Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia - Examination
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COVID-19 and the current impacts:

The impacts and response to the COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving and the situation varies across countries and states.

The impact of this is that some candidates required to undertake the OBA pathway may be unable to progress through the exams to be eligible for registration for some time.

The NMBA and Ahpra are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are adapting our regulatory requirements (as possible) to meet emergency health service needs and support health service delivery while continuing to protect the public. This includes working closely with all levels of government. To find out more about how we are responding to COVID-19, please visit the Ahpra website.

This page contains detailed information regarding the examination process for enrolled nurses, registered nurses and midwives.

Multiple choice question exam (MCQ)

The multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam assesses the candidate’s professional knowledge. There are separate exams for internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) intending to register in Australia as a registered nurse (RN), enrolled nurse (EN), or midwife:

Objective structured clinical exam (OSCE)

The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is a clinical exam to assess whether candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competence of a graduate-level nurse or midwife from an Australian NMBA-approved program of study.

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Page reviewed 24/06/2022