Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery

Course and Subject Handbook 2018 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 extensive professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake clinical 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 in a continuity of care model. Continuity of care experiences are 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 Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Post admission Requirements

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. 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:

https://www.jcu.edu.au/professional-experience-placement/preparation-checklists

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

96 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion requirements

Graduates must meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australian (NMBA) Registered Nurse standards for practice and the NMBA Midwifery competency standards 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:

  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate midwifery care within woman-centred and evidence-based frameworks
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships while advocating for women and their families within the context of public health
  • Plan and implement effective communication that supports the development and maintenance of collaborative professional practice with midwives, health care providers and other professionals
  • Base midwifery practice on ethical decision making in accordance with the endorsed code of ethics for midwives and in accordance with legislation common law.
  • Accept responsibility for their professional development and contribute to the development of others, including the provision of information and education that enables women to make informed decisions about their pregnancy while working in partnership.
  • Identify personal beliefs and develops these in midwifery practice that is culturally safe with particular emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait women and their families.
  • Employ critical thinking and the best available evidence in making decisions that guide safe, quality nursing practice within person-centred and evidence-based frameworks.
  • Purposefully engage in effective therapeutic and professional relationships based on collegial generosity in a context of mutual trust and respect.
  • Demonstrate accountability for ensuring they are safe, capable practitioners, including ongoing self-management and responding to concerns about other health professionals’ capability for practice.
  • Accept responsibility for their professional development and contribute to the development of others, including the provision of information and education that enable people to make decisions and take action in relation to their health.
  • Accurately conduct comprehensive and systematic assessments, including the analysis of information, data and outcomes as the basis for practice.
  • Collaboratively plan, administer, document and effectively communicate quality nursing practice based on the appraisal of comprehensive, relevant information and evidence.
  • Administer, or as appropriate delegate, quality and ethical goal-directed care based on comprehensive and systematic assessment, and the best available evidence, to achieve planned and agreed outcomes.
  • Take responsibility for the evaluation of practice based on agreed priorities, goals, plans and outcomes and revise practice accordingly.

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 (First Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

NS1771:03 Introduction to the Professions

NS1881:03 Nursing Practice 1

BM1011:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 1

HS1111:03 Communication for Nursing and Midwifery

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

NS1003:03 Introduction to Midwifery

NS1882:03 Nursing Practice 2

BM1022:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 2

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery

Level 2 (Second Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

NS2771:03 The Professional Role

NS2881:06 Nursing Practice 3

NS2221:03 Planning & Promoting a Healthy Pregnancy

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

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

NS2219:03 Inclusive Practice

NS2882:06 Nursing Practice 4

Level 3 (Third Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

NS3228:03 Midwifery Practice and Complex Care

NS3363:03 Mental Health for Nursing and Midwifery

NS3881:06 Nursing Practice 5

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

HS2101:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellbeing

NS3229:03 Newborn Challenges and Midwifery Care

NS3991:06 Midwifery Clinical Practice 1

Level 4 (Fourth Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

NS3771:03 Consolidating Practice

NS4993:09 Midwifery Clinical Practice 2 (Capstone)

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

NS3882:09 Nursing Practice 6

NS4772:03 Transition to Practice (Midwifery)

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or 5 years part-time.

Note: only Level 1 can 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

Nil

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).

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 in a continuity of care model. Continuity of care experiences are 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 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

Supplementary examinations are available, subject to current College and Division policies.

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

48 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.

Other restrictions

Up to 48 credit points may be granted only to applicants who hold current registration as a registered nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

All other applicants may receive up to 30 credit points.

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

Students who have completed 24 credit points of their course award requirements, and withdraw from or fail to meet the requirements for progression in the later years, may be eligible for the award of Diploma of Tertiary Studies.

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Available as an additional 24 credit points of study - Bachelor of Nursing Science (Honours) [end-on]

Eligibility

Achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across the final three years of the bachelor degree; and current registration as a nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Application for entry to the Honours program is by approval of the College Dean.