Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery
Course summary for current students
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 chance 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’ll 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.
This course is specifically designed to fulfil the registration standard requirements for registered nurse (Division 1) and the registration standard requirements for registered midwife of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
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 core competencies 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 is a range of settings. 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.
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: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/our-organisation/careers/applying-for-a-job/application-process/step-4-safety-screening-checks
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.
Fees and charges
All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students
Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.
2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students
Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:
|Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*||Domestic Fee Paying||International Fee Paying|
The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.
* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are
indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016
CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms
legislation is passed.
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 consists of 32 credit points of study which includes the following:
- 3 credit points are course grouped for both nursing and midwifery
- 18 credit points are specific to nursing
- 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 you will be available to undertake clinical practicum outside of trimester dates. All expenses associated with clinical placements are your responsibility.
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
|HBS109||Human Structure and Function |
|HNM101||Partnerships in Midwifery Care 1 |
|HNN112||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1 |
|HNN120||Quality and Safety in Health Care |
Level 1 - Trimester 2
|HNM102||Partnerships in Midwifery Care 2 |
|HNN122||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2 |
Level 2 - Trimester 1
|HNM201||Partnerships in Midwifery Care 3 |
|HNN215||Quality Use of Medicines |
|HNN227||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3 |
Level 2 - Trimester 2
|HBS107||Understanding Health (Trimester 1 at Level 3 at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool)|
|HNM202||Collaboration in Midwifery Care |
|HNN222||Mental Health and Illness |
Level 3 - Trimester 1
|HNM323||Challenges in Infant Care |
|HNN217||Community Nursing Practice (Trimester 2 at Level 2 at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool)|
|HNN318||The Older Person and Supportive Care |
|HNN319||Chronic Illness and Supportive Care |
Level 3 - Trimester 2
|HNN108||Understanding Research Evidence |
|HNN300||Child and Adolescent Health |
Level 4 - Trimester 1
|HNM313||Complexities in Midwifery Care |
|HNN320||Leadership and Clinical Governance |
Level 4 - Trimester 2
|HNM314||Issues and Trends in Midwifery Practice |
|HNN325||Comprehensive Nursing Practice |