13 Oct 2014
Final-year students who will soon complete an approved program of study can go online now to apply for registration before they graduate.
The online graduate application service on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website smooths the path from study to work by enabling final-year students to apply for registration four to six weeks before completing their course. All applicants are required to return some supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application.
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Chair, Dr Lynette Cusack, said graduates of approved programs of study must also meet the National Board’s registration requirements to be a registered nurse or midwife. Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
‘Graduates need to be a registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board before they can start practising,’ Dr Cusack said.
‘To assist with the processing of their application, it’s important that graduates post supporting documents to AHPRA as soon as possible after applying online.’
Online applications are also open for those enrolled nurses who are due to complete an approved program of study that will qualify the individual for registration as a registered nurse or a midwife.
‘Graduates wishing to apply for registration as both a nurse and a midwife are also urged to apply early using the appropriate Streamlined Graduate Application Form,’ Dr Cusack said.
There are five simple steps to registration for graduates: