Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry)
Course information for - 2024 entry
Offered at 2 locations
The B. Midwifery (Graduate Entry) is coming to Blacktown in 2024. Applications are now open via UAC
MidStart recruits registered nurses to work in a NSW public maternity service while completing their studies in midwifery. It's coordinated by the Ministry of Health's Nursing and Midwifery Office. If you have applied for MidStart for 2024, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to advise them of your application.
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.
Bachelor of Midwifery students will undertake over 1000 hours of midwifery clinical practice throughout the course in hospital and community settings.
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.
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.
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
- family care
- independent midwifery practitioner.
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:
- a Bachelor of Nursing with a grade point average of at least 4.0 on the ACU seven point scale; AND
- one year of post-registration clinical practice; AND
- be a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
- a Bachelor of Paramedicine with a grade point average of at least 4.0 on the ACU seven point scale AND
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.