Bachelor of Midwifery - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Bachelor of Midwifery

Applications for the Bachelor of Midwifery in Semester 1, 2021 are now closed.

Female midwife with mother and newborn

Support the journey of pregnancy, birth and beyond

Prepare to work as a registered midwife, giving women the necessary support and care during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.

Study location QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast 013471
Minimum selection threshold
ATAR - 98.00 Rank - 98
USC program code
SC393
Commence
Semester 1
Duration
3 years full time or equivalent part time
Recommended prior study
English; General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics; at least one science subject
Other requirements
All applicants must either be able to declare that English is their primary language (ie they have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English. At least two years of this education must have been between grades 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one of the following countries:  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, or United States of America.); or they must attain an Academic IELTS score of at least 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest (obtained within two years prior to the commencement of the program). For more information visit English language requirements.
Total courses
23
Total units
288

Prepare to work as a registered midwife, giving women the necessary support and care during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period.

In this program, you’ll gain a strong understanding of the social, cultural, spiritual, psychological and physical experiences of women to provide quality maternity care. You’ll study holistic assessment in midwifery; the nature of woman-centred midwifery practice; midwifery care across the childbearing continuum; legal and ethical requirements; bioscience and anatomy and physiology; research and evidenced based practice.

In this program you will:

  • Learn how to provide woman-centred, evidence-based care to women and their families
  • Learn midwifery skills in a simulated environment with state-of-the-art technology
  • Gain practical experience through placements at clinics, maternity services, and private midwifery practices
  • Engage with 10 women across the continuum of care, from antenatal visits, to labour and birth, and postnatal visits
  • Learn from dedicated midwives, educators, and researchers

During the program, in addition to 10 continuity of care experiences, you will complete a minimum of 700 midwifery practice hours. In some cases, additional practice hours may be undertaken to complete all the Midwifery Practice Experiences required for the program.

Students who are Registered Nurses in Australia with a degree in Nursing are eligible to apply for credit to follow the Registered Nurse Pathway. Students who wish to apply for the RN Pathway must submit an application for credit transfer, including their Nursing academic transcript and evidence of current RN registration with AHPRA.

Post-admission requirements

Before undertaking clinical placement, students must obtain and maintain a current first aid and CPR certificate, provide evidence of hepatitis B and a number of other immunisations, undergo a criminal history check and obtain a Blue Card. Refer to clinical placement details for more information.

Program special requirements

Students who meet the following criteria are required to take the Clinical Connections module before they can commence in a clinical placement course in any given year of study:

  • Those who have passed a preparation for practice course but subsequently failed the clinical placement course.
  • Those who have transferred from another university with credit for a preparation for practice course but not the clinical placement course.
  • Those who have taken a break from their study for two or more consecutive semesters (including students transferring from another university with credit).

Completion of the Clinical Connections module formalises reintroduction to theory and supported practice, and ensures that students can proceed to clinical placement and meet NMBA professional standards relevant to practice at their level of study.

Career opportunities
  • Registered midwife in hospital or community settings, metropolitan, rural and remote locations or private practice midwife, midwifery educator and researcher.
Membership

Australian College of Midwives.

Registration

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration a midwife in Australia with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, which is a Board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has a number of registration standards that graduates must demonstrate in order to be eligible for registration. For example, graduates must demonstrate English language skills at IELTS level 7, with 7 in all subtests, or equivalent before being considered for professional registration. For full details of the AHPRA Registration Standards, visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

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