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Hi. I am new here. I don't know exactly where to go. I am a registered nurse here in the Philippines and I am interested in studying in Australia for a bridging course that will help me become a registered nurse there. I need some help on looking for a good school that offers a bridging course.

My aunt told me that a friend of her friend just went to AU to take up a test and in 6 months she's there for a bridging program. and I have this friend who has a friend who became a registered nurse in AU in 6 months time too. This agency is offering me to study for a certificate III aged care with occupational English test for 46 weeks in Einstein College but it costs too much. So now, I am trying to look for a school wherein I can apply by myself and hopefully get in. I am hoping I could leave for AU this June 2011. I am a bit lost on what to do. Can you help me, please? Any suggestions? 🙂 Please help me. Thank you very much. :clown:

(Sydney area would be better since my parents are more familiar and in favor of that place... though other cities/areas will be great too)

Silverdragon102 specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

Moved to the international forum as per the red banner

Please read the forum 'new grad Filipino forum'

Every bridging course now needs eligibility letter from nationalnurses board to assess your nurses education and you also need IELTS 7 if not educated in an English first language speaking country.

Assessment is a few months.

You can try to contact The Bridge. I believe they have the lowest cost in the market and all my friends were already sent by them either to the United Kingdom or to Australia. :crying2:

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Hi there, this is also my sentiment these days... on how i could work there without an experience at all... is the bridging program like a refreshment course? how much would it cost me?

carlomiguel said:
You can try to contact The Bridge. I believe they have the lowest cost in the market and all my friends were already sent by them either to the United Kingdom or to Australia. :crying2:

I had a friend who had her consultation at The Bridge. They do have the lowest offer but the course that they are offering is not exactly a course that will lead to a registration in the future. They said you have to take Cert III in Aged care first which will not make you work as a registered nurse in a hospital. After this course you will be like a nursing aide for aged people. If your goal is to be a reg nurse there then you will have to take another course. Thus, making this option more expensive.

That's just what my friend told me. :D

...and having certificate 3 in aged care does not give you rights to get sponsorship for a visa to work as a personal care assistant....these jobs are not on the list of needed workers! Rn or RM's only! unless you have permanent residency! You cannot work in Australia if your occupation is not on the list!

hi, i am new here.. I already have my eligibility letter from ahpra and already sent an application for bridging program in IHNA/VCHN. They replied and asked for IELTS and recommend to enroll in their online course which is Introduction of Bridging Course Program. My concern is: Is it a trend nowadays to apply for a preparatory course like I mentioned for a nurse to qualify to a Bridging Course Program?

hi everyone! i'm a newbie here, i hope someone could help me:confused: i'm from the Phil and got a subclass 457 visa. i'm clueless about the registration for nurses in Australia. i was informed that i need to register to AHPRA to be able to work as RN in Aus??? so what's the bridging program for? is it needed to be RN there as well? i was told also that i won't need to sit for IELTS anymore to be registered in APHRA, i just need to prove that i was educated in English here in Phil, is that true? i hope someone could give me steps on how to be RN in AU, that would be a big help. after AHPRA, who will require me for a bridging program? what are the requirements for bridging program? thanks in advance guys! God bless :)

iamnomad specializes in Acute Care. ER. Aged Care/LTC. Psyche.

yhan said:
hi everyone! i'm a newbie here, i hope someone could help me:confused: i'm from the Phil and got a subclass 457 visa. i'm clueless about the registration for nurses in Australia. i was informed that i need to register to AHPRA to be able to work as RN in Aus??? so what's the bridging program for? is it needed to be RN there as well? i was told also that i won't need to sit for IELTS anymore to be registered in APHRA, i just need to prove that i was educated in English here in Phil, is that true? i hope someone could give me steps on how to be RN in AU, that would be a big help. after AHPRA, who will require me for a bridging program? what are the requirements for bridging program? thanks in advance guys! God bless 🙂

there's a long and very informative thread that can help you understand the process just by reading it:

but to answer your concern, in order to work as a nurse in Australia, you need AHPRA registration. It's the Australian equivalent of PRC in the Philippines. Here's the link to their website:

https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/

After submitting your application, they will decide if you are eligible for registration as a nurse, or if you have to do a bridging program (BP). Admission to BP schools depend on your AHPRA eligibility.

