Bachelor of Midwifery

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 6:01 AM on Thu, 22 September

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International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR
90
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast
Start date
March
February
Course code
3007229
Course abbreviation
BMid
Credit points
288
Equivalent units
24
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

The Bachelor of Midwifery prepares you for entry to professional midwifery practice. You will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality, woman-centred care through safe and effective midwifery practice in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council standards for practice.

Study areas include anatomy and physiology, midwifery theory and practice, primary healthcare, perinatal mental health, care during preconception, pregnancy, labour and birth, and early parenting.

Graduates will be equipped to work in multi-disciplinary teams and in partnership with women to contribute to healthier outcomes for mother and baby.

Graduates of this degree will be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and practice as a Registered Midwife across a range of settings.

The Bachelor of Midwifery prepares you for entry to professional midwifery practice. You will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality, woman-centred care through safe and effective midwifery practice in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council standards for practice.

Study areas include anatomy and physiology, midwifery theory and practice, primary healthcare, perinatal mental health, care during preconception, pregnancy, labour and birth, and early parenting.

Graduates will be equipped to work in multi-disciplinary teams and in partnership with women to contribute to healthier outcomes for mother and baby.

Graduates of this degree will be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and practice as a Registered Midwife across a range of settings.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

If admission is being offered on the basis of completion of the Preparing for Success or Transition to Uni programs, students need to achieve a Credit average or above.

To meet the University’s minimum English Language Proficiency requirement an applicant must:

1.  provide a written declaration that English is their primary language1;

or

2.  have achieved:

  1. the IELTS (academic module) with a minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components: or
  2. the OET with a minimum score of B in each of the four components; or
  3. the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills; or
  4. the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 24 listening, 24 reading, 27 writing, and 23 speaking.

1Refer to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia requirements regarding English as Primary Language.

In order to register to practice, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA]’s standards for English language must be met. See AHPRA’s English Language Skills page for further information.

 

 

Credit for prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available for this course. For more information please view the Bachelor of Midwifery RPL Guide.

CountryScore
Austria AMC2
Bangladesh HSC>4.8
Brazil SSLC>9.7
Canada High School OSSD80
Chile PSU6.8, overall 750-800
China Gao Kao520
Colombia CB (NAT)97+, overall 350-400
Denmark USSLE8.8
France FB13.5
German Abitur2
Hong Kong HKDSE20
India CBSE (best 4)16.5 external exam
India CISCE92
India Higher Secondary School Certificate (best 4)100 in academic
Indonesia SMA9.7>
International Baccalaureate34
Japan USSLC4.8>
Korea, Republic of, CSAT334
Malaysia ICSSUEC78>
Malaysia STPM16 (best 3 A levels)
Nepal Higher Secondary Education Certificate100
Nepal Proficiency Certificate97>
Norway GPA4.4
Pakistan HSSC Humanities and Science streams96>
Pakistan HSSC Pre-Eng and Pre-Med streams73
Papua New Guinea HSC (best 5)3.5 pass Eng & Math
Peru OCSE19.4>
Phillipines NSAT99>
Russia FCCSE4.9>
Saudi Arabia MESSLC97>
Singapore SCGCE21.5
Spain SSSD9.7>
Spain STBPU9
Sri Lanka GCE9.5
Sweden SSLC16.3
Taiwan GSAT75>
Taiwan Senior High School Certificate98>
Thailand CSE3.3
Turkey HSD4.8>
UK Board GCE A Levels19
USA SAT & ACTSAT 1780, ACT 30
Vietnam (in 4 subjects)9.7 academic

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score7.0
Overall Score or equivalent7.0
Reading7.0
Writing7.0
Listening7.0
Speaking7.0

About the course

The Bachelor of Midwifery is specifically designed to develop graduates for entry to professional midwifery practice. The course prepares graduates with skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality woman-centred care through safe and effective midwifery practice in accordance with AHPRA Midwifery Standards for Practice.

Study areas include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Midwifery theory and practice
  • Primary health care
  • Psychosocial sciences
  • Women’s health.

