Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Professional Accreditation Status
This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of this course will be eligible for registration as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Applicants must be registered as a nurse in Australia, and:
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Additional selection requirements
Students must submit the following additional registration forms with application:
For more information, please see How to apply
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
Post admission requirements
Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.
You will find your course requirements here:
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
24 credit points
Additional completion requirements
Students are required to undertake a portion of the course via intensive and/or mixed attendance mode delivery (two 5-day residential schools at Townsville Campus). Students not resident in the Townsville region are required to arrange accommodation at their own expense.
This course includes extensive professional or clinical placements. Students are required to initiate their clinical placement arrangements at their chosen clinical site. To successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery degree, students are required to recruit pregnant women who consent to the student attending and observing aspects of their care provision in a continuity of care model. Clinical agencies may require students to attend continuity of care experiences as additional to planned professional or clinical placements. Aspects of continuity of care experiences are likely to occur outside business hours.
Further information about placements can be found at
Course learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:
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NS5131:03 Foundations of Midwifery Practice
NS5132:03 Midwifery Care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families
NS5133:03 Healthy Labour, Birth and the Puerperium
NS5134:03 Challenges to the Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Continuum
NS5135:03 Complex Midwifery Care
NS5201:03 Research Design: Theory and Application
NS5214:03 Professional Midwifery Care
NS5225:03 Care of the “At Risk” Newborn
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1.5 years part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course progression requisites
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Special assessment requirements
At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.
Professional accreditation requirements
Must be registered as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Under the National Law, JCU has a responsibility to notify the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) if a student undertaking midwifery practice experience has an impairment that may place the public at risk of harm.
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
Maximum 12 credit points (for formal study, or RPL, or a combination of formal study & RPL)
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF MIDWIFERY
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable, this course does not include majors
Exit with lesser award