What is Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)?
Registered Nurse Objective Structured Clinical Examination (RN OSCE) is a test that examines foreign registered nurses. RN OSCE is administered to such nurses but desiring to become registered as nurses in Australia. After the candidate successfully passed the NCLEX-RN, they will proceed with OSCE or objective structured clinical examination which is a behavioral assessment and developed to determine if the IQNM demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competence.
How do OSCE differs from NCLEX?
NCLEX is multiple choice while OSCE is an actual exam. OSCE will simulate a clinical environment and patient scenarios which Registered Nurses are likely to encounter when they assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate care. Nurses are expected to utilize a contemporary evidence based and effectively demonstrate the safe practical application of nursing skills.
How much is the fee for OSCE?
OSCE costs $4,000 AUD. It will be used by AHPRA in running and maintaining OSCE.
Are there offered courses for OSCE Preparation?
Yes. There are institutions offering OSCE Preparation courses. Most of them offer 6 weeks course structure and training and the fee costs around $3,500 – $5,500 AUD.
What is the content of OSCE?
The RN OSCE tests has ten clinical scenarios meant to evaluate persons based on the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice. RN OSCE is the minimum entry practice level for RNs in Australia.
It is a regulatory and not an educational OSCE. It integrates consistency for all candidates, meaning: The candidate will not be coached, prompted or given extra explanations of responsibilities or findings by the examiners.
Is the fee for OSCE refundable?
Like NCLEX examination fee, OSCE fee is non-refundable regardless of reasons.
When can I register for OSCE?
Once you passed the NCLEX, your OBA IQNM Dashboard will advise the candidate for OSCE exam eligibility.
Will AHPRA book a travel for the candidate to take OSCE?
No. It’s the candidate who will book travel for him/herself including accommodation.
For any reasons, can I reschedule my OSCE?
Yes. Rescheduling exam is possible. The IQNM should make a request for a reschedule at least three (3) days or 72 hours before the schedule date of examination.
Is rescheduling OSCE possible anytime?
The IQNM should consider the Australia’s territorial and national holidays when deciding for a reschedule. During these times, offices are automatically closed. A confirmation notice will be sent to the candidate once reschedule is approved.
How long will OSCE take?
The examination will take approximately 3-3.5 hours. It may be morning or afternoon.
How is the exam being executed?
OSCE has 10 individual stations. Each station has 10 minutes allocation for reading (2 minutes) and Interaction (8 minutes).