Regarding the English language requirements, it is almost always required to take your IELTS and score 7 on every section. Or you can take the OET. I read others tried explaining that their education was done in English, like in the Philippines. But I honestly don't know if they are successful on proving such. Better take IELTS (or OET) because eventually you'll need it for school and immigration.

thanks a lot iamnomad! this one's a big help :) God bless :)

hi guys! an agency told me that there's a school in Perth that offers BP for only $4k? do you have idea if this is true? they also told me that there are also BP schools that doesn't require IELTS anymore. is this true? thanks a lot :)

and do they also tell you that the Australian immigration department also do not require IELTS for working sponsorship visas as well!!!!!, and if you want pr you do not require IELTS and do they tell you your future patients do not require a high standard of english communication as well.!

iamnomad specializes in Acute Care. ER. Aged Care/LTC. Psyche.

hi guys! an agency told me that there's a school in Perth that offers BP for only $4k? do you have idea if this is true? they also told me that there are also BP schools that doesn't require IELTS anymore. is this true? thanks a lot :)

yhan,

agencies will tell you something that you like to hear and will encourage you to do things their way.

IELTS is a requirement, from AHPRA registration up to immigration. I suggest you do it the normal

and compliant way. Take IELTS, then apply for AHPRA registration, then apply to BP schools. AHPRA (or ANMC) has a list of recognized BP schools, so please check that one.

yhan,

agencies will tell you something that you like to hear and will encourage you to do things their way.

IELTS is a requirement, from AHPRA registration up to immigration. I suggest you do it the normal

and compliant way. Take IELTS, then apply for AHPRA registration, then apply to BP schools. AHPRA (or ANMC) has a list of recognized BP schools, so please check that one.

thanks a lot imnomad! :) i have fear of taking the IELTS but i guess there's really no way for me but to face it :(

hi, i am new here.. I already have my eligibility letter from ahpra and already sent an application for bridging program in IHNA/VCHN. They replied and asked for IELTS and recommend to enroll in their online course which is Introduction of Bridging Course Program. My concern is: Is it a trend nowadays to apply for a preparatory course like I mentioned for a nurse to qualify to a Bridging Course Program?

hi i just want to know what happen? did u for it? please share some details about what u have mentioned.thanks

and do they also tell you that the Australian immigration department also do not require IELTS for working sponsorship visas as well!!!!!, and if you want pr you do not require IELTS and do they tell you your future patients do not require a high standard of english communication as well.!

Hi ceridwyn! hmmm i guess iamnomad is right, agencies will just tell me things i want to hear that's why i'm validating things to you guys before i give out payments to these agencies. i actually have a 457visa already. yah, that agency really told me that i won't be needing IELTS for APHRA anymore, i just need to prove that i was taught in English here in d Phil. they also told me that there are some BP schools in Melbourne that doesn't require IELTS, just the elegibility lettter from APHRA (is this true? :confused:). they said if my husband gets PR from work, that will include me automatically so ielts for PR won't be a problem for me anymore (true?). i hope i make logical questions ;), thanks so much in advance for ur infos... .. ahmmmm one more thing, will BP really cost me $10-$12k? ouch! :crying2: and i can't work while on BP? maybe you can recommend cheaper school for BP in melbourne, that would be a great help ;)... thanks again! God bless :)

hi everyone! i'm a newbie here, i hope someone could help me:confused: i'm from the Phil and got a subclass 457 visa. i'm clueless about the registration for nurses in Australia. i was informed that i need to register to AHPRA to be able to work as RN in Aus??? so what's the bridging program for? is it needed to be RN there as well? i was told also that i won't need to sit for IELTS anymore to be registered in APHRA, i just need to prove that i was educated in English here in Phil, is that true? i hope someone could give me steps on how to be RN in AU, that would be a big help. after AHPRA, who will require me for a bridging program? what are the requirements for bridging program? thanks in advance guys! God bless :)

Just curious. How come you already have a 457 visa?

hi bobby123! got my visa because of my husband. he got a working visa and his company sponsored me and my son as well :)

That means you don't have restrictions on work. There are restrictions for those coming here from the Philippines because they are on a separate visa. You are a dependent of a 457 visa holder. Funny enough so was I when we moved to Australia from the UK.

About IELTS, unfortunately you will have to sit the exam simply because you are from the Philippines. Someone already posted the definitive requirement on 'New Grad Filipino...'. There maybe some schools that will not ask for the IELTS before you start your BP, but before you register with AHPRA, you will need to have the scores, 7 for each component. I suggest you gather all your docs, take the IELTS, then apply at AHPRA for eligibility. Once you get your eligibility, find a school for your BP, usually takes 3 months to do the BP then register with AHPRA. You then become a registered nurse.

Goodluck

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