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Duration: 
4 years full time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face

Applications are not being taken at this time

Overview

Prepare for a career supporting life and bringing new life into the world. Our double degree in midwifery and nursing gives you the knowledge and skills for two distinct, in-demand professions.

Studying our Bachelor of Midwifery/Bachelor of Nursing you’ll learn the practical skills for each profession – and the healthcare knowledge common to both.

We make sure you’re job-ready when you graduate. We have workspaces and technology to simulate patient care in a safe environment. You’ll also undertake many weeks’ clinical practice, including care for individual women through pregnancy, childbirth, and post-birth.

We will teach you to understand your patients’ health needs, as well as their social need to feel safe in your care, based on:

  • up-to-date and evidence-informed health care
  • awareness and understanding of cultural safety and sensitivity with women and patients
  • woman-centred and person-centred quality care
  • development of professional relationships and workplace integration.

Nursing and midwifery complement each other perfectly, and give you choice and flexibility in your career. After graduating from this course, you’ll be able to register and practise as a registered midwife or registered nurse.

Our state-of-the-art technology lets you participate in classroom simulation learning, practising your new skills in a safe environment.

We have nursing lab facilities designed to simulate a hospital environment. You can practise your nursing and midwifery on models before you move on to real people.

Through simulation-based education (SBE), you’ll have repeated opportunities to learn in situations you might not encounter in your placements. You’ll try out your inter-professional skills, with specific and immediate feedback to help you learn quickly.

Video recording from fixed cameras helps you improve your learning through greater understanding of your approach.

You’ll graduate career-ready, having spent 25 per cent of your course working in clinical placements.

We have practical nursing-placement opportunities in over 200 clinical venues. Our strong partnerships with Western Health and Werribee Mercy Hospital give you access to acute teaching and training hospitals for nursing and midwifery students.

You’ll also meet and follow at least 10 women through:

  • pregnancy
  • childbirth
  • post-birth.

Our nursing laboratory facilities are designed to simulate a hospital environment.

Our midwifery and nursing students spend 25 per cent of the course working in clinical placements.

Careers in midwifery and nursing

Registered midwives work in hospitals, group practices and the community sector in antenatal, birthing and postnatal units.

Nursing graduates work in general practice, acute care, aged care, rehabilitation, mental health, palliative care and health education.

Many of our graduates hold nursing positions at Sunshine Hospital (Western Health) and the Royal Women’s Hospital.

Job titles

  • registered midwife / registered nurse
  • nursing manager
  • nursing educator
  • clinical nurse specialist.

Salaries

Midwives in Australia earn an average salary of A$66,700 (Job Outlook).

Registered nurses in Australia earn an average salary of A$70,000 (Job Outlook).

An in-demand profession

The nursing and midwifery professions need qualified employees. More than three-quarters (76 per cent) of nursing graduates find full-time employment within four months of graduation (GradStats).

There are currently shortages in qualified midwives in Victoria, particularly in regional areas (Department-of-Employment). In nursing, there are large demands for aged-care nurses, nurse educators and nurse managers (HealthTimes).

The number of job openings for midwives (Job Outlook), and registered nurses (Job Outlook) is expected to continue to grow over the next five years.

Become a registered nurse & midwife

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to practise as a nurse/midwife in the Australian healthcare system.

You’ll also meet the standards of midwifery and nursing practice to register with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Midwifery / Bachelor of Nursing, students will be required to complete 384 credit points of Core Midwifery and Nursing studies.

Year 1

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 2

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 3

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 4

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Utilise comprehensive health assessment of the client, including consideration of the physical, psychological, sociological, spiritual and cultural factors.  
  2. Advocate for principles of culturally sensitive woman-centred and person-centred care across the lifespan.  
  3. Adopt a wellness and preventative health approach to woman-centred and person-centred care using principles of health promotion.  
  4. Synthesise bioscience and pharmacology knowledge and apply this to midwifery and nursing practice.  
  5. Interrogate evidence relating to midwifery and nursing philosophy and practice to inform planning, implementation and evaluation of care.  
  6. Exhibit behaviours of the legal, professional, and ethical expected standards for midwifery and nursing practice.  
  7. Utilise effective and therapeutic communication skills in the healthcare context.  
  8. Reflect on their identity as a developing health professional and articulate their plan for lifelong learning.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent) will be granted advanced standing of a maximum of 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
    OR
    Completion of a non-cognate (not similar) Australian (or equivalent) Diploma or Advanced Diploma will be granted advanced standing on a case by case basis.
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English
    PLUS
    Units 3 and 4, with a study score of at least 25 in one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Physics (any) or Mathematics (any).
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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