External: this course is available online through distance education with some on-campus attendance requirements.
Through a partnership approach, midwives provide woman centred, evidence based care for women and babies throughout the childbearing journey in a variety of settings. Midwives play an important role in promoting the health and wellbeing of women and their families by supporting the woman's childbearing choices and providing expertise around pregnancy, birth, postnatal and the newborn period. Midwives collaborate with other health professionals to continue midwifery care in complex situations.
The Bachelor of Midwifery at CDU is aligned with the International Confederation of Midwives' definition of the midwife. Students require a high level of motivation, determination and organisation to successfully negotiate study and clinical experience requirements with work and family commitments. The online nature of the course requires students to be disciplined and committed in their study habits. Students should consider whether their family life and work commitments will support their attendance at placement and time available for study.
Placement may occur during and outside of the semester and students may be required to travel away from home to complete up to 6 weeks of placement at their own expense. Students need to be aware that:
- placement is arranged by Charles Darwin University and dates are determined by the availability of places at the health service facility, therefore dates for placement may not be negotiable
- students are required to attend the arranged placement to progress in the course
- non-attendance at placement may only occur in extenuating circumstances. Childcare and work commitments are not extenuating circumstances for the purpose of placement
- placements may include morning, evening, night duty, on-call and shifts on weekends and public holidays
There are inherent requirements for midwifery. Inherent requirements are the essential abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve course learning outcomes and to be able to safely practise as a midwife. Midwifery requires a degree of physical strength and mobility, endurance, communication and cognitive abilities for safe practice. For more detailed information see Inherent Requirements for Midwifery.
Reporting obligations: Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, CDU is required to register midwifery students with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and to notify AHPRA if a student has or develops a health impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm. Students have obligations under the National Law and are expected to understand their obligations prior to enrolling. More information available at NMBA Student Registration.
This is a competitive course with more applicants than places available, eligible applicants will be ranked in order of academic merit.
Applicants from NSW should note that all the health facilities in NSW North - Central Coast including Sydney have advised that they are unable to place CDU students as they're committed to local universities. This includes all public and private health facilities. CDU consistently revisits the opportunities in these areas; however, we have been unable to secure placements for the last few years. To complete your placement and achieve the Continuity of Care Experiences, you will need to travel to other areas of NSW such as Dubbo, Lismore, Tamworth and Wagga Wagga, potentially expanding your 34 week placement time in these areas by an extra 2 - 3 weeks.
Graduating from this course may lead to career opportunities in roles including case load, midwifery group practice, homebirth and working in in public or private hospitals.
Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to practice as a midwife in all Australian States or Territories and some overseas countries.
Credit transfers & pathways
Pathways for VET to Higher Education
Guaranteed credit transfer arrangements are available to students commencing a Bachelor degree at Charles Darwin University with completed Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications in the same field or discipline at Charles Darwin University. