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. The Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) course is a 2-year program of study, accelerated over 18-months. The Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) course is predicated on a total of three years of learning equivalent to a Bachelor course studied over three years. All eligible applicants must hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree and are awarded one year of recognition of prior learning.
On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as a Registered Midwife.
Throughout this course, you will progressively develop a woman-centred approach to midwifery practice underpinned by cultural safety, evidence-informed practice, collaborative partnerships, and intra/inter-professional relationships founded in primary health care principles.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) will be able to work as a Registered Midwife in a variety of health care settings.
|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|
|AQF Level||Level 7: Bachelor Degree|
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
To be considered for entry into this course, applicants must demonstrate the following:
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.
· 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.
· 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.
Students are required to be vaccinated prior to attending clinical placement with the following vaccinations:
Please note, applicants are strongly encouraged to begin gathering their checks as early as possible.
Applicants must be registered with the 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.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
The Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). The Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) leads to eligibility for registration as a midwife in Australia.
|Learned Society Accreditation||Not applicable|
|Compulsory Residential School||Compulsory residential schools for students studying via mixed mode will be required for the following units. MDWF12003 Midwifery Practice 1 MDWF12006 Midwifery Practice 2 MDWF13006 Midwifery Practice 4|
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|MDWF13003 - Clinical Placement 224 hours plus continuity of care experiences. AMSAT is to be completed on two occasions during the unit. This will be completed during weeks 6 and 12 of the term and will enable students that are facing clinical challenges to be identified and supported early. This is a requirement for the proposed ANMAC Midwifery Education Standards and will also form part of the student's ePortfolio.|
|MDWF13006 - Clinical Placement 224 hours plus continuity of care experiences. The Australian Midwifery Standards Assessment Tool (AMSAT) is to be completed on two occasions during the unit. This will be completed during weeks 6 and 12 of the term and will enable students that are facing clinical challenges to be identified and supported early. This is a requirement for the proposed ANMAC Midwifery Education Standards and will also form part of the student's ePortfolio.|
|MDWF12003 - Clinical Placement 224 hours plus continuity of care experiences. AMSAT is to be completed on two occasions during the unit. This will be completed during weeks 6 and 12 of the term and will enable students that are facing clinical challenges to be identified and supported early. This is a requirement for the proposed ANMAC Midwifery Education Standards and will also form part of the student's ePortfolio.|
|MDWF12006 - Clinical Placement 224 hours plus continuity of care experiences. AMSAT is to be completed on two occasions during the unit. This will be completed during weeks 6 and 12 of the term and will enable students that are facing clinical challenges to be identified and supported early. This is a requirement for the proposed ANMAC Midwifery Education Standards and will also form part of the student's ePortfolio.|
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10|
|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|
|KNOWLEDGE Develop an understanding and appreciation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and culture in contemporary and historical context using the respectful and appropriate protocols and terminology|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Engage in reflective self-evaluation of own cultural values and perspectives to proactively create an inclusive workplace that affirms and celebrates cultural diversity|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Display leadership by creating inclusive work environments and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a culturally respectful manner|
|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 that meets ANMAC requirements for placements as a student midwife.
Enrolment numbers will be capped to ensure that students are able to achieve the minimum clinical requirements, for example, primary accoucheur of 30 births as required by the ANMAC Midwifery Education Standards.
It is essential that you undertake all units in this course as per the course structure. Pre-requisite units and co-requisite units must be completed in order to progress in your study. Exceptions to this may apply with approval from the Head of Course. When unforeseen circumstances adversely impact the ability to achieve the required number of clinical hours, a practicum outstanding (PO) may be awarded as an interim grade until the hours have been achieved. In cases such as this, students will be given permission to enrol in the subsequent terms units, however, they may be required to withdraw prior to the census date thus avoiding financial and academic penalties should they not have achieved the outstanding requirements by this time.
The course contains three compulsory week-long residential schools. These are aligned to Terms 1 and 2 of the first year and Term 1 of the second year. Attendance is 100% compulsory without exception. Failure to attend 100% of the residential school will result in the inability to progress in the course. Final confirmed dates for residential schools are released approximately two weeks prior and are determined by the CQUniversity timetabling department. Please note that CQUniversity retains the right to change the dates subsequent to institutional requirements. The cost associated with attending residential schools such as travel and accommodation is at the student's expense. Students will be notified of the campus location where the residential school will be held.
Midwifery Practice Experience (MPE)
Students will be required to complete 224 hours of MPE per term. In addition to this, students are required to undertake continuity of care experiences (COCE). The cumulative total will be a minimum of 896 clinical hours plus a minimum of 100 hours across 10 COCE. Students will be required to adhere to all relevant Work Integrated Learning (WIL) policies, inclusive of the student charter and student misconduct policies, and additionally, the relevant Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) specific guidelines.
Students will undertake formative and summative assessments each term and this will include clinical assessment. This will require completion of the Australian Midwifery Standardised Assessment Tool (AMSAT) document by a Registered Midwife who supervises the student.
To be eligible to graduate with a Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) students must successfully complete the following:
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|MDWF12007||Professional Midwifery Practice: Legal and Ethical Frameworks|
|MDWF12002||Foundations of Midwifery 1|
|MDWF12003||Midwifery Practice 1|
|MDWF12004||Critical Inquiry and Midwifery Practice|
|MDWF12005||Foundations of Midwifery 2|
|MDWF12006||Midwifery Practice 2|
|MDWF13007||Midwifery Practice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families|
|MDWF13008||Foundations of Midwifery 3|
|MDWF13003||Midwifery Practice 3|
|MDWF14002||Pharmacology for Midwifery Practice|
|MDWF13009||Foundations of Midwifery 4|
|MDWF13006||Midwifery Practice 4|
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has a register of students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) for the duration of their study. CQUniversity as the education provider will provide your details directly to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) for registration.