s English Language Proficiency Policy.
Students must also meet a set of mandatory requirements to be eligible for the course.
Prior to submitting an application:
  • Students must obtain a Police Certificate (National Police Check) — AUD$42.00
  • A Working with Children Check - Volunteer to Employee Check - $126.50
  • A schedule of mandatory immunisations. Costs may vary depending on your previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250 — AUD$500.
  • Health Insurance - It is a condition of student visa that students must have a valid Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the full duration of their visa. Student are required to purchase visa length duration of OSHC. For more information, refer to the OSHC by Medibank premium rates.

Important: if you are on a visa that is not a student visa you will need to arrange appropriate health insurance for the duration of the course.

  • It is best practice to ensure that accommodation for clinical placement is close to the placement site. Therefore it is strongly recommended for students to stay in Myrtleford as arranged by Alpine Health
Prior commencement of the course:
  • First Aid Certificate - AUD$160.
  • Students should allow approximately AUD$450 for a uniform, name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from Alpine Health. These items remain the student's personal property.
  • Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue.
Please note: all costs are approximate and subject to change.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible to apply for EPIQ, you must:
  • be a citizen or Permanent Residence visa holder of a country other than Australia, or New Zealand
  • be residing in an Australian state or territory. Due to the unprecedented situation caused by COVID-19 and subsequent travel ban imposed in Australia, the University can only accept applicants currently residing in Australia
  • be ready to relocate to Myrtleford for the entire duration of the course.
  • Note: Alpine Health only covers travel arrangement from Melbourne to Myrtleford, not interstate travel if students are residing outside Victoria.
  • meet our English language, academic entry requirements and mandatory requirements
How to apply
Submit an application, with all supporting documents, through your StudyCo representative. Direct applications will not be accepted.
Places are limited. Therefore, meeting all requirements will not guarantee entry to the course.
Professional recognition
EPIQ is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of EPIQ may be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the course. Please contact the relevant professional bodies for details.
Course fees
The course fee for 2020 is AUD$15 000.