RPL Guide – Bachelor of Nursing – Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse pathway (3007303)

Prior learning recognised

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can occur for all units (with Note 2 and Note 3) within this course for:

  • Formal learning — learning gained through study in a structured, accredited program that leads to full or partial achievement of a qualification; and/or

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can occur for some units (Note 2 units only) within this course for:

  • Non-formal learning — learning gained through study in a structured, non-accredited program (such as a short course, seminar, or professional development) that does NOT lead to a qualification, and/or
  • Informal learning — learning gained through years of paid or voluntary experience, professional standing or performance.

Credit thresholds

Automatic credit

On entry to the course, 8 units (96 Credit Points) is automatically awarded for:

  1. Being registered as an Enrolled Nurse (EN) without any restriction on practice, through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); and
  2. Holding a national Health Training Package diploma of nursing qualification (listed below), which is accredited by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC), such as:
    • HLT54121 - Diploma of Nursing
    • HLT54115 - Diploma of Nursing
    • HLT51612 - Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing)

Please view the Approved Program of Study List.

Additional credit

In addition to the automatic credit awarded on entry, a further 8 units (96 Credit Points), up to a total of 16 units (192 Credit Points) may be awarded for partial completion of a related Bachelor Degree. If you believe your prior learning exceeds these thresholds you should request a waiver of normal credit limits by email to [email protected].

If your prior learning is already recognised for credit, you’ll find it in the Credit Search and Calculator.

Coursework units with Note 2

Note 2 — Units common to other Southern Cross University courses

Coursework units

  • INDG2001 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
  • HLTH3004 - Transition to Practice
  • HLTH3005 - Interprofessional Health Practice
  • PHAR2001 - Introductory Pharmacology

Credit may be awarded into the above coursework units with Note 2, for related prior formal, non-formal or informal learning in an Australian Bachelor Degree, equivalent or higher completed within ten years before the application for course Admission or Advanced Standing (whichever occurs first).

For more information about comparable, non-accredited study and the years of experience that may substitute for holding an Australian qualification, view Appendix A of Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy - Schedule 1.

A link to Schedule 1 is found in Clause 13 of the Advanced Standing and Recognition of Prior Learning Procedures.

Coursework units with Note 3

Note 3 — Units necessary to meet NMBA professional standards

Coursework units

  • NURS2012 - Professional Practice
  • NURS2013 - Promoting Wellness in Chronic Health and Disability
  • NURS2016 - Introduction to Nursing Research
  • NURS2017 - Nursing Practices 1
  • NURS3006 - Evidenced Based Practice in Nursing
  • NURS3001 - The Nurse as a Leader
  • NURS3008 - Paediatric Health: Conception to Adolescence

Placement units

  • NURS2018 - Building Healthy Communities Through Impactful Partnerships
  • NURS2005 - Mental Health Nursing
  • NURS3007 - Nursing Practices 2
  • NURS3010 - Nursing Practices III (double-weighted unit)

To meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) professional standards and recency of practice requirements, credit may only be granted into the above coursework and placement units with Note 3, for related prior formal learning in an Australian Bachelor Degree, equivalent or higher, completed within five years before the application for course Admission or Advanced Standing (whichever occurs first).

Prior learning in Bachelor Degree units must be at least 80% equivalent to the learning and assessment outcomes and content of coursework units with Note 3, for which credit is sought and fulfil 100% of the hours required for placement units with Note 3, for which credit is sought.


If your prior learning occurred more than ten years ago for units with Note 2 or 5 years ago for units with Note 3, you must provide  supporting documents to demonstrate the ways you have generated and maintained currency of practice due to more recent and ongoing learning in a relevant field, such as professional memberships with peak bodies, on-the-job training, professional development or research.

Related fields of prior learning

Apply for RPL if your prior learning relates to:

Nursing care and practices Health Science Research skills to promote quality in health care
Nursing management and leadership Anatomy and physiology Clinical assessment and diagnostics
Acute care nursing Pharmacology Clinical experience relevant to NMBA standards for practice

Apply for additional credit (as described above — Note 2 and Note 3 units)

If you apply for additional credit please, use your Student ID to log into the My Enrolment portal as soon as possible. Select eForms from the menu bar to complete and submit your application for advanced standing at least:

  • Four months before the commencement of a placement unit; or
  • One month before the commencement of coursework unit.

Credit granted will affect the units you choose in your study plan. Don’t enrol in a unit for which credit is sought. For more information view How to apply.

Your portfolio of evidence for experience (applicable to units with Note 2 only)

If you apply based on informal learning (work experience) you need to describe and provide evidence of how your knowledge, skills and experience meet unit learning and assessment outcomes and the NMBA guidelines for recency of practise and professional codes and guidelines. The Portfolio of Evidence for Experience - Guidelines which will help you do this.

Read the Guidelines before you apply. To verify the accuracy of your statements in the Portfolio of Evidence for Experience - Form you must include the signature of at least one current or former Supervisor/Trainer for each unit for which credit is sought.

The supporting documents you submit must include:

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae detailing past and current experiences (including dates and hours of service) for the positions or roles you have held;
  • Other primary and secondary evidence, including personal, workplace and third-party information from the list of supporting documents for verifying professional experience and expertise
  • A transcript of results of study and unit outlines, including learning and assessment outcomes (if applicable).

After you’ve applied

The outcome will be emailed to you within 20 working days of receiving your application unless further clarification or supporting documents are required, in which case we will contact you.

If you haven’t enrolled in units via My Enrolment, do so now using the recommended Course Progression page. For personal assistance with your study plan don't hesitate to contact us.

Accepting credit granted for international students

If you’re an international student studying in Australia on a student visa you must sign, date and return the Credit Acceptance Declaration within 14 working days. This allows SCU International Student Support to adjust your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) to show your new study duration (if applicable).

Your right to an appeal

If you disagree with the outcome, you may appeal within ten working days of the credit decision. The appeal will be commenced within ten working days and should take no longer than ten working days for an outcome to be reached. Within this time you may be invited to participate in an interview and/or offered an alternative means of establishing the level of your existing skills and knowledge, such as a challenge test or special project.

You will receive notification about the outcome of the appeal as soon as possible. If the decision-maker is the Course Coordinator, any appeal is to the Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Quality) and their decision is final. If the decision-maker is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Quality), any appeal is the Chair of Academic Board and their decision is final. Any student unsatisfied with the outcome may appeal externally to the relevant Ombudsmen Office.

For more information view Getting started at SCU. If you still have questions contact us.

Contact the Faculty of Health

Executive Assistant to the Executive Dean

Donna Simon
T: +61 7 5589 3224
E: [email protected]

Associate Dean Education

Professor Fiona Naumann
T: +61 7 5589 3470
E: [email protected]

Associate Dean Research

Professor Marianne Wallis
T: +61 427 633 708
E: [email protected]

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