Bachelor of Midwifery
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30th Aug 2015 5:17am
Level 7 Bachelor Degree
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face - Face to face with online components.
Domestic - 3 years full time.
English Band 4 or higher; General maths; Biology and/or chemistry.
The Bachelor of Midwifery prepares people for practice as midwives in the care of childbearing women and their families.
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All Candidates must lodge all THREE of the below applications to be eligible to be considered for entry to the Bachelor of Midwifery.
1. Lodge an application through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) by October close date.
2. Apply for and sit the Personal Quality Assessment (PQA)
3. Lodge a direct application to the University of Newcastle, stating Clinical Placement Preference
Students must apply through UAC - www.uac.edu.au and include either Bachelor of Midwifery - Callaghan (UAC code 483400) or Port Macquarie (UAC code 483410) among your preferences.
Current Australian Year 12 Students:
Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.
Current School Leavers may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) under Year 12 Bonus Scheme and EAS application. The maximum bonus points that can be awarded to any applicant is 12.
Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:
Entry based on:
Previous Year 12 studies and/or
Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
Current School Leavers and Non School Leavers who reside within the University's Regional and Rural Preference Scheme (RRPS) footprint will receive 4 bonus points.
Selection of applicants will be made on the basis of their Personal Qualities Assessment and academic performance (UAC - Tertiary Rank), together with their stated clinical placement preference. Applicants who do not apply through UAC, or do not apply for and sit the PQA or who do not submit a clinical placement preference will be ineligible for consideration for admission.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants apply through UAC and have the opportunity to access the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entry program which incorporates an interview process considering personal attributes as well as educational qualifications.
Admission is not available to International Applicants (non Australian Citizens/ Residents).
Please refer to the Additional Entry Criteria for further information and application close dates: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-midwifery/additional-entry-criteria
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438
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.
Additional Selection Criteria
- Additional Form - Apply directly to the University of Newcastle (UON) - clinical placement preference nomination: Complete a direct application form nominating your preference for clinical placement location. The clinical placement venue is dependent upon the applicant's preferred campus of study (Callaghan or Port Macquarie).
- Examinations - Register to attend a Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA): The Personal Quality Assessment (PQA) is an online test designed to assess a range of personal qualities. Details can be found at http://www.pqa.net.au/ PQA fee is $75* per applicant. *Subject to change
English Band 4 or higher; General maths; Biology and/or chemistry.
Computer skills - word processing, email, web, web searching.
Applicants who do not have the relevant qualifications for admission may enrol in one of the University's enabling programs and 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.
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 the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
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.
Compulsory Program Requirements
Over the course of the Bachelor of Midwifery program, students will complete 1210 hours. Students are required to undertake 430 hours of continuity of care experience in relationship with childbearing women and up to 780 hours of clinical experience in maternity units and community health settings.
- NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. For more information please visit www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement
- Senior First Aid Certificate
Compulsory Program Requirements - Review of Progress
In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.
MIDI1202 - Midwifery Clinical Practice 1
MIDI2103 - Midwifery Clinical Practice 2
MIDI2201 - Consultative and Collaborative Care 2
MIDI3103 - The Midwife and Contemporary Maternity Care
MIDI3201 - Transition to Professonal Practice
NURS1102 - Primary Health Care
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (under AHPRA)
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
3 years full time up to 6 years maximum.
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.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|HUBS1406||Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery||10 units|
|HUBS1416||Advanced Human Bioscience||10 units|
|MIDI1201||Introduction to Midwifery and Psychophysiology||20 units|
|MIDI1202||Midwifery Clinical Practice 1||10 units|
|NURS1101||Foundations of Professional Practice 1A||20 units|
|NURS1102||Primary Health Care||10 units|
|ABOR2500||Aboriginal Childbearing||10 units|
|MIDI2101||Optimising Psychophysiology in the Childbearing Year||10 units|
|MIDI2102||Consultative and Collaborative Care 1||10 units|
|MIDI2103||Midwifery Clinical Practice 2||10 units|
|MIDI2201||Consultative and Collaborative Care 2||20 units|
|MIDI2202||Evidence Informed Health Care||10 units|
|NURS2103||Mental Health Professional Practice||10 units|
|MIDI3102||Issues in the Childbearing Year||10 units|
|MIDI3103||The Midwife and Contemporary Maternity Care||10 units|
|NURS3106||Leading, Teaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision for Health Professionals||10 units|
|NURS3108||Care of the Compromised Neonate||10 units|
|NURS3201||Transition to Professional Practice||20 units|
Choose 10 units from the following directed courses
|HLSC1200||Nutrition 1||10 units|
|PUBH1020||Foundations of Early Childhood Health and Well-Being||10 units|
|SOCA1010||Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction||10 units|
|SOCA1040||Constructions of Childhood, the Family and Society||10 units|
|HLSC2241||Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives||10 units|
|NURS2162||Health, Social Disadvantage and Substance Abuse||10 units|
|NURS2163||Complementary Therapies in Healthcare||10 units|
|SOCA2102||Sociology of Childbirth and Midwifery||10 units|
|SOCS2300||Ethical Debates in the Social Sciences||10 units|
|SPSW2002||Working with Communities||10 units|
|NURS3105||Supervised Project||10 units|
|SOCA3178||Health, Illness and Society||10 units|
|SOCA3370||Madness and Society||10 units|
Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
Bachelor of Midwifery Honours is available as an additional one-year full-time program or equivalent part-time. Candidates for Honours are selected on the basis of academic achievement.
Program Learning Outcomes
- The graduate midwife has sound knowledge of and practices within legislation and common law in accordance with the endorsed code of ethics and professional standards
- The graduate midwife has the ability and skills to analyse and reflect in, on and about practice.
- The graduate midwife practises within a woman-centred, primary healthcare framework and is committed to seeing midwifery as a public health strategy
- The graduate midwife will be able to provide safe and effective midwifery care within any practice context.
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability 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. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
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 information.
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.