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Advanced Standing

Advanced standing counts as credit towards your Avondale course, which can reduce both the length and cost. If you have completed a course of study, you may be eligible for advanced standing, otherwise known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

  • You must make an application to study at Avondale before you apply for advanced standing.
  • Advanced standing may be granted for up to a maximum of 50% of the course.
  • Typically, units being assessed for advanced standing must have been completed within the last seven years for the Bachelor of Nursing and 10 years for all other courses.

For information about the regulations and processes in relation to the request and granting of advanced standing, go to Advanced Standing Policy

Apply early

It usually takes approximately four weeks to assess your advanced standing application. However, it may take longer during peak admission periods or if a high unit volume requires assessment.

Supply evidence

You will need to supply evidence to support your application for advanced standing, including a copy of every subject/unit outline you wish to have assessed for credit, and a certified copy of your certificate of completion and transcript(s).


Once we assess your advanced standing application, our Student Administration Services (SAS) team will email the outcome. The email will include details about the units approved for credit and those not. Approved applications for advanced standing require you to sign and return an acceptance form (supplied) by email.

Bachelor of Nursing

On entry to the Bachelor of Nursing, eight units (one year of full-time study) is awarded if you:

  • Are registered as an enrolled nurse (EN) with no conditions on practice, through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA);
  • Have completed a Diploma of Nursing within the last five years through a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) approved program of study.
  • Supply a certified copy of your academic transcript and testamur;
  • Supply a detailed work history showing evidence of practice/working as an enrolled nurse.

info Older programs that have led to registration as an enrolled nurse may still receive credit, but it may not be all eight units.

If you request advanced standing for units completed at another higher education institution, you must supply:

  • A certified copy of your academic transcript and testamur.
  • Full unit outlines of all units passed at the institution where the study occurred.
  • Records of clinical and practical placements, including clinical skills, venues, hours and clinical appraisals.

info Advanced standing will not be assessed without this documentation and credit for clinical practice may not be awarded where poor academic history is evident.

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Student Administration Services

Call +61 2 4980 2377
email [email protected]

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