Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery

Course and Subject Handbook 2016 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery

Course code

103210

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional Accreditation Status

This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Students enrolled in this degree will be registered with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of their program of study or until they are no longer enrolled. Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English

Recommended:  Biology, Chemistry and any Maths

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3c (or other) Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

To successfully complete the Bachelor of Nursing Science –Bachelor of Midwifery degree students are required to recruit pregnant women who consent to the student attending and observing aspects of their care provision.

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Post admission Requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Blue Card Services

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies will require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. Students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion requirements

Graduates must meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Incorporated (ANMC) competency standards for the Registered Nurse and the ANMC competency standards for the Registered Midwife to be eligible for registration with the NMBA

NMBA requirements for fitness to practice, police checks and minimum English language proficiency must also be met. These standards may be found on the following link – Nursing Midwifery Board

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, the graduate will be able to:

  • Articulate the centrality of the relationship of women to the practice of midwifery, that is inclusive of the diverse social, cultural and spiritual values and beliefs unique to each individual, and that upholds her right to autonomy

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate and apply evidence in support of succinct, sequential and appropriate midwifery practice

  • Practise responsibly and with accountability, based on knowledge of the Australian health care system and in accordance with relevant policies, legislation, ethical and regulatory frameworks with particular emphasis on their role as advocate for women and their babies and the impact of power relationships on midwifery care

  • Translate, interpret and extrapolate knowledge of midwifery practice to influence safe and effective collaborative woman-centred health outcomes at all levels

  • Apply unique cognitive, technical and creative skills within a clearly defined and accepted scope of midwifery practice, ensuring referral as appropriate

  • Exercise comprehensive clinical reasoning, analysis and synthesis of therapeutic interventions, informed by physiological and pathophysiology principles, in a variety of contexts

  • Communicate effectively with women, their families, communities and members of the health care system to provide holistic woman-centred care in a partnership model

  • Employ strategies of critical analysis, evaluation and reflection as a framework for practice and continuing professional development of the self, others and the discipline of midwifery

  • Practise midwifery using a primary health care philosophy, addressing barriers to equity and access to health care facing disadvantaged women, families and communities with particular reference to the unique needs of those in tropical, rural, remote and/or Indigenous Australian contexts.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

BM1011:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 1

BM1022:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 2

HS1111:03 Communication for Nursing and Midwifery

NS1003:03 Introduction to Midwifery Practice

NS1004:03 Foundations of Midwifery Practice

NS1211:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 1

NS1220:03 Primary Health Care

NS1222:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 2

Level 2

NS2003:03 Promoting Healthy Labour, Birth and the Post-natal Period

NS2004:03 Challenges to  the Pregnancy Continuum

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery

NS2022:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 3

NS2113:03 Grief and Crisis Management

NS23218:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 4 (Midwifery)

PP2131:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1

PP2231:03 Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 2

Level 3

HS3101:03 Indigenous Health Studies for Nursing and Midwifery

NS3003:03 Pregnancy Continuum: At Risk Events

NS3004:03 Working with Women to provide Family Centred Neonatal Care

NS3118:03 Evidence-Based Practice

NS3119:03 Nutrition for Nursing and Midwifery Practice

NS3226:06 Capstone - Clinical Nursing Practice 6

NS3362:03 Clinical Nursing Practice 5 (Midwifery)

Level 4

NS4101:03 Capstone – Midwifery Care for Aboriginal and TSI Women and their Families

NS4003:03 Rural and Remote Issues in Midwifery and Health Care Access

NS4004:03 Complex Maternity Care

NS4007:03 Pharmacology for Midwives

NS4008:06 Capstone - Midwifery

NS4320:03 Community Approaches to Care

NS4340:03 Nursing for Chronic Illness and Palliative Care

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or 5 years part-time – NOTE: only the Level 1 is able to be completed part-time. From Level 2 onwards, students must be enrolled full time.

Maximum time to complete

6 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all level 1 subjects before attempting any level 2 subjects.

Must successfully complete all level 3 subjects before attempting any level 4 subjects.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students will be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

A student who has failed the final subject towards the degree and who gained 47% or more of the marks for that subject may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject.

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Award Details

Award title

BACHELOR OF NURSING SCIENCE – BACHELOR OF MIDWIFERY

Approved abbreviation

BNSc-BMid

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Bachelor of Nursing Science - Bachelor of Midwifery (Hons) is available as an additional year of study.

Eligibility

Students must satisfy the School requirements relating to the standard of academic achievement necessary to proceed to the honours degree.