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  • 94% of undergrad CDU nursing students find employment

    According to the 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey National Report

  • 96% of postgrad CDU nursing students find employment

    According to the 2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey National Report

  • Join a community of more than 5,500 health and nursing students

    Studying with CDU online or on-campus across Australia

Message from the Dean

With approximately 4500 students and 150 staff located at campuses across Australia, Charles Darwin University’s College of Nursing and Midwifery (CNM) is one of the largest university providers of online education for nurses, midwives, medical doctors and other health professionals.

College Dean - Professor Karen Francis

We aspire to produce excellent graduates who will become the next generation of health professional leaders in their chosen career path.

Studying at CDU means you are part of a community of scholars that engage with the latest online learning technologies. Undertaking a qualification that leads to registration as either a nurse or midwife learning will involve a range of approaches to learning and teaching. You will learn the art of practice through engagement in our simulation suites located in Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne. In addition, you will be emersed in health care settings located across Australia during your degree ensuring you have both the knowledge and skills required to enter practice as a qualified nurse or midwife.

CDU was the first University to offer online undergraduate health degrees in nursing and more recently midwifery.  We offer a range of new postgraduate and continuing professional development programs to meet alumni demand for those of you who are current practicing health professionals.

The CNM engages in world standard research that informs knowledge, practice and ultimately health care outcomes for Australians. Our Molly Wardaguga Research Centre for example focuses on improving health outcomes for Aboriginal mothers and babies by reducing pre-term birth rates. The CNM also have researchers who specialise in Primary Health Care, Mental Health, Cancer and Chronic Conditions.  Recently the CNM has established a new research group concerned with learning and teaching within academic environments, clinical and community settings. 

We are a values-driven organisation, that aspires to deliver quality, innovative teaching programs and engaging in high impact research outcomes that make a difference in the lives of people in the Northern Territory, Australia and internationally. Join us to connect, discover and grow.

Interim College Dean
Professor Karen Francis

Why Study with Us?

Do you have a passion to become a nurse or midwife? Study a nationally recognised Nursing or Midwifery degree online, on campus, full-time or part-time with CDU and you could be employed on graduation in local, interstate, international or remote communities and hospitals, assisting with global humanitarian relief, or providing evidence-based to women and babies, children, adolescents, adults or older people.

Study an undergraduate degree to be eligible to qualify as a registered nurse or midwife.  

With CDU you will gain practical experience in health settings through placements and clinical simulation suites. 

With clinical placements available across Australia and simulation related learning and teaching delivered in CDU's Darwin, Alice Springs or Sydney campuses and through partner facilities in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, you'll be supported to achieve your Nursing or Midwifery qualification.

If you are an experienced nurse or midwife study a CDU postgraduate course to specialise or move into leadership positions.

Whether you’re starting or advancing your career, CDU’s nursing and midwifery courses can help you reach your goals without putting your life on hold. 

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    Halls Creek Placement

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    Studying external has proven this.  I have the skills to work in many environments. 

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    The Pulse #9 2022

    Sue Kruske and Jenne Roberts from the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre are designing a scoping plan for a comprehensive evaluation of the NT Healthy Under 5-Kids– Partnering Families Program (HU5K-PF). The Healthy under 5 Kids program aims to improve the health, wellbeing, development, safety and learning outcomes of children and their families by providing health assessments and support and connecting families to other services. This program makes a big contribution to the NT’s early childhood development goal of ensuring all children are ready to learn from day 1 of starting school.

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    The Pulse #8 2022

    As you know we are working toward establishing our own simulation spaces in Queensland, Victoria and WA.  After a lot of navel gazing and deliberating on nomenclature for these initiatives while recognising that the terms ‘Centre” and ‘Campus’ can’t be used the following has been conceptualised as a working name:

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