CK30 - Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry)

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Overview

Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) aims to provide Australian Registered Nurses with the theoretical, practical and research knowledge required to be competent and effective Registered Midwives. On successful completion of the Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry), you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Emphasis throughout the course is on the progressive development of a woman-centred approach to midwifery practice underpinned by evidence informed practice and collaborative partnerships founded in primary health care principles.

Career Information

Graduates of the Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) will be able to work as a Registered Midwife in a variety of health care settings including private practice.

Course Details
Duration 1.5 years full-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 96
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BMid (Graduate Entry)
AQF Level Level 7: Bachelor Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
CRICOS Codes
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2021

Online

Term 3 - 2020

Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no domestic availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Online

Term 1 - 2019

Online

Term 1 - 2018

All students must have a clinical place in order to be admitted to the course and this place must be sourced by the student. The University is not responsible for finding clinical places for students.
Distance

Term 1 - 2017

Distance
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2021

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 3 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 2 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2020

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2019

Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2018

All students must have a clinical place in order to be admitted to the course and this place must be sourced by the student. The University is not responsible for finding clinical places for students.
Sorry, no international availabilities found.

Term 1 - 2017

Sorry, no international availabilities found.
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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a registered nurse in order to undertake the course. Applicants are also required to have an undergraduate degree for acceptance into the course. Recognition of prior learning will be assessed on a case by case basis.

CK30 Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) students must hold a current and valid registered nursing licence with AHPRA to be considered for entry into the course and ongoing enrolment in the degree. It is a course requirement that all students maintain their AHPRA nursing registration for the duration of the course. Students must immediately report any professional investigations into their nursing practice and employment, and/or any restriction or suspension of their AHPRA registration to CQUniversity.

Security Requirements

CK30 Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) students must hold a current and valid registered nursing licence with AHPRA to be considered for entry into the course and ongoing enrolment in the degree. It is a course requirement that all students maintain their AHPRA nursing registration for the duration of the course. Students must immediately report any professional investigations into their nursing practice and employment, and/or any restriction or suspension of their AHPRA registration to CQUniversity.

Health Requirements

· All Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) students are required to meet the mandatory check requirements.

· Please review the mandatory check requirements for your course via this link.

· Mandatory checks documentation must be uploaded to the CQU Placement System ‘SONIA’ by the closing date. These will then be reviewed by our Work Integrated Learning Team.

· You will not be able to access SONIA until enrolled in your first term units.

· Should mandatory checks be outstanding or expired clinical placement is terminated.

· Failure to meet the mandatory check requirements by the due date will result in you being unable to attend residential school and ineligible to commence clinical placement, therefore you will need to withdraw from the course.

Please note, applicants are strongly encouraged to begin gathering their checks as early as possible.

Assumed Knowledge

Applicants must be registered with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a registered nurse in order to undertake the course. Applicants are also required to have an undergraduate degree for acceptance into the course. Recognition of prior learning will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

This course has professional accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, subject to Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) approval.

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School Compulsory residential schools for students studying via distance will be required for some units.
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Practicum/Work Placement

MDWF13006 - Clinical Placement 224 hours plus continuity of care experiences.
MDWF13003 - Clinical Placement 224 hours plus continuity of care experiences.
MDWF12006 - Clinical Placement 224 hours plus continuity of care experiences.
MDWF12003 - Clinical Placement 224 hours plus continuity of care experiences.

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2020 61
2019 58
2018 56
2017 28
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting accessibility@cqu.edu.au. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Treating personal information obtained in classroom and clinical settings as private and confidential.
  • Respecting an individual's/group's diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and taking responsibility for ensuring awareness of ethical behaviour.


Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being receptive and responding appropriately to different viewpoints, to constructive feedback and to direction from academics and clinical staff.
  • Interacting positively and effectively in groups with other students while attending activities related to the course.
  • Contributing to on-line discussion forums and tutorials with peers and academics whilst using respectful language and tone.
  • Coping with your own emotions, responses and behaviour effectively when dealing with challenging situations in the clinical setting.


Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with the requirement for student registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Complying with mandatory reporting requirements.
  • Understanding and adhering to professional policy around the use of social media.
  • Undertaking nursing care within the scope of practice relevant to the required knowledge and level of progression through your course of study.
  • Understanding and adhering to legal requirements associated with the administration of medications.
Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in discussion activities related to the course.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual or group.
  • Responding appropriately to a care request in the clinical environment.
  • Providing the health care team with verbal handover reports related to patient care.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of others and respond appropriately during activities related to the course.
  • Incorporating the use of effective non-verbal cues such as eye contact when communicating with academics and peers during activities related to the course building positive learning relationships.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues of the health care team, peers, patients, and others and respond appropriately during clinical placement.
  • Accessing a computer for your studies.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information.
Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and performing clinical skills within reasonable set timeframes.
  • Applying knowledge of policy and procedures in the clinical setting.
  • Applying theoretical knowledge and understanding health history in relation to midwifery care when undertaking assessment of women during clinical practice.
  • Actively listening to information within a variety of academic and clinical situations.
  • Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions associated with the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing format used by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Reading and accurately interpreting plans of care and medication orders for women and infants.
  • Completing midwifery documentation that is accurate, clear and concise.
  • Performing accurate drug calculations in a timely manner in medication administration assessments and in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrating accurate recording on a fluid balance chart.
  • Recognising when a calculator may have given an incorrect answer.
Sensory Abilities (Visual, Auditory, Tactile)

Examples are:

  • Focussing on and recognising objects that are either near or far, e.g. reading learning resources such as lecture and tutorial screens face-to-face on-campus or on-line; as well as reading examination papers and/or on-line computer quizzes.
  • Observing non-verbal behaviour and other situations in a variety of professional settings.
  • Accurately drawing up and administering medication.
  • Observing and detecting subtle changes in wounds.
  • Detecting changes in skin colour and general tissue perfusion.
  • Hearing verbal communication from other students and lecturers during activities related to the course.
  • Accurately interpreting the verbal communication and direction of clinical staff during emergency situations.
  • Accurately detecting various observations such as a blood pressure measurement, listening to the fetal and maternal heart rates, lung and bowel sounds by auscultation using a stethoscope.
  • Responding to a care request by activation of a call bell or calls for help.
  • Detecting changes in various maternal and infant observations e.g. assessing uterine contractions, skin temperature and palpating pulses.
  • Conducting a physical assessment detecting anatomical abnormalities e.g. swelling.
  • Using touch appropriately as an alternative means of conveying positive messages to women such as emotional support and encouragement.


Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Rapidly building rapport with women and their families, from all walks of life, as well as with colleagues and healthcare staff in both the academic and clinical environment.
  • Maintaining positive working relationships when under stressful circumstances.
  • Maintaining confidentiality in all contexts.
Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Reflecting on topics taught during the course of study, including on situations that may be difficult or sensitive, yet still require reflective processing, judgment or action.
  • Identifying when a practice issue is outside your scope of expertise.
  • Identifying when your practice may be negatively affected by personal experience and/or reactions.
  • Reflecting on situations that may be challenging, difficult and sensitive.
Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Actively participating in activities related to the course and professional experience to the required standard and for the required duration.
  • Performing with the required mental energy and endurance to correctly fulfill emergency services practice and requirements.
Strength and Mobility (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)

Examples are:

  • Incorporating a range of gross motor skills while participating effectively in activities related to the course.
  • Maintaining balance while safely mobilising and transferring women and infants or resources.
  • Moving with ease around womens' bedsides, birthing suite, bathrooms and equipment items while performing the delivery of care activities and responding to emergency situations.
  • Safely retrieving and utilising stock and equipment.
  • Inserting a urinary catheter.
  • Manipulating intricate equipment to assist with instrument births, resuscitations, and other relevant procedures.
  • Manipulating syringes and needles during preparation and administration of medications addressing safety to self and others.
  • Priming, accurately inserting and setting prescribed rates on an infusion device.
Interpersonal Engagement

Examples are:

  • Demonstrating the skills of collaborating with fellow students and colleagues, modifying and reflecting on practice, or modifying and reflecting on work in response to supervisor feedback.
  • Rapidly building rapport with colleagues and stakeholders in order to engage them in effective emergency services practice, for example during difficult situations and crises situations.
  • Critically self-reflecting on situations that may/may not have gone well, and take the learning point(s) from that situation.
  • Interacting and engaging with individuals and groups in emergency services practice in a respectful and culturally competent manner in a wide variety of contexts.


Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Abilities

Examples are:

  • Accessing a computer for your studies.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Analysing, manipulating and displaying scientific information.


Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Implement a woman-centred care approach using midwifery philosophies and primary health care principles as a foundation of practice.
  • 2. Apply foundational knowledge and skills for providing competent midwifery care in normal pregnancy and birth, within the full scope of midwifery practice.
  • 3. Apply knowledge and experience in detecting and reporting deviations from normal and providing complex care to women and babies.
  • 4. Integrate knowledge of maternity care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities into midwifery practice.
  • 5. Provide appropriate midwifery care to women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and other vulnerable groups.
  • 6. Demonstrate superior skills and communication collaboration and teamwork as well as delegation and supervision capabilities to facilitate safe and effective care.
  • 7. Use innovative information technology and electronic resources to support midwifery practice.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a broad and coherent body of knowledge, with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines as a basis for independent lifelong learning
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge with depth in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence
5. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas
6. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and professional practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 12 Total credit points: 96

Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) students are required to be registered nurses with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and have an undergraduate degree for acceptance into the course.

The Head of Course will confirm that the prospective student has been accepted by a clinical facility which meets ANMAC requirements for placements as a student midwife.

Student numbers will be capped to ensure that clinical places can be provided and to enable students to achieve minimal student requirements, for example, accoucher 30 births.

To eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) students must successfully complete the following:

Available units
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
MDWF12001 Midwifery – Past and Present
MDWF12002 Foundations of Midwifery 1
MDWF12003 Midwifery Practice 1
MDWF12004 Critical Inquiry and Midwifery Practice
MDWF12005 Foundations of Midwifery 2
MDWF12006 Midwifery Practice 2
MDWF13001 Cultural and Psychosocial Diversity in Midwifery
MDWF13002 Postnatal Health and Wellbeing
MDWF13003 Midwifery Practice 3
MDWF13004 Ethical, Legal and Professional Midwifery Practice
MDWF13005 Transition to Autonomous Practice
MDWF13006 Midwifery Practice 4
More Details

Please note that applications for 2020 close on 6th December 2019.


Please contact midwiferyclplacements@cqu.edu.au for information regarding the clinical placement component of this course.


Mandatory Pre-Clinical Requirements:

 

Mandatory checks/Pre-clinical requirements are required by hospitals, both public and private. Mandatory checks are important to protect you both medically and legally. Please note, CQUniversity requires a set list of mandatory checks. Mandatory checks/pre-clinical requirements are due by January 31 in the year of commencement. You cannot start residential school without mandatory checks, no exceptions. All mandatory checks must be submitted through SONIA. What is SONIA? SONIA is an online program where you must upload all of your mandatory checks. Once all of your checks are uploaded please email midwiferyclplacements@cqu.edu.au and CQU staff will check that your documents are correct.

Please see   https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AUo5OVprk-dpHL0zgvp9Y_IhY_1A9PVFJxm-AIY-9Qk/edit?usp=sharing for details


Residential Schools


Please note that at times residential school dates may be scheduled prior to the confirmation of grades for the previous semester. In order for students to attend residential school a passing grade must be achieved for the prior term. Students who have failed the previous terms unit are not eligible attend residential school. Students who are at risk of failing or have a grade of Practicum Outstanding (PO) may attend residential however they will be liable for all costs of travel and accommodation should they attend residential school but then fail. If you are concerned that you may fail units in the Bachelor Of Midwifery (graduate entry) program and are unsure about whether you are eligible to attend residential school please contact Bridget Ferguson, the Head of Midwifery, to discuss prior to booking flights or accommodation.


Please note that the Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) residential schools will be held on the Noosa campus.


Deferment and Leave of Absence 

The Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) does not currently offer a deferment and/or Leave of Absence (LOA). 


In exceptional circumstances, a request for Deferral or a break in studies (Leave of Absence) may be considered by the CK30 Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) Head of Course on an individual case-by-case basis. Approvals will remain at the discretion of the Head of Course.