Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry)

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 2 locations

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
UAC code
Fees (first year)*

$4120 CSP

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: to be advised


This course offers bachelor–qualified nurses and paramedics the opportunity to qualify with a Bachelor of Midwifery. Applicants to the course must be registered nurses or currently practicing paramedics.

Graduates may work in maternity settings such as hospitals, birth centres, special care nurseries and other community agencies.

Bachelor of Midwifery students will undertake midwifery clinical practice in hospital and community settings. The students will also engage with a minimum of ten women to follow their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care journey called their Continuity of Care Experiences (CCE). This experience involves the student recruiting the woman in early pregnancy and attending appointments throughout. If possible, the student attends the labour and birth and follows the woman after discharge home up to six weeks following birth.

Professional experience

Bachelor of Midwifery students will undertake over 1000 hours of midwifery clinical practice throughout the course in hospital and community settings.

Work placement

Students will undertake clinical placements at maternity hospitals and community facilities across Australia. The first clinical placement begins in the first year of the program. Our clinical partners are very important to us and range from small maternity units to large tertiary hospitals. Examples of partners in Victoria include The Mercy Hospital for Women, Monash Health, The Royal Women’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital. In Queensland partners include the Mater Health Service, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and Redcliffe Hospital. There are many more partners including rural health services where students experience placement.

As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.

Volunteer experience

Students may apply to take part in a community engagement elective in the third year of their studies that offers the opportunity to study a number of women during their pregnancies and undertake approved available overseas study. This presents students with the opportunity to experience different cultural health practices and services.

Professional recognition

Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Midwives on the Ahpra website .


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • registered midwife within maternity settings
  • consultant midwife
  • clinical specialist
  • antenatal educator
  • special care nurseries
  • researcher
  • family care
  • independent midwifery practitioner.

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Please note: Course maps are subject to change.

Commencing Semester 1

  • Midwifery Theory UnitsMDGE100Introduction to Midwifery and Care of the Pregnant Woman

    Intensive: MDGE100 commences prior to Semester 1 and is delivered in a two-week intensive mode.

    10 cp
  • Midwifery Practice UnitsMDGE101Introduction to Midwifery Practice

    Intensive: MDGE101 commences prior to Semester 1 and is delivered in a two-week intensive mode.

    10 cp
  • Midwifery Theory UnitsMIDW216Midwifery Care of the Birthing Woman

    (Pre: Enrolment into intensives for MDGE100 & MDGE101)

    10 cp
  • Midwifery Practice UnitsMIDW213Midwifery Professional Practice 3

    (Pre: Enrolment into intensive for MDGE101)

    10 cp
  • Midwifery Theory UnitsMIDW215Perinatal Mental Health

    (Pre: MDGE101)

    10 cp
  • Midwifery Theory UnitsMIDW217Midwifery Care of the Woman with Complex Needs

    (Pre: MIDW213 & MIDW216)

    10 cp
  • Midwifery Practice UnitsMIDW224Midwifery Professional Practice 4

    (Pre: MIDW213 & MIDW216)

    10 cp

All units are delivered in multi-mode unless otherwise indicated in the map.

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in the unit. 

AQF framework

Bachelors Graduate Entry - AQF Level 7

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) an applicant must have either completed:


  1. a Bachelor of Nursing with a grade point average of at least 4.0 on the ACU seven point scale; AND
  2. one year of post-registration clinical practice; AND
  3. be a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)



  1. a Bachelor of Paramedicine with a grade point average of at least 4.0 on the ACU seven point scale AND
  2. be a Registered Paramedic with a minimum of one year field experience.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission. Refer to your relevant Tertiary Admission Centre website for future years' entry requirements.

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English language requirements

Applicants for Midwifery courses should carefully review the details outlined in Schedule 4, Section 3b of the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy to check how they must demonstrate their English Language Proficiency.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you


Further study

An honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.5, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours).

The Faculty of Health Sciences also offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees with specialties including mental health, clinical education, health administration as well as leadership and management in health care.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$4120 CSP

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through UAC

UAC code 105531


Deferment is available for one year. Find out more about deferment: Deferment Information.

Staff Profile

Dr Kate Dawson

Lecturer (Midwifery) and Course Coordinator Bachelor of Midwifery, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

Dr Dawson is a lecturer and researcher in midwifery, her research focuses on midwives’ role and value in protecting, promoting, and practicing midwifery, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to explore this area. Dr Dawson has taught midwifery programs for 10 years and is currently teaching and coordinating the Bachelor of Midwifery program at ACU. She shares her passion for midwifery with the students and through her experience working in a range of models of midwifery care including, caseload, family birth centre, tertiary level care and home birth is inspiring a new generation of graduate midwives.  


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