16 Nov 2015
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 supporting documents to AHPRA by mail to complete their application. It is important that this is done as soon as possible after applying online - see Next Steps Checklist. Certain applicants will need to apply for an international criminal history check (ICHC) before submitting their application for registration.
Graduates of approved programs of study must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s registration requirements to be a registered nurse or midwife. Registration standards that relate to the new graduate are:
Graduates need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board before they start practising.
Online applications are also open for currently registered 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.
There are six simple steps to registration for graduates: