The best thing about studying at ACU was the smaller class sizes, which made it more personal and helpful in terms of my learning. I enjoyed many aspects of the course, but my favourite part was working alongside women on practical sessions and putting theory into practice. I hope I'm making an impact in my job by supporting women and their families on their journey to becoming mothers.”
Nursing and midwifery
Your career in nursing or midwifery means a career helping others. Using your skills, strength and compassion, you’ll have the power to improve people’s wellbeing. And be there to provide vital care when they need it most.
Why us? Because it’s about you
We train more graduate nurses than anyone else in Australia, and we’ve been doing it since the mid-19th century. So you can count on our experience, connections and reputation in the industry.
As our student, you’ll benefit from exceptional facilities and strong links with healthcare partners which provide opportunities for clinical placements, community engagement projects and future employment. For example, our Continuity of Care Experience (CCE) program gives our midwifery students the opportunity to engage with women from pregnancy to after the birth.
A degree that belongs on your bucket list
Your time with us is about more than finding a career. It’s also about discovering new places and experiences. As a student, you can complete part of your degree overseas, and you’ll also get access to a range of international community engagement projects, like assisting with nursing and midwifery programs in Cambodia, Vanuatu and more.
A range of opportunities
As a nursing graduate you can pursue a career in a medical/surgical nursing, paediatric nursing, aged care nursing, community care nursing, mental health nursing, and clinical education. As a midwifery graduate, you can pursue a range of careers such as midwife, consultant midwife, clinical specialist, prenatal educator, researcher, family care, and child health centre professional.
We’ve got your back
If you don’t meet the state-based requirements for entry into your degree, don’t panic. There are various ways to get into ACU. Explore our pathways to get started.
Our nursing courses are known for developing professionals who are caring, adaptable, safe and ethical.
ACU offers a Bachelor of Nursing for entry level students as well as a program for enrolled nurses. In addition, a one-year honours program is available to high-achieving students who have already completed the Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent.
Bachelor of Nursing graduates can pursue a range of careers including:
- registered nurse
- medical/surgical nurse
- paediatric nurse
- aged care nurse
- community nurse
- developmental disability nurse
- maternal and infant nurse
- mental health nurse
Dual degrees in nursing and business administration, nursing and counselling, and nursing and paramedicine, as well as a number of VET pathway courses are also available.
At a postgraduate level, we offer courses in clinical education, clinical nursing, health administration, healthcare simulation education and mental health (nursing). Graduates of our postgraduate nursing courses will increase their employment opportunities in government or private healthcare, education and research.
Current mental health postgraduate programs in Australia focus on either the acute mental healthcare setting or are generic courses. ACU’s Master of Mental Health (Nursing) has been developed as a course specifically for clinicians entering into the specialist area of mental health. Graduates will be able to work at a specialist/advanced level across a range of settings including acute care, community mental health and psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery services.
There has been a recent shift in focus in the mental health arena from acute inpatient treatment to that of recovery-oriented practice. The Master of Mental Health (Nursing) (and embedded graduate diploma and graduate certificate) provides opportunities for the workforce – particularly those engaged in psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery focused services, to build the required knowledge, skills and competencies.
ACU’s Mental Health (Nursing) programs are the first mental health programs in Australia to be involved in accreditation of postgraduate mental health nursing with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc. (ACMHN).
Our postgraduate mental health (nursing) programs are ideal for new graduates of nursing and for those working in mental health but who have no formal postgraduate mental health qualifications. As a postgraduate qualification is a requirement for employment beyond entry level in the mental health setting and for credentialing as a mental health nurse with the ACMHN, nurses undertaking their graduate year are encouraged to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health.
Examples of potential employment roles include:
- Case manager/worker
- Team leader
- Service manager
- Triage manager
- Psychiatric consultation and liaison nurse
The course structure involves carefully designed coursework units with embedded research-led teaching, delivering evidence-based knowledge and practice for immediate application/translation in the workplace. It offers a coursework or thesis pathway.
A midwife is a health professional trained to assist women during pregnancy, childbirth and the early parenting period.
ACU offers a Bachelor of Midwifery for entry level students and registered nurses or paramedics, and an ‘Away-from Base’ program for Indigenous women – as well as a one-year honours program for high-achieving students. Bachelor of Midwifery students will do over 1,000 hours of midwifery clinical practice throughout the course in hospital and community settings.
The Bachelor of Midwifery is for those who want to become registered midwives and work in maternity settings such as hospitals, birth centres and other community agencies.
ACU’s midwifery course will teach you how to:
- manage normal pregnancy and childbirth
- provide effective postnatal, maternal and newborn care to women and their newborn infant
- provide safe and reliable care that meets the individual psychological, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of women.
Possible career paths include:
- registered midwife within maternity settings
- consultant midwife
- clinical specialist
- antenatal educator
- family care
- independent midwifery practitioner
Page last updated: 2017-06-27
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