Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud CampusNo
Length

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

Next available intakeMarch (Trimester 1)
CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017$6,731 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017Not applicable
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
Email: health-enquire@deakin.edu.au
Web: www.deakin.edu.au/health/

LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code057656M
VTAC Codes1400414361 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400514361 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400714361 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code D355

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

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).

Fees and charges

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.

Career opportunities

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 Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Apply specialised knowledge, evidence-based practice, research and scholarly activity to provide woman-centred midwifery care;

Practice in a competent and professional manner to design, implement and evaluate midwifery care based on safety and quality principles that optimize maternal and fetal/infant well-being.

Communication

Communicate effectively and respectfully with women, their families and other health care team members using clear and appropriate language and communication modes;

Use well developed communication skills to facilitate a woman’s informed decision making and to identify issues that may impact upon maternal and fetal/infant wellbeing.

Digital Literacy

Critically evaluate information located and accessed from digital technologies to inform midwifery practice and support continuing professional development;

Critical thinking

Critically evaluate information located and accessed from digital technologies to inform midwifery practice and support continuing professional development.

Problem Solving

Demonstrate problem solving skills using critical thinking, decision making and reflection in the design, implementation and evaluation of safe and quality woman-centred midwifery care.

Self-management

Promote and demonstrate professional competence through critical reflection, accountability and feedback while engaging in lifelong learning.

Teamwork

Demonstrate effective collaboration, responsible and accountable practice as a midwifery and multidisciplinary team member in the provision of safe and quality maternity care.

Global Citizenship

Apply ethical and culturally safe decision making in the provision of woman-centred care, including social, economic and ecologically sustainable considerations respectful of the diverse needs within the Australian community.

 

Course rules

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.

Units

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

HBS109Human Structure and Function

HNM101Partnerships in Midwifery Care 1

HNN112Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1

HNN120Quality and Safety in Health Care

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HNM102Partnerships in Midwifery Care 2

HNN114Health Assessment

HNN122Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HNM201Partnerships in Midwifery Care 3

HNN215Quality Use of Medicines

HNN227Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HBS107Understanding Health (Trimester 1 at Level 3 at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool)

HNM202Collaboration in Midwifery Care

HNN222Mental Health and Illness

Level 3 - Trimester 1

HNM323Challenges in Infant Care

HNN217Community Nursing Practice (Trimester 2 at Level 2 at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool)

HNN318The Older Person and Supportive Care

HNN319Chronic Illness and Supportive Care

Level 3 - Trimester 2

HNM310Midwifery Practice 1

HNN108Understanding Research Evidence

HNN300Child and Adolescent Health

Level 4 - Trimester 1

HNM311Midwifery Practice 2

HNM313Complexities in Midwifery Care

HNN320Leadership and Clinical Governance

Level 4 - Trimester 2

HNM314Issues and Trends in Midwifery Practice

HNN301Mental Health Promotion

HNN325Comprehensive 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/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.

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

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.

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.

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.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Apply through VTAC for Trimester 1.

Alternate exits

Bachelor of Nursing (H326)

Workload

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.