Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery



Midwives play an invaluable role in facilitating childbirth and caring for mothers and babies through pregnancy, labour and beyond. With Deakin’s combined Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery you will graduate with qualifications as a Registered Nurse (RN) and as a Registered Midwife (RM), boosting your skill set and opening the door to rewarding career options.

Throughout the course you will get a valuable mix of hands-on clinical practice and theory in both streams. Clinical placement gives you the opportunity to develop clinical skills in a range of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, maternity care, including antenatal, birthing, and post birth, paediatrics, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing. You will spend over 41 weeks across the total length of the degree in various health care settings, including hospitals and community health centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.

Students are provided with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and ethical behaviours appropriate for contemporary nursing and midwifery practice in health care. Students develop the ability to use evidence in their practice and achieve the standards expected of registered nurses and registered midwives in a variety of contexts

Health care is one of the most important priorities for populations worldwide, and nurses and midwifes play pivotal roles in delivering safe, effective health care. Nurses and midwives make up the largest health professional group in the world. As a graduate, your skills will be in demand, both in Australia and overseas. Career opportunities for nursing and midwifery graduates are diverse and there are a range of potential settings in which you could work. You may find roles in all areas of nursing, including acute care/sub-acute care, emergency, aged care paediatrics and rehabilitation; in hospitals, government departments, district health services, community health services, the education sector, businesses and private industry.


Key facts

Clearly-in ATAR 2016

Burwood: 91.40
Waterfront: 84.45
Warrnambool: 67.80


4 years full time (This course is only available full time)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waterfront (Geelong)
    • Warrnambool

Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

Key information

Award granted

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery


2017 course information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Not applicable

Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)

$6,731 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Learn more about fees.

VTAC code

1400414361 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514361 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714361 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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Entry requirements

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Prerequisite requirements for Year 12 applicants please refer to the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC),

Professional Recognition

This course is specifically designed to fulfil the registration requirements for Registered Nurse (Division 1) and the registration requirements for Registered Midwife of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Career outcomes

Both nursing and midwifery are careers rich with opportunity. As a Deakin nursing and midwifery graduate you will be highly sought-after for your nursing knowledge, communication skills, professionalism, enthusiasm, problem-solving capabilities and your ability to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused towards improving patient outcomes. After successfully completing the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery, you will be well prepared to work as a Registered Nurse and as a Midwife, and may pursue a career in a range of areas including: hospitals, homes, hospices, aged care, clinics, schools, universities, community health centres, government agencies and industries. In addition, consistent with a pregnant woman’s chosen model of care, you may work in hospital-based services as well as the community setting. It is expected that graduates will look at continuing professional development throughout their careers.

Course Structure

To complete the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery students must attain 32 credit points. Units (think of units as 'subjects') may be worth 1 or 2 credit points - check each unit for its credit point value in the course structure below. Most students choose to study 4 credit points per trimester and usually undertake two trimesters each year. All units in this course are core units (these are compulsory).

The course aims to provide graduates with a blend of knowledge, skill, and ethical behaviours appropriate to the professions of both nursing and midwifery.


Course structure for students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks and consult your course enrolment officer.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Human Structure and Function HBS109
  • Partnerships in Midwifery Care 1 HNM101
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1 HNN112
  • Quality and Safety in Health Care HNN120
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Partnerships in Midwifery Care 2 HNM102
  • Health Assessment HNN114
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2 HNN122
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Partnerships in Midwifery Care 3 HNM201
  • Quality Use of Medicines HNN215
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3 HNN227
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Understanding Health HBS107 (Trimester 1 at Level 3 at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool)
  • Collaboration in Midwifery Care HNM202
  • Mental Health and Illness HNN222
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Challenges in Infant Care HNM323
  • Community Nursing Practice HNN217 (Trimester 2 at Level 2 at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool)
  • The Older Person and Supportive Care HNN318
  • Chronic Illness and Supportive Care HNN319
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Midwifery Practice 1 HNM310
  • Understanding Research Evidence HNN108
  • Child and Adolescent Health HNN300
  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Midwifery Practice 2 HNM311
  • Complexities in Midwifery Care HNM313
  • Leadership and Clinical Governance HNN320
  • Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Issues and Trends in Midwifery Practice HNM314
  • Mental Health Promotion HNN301
  • Comprehensive Nursing Practice HNN325
  • How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Semester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC.

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    Course pathways

    Course pathways to obtain Bachelors degree include: 1. Through a Deakin Learning Centre – Study first year at DLC then transfer to online/campus study; 2. Through Deakin College – Complete one-year diploma then enter Deakin as 2nd year student; 3. Through Tafe – Complete one-year diploma, then start your Deakin Course; 4. Through the workforce – Experience in a related field?  Get credit for prior learning; 5. Through Deakin – Start a related course, then transfer to this course.

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    Through a DLC: Some courses are only available for first year and students must transfer to online or campus based study.
    Through Deakin College and TAFE: Completion of diploma and minimum academic requirements apply to enter Deakin University.
    Through Deakin: Transfers within Deakin are subject to availability and meeting minimum academic requirements.

    Alternative exits

    Am I eligible to receive credit for prior learning?

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Health - Student and Academic Services
    Tel 03 9251 7777


    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time. Clinical practicums may take place outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your responsibility.

    Work experience

    Clinical practice

    Beginning soon after commencement of the course, early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills in a variety of settings including acute/sub-acute care, medical and surgical care, midwifery, paediatrics, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing. These may be undertaken in hospitals and community health care centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.

    There is an expectation that you will be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your own responsibility.

    Fee information

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Additional course information

    In accordance with Department of Human Services policy*, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course. In accordance with the Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course. Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

    * Department of Human Services Policy on Working with Children Check and Police Records Checks can be found at:

    ** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.

    Inherent requirements

    Essential knowledge, skills and capabilities are required to undertake and successfully complete the undergraduate nursing and midwifery courses and to practice safely as a registered nurse and/or midwife. The inherent requirements of the course are listed at School of Nursing and Midwifery Undergraduate Courses: Inherent Requirements

    Offered campuses


    Just 30 minutes from the city centre, the Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin's thriving metropolitan campus.

    Geelong Waterfront

    Geelong Waterfront Campus is located in the central business district of Geelong, about an hour from Melbourne.


    Three-hours from Melbourne, our Warrnambool Campus is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches.

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