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Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry)

Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) (BMID)

Entry requirements
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Study mode
  • External
Campus
  • -
Duration
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
 

Overview

  • Are you a Registered Nurse (RN) looking to become a midwife? Our hands-on Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) just might be the answer. You will receive broad experience in all care contexts in accordance with ANMAC Standards, including Indigenous health and human rights.
  • Gain over 1200 hours of clinical experience during Semesters 1 and 2 within a range of settings such as hospitals, family planning clinics, community health, and home visiting.
  • Under the supervision of a registered midwife you will experience the continuity of care of a minimum of 10 women throughout their pregnancy. You will experience placements in birth suites, antenatal clinics, postnatal and neonatal units.
  • Students have the opportunity to do a rural placement, and be supported by a midwife facilitator, Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH). Find out what’s involved in the placement process and what opportunities and support USQ and SQRH offer for rural and away placements.
  • Planning on studying while you work? USQ offers flexible options for you. However, we encourage you to talk to us before applying so we can step you through the study commitments in this degree. 

Professional accreditation

The Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) program is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and upon successful completion, students will be qualified to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Career outcomes

  • All graduates are highly trained, industry ready and in demand. You will be equipped for a career as a midwife in clinics, maternity hospitals or primary care settings, family planning clinics, neonatal units and community health.

Entry requirements

  • Be a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with a bachelor degree in nursing, or equivalent. (You will be required to provide a certified copy of your Bachelor of Nursing degree, or equivalent.)
  • Provide evidence of current registration as a nurse with a Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) certificate.
  • Interview with Midwifery program representative/s and a service provider representative to demonstrate ability to commit to the requirements of the program (currently Tasmanian students only).

Satisfaction of admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Places within the Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) are limited by quota. Selection from applicants who met admission requirements will be based on ranking by GPA from previous Nursing studies. Quota size is determined by the availability of hospital placements. Where the quota is filled, no further places will be offered.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Additional requirements for placements

All students must provide the following documents prior to commencing residential schools and clinical placements:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check or evidence of registration with AHPRA
  • Australian Police Certificate
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate (CPR)
  • USQ Student Declaration
  • Queensland Health Student Orientation Checklist (Queensland students only)
  • Queensland Health Student Deed Poll (Queensland students only)
  • Queensland Health iLearn Modules (Queensland students only)
  • Completed Vaccine Preventable Evidence Form.

Plus evidence of the following immunisations:

  • Hepatitis B immunisation
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Pertussis, and Varicella immunisation
  • Tuberculosis risk assessment and Influenza immunisation.

Tasmanian students residing outside of Queensland must provide evidence of:

  • HIV and Hepatitis C of having antibodies.

Note: Students may not be allocated a placement if any of the above documents are not current. Residential schools will be conducted at the Ipswich campus or in Tasmania (only students who reside in Tasmania will attend residential schools at the Southern Simulation Centre at the Royal Hobart Hospital's Clinical School, Liverpool St, Hobart).

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

To enter this degree, you need to be a Registered Nurse with a bachelor degree in nursing, or equivalent, and with a current Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration. If you do not meet these requirements there are pathway options available to you.

Additionally, if you would like to apply to this degree using previous nursing studies, you will require a GPA of at least 4. If you would like to increase your ranking from previous nursing studies, it is recommended that you study a short postgraduate course related to midwifery.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 16
Total 16

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Clinical experience

You will need to complete clinical experience and practice the provision of maternity services to women and their families under supervision of a registered midwife. You will also undertake simulation learning during residential schools.

All students must be able to meet the physical and other professional practice placement requirements within this program.

Residential schools

Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) students must attend mandatory residential schools at USQ Ipswich or in Hobart (Tasmanian students only). You will attend nine days over three residential schools – two residential schools in February prior to Semester 1 commencement in both years of study, and one in May during Semester 1. The dates and location of the three mandatory residential schools are available from the Residential School Schedule.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 6684
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 22000

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP. 

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Apply via QTAC

Apply via QTAC (Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre) if you:

  • have never studied with USQ before, or
  • are a Year 12 student, or
  • want to transfer to USQ from another university.
Mode QTAC Codes
External 906295

Copy your QTAC code and continue through to the QTAC website to complete your application.

Apply through QTAC

If you are applying via QTAC, please check the QTAC closing dates.

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