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 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Primary Midwifery Practice
  • Mental Health Promotion
  • Comprehensive Nursing Practice
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery

    Year

    2021 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
    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.

    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

    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

    Inherent requirements

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

    Working with Children Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid Working with Children (WWC) Check prior to undertaking professional placements as part of this course. Learn more about working with children checks.

    Police Record Check

    Applicants will be required to hold a valid National Police Record Check for professional placements as part of this course.  Learn more about the National Police Record Check.

    Immunisations

    Prior to commencing clinical placements students are expected to provide evidence of current immunisation status.

    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. 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: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/key-dates.

    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

    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

    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 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 Standard at:http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx

     

    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

    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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    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

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made 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. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    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.

    Why choose Deakin

    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).

    Notes:

    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.

    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 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.

    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.