Pathway for Registered Nurses: To be considered for the RN pathway, applicants need to provide evidence of their completed Bachelor of Nursing degree. For further information, visit the Faculty of Health midwifery page.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourTerm  1
Gold CoastTerm  1

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Coffs HarbourTerm  1$29,360 ($3,670 per unit)078636G
Gold CoastTerm  1$29,360 ($3,670 per unit)078636G
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Early Offer

If you're a current Year 12 student you can register for our Early Offer program. You may be eligible to receive an early offer based on your School Principal's recommendation.

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Coffs Harbour
Term 1 March 2023

International students studying in Australia

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Midwifery, students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising:

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Progression

Any student wishing to take a break of one or more study periods must consult with the Course Coordinator.

Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.

Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of a theory unit that relates specifically to a particular unit with professional experience learning.

Students who have an interrupted study sequence of more than 12 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure professional experience currency prior to continuation of the course.

Duration

The maximum duration for completion of the award of Bachelor of Midwifery is six (6) years in total which includes any period for a leave of absence.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Equity & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Equity & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
HLTH1004The Reflective Learner and Health Science Scholar
MIDW1003Foundations of Midwifery
HBIO1009Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
MIDW1006Midwifery Professional Experience 1
MIDW1004Preconception to Early Parenthood
MIDW1005Well Woman - Pregnancy, Labour and Birth, Postnatal
MIDW2010Midwifery Professional Experience 2a
STAT2001Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
MIDW2011Caring for the Woman During Complex Pregnancy
MIDW2015Midwifery Professional Experience 2b
MIDW2012Caring for the Woman During Complex Labour and Birth
MIDW2013Caring for the Woman with Postnatal Complexities
MIDW2014Perinatal Mental Health
MIDW2009Care of the Unwell Baby
MIDW3007Midwifery Professional Experience 3a Note 1
MIDW3006Midwifery Practice: Mentorship A
HLTH3004Transition to Practice
HLTH3005Interprofessional Health Practice
MIDW3010Midwifery Practice: Mentorship B
MIDW3008Midwifery Professional Experience 3b
MIDW3009Maternal and Women’s Health
NATM5001Practice-Based Health Research


Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements for the Award

First Year

HLTH1004The Reflective Learner and Health Science Scholar
Term1,3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1,3
Term1,3
Gold Coast
Term1,3
Term1,3
Lismore
Term1,3
Term1,3
Online
Term1,3
N/A
MIDW1003Foundations of Midwifery
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
HBIO1009Introductory Anatomy and Physiology
Term2,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2,5
Term2,5
Gold Coast
Term2,5
Term2,5
Lismore
Term2,5
Term2,5
INDG2001Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
Term2,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term2,4
Term2,4
Online
Term2,4
N/A
MIDW1004Preconception to Early Parenthood
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesHBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology; OR HBIO1003 - Systemic Anatomy AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I
MIDW1005Well Woman - Pregnancy, Labour and Birth, Postnatal
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesMIDW1003 - Foundations of Midwifery; AND HBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology OR both HBIO1003 - Systemic Anatomy AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I; AND Must have complete or currently enrolled in MIDW1004 - Preconception to Early Parenthood
STAT2001Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners
Term1,4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1,4
Term1,4
Gold Coast
Term1,4
Term1,4
Lismore
Term1,4
Term1,4
MIDW1006Midwifery Professional Experience 1
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesMIDW1003 - Foundations of Midwifery OR MIDW1001 - Midwifery Foundations

