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I am an American currently living in New South Wales, Australia. I plan to begin a nursing program at an Australian University in February/March. Whether I will return to the US after I finish nursing school or apply for permanent residency in Australia is unknown at this time, so I'm looking into what is required to qualify for the NCLEX if I should return to the US.
I've tried looking this up online, but all I can seem to find is that you apply for for the ATT, and a board of nursing will declare you eligible -- but I can't find what it is that makes you eligible (i.e. can any country's nursing degree make you eligible, or are there specific things in a US nursing degree that they're looking for?). The reason that I'm concerned is that I don't want to spend 2-3 years in an Australian nursing school only to find that I don't have the proper clinical/classroom requirements to be eligible to take the test. Does it just depend on the state you're applying to?
If getting a nursing degree in Australia doesn't make me eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, are there bridge programs that I could take after I return to the US that would make me eligible?
Thank you in advance for any insights into this issue :-)
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- Sep 16, '11 by Silverdragon102Moved to the International forum
Each state has their own requirements for license to be a RN as that is what you are really applying for NCLEX is just a part of the process. You need to make sure that your nursing course covers areas both clinical and theory in Paeds, Obstetrics, Mental Health and Adult. We have had several Australian nurses post that they was short in certain areas especailly Obstetrics when meeting US requirements
- Apr 15, '12 by ValsalvaHello American in Oz,
I too have the same question. I am an American planning to transfer into Edith Cowan University, Perth. I too have scoured the internet for answers but have come up with nothing. I came across you post during my search. I heard, but have not confirmed, that there is a program or certification course that would patch up the missing course work that Silverdragon 102 mentioned in the previous comment to your post. I did find one organization that helps Australian nurses migrate to US, I'm still looking through the sight and may send them an email inquiry. Here's their link OGP Australia Offices: Recruitment and NCLEX Support for Allied and Nursing Jobs in the USA
I hope we find an answer soon.
- Apr 16, '12 by joeldewMuch has been said about Australian nursing courses and the deficiency in Paeds, Maternity and Mental Health but considerably less is understood.
Apart from Mental health, you will find that Paeds and Maternity are fashioned into your programme in various units. As such, you may not have to undertake these courses independently after you have finished your nursing course. You may have to make-up "clinical hours" but not the theory.
That said, in recent years, some universities have removed "maternity" from their program altogether. This has much to do with the "midwives" professional body wanting to detach from the "nursing" identity and assert their own.
If in the event you find that your program is still deficient in these areas, there are many universities (perhaps, including your own) that will allow you to study them as "non-award" units.
I strongly suggest that you contact the state (USA) in which you wish to be registered as a nurse and be guided by their rules.
I have wasted so much money doing "make up" programs when it was completely unnecessary; I could have spent that money on a well-deserved holiday after my nursing course.