Discover the nursing and midwifery course for you
Our courses are designed in collaboration with healthcare partners, ensuring your learning is based on current practice. You also have the option to tailor your career outcomes with a combined degree or to pursue senior roles through flexible, specialist postgraduate study. Not sure what course you want to study? We’ve got you covered, explore our disciplines within nursing and midwifery.
Undergraduate (your first degree)
An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.
Postgraduate (further study)
A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.
Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)
Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.
Join the #1 Victorian university for course satisfaction
You can confidently choose Deakin. We teach across a diverse range of disciplines, equipping you with core nursing skills while also preparing postgraduate students to pursue senior roles with specialist knowledge.
Want a nursing or midwifery degree that will make you work-ready?
Be ready to meet the high demand for registered nurses and midwives. At Deakin, you’ll gain the confidence and skills to provide high-quality patient care across a range of settings.
Start your clinical placements from your first year of undergraduate study and gain 800 plus hours of experience while you study. In many of our postgraduate courses, you’ll continue to gain clinical experience in specialist roles.
Learn in advanced facilities
At all campuses, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art equipment in our advanced clinical simulation centres. Replicating real healthcare settings, you’ll be challenged by simulated scenarios that will build your confidence as a nurse or midwife.
Take advantage of outstanding job growth
There is strong current demand for nurses and midwives across Australia, with job growth on track to exceed government forecasts. Over the next five years, there is strong projected growth across the following roles, according to Australian Government employment projections.*
- 40,000 jobs for registered nurses
- 2500 jobs for nurse managers
- 2300 jobs for midwives
- 900 jobs for nurse educators and researchers.
We'll prepare you to become professionally recognised and be ready for the next step in your dream career with our accredited courses.
- All our midwifery degrees are accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
- If you complete our Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse and a Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
- If you complete our Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Midwife with the NMBA.
- Our undergraduate nursing courses are accredited by ANMAC and are approved by NMBA.
- Upon graduation you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse with the NMBA.
- Our Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association and is the first step on the path towards becoming a Credentialled Diabetes Educator.
What I have enjoyed most is the clinical placements and simulations as it has really shown me what this career could look like for me.
Bachelor of Nursing
World-class teaching experiences
Our School of Nursing and Midwifery is one of the largest in Australia. You’ll learn from experienced academics who are committed to supporting you in gaining the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to meet the challenges of a dynamic healthcare system. Join the #1 university in Victoria for undergraduate nursing and midwifery student experience.#
Study with the best
Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery is ranked #16 in the world – a testament to the quality of our courses and research. This ranking is based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.
Benefit from partnerships
We partner with healthcare organisations across Victoria, providing you a wide range of locations to nominate for your placement. These partnerships also ensure that all coursework is industry informed and have led to a range of innovative clinical learning models.
Research with us
Our research is conducted through our Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research and in partnership with several major healthcare providers. Our cutting-edge research is recognised as well above world standard.**
Want to explore more?
How to become a midwife: your study options
Want to become a midwife? There’s more than one pathway to midwifery at Deakin. Learn how long it will take and which option will best suits your career goals.
What really happens on nursing placement?
Discover how completing a placement as part of your nursing degree prepares you with the real-world skills for a successful and rewarding career.
*National Skills Commission, Employment Projections 2021-2026
^QILT, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-2022
#2022 Student Experience Survey, QILT
**Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2015-2018
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.