ATAR:
Lowest selection rank*: 77.90
*Offers made in 2020. More about ATAR
Duration: 
4 years full time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Blended
Face to Face
Start date:
22 February 2021
Application due dates:

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.

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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

Use Job Outlook to find average salaries in Australia:

An in-demand profession

The nursing and midwifery professions need qualified employees.

There are currently regional shortages of midwives in most states (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 and registered nurses is expected to continue to grow over the next five years (Job Outlook).

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 are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

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 for this course: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

Fee type definitions

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
  • Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

To calculate the total cost of your course either use our fee calculator, or:

  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.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of any Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in any other English other than EAL.
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Health and Human Development or Psychology.
Please ALSO refer to ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section regarding English language skills registration standard for domestic students.

Subject adjustments

A study score of 35 in English (EAL) equals 5 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in English other than EAL equals 5 aggregate points per study. A study score of 25 in Biology, Chemistry, Health And Human Development, any Mathematics, Physics or Psychology equals 5 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 20 points.

ATAR profile

VTAC course code: 4301310681

Campus: St Albans

ATAR profile of people who received an offer for the Bachelor of Midwifery/Bachelor of Nursing in 2020.
  ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors)
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Highest rank to receive an offer 80.90 91.35
Median rank to receive an offer 69.35 82.70
Lowest rank to receive an offer 64.40 77.90

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent) in Health Science or Nursing.
Please ALSO refer to ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section regarding English language skills registration standard for domestic students.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Completion of at least one semester of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent) in Health Science or Nursing.
Please ALSO refer to ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section regarding English language skills registration standard for domestic students.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
PLUS:
Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of any Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or 25 in English (or equivalent) other than EAL.
AND:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Health and Human Development or Psychology.
Please ALSO refer to ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section regarding English language skills registration standard for domestic students.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Additional information

Police check: Students must complete a National Police Records check prior to undertaking hospital/agency placements on an annual basis.

Working with Children Check: Students must complete a Working with Children Check prior to undertaking clinical placements.

Health status: Students must be prepared to declare their fitness for practice and immunization status prior to undertaking hospital/agency placements.

A Clinical Placement fee applies in all situations where the student is enrolled in a unit with a clinical placement component and/or has been provided with a clinical placement opportunity and fails to meet minimum standards for external placement, this can include late cancellations, failure to attend, student and professional misconduct, failure to provide mandatory documentation, regardless if the student discontinues prior to the enrolled Census Date. For placement fee details relevant to your course refer to https://www.vu.edu.au/current-students/your-course/fees/additional-fees-....

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ALL DOMESTIC STUDENTS ON NURSING AND MIDWIFERY BOARD OF AUSTRALIA (NMBA) ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS REGISTRATION STANDARDS
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the NMBA English language skills registration standard. Proof of this English language competency can be achieved via ONE of the following three pathways:

Primary Language Pathway
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their primary language is English and they have satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed in English in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America, including at least two years between years 7 and 12.

Extended Education Pathway
Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have satisfactorily completed three years (full-time equivalent) of education taught and assessed in English, in either Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America.
Note: It is a requirement of the NMBA English language skills registration standard, for registration as an Enrolled Nurse via this pathway, that five years (full-time equivalent) continuous education in total is completed.

English Language Test Pathway
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 NMBA’s English language skills registration standard:
• IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band less than 7.0); OR
• OET: minimum score of B in each of the four bands; OR
• TOEFL iBT: minimum overall score of 94 (with minimum score of 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking) OR
• PTE (A): minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less

Pathways & credits

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.

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

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Find out more about applying for our courses.

Apply through VTAC

Apply through VTAC if any of the following apply to you:

  • you are applying for more than one course
  • you are completing Year 12 in 2020
  • you have an existing VTAC application to study in 2021

VTAC course code: 4301310681

VTAC late applications are due 6 November 2020.

Apply via VTAC

Special Entry Access Scheme

You can apply for consideration of your life circumstances during the application process by submitting a VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application.

Apply direct to VU

Apply directly to VU if any of the following apply to you:

  • you are a current VU student
  • you are only applying for this course and are not completing Year 12 in 2020

Direct applications are due on 14 February 2021 for our next intake which starts on 22 February 2021.

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