Second Year

MIDW2010Midwifery Professional Experience 2a
Tri Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Tri Term1
Tri Term1
Gold Coast
Tri Term1
Tri Term1
Pre-requisitesMIDW1006 - Midwifery Professional Experience 1 OR MIDW2001 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A; AND MIDW1005 - Well Woman - Pregnancy, Labour and Birth, Postnatal OR MIDW2002 - Optimising Health in Childbearing I; AND Must of completed or currently enrolled in MIDW2011 - Caring for the Woman During Complex Pregnancy OR (both MIDW2003 - Optimising Health in Childbearing II AND MIDW2004 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships B); AND Must have completed or be currently enrolled in MIDW2012 - Caring for the Woman During Complex Labour and Birth OR MIDW2006 - Optimising Health in Complex Childbearing
PHAR2001Introductory Pharmacology
Term1,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term1,5
N/A
MIDW2011Caring for the Woman During Complex Pregnancy
Summer Term
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Summer Term
Summer Term
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Summer Term
Pre-requisitesMIDW1006 - Midwifery Professional Experience 1 OR MIDW2001 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A; AND MIDW2002 - Optimising Health in Childbearing I or (two of MIDW1004 - Preconception to Early Parenthood OR MIDW1005 - Well Woman - Pregnancy, Labour and Birth, Postnatal OR MIDW2002 - Optimising Health in Childbearing I)
Enrolment informationOn-campus teaching in this unit is delivered over two weeks.
MIDW2012Caring for the Woman During Complex Labour and Birth
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisitesMust have completed or be currently enrolled in MIDW2011 - Caring for the Woman During Complex Pregnancy
Enrolment informationOn-campus teaching in this unit will be over two weeks.
MIDW2013Caring for the Woman with Postnatal Complexities
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesMIDW2011 - Caring for the Woman During Complex Pregnancy AND MIDW2012 - Caring for the Woman During Complex Labour and Birth
Enrolment informationOn-campus teaching in this unit is over two weeks
MIDW2014Perinatal Mental Health
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
MIDW2009Care of the Unwell Baby
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesHBIO1009 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology OR (both HBIO1003 - Systemic Anatomy AND HBIO1007 - Human Physiology I); AND MIDW1004 - Preconception to Early Parenthood OR MIDW2002 - Optimising Health in Childbearing I; AND MIDW2011 - Caring for the Woman During Complex Pregnancy; AND PHAR2001 - Introductory Pharmacology
Enrolment informationOncampus teaching in this unit is over two weeks
MIDW2015Midwifery Professional Experience 2b
Tri Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Tri Term2
Tri Term2
Gold Coast
Tri Term2
Tri Term2
Pre-requisitesMIDW1006 - Midwifery Professional Experience 1 OR MIDW2001 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A; AND MIDW2010 - Midwifery Professional Experience 2a AND MIDW2011 - Caring for the Woman During Complex Pregnancy AND MIDW2012 - Caring for the Woman During Complex Labour and Birth

Third Year

MIDW3007Midwifery Professional Experience 3a
Tri Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Tri Term1
Tri Term1
Gold Coast
Tri Term1
Tri Term1
Pre-requisites192 credit points; AND [173614] MIDW2010 - Midwifery Professional Experience 2a] OR MIDW2004 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships B; AND MIDW2015 - Midwifery Professional Experience 2b OR MIDW2005 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships C
MIDW3006Midwifery Practice: Mentorship A
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term1
Term1
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisitesMIDW1006 - Midwifery Professional Experience 1 OR MIDW2001 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A; AND MIDW2010 - Midwifery Professional Experience 2a OR MIDW2004 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships B; AND MIDW2015 - Midwifery Professional Experience 2b OR MIDW2005 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships C; AND Must have completed or currently enrolled in MIDW3007 - Midwifery Professional Experience 3a
Enrolment informationOn-campus teaching in this unit is delivered over two weeks
HLTH3004Transition to Practice
Summer Term
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Summer Term
Term2
Summer Term
Term2
Gold Coast
Summer Term
Term2
Summer Term
Term2
Lismore
Summer Term
Term2
Summer Term
Term2
Pre-requisites(Students must complete 192 CP in 3007229 - Bachelor of Midwifery OR 3005105 - Bachelor of Nursing OR 3007303 - Bachelor of Nursing OR 3005113 - Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science) OR (Students must complete 288 CP in 3007012 - Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology OR 3007306 - Bachelor of Speech Pathology OR 3007224 - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy OR 3007308 - Bachelor of Podiatry)
Enrolment informationThis unit must be done in the final year.
HLTH3005Interprofessional Health Practice
Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term2
Term2
Gold Coast
Term2
Term2
Lismore
Term2
Term2
Pre-requisitesHLTH1006 - Foundations of Interprofessional Health Practice
MIDW3010Midwifery Practice: Mentorship B
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term3
Term3
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesMIDW3009 - Maternal and Women’s Health OR MIDW1002 - Primary Health Care Midwifery; AND MIDW3006 - Midwifery Practice: Mentorship A AND HLTH3005 - Interprofessional Health Practice AND Have completed or currently enrolled in MIDW3008 - Midwifery Professional Experience 3b
Enrolment informationOncampus teaching in this unit will be over two weeks
MIDW3009Maternal and Women’s Health
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Term4
Term4
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Enrolment informationOncampus teaching in this unit is across two weeks
NATM5001Practice-Based Health Research
Term4,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term4,5
Term4,5
MIDW3008Midwifery Professional Experience 3b
Tri Term2
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Tri Term2
Tri Term2
Gold Coast
Tri Term2
Tri Term2
Pre-requisites204 credit points (17 equivalent units); AND MIDW2015 - Midwifery Professional Experience 2b OR MIDW2005 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships C; AND MIDW3007 - Midwifery Professional Experience 3a


Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted Unit

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Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate woman centred care acknowledging the physiological, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs of women and their families during the child birthing journey

Provide safe, evidence-based and ethical woman-centred continuity of care supporting and advocating women's decision-making in their care within the socio-political context.

Apply knowledge, skills and creativity for problem solving, clinical reasoning, and self reflection for professional practice as a midwife.

Meet and adhere to relevant national professional, ethical and legal standards to ensure safe, competent and ethical midwifery care using the relevant NMBA frameworks.

Critically review the theory and practice of contemporary midwifery care within dynamic professional, culturally diverse, national and global in a primary healthcare contexts.

Develop academic, digital technology and research skills for contribution to scholarship for ongoing professional inquiry and evidence-based midwifery practice/leadership.

Consult, collaborate and communicate respectfully with the woman as an active participant in her care and other members of the healthcare team to provide quality outcomes for women and their babies

Integrate an understanding and respect for the diverse cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People into culturally appropriate care for women, their babies, families and their communities.


Teaching methods

The Bachelor of Midwifery offers a self-access approach to learning through a university learning site. Learning is facilitated through workshops, tutorials and clinical labs with the use of innovative media and technologies. Some units are offered in an intensive mode to ensure students are available for Midwifery Professional Experience and Continuity of Care Experience. 

The course is underpinned by an innovative, experiential learning curriculum focusing on woman-centred care in practice. The course features a variety of clinical and community experiences, which will expose students to the varied aspects of midwifery practice resulting in graduates being able to function to the full scope of contemporary midwifery practice.

Career opportunities

Midwives are responsible for the care of women and babies during the child birthing journey and early parenting. Graduates of the Bachelor of Midwifery course are highly sought after by industry partners and are successfully employed in all areas of midwifery.

Registered midwives are employed in various settings such as midwifery group practice, in public and private hospitals and community, maternity, and neonatal health care settings in urban, rural and remote areas. There are numerous opportunities for career progression such as clinical midwifery consultants, midwifery educators, midwifery unit managers, community midwives, researchers, and as independent midwives (with further training).

Upon completion of this course, graduates are eligible for graduate year placement opportunities in any Australian state and in New Zealand.

Professional placement

To meet the practice requirements of a registered midwife, you undertake approximately 1,000 hours of supervised midwifery professional experience. You will attend antenatal and postnatal assessments/visits with women; provide direct care to women during labour; assist women during birth and support women and their babies with diverse needs across pregnancy, labour and birth, and the postnatal period.

Please be aware labour and birth can be unpredictable and occur at any time of the day or night, therefore the continuity-of-care component in the program requires you to be ‘on call’. The professional experience rostered placement may occur ‘away’ from your campus and place of residence. Students are responsible for any cost incurred for travel and accommodation.

Midwifery Professional Experiences requires students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements (e.g. a working with children check and National Police Certificate). Prior to applying for this course, please consider the essential information regarding these requirements.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Midwifery is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

As a midwifery student, it is important to be aware of the registration standards required by the NMBA. See the details on the NMBA website.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery will be registered by Southern Cross University with NMBA as an enrolled student and will remain registered for the duration of study. Please see the AHPRA website for more details.

Graduating students will have the necessary qualification to be eligible to register and practise as a midwife in Australia. Further training may be required to practice in other countries or to work as a privately practising midwife.

Please note: In order to register to practice, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA] standards for English language must be met. See the AHPRA web site for further information.

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