School of Nursing and Midwifery

Ranked #16 in the world for nursing

Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery is ranked #16 in the world for nursing. Our courses are designed in collaboration with healthcare partners and our research focuses on improving health care quality and patient safety.

Celebrating over 35 years of delivering nursing and midwifery courses

At the School of Nursing and Midwifery, you’ll learn how to apply your skills on professional experience placements and in our nursing simulation centres – great preparation for your chosen nursing or midwifery career.

Specialise in the nursing field of your choice

We offer courses across a broad range of nursing disciplines, including clinical leadership, cardiac care nursing, critical care nursing, diabetes education, emergency care nursing, intensive care nursing, midwifery and perioperative nursing.

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Students can be confident that they are receiving a world-class education that enables them to be job ready and in demand upon graduation. Key nurses, midwives, clinicians and researchers inform the courses and ensure learning experiences are modern and evidence-based, providing best practice healthcare.

Professor Nikki Phillips

Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery

Get the experience you need on a nursing professional experience placement

Extensive professional experience placement hours are embedded within many of our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, allowing you to work in real healthcare settings from your very first trimester of undergraduate study. Our strong network of partners gives you access to a wide variety of clinical learning experiences.

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Learn in nursing clinical simulation centres

Learn in nursing clinical simulation centres

Learn in our state-of-the-art, purpose-built clinical simulation centres at our Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront and Warrnambool campuses. They contain purpose-built, flexible learning spaces and simulated clinical settings that provide a safe, supportive and realistic environment for you to develop core clinical nursing and midwifery skills.

Deakin is ranked #16 nursing school in the world

Our school was established in 1987 and has grown to be one of the largest nursing schools in Australia. We are ranked #16 in the world for nursing* and our school’s research is recognised as well above world standard^ with a focus on improving health care quality and patient safety, through the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety.

What it’s like to study nursing at Deakin

What it’s like to study nursing at Deakin

Find out how Deakin’s Professor Lauren McTier became a nurse and then moved into mentoring and teaching – now our Deputy Head of School and Associate Head Teaching and Learning. Lauren gives us an insight into how Deakin has been able to maintain an excellent reputation here and overseas in the nursing field.

Meet our expert nursing and midwifery staff

As a student or researcher, you’ll learn from and collaborate with staff who are well recognised for their contributions to the field. Our academics and researchers bring a wealth of clinical experience to their work, ensuring what we do is informed by real-world nursing and midwifery practice.

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Thinking about doing a higher degree by research?

We have a strong research culture and a proud history of applying findings to clinical practice, education programs and healthcare policy. Our nursing and midwifery research is conducted through our Centre for Quality and Patient Safety. You’ll benefit from access to a range of hospitals and healthcare agencies through our well-established clinical partnership network.

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Our partnerships

Deakin partners with a wide network of health care organisations for both professional experience placement and research opportunities. Find out about our professional experience placement partners and the strong research partnerships we have in our clinical partnership network.


*2023 ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects
^Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Contact us

If you have any questions about nursing or midwifery courses or research, please contact us.

+61 3 9251 7777

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