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Bachelor of Midwifery

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

Midwives are responsible for the care of women, babies and their families during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour, birth and the early infancy period. They provide direct clinical care and support for healthy women and babies and work collaboratively with doctors and other members of a health care team when there are risks or complications.

The Bachelor of Midwifery is specifically designed to develop graduates for entry to professional midwifery practice. The course prepares graduates with skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide high quality woman-centred care through safe and effective midwifery practice in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Midwife.

Graduates are equipped to apply sound evidence-based reasoning skills to their midwifery practice; work in continuity-of-care models in partnership with women; and collaborate effectively in multidisciplinary teams to promote effective outcomes. The degree aims to produce graduates with the capability, confidence and flexibility to adapt to changes and contribute to innovation in the midwifery profession and the health care system, focusing on women and their needs through a primary health approach.

Pathway for Registered Nurses: In accordance with the admission requirements, a Registered Nurse (RN) only needs to complete the midwifery specific units, (60% of the total course, mostly part-time) in order to complete the Bachelor of Midwifery. Students do not begin midwifery placements until session 2 of year 1, but are thereafter in practice continuously except for the University break at the end of the year. Students may be able to negotiate to meet their practice requirements either partly or fully whilst in paid employment as a RN midwifery student.

For further information about midwifery, visit the School of Health and Human Sciences midwifery page.

Career opportunities

Registered midwives may practise midwifery in various capacities in public and private hospitals and community, maternity and neonatal health care settings in urban, rural and remote areas. They can practise as independent midwives, group practice midwives, clinical midwifery consultants, midwifery educators, midwifery unit managers, community midwives and researchers. Graduates from the Bachelor of Midwifery can work in any state of Australia and in New Zealand. Employment as a midwife in other countries is possible, however further country-specific advice should be sought. There is currently a shortage of graduate midwives, particularly in regional and rural Australia.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Midwifery is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and provides the necessary qualification for graduates to be eligible to register and practise as a midwife in Australia.

Professional placement

Students will be required to undertake supervised placements that will enable them to focus on woman-centred care and provide continuity of care with women across their pregnancies; attend antenatal and postnatal assessments/visits with women; provide direct care to women during labour, assist women during birth; support women and their babies with diverse needs across pregnancy, labour and birth, and the postnatal period, and experience the full scope of midwifery practice.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Before applying for this course, it is important that you understand what these requirements are. For more information please visit scu.edu.au/healthplacements

Major areas of study

The course includes studies in:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Midwifery theory and practice
  • Primary health care
  • Psychosocial sciences
  • Women’s health.

Assessment methods

Students complete a wide variety of assessment items during the course including written exams, oral exams, academic writing, clinical and practical exams.

Teaching methods

The course is underpinned by an innovative, experiential learning curriculum which will be guided by focusing on woman-centred practice and features problem-based learning. The course features a variety of clinical and community experiences, which will expose students to the varied aspects of midwifery practice resulting in graduates able to function to the full scope of contemporary midwifery practice.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you cut months or years off your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning, the University has evaluated the learning within some Australian and overseas qualifications/courses, visit SCU Pathways. If your previous study or educational institution is not listed, we still encourage you to apply for advanced standing because you might still be eligible.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Midwifery students access electronic resources, medical technology, and bioscience laboratories. The midwifery birth suites are designed to simulate childbirth environments from natural childbirth to high dependency births, using the latest technology, highly specialised equipment and anatomical simulation models.

Visit scu.edu.au/healthlabs

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Admission requirements

  1. As an alternative to Rule 2 Section 2 of the Rules Relating to Awards, applicants for admission to candidature may be selected where the applicant is a nurse who holds a Bachelor of Nursing degree, who is registered with NMBA and has current or recent practice as a registered nurse (i.e. equal to one year of full-time practice within the past 3 years).
  2. Applicants from non-English speaking backgrounds who have less than 2 years of high school education in Australia or other English speaking country must be able to demonstrate proficiency of English as required by Australian Nurses and Midwives Board i.e. an IELTS of 7.0 with a score of no less than 7.0 across each of the bands of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  3. An applicant who has completed a Certificate III qualification will not be admitted solely on the basis of this qualification.

Course requirements

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Midwifery a candidate shall successfully complete the prescribed number of units as follows:

  1. applicants admitted under Rule 2 Section 2 of the Rules Relating to Awards, will be required to complete the equivalent of 24 units comprising all units listed in Part A, all units listed in Part B and all units listed in Part C of the Schedule (288 credit points) and complete all clinical placement hours assigned to the units in which they are enrolled.
  2. registered nurse applicants admitted on the basis of Admission Requirements, clause (a), will be required to complete all units listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules (174 credit points) and complete all clinical placement hours assigned to the units in which they are enrolled. 

Advanced standing

  1. Candidates admitted under Rule 2 Section 2 may be granted advanced standing for equivalent units of study completed at university during the past 3 years. Equivalence will be based on evidence provided by the applicant which demonstrates to the Course Coordinator that the applicant has completed studies that are 70% equivalent to one or more of the units in the Bachelor of Midwifery.
  2. Candidates admitted under Admission Requirements, clause (a), will be granted advanced standing for all units listed in Part A and Part C of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules (equivalent to 114 credit points of advanced standing). This is the maximum advanced standing that is possible for a candidate who is admitted solely on the basis of being a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing degree. 

Schedule of units

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How to apply

Domestic students

International students

On-campus

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International.

Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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