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Objective Structured Clinical Exam OSCE

Categories: Outcomes-Based Assessment(OBA)

Course Description


What is OSCE?

The Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) is a clinical exam to assess whether candidates demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competence of a graduate-level nurse or midwife from an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBA) approved program of study.

The RN OSCE is the practical examination for internationally qualified registered nurses seeking registration in Australia as a registered nurse (RN). It consists of 10 stations (or clinical scenarios) that have been developed to test candidates against the NMBA Registered Nurse Standards for Practice. The OSCE is run strictly to time being two minutes of reading time, and eight minutes of performance time allowed for each station. The OSCE is set at the entry to practice level that is expected of a registered nurse in Australia.

(Ahpra candidate handbook - OSCE)


What does the OSCE assess?

The OSCE assesses a candidate’s ability to perform a specific clinical skill. It will assess the candidate’s ability to manage the care of a patient in a holistic manner. The candidate will be assessed against their ability to perform a specific clinical skill, formulate an accurate plan of care for the patient based on their assessment findings or any information deemed relevant. They will be assessed for their ability to provide patient safety; demonstrate the care they provide and their ability to demonstrate/perform the skills not just talk about what they would do or the care they would provide.

(Ahpra candidate handbook - OSCE)


AHIC OSCE Training Program Structure:

  • Mode of Delivery: Online Learning using Video Sharing Platform and Face-to-Face practical classes in a fully equipped Clinical Simulation Lab.
  • Course Study Plan: 3 Weeks- 9 Sessions. Total 72 hours of structured clinical skills in a simulated learning environment.


What will the AHIC OSCE Training Program Provide?

  • Training from highly skilled Australian Nursing Educators. All AHIC Educators have a minimum of 8 years’ experience working in Australian Public or Private Hospitals and/or aged care.
  • Unlimited access to the fully equipped Clinical Simulation Lab and the AHIC Learning Management System.
  • Mock OSCE assessment with feedback provided to ascertain the candidate’s readiness to attend the actual OSCE assessment.
  • AHIC OSCE RN Handbook.
  • AHIC Learning portals with videos and books.
  • Access to highly responsive Student Support Team. 
  • Unlimited course access until a satisfactory OSCE result is achieved. 


What will I study at AHIC in preparation for the OSCE?

NMBA’s Standards for practice for RNs

Clinical skills practice in a simulated learning environment using objective structured assessment of:

1. Physiological observations

2. Vital signs

3. Calculating drug dosages

4. Subcutaneous/Intramuscular injection

5. Aseptic Non-Touch Technique 

6. In hospital resuscitation (without defibrillation)

7. Safe disposal of sharps

8. Medication administration

9. Wound care

10. Hand hygiene

11. Therapeutic patient communication/consent

12. Infection control practices

13. Patient identification and informed consent

14. Intravenous therapy administration/management

15. Risk management in the clinical environment


AHIC OSCE Training Program Intake Dates:

  • June 2024
  • July 2024
  • August 2024
  • September 2024
  • October 2024
  • November 2024

With 10 intakes per year.

Note: Non-Accredited training program


Effective verbal and non-verbal communication is essential to nursing and needs to be empathetic, respectful, clear, attentive, and non-judgmental. Effective written communication is a legal requirement nursing responsibility with professional and legal consequences. Students must demonstrate:

  • ability to understand and respond to verbal communication accurately, appropriately and in a timely manner
  • sensitivity to cultural and individual differences
  • ability to provide clear instructions aimed at the appropriate age-related level and in the context of the situation
  • timely clear feedback and timely reporting of health care and updates in progress notes
  • capacity to recognise, interpret and respond appropriately to behavioural cues
  • consistent and appropriate awareness of own behaviours and their impact on others
  • ability to construct comprehensible written communication that is appropriate to the situation using medical terminology where applicable
Ethical and legal behaviour
  • Nursing practice is mandated by specific legal and regulatory requirements and standards to enable the safe delivery of care. Students must demonstrate knowledge and compliance with.Australian Law, professional regulations and scope of practice
Knowledge and Cognition

This course requires knowledge of theory and the skills of knowledge cognition, with the capacity to:

  • ability to read and comprehend a range of literature and information (literacy) and accurate preparation, calculation, administration and documentation of medication (numeracy) skills e.g., 100% accuracy with medication calculation.
  • ability to locate appropriate and relevant information
  • ability to locate appropriate and relevant information
  • ability to integrate and implement knowledge in practice and keep within scope of practice
  • ability to process information that is relevant to nursing practice
Behavioural stability
  • Behavioural stability is required to work individually and in teams in changing and unpredictable environments. Nursing students will be exposed to emergency situations and human suffering and will be required to have behavioural stability to manage these events objectively and professionally. Students must be able to cope with their own emotions and behaviour effectively when dealing with individuals in the clinical setting.
Strength and mobility
  • Nursing practice requires manual handling skills and fine motor skills.
  • Sufficient fine motor skills are necessary to perform, coordinate and prioritise care. Tasks that involve fine motor skills include being able to grasp, press, push, turn, squeeze and manipulate various objects and individuals.
  • Students must be able to demonstrate and perform these tasks consistently and safely to reduce the risk of harm to self and others
Sensory abilities
  • Students must demonstrate sufficient visual acuity to perform the required range of skills in environments which may be difficult and hostile.
  • Students must demonstrate sufficient aural function to undertake the required range of skills. Students must demonstrate sufficient tactile function to undertake the required range of skills and assessments.
  • Any strategies to address the effects of vision, auditory and tactile impairment must be effective, consistent and not compromise treatment or safety.

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Bank: Commonwealth Bank
Branch Name: Cnr of George & Market St, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
Account Name: Australian Harvard International College
BSB: 062 005
Account No: 1116 1515
Swift Code: CTBAAU2S (for international transfer)

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