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Migration pathway and Study options for Nurses

Difference between Enrolled Nurse and Registered Nurse

If you are opting for a Nursing career, it is pivotal that you understand the difference between Enrolled Nurse and Registered Nurse. 

Enrolled nurse. An enrolled nurse is a professional who has completed, at minimum, their diploma qualification. Upon finishing a  'Diploma of Nursing' course, you will be eligible to practice as an ''Enrolled Nurse". 

An enrolled nurse, generally works as part of a team, and generally administrates and monitors medicines and intravenous therapy, whereas Registered Nurses personally create and oversee the management plans of a patient. A Diploma in Nursing qualifies you to be an Enrolled Nurse, whereas to become a Registered Nurse you need Bachelor or higher level qualification in Nursing.

  • There are Nursing study pathways across Australia, you can decide to study across all Australian states, however if you opt for an accredited Diploma course or, for a Master of Nursing course without having relevant background, you may have limited options to certain states.

  • If you study in a regional area of Australia, you can avail the benefits of studying in a Regional Area and ADD Extra points to your Migration Visa Application.

  • Metropolitan cities like Perth, Adelaide, and Gold Coast are considered as regional Areas.

  • Places liked Geelong, Bendigo, and Ballarat (Just 1-hour drive from Melbourne CBD) is also considered as Regional area.

There are multiple study options for the Diploma of Nursing across South Australia, Regional Victoria, Regional NSW

  • Fee: starting from $14,750 per year

  • Duration: 2 years

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Recent PR invitations

There have been a lot of PR invitations across all states for both Enrolled and Registered Nurses. Registered Nurses all have been invited to apply for PR  with only 65 points under subclass 189.

Enrolled Nurses have been invited starting from 65 points for subclass 190 and starting from only 50 points for subclass 491. 

Change Current Course

If you are currently studying in a different field and, COVID-19 or, any personal preference have impacted your decision and you choose to switch or change your field of study/course to Nursing, you may be eligible to do that.

At RACC Australia - Education and Migration Services,

  • We do not charge any service fees for onshore student visa applications.

  • No service fee for change of School

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Registered nurse

A registered nurse is someone who has finished an accredited Bachelor/Master of Nursing course. They will have more function in the development and creation of patient management and care plans. It is the next professional stage from being an enrolled nurse, where workers have greater overview of all facets of the role.

To be eligible to practice as a Registered Nurse in Australia, you need to have qualification in Australia which requires you to complete a Bachelor/Master of Nursing.

1-Year Bachelor of Nursing course (Conversion Program)

If you are a Registered Nurse overseas, you may consider taking up an accredited 1 Year Bachelor of Nursing course (Conversion Program), which can transfer your overseas accreditation as a Registered Nurse. Intakes for 2024 are full. If you are aiming to enrol for 2025 intake, you must start preparing now.

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Master of Nursing without Nursing background

You may also consider a Master of Nursing without Nursing background.

  • If you have a bachelor of Nursing background, a Master of Nursing could be your next stepping stone to a higher management role related to Nursing.

  • If you do not have a Nursing study background, you may still be eligible to take a Master of Nursing in selected  Universities. For this, you will just need to complete a 2month course worth (starting from AU$400) on Anatomy and Physiology.

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Aged care/PCA worker

You can not get a Migration skills assessmentt by studying Aged care or similar courses. However, there may be a sponsorship opportunity for Aged care/Disability or PCA workers. 

  • Course: Certificate III in Individual support + Certificate IV in Ageing support

  • Duration: 2 Years​

  • Tuition Fee: starting from $7,500 per year

  • Initial deposit: starting from $2,500

For sponsorship, you need to have

  • at least 1 Year experience OR,

  • finished at least 1 year course in relevant field (Individual support/Disability care/Aged care)


  • Must be currently working as a PCA/disability care/aged care worker.

  • Employer must have labour agreement.


  • RACC Education & Migration Services

  • 15 years of experience

  • We can help you with applying for all Visa and Courses

  • No service charge for student visa application*

  • 4.9 out of 5 customer satisfaction (Google Rating)

  • Our Team speak multiple languages

English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Indonesia, Malay, Bangla, Tagalog, Vietnamese, etc.​

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