Bachelor of Nursing Science-Bachelor of Midwifery

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Nursing Science-Bachelor of Midwifery

You will attain respect and career options when you achieve a JCU Nursing Science - Midwifery degree. You gain:

  • Unique knowledge that has a distinctive rural, regional and tropical focus
  • Qualifications as both a Midwife and Registered Nurse that equip you to work anywhere in Australia, or internationally
  • 44 weeks of supervised clinical placements in JCU’s network of partner hospitals, health centres and community facilities
  • Skills and cultural perspectives which will be valued in rural, remote, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
4 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English; (Biology, Chemistry or Maths B desirable)
OP/Rank
9/81

Career opportunities

Nurses and Midwives make up the largest health professional group in the world. Nurses and Midwives are constantly in demand, both within Australia and beyond. Your qualifications open the door to many career paths and the portability of nursing and midwifery credentials offers the choice of where, when and what type of work you do.

As a midwife you can work in a range of settings including hospitals and community health centres or your own private practice, as well as with non-government and development organisations such as the Red Cross.

Nursing:

When you graduate you'll have choices among numerous career pathways within hospital settings, such as intensive care, emergency, neurology, orthopaedics, radiology, communicable diseases, research, paediatrics and special care nurseries.

You could work in a wide variety of settings within the community including private clinics, aged care facilities, the defence forces, schools, industrial sites and remote areas of Australia and beyond. There are also opportunities to work in education, management, research, remote retrieval services, government, health promotion and sales.

Midwifery:

As a JCU’s midwifery graduate you be able to choose among exciting career pathways in Australia and overseas in both hospital and community settings. Midwives can become autonomous practitioners, providing continuity of care to women through pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.

To learn more about Nursing jobs, visit: www.joboutlook.gov.au

Course highlights

The transition to clinical practice is supported by problem-solving and case-based learning, working in JCU's well equipped clinical simulation facilities.

JCU ensures you are job-ready when you’ve completed the practical and theoretical components of this accredited JCU Nursing Science-Midwifery qualification. Among the benefits you'll gain from choosing JCU are:

  • You will undertake all your theoretical learning at the Townsville campus
  • An integrated curriculum in which all aspects of a topic are linked and explored together- no waiting for another subject to find out what it all means
  • You'll experience 1760 hours of applied nursing and midwifery clinical practice in a wide variety of health settings - which means you'll be work-ready when you graduate
  • You'll have opportunities to work closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities - opportunities that simply cannot be offered by most other universities
  • Your lecturers are experienced nurses and midwives who care about your success.

To learn more about prescribed professional or clinical placements, which you'll be required to undertake at your own expense at a campus other than the one in which you're enrolled, visit:

Enrolment Policy - Coursework Students

Course overview

This 4 year full-time (or part-time equivalent*) JCU course offers you a supported path into a dynamic, satisfying, well-paid and respected nursing and midwifery career in a range of settings including hospitals, community health centres, healthcare agencies, the defence forces, industry, government departments, not-for-profit agencies and more. Among the core subjects you’ll explore are:

  • Physiological Systems and Processes
  • Communication for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Clinical Nursing Practice
  • Promoting Healthy Pregnancy, Labour, Birth and the Postnatal Period
  • Complex Midwifery Care
  • Law and Ethics
  • Challenges in Newborn Care
  • Professional Nursing and Midwifery
  • Mental Health
  • Indigenous Health Studies.

You'll also experience specific transition to practice preparation prior to graduating.

*Please note that part-time study is not available after your second year is complete.

Professional recognition

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

Graduates will be eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a General Nurse and as a Midwife.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (317122) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2017.

Subjects

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

Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.

Applicants with TAFE diplomas in nursing can apply for credit.

Students are encouraged to undertake the Tertiary Access Course if they have not studied recently and/or want assistance making the transition to University studies.

Get prepared - bridging subjects

Bridging subjects are designed to fill any gaps in your knowledge. We offer maths and chemistry bridging subjects that can be studied on-campus in Cairns and Townsville. You may need to enrol in a bridging subject if you have not achieved the grade of ‘Sound Achievement or better’ in Queensland Year 12 maths or chemistry.

Handbook

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.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.