The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) - English Language Skill requirements

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) requires all students intending to study the HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing to demonstrate sufficient language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills to successfully undertake the programs academic and workplace experience requirements, prior to commencing the program.

You must provide evidence to demonstrate these skills in two ways:

  • Complete a LLN assessment with a result at exit level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy. This is part of the application process.
  • Provide evidence of English language skills in one of the following ways:
    1. English is your primary language (Primary Language Pathway) and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America), including at least two years between years 7 and 12;
    2. If English is not your primary language (Extended Education Pathway) you must provide evidence of the completion of three and a half (3.5) years (full-time equivalent) of continuous education taught and assessed solely in English, in any of the recognised countries that is a combination of:
      1. vocational and secondary education taught and assessed in English; or
      2. tertiary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
      3. combined tertiary, secondary and vocational education taught and assessed in English; or
      4. tertiary education taught and assessed in English
      NOTE: Graduates applying for registration will be able to include the completed University of Notre Dame Diploma of Nursing as evidence of the vocational qualification in the relevant discipline that is being relied upon to support eligibility for registration.
    3. You achieve the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests and meet the requirements for test results:
      1. IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking),
      2. OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking),
      3. PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking),
      4. TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score of 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking,
      5. other English language tests approved by the NMBA from time to time and published on the NMBA’s website with the required minimum scores.

For full details of the Standards - https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx