The Re-entry Program for Division 1 Registered Nurses (RPRN) and
Pre-registration Program for Overseas Qualified Nurses (PPOQN)
(known as 'bridging program' or IRON/RTP program) are 12-week
non-award programs that lead to registration as a Division 1
professional nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of
Australia (NMBA). The programs are delivered by the University of
Ballarat in association with Partner Providers.
The programs contain theory relating to the Australian health
care system, professional nursing in Australia and contextual
nursing (includes laboratory competencies) and clinical practice.
Satisfactory completion of a number of assessment tasks and
clinical competencies is required. Clinical placements are required
to be undertaken at a variety of venues, which may include
interstate. Completion of these programs does not entitle the
participant to employment at clinical venues utilised in the
delivery of the programs.
Selection criteria includes written confirmation from the NMBA as
to eligibility to undertake these programs; evidence of vaccination
status, police record check and working with children check,
interview, and for international applicants, evidence of valid
English language proficiency (IELTS 7 overall and no less than 7 in
all bands or OET B in all bands).