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OBA & OSCE Process

New Assessment Model for Internationally Qualified Nurses

AHPRA Decision Letter holders may reach out to us for guidance to OBA.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has announced a new assessment model for the registration of internationally qualified nurses and midwives. An Outcomes-Based Assessment (OBA) pathway has been introduced to replace the current bridging program for nurses who do not possess substantially equivalent qualifications. The OBA includes both cognitive and behavioural components. It is mandatory to pass the cognitive assessment before the behavioural component is attempted. Cognitive assessment will be computer-based multiple choice questionnaire (MCQ). In order to attempt MCQ, the candidate has to undergo the NCLEX-RN test. The behavioural assessment will be in the form of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Subsequently, the candidate has to undergo an orientation program prior to registration with AHPRA. The orientation program is concerned with the Australian healthcare context. For ease of understanding, take a look at the flowchart below:

Process Flow Chart

Once you become an RN, you can apply for the Permanent Residency (PR). Click here for more details.


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