Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery

Undergraduate degree

Develop specialist skills in midwifery and nursing with a Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery at Deakin University. Learn more about the course here.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7 with no individual band score less than 7 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

4 years full time

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Join one of the strongest growth areas within the health sector with Deakin's Bachelor of Nursing /Bachelor of Midwifery. Secure your future career, with midwifery job opportunities expected to grow by 21.6% by 2026^. Graduate with the knowledge, skills, and ethical understanding needed to become a successful registered nurse and midwife. Developed in consultation with our healthcare partners, ensuring you’re always connected to those at the forefront of the industry, the course prepares you to provide high quality woman-centred midwifery care and patient-centred nursing care.

The course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, enabling clear career outcomes upon graduation. Clinical placements are undertaken in various metropolitan, regional, and rural healthcare settings and provide an opportunity to care for people from diverse cultural backgrounds in a range of health care settings, enabling application of knowledge and further development of technical and non-technical skills.

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

Under the supervision of registered nurses and midwives, you will gain real-world experience by working within multidisciplinary healthcare teams across areas including:

  • maternity care, including pregnancy, birthing and post-natal
  • neonatal special care
  • paediatrics
  • acute/sub-acute care
  • medical and surgical care
  • aged care
  • rehabilitation
  • community nursing
  • mental health nursing

Clinical placements begin in Trimester 1 of your first year and continue throughout every trimester of the course with a total of over 40 weeks duration. 

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

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 2022 

^2021 Employment Outlook - for the five years to November 2026, Australian Government National Skills Commission??? 

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Course information

Award granted

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery

Year

2023 course information

VTAC code
1400414363 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400514363 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
1400714363 - Warrnambool, International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
D355
CRICOS code?
057656M Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Level
Undergraduate
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.

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.

Burwood and Waterfront Campus

Course structure for students who commenced in 2022 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2022 should refer to previous online Handbooks or contact a Student Adviser in Student Central.

Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1
  • Quality and Safety in Health Care 1
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Care of the Child and Adolescent
  • Person-Centred Health Assessment
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2
  • Partnerships in Midwifery 1: Pregnancy Care
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Quality Use of Medicines
  • Acute Illness and Supportive Care
  • Partnerships in Midwifery 2: Labour and Birth Care
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' History, Culture and Health
  • Mental Health and Supportive Care
  • Partnerships in Midwifery 3: Postnatal Care
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Chronic Illness and Supportive Care
  • Complex Midwifery Care
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Neonatal Challenges in Midwifery Practice
  • Quality and Safety: Midwifery Practice 1
  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Primary Health Care
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Quality and Safety: Midwifery Practice 2
  • Emergency Midwifery Care
  • Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Quality and Safety in Health Care 2
  • Quality and Safety: Comprehensive Nursing Practice
  • Contemporary Midwifery Practice
  • Warrnambool Campus

    Course structure for students who commenced in 2022 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2022 should refer to previous online Handbooks and consult your course enrolment officer.

    Level 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 1
  • Quality and Safety in Health Care 1
  • Level 1 - Trimester 2

  • Care of the Child and Adolescent
  • Person-Centred Health Assessment
  • Quality and Safety: Nursing Practice 2
  • Partnerships in Midwifery 1: Pregnancy Care
  • Level 2 - Trimester 1

  • Primary Health Care
  • Mental Health and Supportive Care
  • Partnerships in Midwifery 2: Labour and Birth Care
  • Level 2 - Trimester 2

  • Quality Use of Medicines
  • Acute Illness and Supportive Care
  • Partnerships in Midwifery 3: Postnatal Care
  • Level 3 - Trimester 1

  • Chronic Illness and Supportive Care
  • Complex Midwifery Care
  • Level 3 - Trimester 2

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Neonatal Challenges in Midwifery Practice
  • Quality and Safety: Midwifery Practice 1
  • Level 4 - Trimester 1

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' History, Culture and Health
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Quality and Safety: Midwifery Practice 2
  • Emergency Midwifery Care
  • Level 4 - Trimester 2

  • Quality and Safety in Health Care 2
  • Quality and Safety: Comprehensive Nursing Practice
  • Contemporary Midwifery Practice
  • 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

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool

    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

    Clinical practice

    Clinical placements are conducted throughout your course beginning in Trimester 1 of your first year. This early exposure to the clinical environment gives you extensive opportunities to develop clinical skills under the supervision of registered nurses and registered midwives and enables you to experience being part of a multidisciplinary health care team. You will gain 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 include all areas of midwifery practice, including pregnancy care, labour and birth, postnatal care and neonatal special 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.

