In its effort to provide INP students with more international pathway options, AU entered into an articulation agreement with Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2009. ECU is a premier university located in the thriving city of Perth in Western Australia. Its Nursing program is recognized and awarded for its innovative simulation program and its state-of-the-art laboratories. ECU also has an establish support system for international students, having catered to students from 70 nations.
The agreement between AU and ECU involves the granting of 225 advance standing credits of ECU (360 credits is required to finish the BSN course of ECU) to students who complete the first three years of the INP. The students become eligible to transfer to ECU where they will take their final year. Upon transfer, the students are given an orientation for international students before they are integrated into the mainstream of ECU Nursing classes and activities. When the students complete the program, they earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from ECU and gain qualification to become registered nurses in Australia. ECU has two intakes for its Nursing program. Students can transfer either in February or in July.
The first batch of INP students to transfer to ECU went there in February of 2011. Since then, a growing number of INP students have been transferring to ECU.
INP students in the Simulation Laboratory of ECU.