Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery

Course summary for current students

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Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)No

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

CRICOS course code057656M
Deakin course codeD355

Course is under review and may be subject to change.

Course structure for students who commenced in 2010 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2010 must discuss their course structure with the campus enrolment officer.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The combined course of Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery is designed to provide specialist skills related to midwifery in addition to those of a Registered Nurse. Graduates are highly sought after for their ability to provide person-centred, evidence-based care of high quality, focused toward improving client outcomes.

Students may elect to exit the combined program and complete the Bachelor of Nursing requirements only.

Clinical practice

Beginning soon after commencement of the course, early exposure to the clinical environment gives students 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. Students will spend over 42 weeks in various health care settings, including hospitals and community health centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.

Professional recognition

On successful completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse and as a Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Note: the NMBA has registration requirements that must be met in order to register. Course completion is one of these requirements.

Note: These courses are currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and are an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.

Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children check

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.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.

Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units undertaken
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery consists of thirty two (32) credit points of study. Three (3) credit points of units are course grouped for both nursing and midwifery; eighteen (18) credit points are specific to nursing and eleven (11) credit points are specific to midwifery. The course aims to provide graduates with a blend of knowledge, skill, and ethical behaviours appropriate to the professions of both nursing and midwifery.

There is an expectation that students be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are the responsibility of the student.

Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HNN112Principles of Nursing Care

HNN120The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 1

Trimester 2

HNM111Introduction to Midwifery Practice

HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Nursing Management and Interventions 1

Level 2

Trimester 1
HNM213The Woman During Pregnancy

HNN215Quality Use of Medicines in Nursing

HNN227Nursing Management and Interventions 2

Trimester 2

HNM214The Woman During Labour and Birth

HNN217Nursing in Community Settings

HNN222Mental Health Nursing

Level 3
Trimester 1

HBS108Health Information and Data

HNM216The Woman and Newborn Infant

HNN318Nursing Management of the Older Person

HNN319Nursing Management of Chronic Illness

Trimester 2

HNM226Midwifery Practice 1

HNM312Challenges in Maternity Care

HNN300Child and Adolescent Nursing

Level 4
Trimester 1
HNM311Midwifery Practice 2

HNM323Challenges in Infant Care

HNN320The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 2

Trimester 2

HNM314Issues and Trends in Midwifery Practice

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HNN325Comprehensive Nursing Management and Interventions


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