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

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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

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

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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.


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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

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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.

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Course structure

Level 1
Trimester 1

HBS107 Understanding Health  

HBS109 Human Structure and Function  

HNN112 Principles of Nursing Care  

HNN120 The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 1  


Trimester 2

HNM111 Introduction to Midwifery Practice  

HNN114 Health Assessment  

HNN122 Nursing Management and Interventions 1  

Level 2

Trimester 1
HNM213 The Woman During Pregnancy  

HNN215 Quality Use of Medicines in Nursing  

HNN227 Nursing Management and Interventions 2  


Trimester 2

HNM214 The Woman During Labour and Birth  

HNN217 Nursing in Community Settings  

HNN222 Mental Health Nursing  

Level 3

Trimester 1

HBS108 Health Information and Data  

HNM216 The Woman and Newborn Infant  

HNN318 Nursing Management of the Older Person  

HNN319 Nursing Management of Chronic Illness  


Trimester 2

HNM226 Midwifery Practice 1  

HNM312 Challenges in Maternity Care  

HNN300 Child and Adolescent Nursing  

Level 4
Trimester 1
HNM311 Midwifery Practice 2  

HNM323 Challenges in Infant Care  

HNN320 The Discipline of Nursing: Contemporary Issues and Trends 2  


Trimester 2

HNM314 Issues and Trends in Midwifery Practice  

HNN301 Mental Health Promotion  

HNN325 Comprehensive Nursing Management and Interventions  


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