I'm a newbie here and would really appreciate advice on whether the chances of me being eligible for graduate entry are realistic or just pie-in-the-sky,..
I'm currently living and working in the UK but will be back in Sydney (permanently) within the next 20 months. I qualified in The Netherlands as an Optometrist in 1998. Shortly after graduating I moved to the UK where I've been working as a fully registered Optom ever since. I have however always considered Nursing due to its diverse opportunities and the need I seem to have to work with people in a caring field.
Exploring various websites including uni's offering courses I note (to my dismay), that my previous degree is considered too old (as it is over 10 yrs old). BTW I've already had my Optom degree and transcript professionally translated and it has been assessed by NOOSR as being comparable to an Aussie Bachelor's Degree.
Although I have not engaged in any further post-grad education since gaining my degree in 1998 - the very nature of possessing a vocational degree in a profession such as optometry means that I have had to complete annual continuing education training (CET) modules in order to remain registered and up to date.
My question really is: would the fact that I can prove that I have consistently worked within my original profession, with the addition of these CET points since graduation till the time that I apply for my Nursing course enable me to convince the faculty that I am a 'good risk' to complete the course successfully??
Secondly,(although English is my 1st language) since I have obviously completed a degree course in a foreign language would I need to prove my command of English on admission, or would proof that I have completed my primary and secondary school education be enough to be exempt from an IELTS exam??
Thirdly, as I am a Kiwi and not an Aussie would I be subject to the international costs of the course, rather than the domestic fee - and if as a Kiwi I do qualify for the domestic fee, would part of the fee be covered by the commonwealth placed provision?? I do have time to save for the complete costs, and am fully prepared to do so but obviously if there's any discount - it would be nice, ay?