Bachelor of Nursing Science-Bachelor of Midwifery

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Nursing and Midwifery

Bachelor of Nursing Science-Bachelor of Midwifery

This course is available to Domestic Students only.
Location
Townsville
Commencing
February
Duration
4 years full-time
Part-time available
Part-time study option is available in first year only
Attendance mode
Internal
Entry Requirements
OP 10 | English (4,SA)
ATAR 80.6 | English (Units 3/4,C)
Desirable: Biology, Chemistry or Maths B (4,SA) or Mathematical Methods (Units 3/4)
QTAC Code
TSV: 317122
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The nursing and midwifery double degree opens many career paths. Graduates work in hospitals and a variety of health care settings and are eligible for professional registration in Australia as a General Nurse and a Midwife.

Extensive professional experience placement and continuity of midwifery care experiences throughout the course enables real life clinical practice in rural, remote and tropical Australia.

Your nursing career pathway could include intensive care, emergency, neurology, orthopaedics, radiology, communicable diseases, research, paediatrics and special care nurseries. Your midwifery career could include autonomous practice in private or group practice settings where you will provide continuity of care to women during their pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.

Work in JCU’s well-equipped clinical simulation laboratories, studying nursing and midwifery concurrently from your first year of study.

Build your knowledge and skills through extensive supervised professional practice while being supported throughout your degree by JCU’s experienced nurses and midwives.

Your four year full-time (or part-time equivalent*) accredited course includes extensive professional or clinical placements. Throughout your placement, you apply theoretical knowledge in a practical context, preparing you for smooth transition into the workplace. Gain experience with our partner hospitals and health services across regional, rural and remote Queensland including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and international locations.

Students enrolled in this degree will have student registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Graduates are eligible to apply for professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Prescribed professional or clinical placements will be required to be completed away from the Townsville campus, at your own expense. Continuity of care experiences are central to the midwifery curriculum and require you to attend antenatal and postnatal appointments and labour and birth with women throughout the course. These experiences are additional to professional experience placement and may require your attendance in the evenings, overnight and on weekends.
Additional information

View the handbook for a detailed overview of core subjects and available options.

*Part-time study option is available in first year only.

About JCU's Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery in Queenslan

Study midwifery and nursing and follow your dream of supporting women through pre- and post-natal care. JCU’s Bachelor of Nursing Science Bachelor of Midwifery is a well-rounded program that will prepare you for success in the healthcare industry.

Midwife Training with Professional Accreditation

JCU’s Bachelor of Nursing Science Bachelor of Midwifery is a highly respected degree, accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

Learn a well-rounded contemporary skillset from lecturers and staff who are experts in the nursing and midwifery fields. JCU boasts a hands-on focus, with frequent problem-solving and case-based learning in our innovative clinical simulation facilities. Apply your theoretical knowledge to applied nursing and midwifery clinical practice in a wide variety of health settings. Take advantage of valuable opportunities to work in rural, remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Graduate with flexible, sought-after skills as both a registered nurse and registered midwife. You will have the opportunity to work in hospitals, healthcare agencies, the defence force, government industries and non-profit agencies.

Learn and Grow Together with Your Midwifery Degree in Brisbane

JCU is passionate about helping you to develop a healthy study routine and be confident in your abilities.

Studiosity is an after-hours online study support providing personalised, live help from a trained network of advisors for those studying at JCU’s nursing and midwifery school. You can receive feedback on your academic writing and fine-tune your assignments before you submit them.

Study Midwifery - Your Career Awaits

For those looking to study a Bachelor of Midwifery in Brisbane, JCU offers the opportunity to still study a Bachelor of Midwifery in Queensland with the addition of a nursing degree. Your nursing and midwifery course at JCU will expose you to a core grounding in theoretical content. This includes physiological systems, clinical nursing practice, primary health care, communication for nursing and midwifery, complex midwifery care, and midwifery care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families.

Pursue your passion for women’s healthcare with JCU’s unique nursing and midwife training. Whether your dream is to work in a hospital or open your own private practice, JCU will equip you for success in this rewarding career.
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OP Score/Rank is indicative only. Entry scores will be finalised in the major offer round.

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. You will find all the details of your course requirements in the JCU Professional Experience Placement website.

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Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery

Handbook year

2020

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

Division of 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  Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

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.

Students who have returned to study where the duration between their previous clinical placement and their pending clinical placement exceeds 12 months, may need to complete the Clinical Reconnect program.

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) (2016) Registered Nurse Standards for Practice and the NMBA (2018) Midwife Standards for Practice 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 at: Nursing Midwifery Board

Course learning outcomes

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

  • Assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing and midwifery care within person/woman-centred and evidence-based frameworks.
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships while advocating for clients/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.
  • Provide nursing and midwifery practice in accordance with the NMBA endorsed Codes of ethics for Nurses and for Midwives and in accordance with legislation and 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 healthcare while working in partnership.
  • Identify personal beliefs and develops these in nursing and midwifery practice that is culturally safe with particular emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait people and their families.
  • Accurately conduct comprehensive and systematic assessments, including the analysis of information, data and outcomes as the basis for practice.

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)

BM1011:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 1

HS1111:03 Communication for Nursing and Midwifery

NS1771:03 Introduction to the Professions

NS1881:03 Nursing Practice 1

Teaching Period 2 (Second Half Year)

BM1022:03 Physiological Systems and Processes 2

NS1003:03 Introduction to Midwifery Practice

NS1882:03 Nursing Practice 2

NS2015:03 Law and Ethics for Nursing and Midwifery

Level 2 (Second Year)

Teaching Period 1 (First Half Year)

NS2221:03 Planning & Promoting a Healthy Pregnancy

NS2771:03 The Professional Role

NS2881:06 Nursing Practice 3

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.

Students who have returned to study where the duration between their previous clinical placement and their pending clinical placement exceeds 12 months, may need to complete the Clinical Reconnect program.

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.

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.

Credit

Eligibility

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 allowed

48 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 11 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.

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.

Students applying for credit for previous study completed in a Diploma of Nursing must also provide evidence of registration as an Enrolled Nurse (Division 2) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Up to 24 credit points may be awarded for this qualification.

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

First year students admitted to the Bachelor of Nursing Science who have achieved a GPA of 5.00 calculated across the 4 subjects in the first teaching period are eligible to apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery to commence mid-year.

For more information, please see How to apply

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.

Annual Tuition Fee: $7,405. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

JCU offers pathway courses to help you move into a degree. Pathway courses provide you with an individualised study plan and specialised support as you transition to university. Contact us for more information.

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.

Experience has no substitute

Find out what it's really like to study JCU's nursing and midwifery degree. Put theory into practice with hands-on placement around Australia or overseas in countries like Papua New Guinea.