Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery

Undergraduate degree

This unique undergraduate degree increases your skillset and career options by providing both Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife qualifications.

Over 95% of students employed soon after graduating*

Top 5 for nursing in Australia^

800+ hours of clinical experience

Key facts


Lowest selection rank


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

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Midwives play an invaluable role in facilitating childbirth and caring for mothers and babies throughout pregnancy, labour and beyond. With Deakin’s combined Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery, you’ll graduate ready to gain registration as both a nurse and a midwife, opening the door to a truly rewarding and diverse career. Deakin graduates are highly sought-after for their ability to provide quality person-centred, evidence-based care, focused towards improving client outcomes.

Throughout this four-year course you will engage in experiential learning in our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centres, along with our extensive clinical placement program. Involving over 40 weeks of real-world experience, clinical placements enable you to develop skills in a range of areas and settings, including hospitals and community health centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas.

Aspiring to enter the health care sector with the confidence to succeed as both a nurse and a midwife?

Gain a valuable mix of hands-on clinical practice and theory with a nursing and midwifery school that’s ranked in the top 1% of universities globally.* As one of the most research-active schools in Australia, our School of Nursing and Midwifery boasts some of the best facilities and resources available. Equipment and facilities include:

  • cardiac monitoring devices
  • disposable dressing packs
  • high-fidelity human-patient simulators
  • resuscitation trolleys
  • wall oxygen and suction.

Plus, our clinical placement program gives you the opportunity to develop skills in a range of areas, such as:

  • maternity care, including antenatal, birthing and post-natal
  • neonatal care
  • Paediatrics
  • acute/sub-acute care
  • medical and surgical care
  • aged care
  • Rehabilitation
  • community nursing
  • mental health nursing.

You will be provided with the tools necessary to obtain the knowledge, skills and ethical behaviours appropriate for contemporary nursing and midwifery practice in health care. You’ll also gain real-world experience by spending approximately half of your degree on clinical placement in various healthcare settings.

With help from our industry leading academics, you’ll develop the ability to bring your practical knowledge to life when you begin your nursing practice. These competencies will ensure you achieve the standards expected of registered nurses and registered midwives in a variety of contexts.

As a nurse and midwife, you’ll be part of the largest health professional group in the world. This means your skills will be in-demand, both in Australia and overseas.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020

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Course structure

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.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.


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

  • Academic Integrity HAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology HBS109
  • Partnerships in Midwifery Care 1 HNM101
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1 HNN112
  • Quality and Safety in Health Care HNN120
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Partnerships in Midwifery Care 2 HNM102
  • Health Assessment HNN114
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2 HNN122
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Partnerships in Midwifery Care 3 HNM201
  • Quality Use of Medicines HNN215
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 3 HNN227
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Understanding Health HBS107 (Trimester 1 at Level 3 at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool)
  • Collaboration in Midwifery Care HNM202
  • Mental Health and Illness HNN222
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Challenges in Infant Care HNM323
  • Community Nursing Practice HNN217 (Trimester 2 at Level 2 at Waterfront (Geelong) and Warrnambool)
  • The Older Person and Supportive Care HNN318
  • Chronic Illness and Supportive Care HNN319
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Midwifery Practice 1 HNM310
  • Understanding Research Evidence HNN108
  • Child and Adolescent Health HNN300
  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Midwifery Practice 2 HNM311
  • Complexities in Midwifery Care HNM313
  • Leadership and Clinical Governance HNN320
  • Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Primary Midwifery Practice HNM314
  • Mental Health Promotion HNN301
  • Comprehensive Nursing Practice HNN325
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery


    2020 course information

    VTAC code
    1400414361 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400514361 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    1400714361 - Warrnambool, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    CRICOS code?
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing clinical placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    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 Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their 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 are also 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.

    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


    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This may 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.

    Participation requirements

    The course involves compulsory clinical placement totalling 41 weeks. The midwifery component consists of 21 weeks in midwifery settings across Victoria. The nursing component consists of 20 weeks in hospitals and community health centres in metropolitan, rural and regional areas. 

    These placements may require travel to rural areas. Placement may occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks listed here.

    Placement can occur at any time, including during the standard holiday breaks listed here:

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    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, paediatrics, aged care, rehabilitation, community nursing and mental health nursing. Midwifery clinical experiences includes all areas of midwifery practice, including pregnancy care, labour and birth, postnatal care and neonatal care. 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.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent


    • Certificate IV in a related discipline or


    • Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of Diploma in a related discipline or


    • Successful completion of relevant study – equivalent to at least two Deakin University units – at an accredited higher education institution


    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including Foundation program approved by Faculty Board, or relevant work or life experience.

    Applicants should have successfully completed a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you're from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements.

    You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.

    Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    Not applicable
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $7,130 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    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 Recognition of 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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.

    How to apply

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery with our pathways finder.

    This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888


    Why choose Deakin

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    800+ hours of clinical experience

    Gain international perspectives through overseas study

    Top 28 for nursing worldwide^

    Accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council

    Career outcomes

    Nursing and midwifery is a career rich with opportunity. As a Deakin graduate, you will be highly sought-after for the many transferable skills you will obtain, such as:

    • nursing and midwifery skills
    • health sector knowledge
    • critical thinking and problem solving
    • communication
    You will enter the world of nursing and midwifery with the ability to provide high-quality, person-centred and evidence-based care focused on improving patient outcomes.

    As a registered nurse and registered midwife, you can pursue a global career in a range of work settings, such as:

    • maternity services
    • acute care/sub-acute care
    • emergency
    • paediatrics
    • neonatal care
    • rehabilitation
    • community health centres
    • hospitals
    • homes
    • hospices
    • aged care settings
    • clinics
    • schools
    • universities
    • government agencies and private industries.

    Nursing and midwifery are diverse professions with a number of specialty areas available. We encourage you to look at continuing professional development throughout your career; this may include postgraduate degrees and/or research degrees, including masters and PhDs

    Professional recognition

    On successful completion of your 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).


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

    This course is currently accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and is an NMBA approved course at the date of publishing.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    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 foetal/infant well-being.


    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 foetal/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.


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


    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.


    *Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2018 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) (2016-2017)
    ^QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

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