Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery
Course summary for local students
|Year||2015 course information|
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery
|Campus||Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool|
4 years full time (This course is only available full time)
|Next available intake||March (Trimester 1)|
|Indicative annual fee 2015||$6,422* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
|CRICOS course code||057656M|
|VTAC Codes||1400414361 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)|
1400514361 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714361 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
|Deakin course code||D355|
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
- Course overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Career opportunities
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- How to apply
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.
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.
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).
Fees and charges
Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.
* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.
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.
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.
|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|
|HNM102||Partnerships in Midwifery Care 2|
|HNN122||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2|
|HNM201||Partnerships in Midwifery Care 3|
|HNN215||Quality Use of Medicines|
|HNN227||Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3|
|HNM202||Collaboration in Midwifery Care|
|HNN222||Mental Health and Illness|
|HNM323||Challenges in Infant Care|
|HNN217||Community Nursing Practice|
|HNN318||The Older Person and Supportive Care|
|HNN319||Chronic Illness and Supportive Care|
|HNM310||Midwifery Practice 1|
|HNN108||Understanding Research Evidence|
|HNN300||Child and Adolescent Health|
|HNM311||Midwifery Practice 2|
|HNM313||Complexities in Midwifery Care|
|HNN320||Leadership and Clinical Governance|
|HNM314||Primary Midwifery Practice|
|HNN301||Mental Health Promotion|
|HNN325||Comprehensive Nursing Practice|
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/facs/bdb/fmu/service-agreement/4.departmental-policies-procedures-and-initiatives/4.6-safety-screening-referee-checks-police-record-check-and-working-with-children-check
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012.
Entry requirements - general
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.
Entry requirements - specific
Prerequisite requirements for Year 12 applicants please refer to the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), http://www.vtac.edu.au/
Credit for prior learning - general
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. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
How to apply
Applications for campus and Cloud (online) study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).