    Course duration - additional information

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Department of Health Safety Screening Requirements - Police Record Check, Working With Children Check and Immunisation Status

    Police Record Check

    In accordance with the Department of Health policy, all students are required to undertake a Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.
    Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

    Working with Children Check

    In accordance with the Worker Screening Act 2020, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain 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.

    Immunisation

    Students are 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.

    Workload

    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.

    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 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.

    Inherent requirements

    A number of inherent requirements are essential to safely perform the skills and functions of the nursing and midwifery role and consequently to undertake and successfully complete the course. Learn more about the School of Nursing and Midwifery's Undergraduate Courses Inherent Requirements.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    English language requirements 

    ANMAC additional English language proficiency requirements

    In addition to meeting the Deakin English language requirement, it is an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) accreditation requirement that applicants meet the English Language requirements of the ANMAC Accreditation Standards leading to initial registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) at commencement of their course. These requirements include a self- declaration that English is their primary language, evidence of achievement of the minimum English language test result as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) English language skills registration standard or hold current registration with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APRHA) as an Enrolled Nurse or Registered Nurse.

    Nursing English Language Requirements Self-Declaration

    VTAC applicants will be provided with this information via the VTAC application process.

    Applicants applying directly to Deakin are required to complete and submit the Deakin University Nursing English Language Requirements Self-Declaration form with their online course application via the applicant portal.

    Primary language

    NMBA requirement is that English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one or more of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    English language test

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests and meet the requirements for test results specified in the NMBA English language skills registration standard:

    - ELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band less than 7.0);

    - OET: minimum score of B in each of the four bands;

    - TOEFL iBT: minimum overall score of 94 (with minimum score of 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking)

    - PTE Academic: minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 65)

    Applicants can obtain further information about the Registration Standards

     

    General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate course requirements.

    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

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Normal University regulations and guidelines will pertain to students who apply for Recognition of Prior Learning. The Deakin University policy on Recognition of Prior Learning states that students will be provided with the maximum credit for relevant approved post-secondary study, or informal learning, which exceeds the normal entry requirements for the relevant course. This may include previous completed or incomplete degrees, diplomas and TAFE awards.

    In all cases, credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with a maximum credit granted being consistent with University policy (Deakin University, Recognition of Prior Learning policy and procedure, July 2003) and the guidelines for Recognition of Prior Learning as approved by the NMBA.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    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

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    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

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

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Nursing and midwifery are careers rich with opportunity, you will be highly sought after by industry for your knowledge, critical thinking, problems solving and communication skills, professionalism, and the ability to provide woman-centred and person-centred evidence-based care – which is why we are proud to record a high graduate employment rate of over 93%*.

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

    • 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 practice areas available, it is expected that graduates will maintain professional development throughout their careers. This may include postgraduate degrees and/or research degrees, including masters and PhDs.

    * Graduate Outcomes Survey 2021

    Professional recognition

    On successful completion of your course, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse and Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    The NMBA has mandatory registration standards that applicants need to meet to be registered. Course completion is one of these requirements. Core registration standards are available on the NMBA website.

    This course is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and is an NMBA approved course.

    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.

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Bachelor of Nursing

     

    Thinks critically, analyses evidence and evaluates outcomes to inform quality nursing practice.

    GLO4: Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment

    Foster effective therapeutic and professional relationships to ensure safe and quality care across the lifespan.

    GLO2: Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

    GLO7: Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds

    Self-manage behaviours to develop and maintain critical nursing knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure capability for practice in self and others.

    GLO6: Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

    Apply nursing knowledge and capability in accordance with legal and ethical requirements to deliver comprehensive, holistic, culturally appropriate, evidence based, safe and quality care.

    GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

    GLO5: Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems

    Use digital technologies in healthcare to locate, interpret and disseminate information and deliver quality and safe patient care.

    GLO3: Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

    Bachelor of Midwifery

     

    Practice midwifery that is underpinned by the philosophy of woman-centred care.

    GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

    GLO2: Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

    Critically engage in a process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation to provide evidence-based, safe and quality care to optimise outcomes in partnership with the woman.

    GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

    GLO3: Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

    GLO4: Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

    GLO5: Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

    Be a reflective lifelong learner who is cognisant of, and actively develops and maintains their midwifery knowledge, skills and mindsets required for contemporary midwifery practice.

    GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

    GLO3: Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

    GLO4: Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

    GLO5: Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

    GLO6: Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

    Develop sustainable, respectful partnerships that are built on collaboration, mutual trust, respect and cultural safety.

    GLO2: Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

    GLO8: Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context, and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

    Foster effective professional relationships to ensure safe and quality care.

    GLO2: Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

    GLO6: Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

    GLO7: Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

    GLO8: Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context, and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as diverse communities and cultures in a global context.