Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery

Information valid for students commencing in 2012.

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Postgraduate Diplomas.

Applicants must be registered as a nurse in Australia, and:

  • have completed to an appropriate standard a bachelor degree in a health related field at this or another university; or

  • have completed qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above; or

  • submit, as an exceptional case, evidence of professional attainments including professional experience in nursing.

  • have concurrent employment minimum 0.5FTE in a Midwifery unit

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

NS5112:03 Physiological Processes in Midwifery

NS5113:03 Pathophysiological Processes in Midwifery

NS5114:03 Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Midwifery Care

NS5115:03 Midwifery Care in ‘At Risk’ Events

NS5201:03 Research: Theory and Methodology

NS5214:03 Professional Midwifery Care

NS5220:03 Perinatal Critical Care and the Pregnant Woman


Select 3 credit points of specified NS level 5 subjects

NS5001:03 Applied Physiological Assessment

NS5002:03 Contemporary Issues in Specialised Practice

NS5202:03 Research: Proposal Writing

NS5225:03 Care of the ‘At Risk’ Newborn

NS5226:03 Infant Feeding and Nutrition

NS5230:03 Clinical Governance Project

NS5405:03 Introduction to Nurse Education

NS5406:03 Clinical Teaching in Nursing

NS5407:03 Contemporary Issues in Nurse Education

NS5408:03 Implementation of Clinical Teaching Strategies

NS5710:03 Nursing Management Across the Health Sector

NS5730:03 Advanced Surgical Nursing

NS5740:03 Advanced Medical Nursing

NS5750:03 Dispute Resolution: A Nursing and Midwifery Perspective

NS5760:03 Qualitative Data Management in Nursing

NS5770:03 Nursing Leadership







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the   Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

9 credit points, with the exception of candidates currently practising as endorsed midwives, who may be granted up to 12 credit points.


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable, this course does not include majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Candidates who complete the Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery are eligible for entry to the Master of Midwifery, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the postgraduate diploma.