Bachelor of Midwifery

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Faculty of Health and Medicine

Program Code

12200

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

UAC Code

Admission Instructions

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Mode of delivery

Face to face with online components.

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Description (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

The Bachelor of Midwifery prepares people for practice as midwives in the care of childbearing women and their families.

This program is available via full-time study only.


Study a language (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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Students will apply for admission to University Admission Centre in the normal way. Selection will be based on supply and demand, and use Australian Tertiary Admission Ranks (ATARs).

Students who completed Year 12 prior to 2009 or who completed in another state will be assessed on rank equivalents under the approved University Admission Centre's qualification schedules. These schedules include post-secondary, tertiary, professional, bridging, mature age, vocational and enabling/bridging qualifications. Based on their residential postcodes, NSW rural applicants (defined by the University's footprint in its Year 12 Regional and Rural Bonus Scheme) will be given a four rank points bonus. All current year rural school leavers will also automatically receive four bonus points based on their school postcode as part of the University's normal bonus scheme.

Indigenous applicants will be invited to interview according to the University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Program. Members of the midwifery staff will participate in the assessment and selection of Indigenous students (as is usual in the University).

Students who completed their education in a non-English speaking country must have an IELTS of 7.0 on admission in line with University policy.

The Bachelor of Midwifery is based on some assumed knowledge:

  • English Band 4 or higher
  • General maths
  • Biology and/or chemistry.

Applicants who do not have the relevant qualifications for admission may enrol in one of the University's enabling programs.

Students who want to qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery are formally advised to undertake Chemistry and the Life Sciences, and 20 units of Humanities courses as part of their enabling program. At the end of the non-Indigenous enabling programs, students will receive a score based on the average of the marks gained in each course. This score is provided to UAC who convert it into an ATAR.


Selection Criteria (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Milestone:
  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • Prohibited Employment Declaration
Additional Selection Criteria:
  • Completion of a Senior First Aid Certificate by the beginning of Semester 2 of Year 1.


Credit Transfer (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

The Recognition of Prior Learning practice for the Bachelor of Midwifery will be in line with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia requirements, i.e. students will be given recognition of prior learning based on having completed units of study that are 80% equivalent in terms of content and objectives.

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


Honours (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Honours is not available at this time, however, it is envisaged that a Honours program may be developed.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students are required to undertake 636 hours of continuity of care experience in relationship with childbearing women and 610 hours of placement in maternity units and community health settings.


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for registration as a Midwife in New South Wales. Being registered as a Midwife in NSW qualifes the graduate to registration in any state of Australia and in New Zealand.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

This program is not available to International students.


Special Needs (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a audio/visual impairment will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue.

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more info.


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All students are required to have completed the Academic Integrity Module available in Blackboard. The module is to be completed by the end of week 4 of the student's first semester of enrolment. Grades will not be released until this module is completed.


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This is a 240 unit undergraduate program with online and face to face components. Students are required to undertake 220 units of Core Courses, 10 units of Directed Courses and 10 units of Electives. The maximum completion time for this program is six years.

This program is available via full-time studay only.


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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HUBS1406Human Bioscience for Nursing and MidwiferySemester 110 units
NURS1101Foundations of Professional Practice 1ASemester 120 units
NURS1102Primary Health CareSemester 110 units
HUBS1416Advanced Human BioscienceSemester 210 units
MIDI1201Introduction to Midwifery and Psychophysiology

Prior successful completion of NURS1101. Current National Police Certificate, Prohibited Employment Declaration, Patient Confidentiality Form, NSW Health Immunization, WorkCover First Aid Certificate.

Semester 220 units
MIDI1202Midwifery Clinical Practice 1

Prior successful completion of NURS1101. Current National Police Certificate, Prohibited Employment Declaration, Patient Confidentiality Form, NSW Health Immunization, WorkCover First Aid Certificate.

Semester 210 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
MIDI2101Optimising Psychophysiology in the Childbearing Year

Prior successful completion of MIDI1201 and MIDI1202.

Semester 110 units
MIDI2102Consultative and Collaborative Care 1

Prior successful completion of MIDI1201 and MIDI1202. Current National Police Certificate, PED, Patient Confidentiality Form, NSW Health Immunization, First Aid Certicate.

Semester 110 units
MIDI2103Midwifery Clinical Practice 2

Prior successful completion of MIDI1201 and MIDI1202.

Semester 110 units
NURS2103Mental Health Professional Practice

Prior successful completion of MIDI1201 and MIDI1202.

Semester 110 units
ABOR2500Aboriginal ChildbearingSemester 210 units
MIDI2201Consultative and Collaborative Care 2

Prior successful completion of MIDI1201 and MIDI1202.

Semester 220 units
MIDI2202Evidence Informed Health CareSemester 210 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
MIDI3102Issues in the Childbearing Year

Prior successful completion of HUBS1406, HUBS1416, NURS1101, NURS1102, MIDI2101, MIDI2102, MIDI2103 and MIDI2201.

Semester 110 units
MIDI3103The Midwife and Contemporary Maternity Care

Prior successful completion of HUBS1406, HUBS1416, NURS1101, NURS1102, MIDI2101, MIDI2102, MIDI2103 and MIDI2201.

Semester 110 units
NURS3108Care of the Compromised NeonateSemester 110 units
NURS3106Leading, Teaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision for Health ProfessionalsSemester 210 units
NURS3201Transition to Professional Practice

Prior successful completion of HUBS1406, HUBS1416, NURS1101, NURS1102, MIDI2101, MIDI2102, MIDI2103, MIDI2201, MIDI2202, NURS3108, MIDI3102 and MIDI3103. Current NPC, Confid Form & Immunisation Form.

Semester 220 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from the following Directed Courses.
NURS2162Health, Social Disadvantage and Substance AbuseSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2163Complementary Therapies in HealthcareSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3105Supervised ProjectSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
Electives
Elective 1Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 210 units