Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
Midwives are responsible for the care of women, babies and their families prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy, labour, birth and the early infancy period. The University of Newcastle has a holistic approach to midwifery, with an emphasis on health promotion, mental health and clinical practice.
The Bachelor of Midwifery at Newcastle has been developed in partnership with Hunter New England Area Local Health District, Mid North Coast Local Health District, Central Coast Local Health District, Gosford Private Hospital and Newcastle Private Hospital. Our midwifery students are guided and supported by clinicians who are a part of the workforce.
With a mix of face to face and online learning, and plenty of hand on experience, graduates will be ready to commence their career as a midwife at the end of the three year degree.
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practice as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and are eligible to apply for registration with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- Sound knowledge of and the ability to practice within legislation and common law in accordance with the endorsed code of ethics and professional standards.
- The ability and skills to analyse and reflect in, on and about practice.
- The ability to practice within a woman-centred, primary healthcare framework and a commitment to seeing midwifery as a public health strategy.
- The ability to provide safe and effective midwifery care within any practice context.
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Admission to this program is available to Australian citizens and residents only. Admission information is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/study.
All Candidates must lodge an application through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).
Current Australian Year 12 Students:
UAC application is based on Selection Rank or equivalent.
During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Find out if you are eligible.
Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:
UAC application is based on:
- Previous Year 12 studies and/or
- Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
- Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
Selection of applicants will be made on the basis of their academic performance (Selection rank or equivalent).
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).
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
All applicants for the Bachelor of Midwifery are required to have English language skills at International English Testing Service (IELTS) (Academic) overall band 7, with a minimum score of 7 in each band.
Further information regarding the University's English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficency for Admission Policy here.
Before being considered for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council requires all applicants to demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency. To do this, applicants must do one of the following:
- Declare that:
- English is your primary language (ie the language you primarily use for reading, writing, listening and speaking and the language you know best and are most comfortable with)
- before the program start date you will have completed six years of schooling in English - including at least two years of secondary school in English - in one of the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom. All the requirements for schooling are on the UAC website.
- Undertake an English language proficiency test accepted for entry to the Bachelor of Midwifery no more than two years before the program start date. You will need to achieve specified minimum results. Minimum test results are outlined in the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.
- Declare that you are currently registered as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or registered midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Nursing and Midwifery (AHPRA).
Upon graduation and application for registration as a midwife in Australia, you will also need to meet the English language skills registration standard of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
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, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
The Recognition of Prior Learning practice for the Bachelor of Midwifery will be in line with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Compulsory program requirements
Over the course of the Bachelor of Midwifery program, you will complete 1468 hours in a range of diverse clinical contexts. You will spend between 928 and 1268 hours (over the three year period) in an allocated maternity service in one of the following health facilities: Taree, Scone, Muswellbrook, Singleton, Maitland, John Hunter and Belmont, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Newcastle Private, Gosford Public or Gosford Private where you will have hands-on experience with women during:
- the antenatal period;
- labour and birthing;
- the postnatal period.
During your midwifery degree, you will also participate in a number of (10-26 depending on the health facility and models of care available) relationship-based, continuity of care experiences with childbearing women. Each relationship equates to approximately 20 hours of interactions. You will have a real-world experience, as an on-call clinician for these women. The hours for this component of clinical experience ranges from 200 - 540 hours over the three years.
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
Students must hold a current WorkCover approved 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.
MIDI1101 - Introduction to Midwifery and the Childbearing Woman
MIDI1204 - Midwifery Practice and the Well Woman
MIDI2105 - Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care Needs
MIDI2204 - Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care Needs B
MIDI3105 - Midwifery Practice and Contemporary Maternity Care
MIDI3202 - Transitioning to Professional Midwifery Practice
NURS1101 - Foundations of Professional Practice 1A
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.
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 Bachelor of Midwifery degree offered by The University of Newcastle requires completion of 240 units of approved courses with a minimum requirement of:
- 160 units of core midwifery courses;
- 30 units of core nursing courses;
- 10 units of core foundational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander courses;
- 20 units of core human bioscience courses;
- 10 units of directed courses; and
- 10 units of electives;
Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.
- 2016 - 2019 Program Plan - B Midwifery (Port Macquarie) - Students commencing in 2016 - 2019 440.7 KB
- 2016 - 2020 Program Plan - B Midwifery (Callaghan) - Students commencing in 2016 - 2020 152.6 KB
- 2021 Program Plan - for students commencing in Semester 1 2021 149.6 KB
Transition arrangements for Pre-2016 students: Individual assessment will be made to determine the most appropriate course/s in the current structure for students who fall into the following categories:
- students who study on a part time basis;
- students who have been on leave;
- students who have failed one or more courses; or
- students who are not able to complete courses within the proposed schedule for other reasons.
This will allow students to complete the Bachelor of Midwifery program and be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Students must contact the Program Convenor for further information and/or assistance.
Transition arrangements for Pre-2021 students: INDH2510 Foundations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Midwifery Care replaces ABOR2510 Foundations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Midwifery Care. If you have successfully completed ABOR2510 prior to 2021 you are not required to complete INDH2510.
To ensure you enrol correctly, please refer to your program plan for the year you commenced your degree.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|HUBS1406||Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery||10 units|
|HUBS1416||Advanced Human Bioscience||10 units|
|MIDI1101||Introduction to Midwifery and the Childbearing Woman||10 units|
|MIDI1203||Optimising Psychophysiology for a Healthy Transition to Parenthood||10 units|
|MIDI1204||Midwifery Practice and the Well Woman||20 units|
|NURS1101||Foundations of Professional Practice 1A||20 units|
|INDH2510||Foundations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Midwifery Care||10 units|
|MIDI2105||Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care Needs||20 units|
|MIDI2106||Working Collaboratively with Women with Complex Care Needs (A)||10 units|
|MIDI2107||Care of the Newborn with Complex Needs||10 units|
|MIDI2203||Working Collaboratively with Women with Complex Care Needs B||10 units|
|MIDI2204||Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care Needs B||20 units|
|MIDI3104||Contemporary Maternity Care Issues||10 units|
|MIDI3105||Midwifery Practice and Contemporary Maternity Care||20 units|
|MIDI3202||Transitioning to Professional Midwifery Practice||20 units|
|NURS3106||Leading, Teaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision for Health Professionals||10 units|
Choose 10 units from the following directed courses
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|INDH2000||Foundations of Nursing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people||10 units|
|NURS2103||Mental Health Professional Practice||10 units|
|ABOR3380||Human Rights and the World's Indigenous Communities||10 units|
|HUBS3511||Human Reproduction and Pregnancy||10 units|
|HUSE3005||Working with Groups and Communities||Not currently offered||10 units|
|NURS3105||Supervised Project||10 units|
|SOCA3178||Medicine, Knowledge and Society||Not currently offered||10 units|
|NURS6027||Evidence-Based Complementary and Integrated Health||10 units|
|NURS6028||Health and Substance Misuse||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 (Hons) 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.
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 our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online.
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.
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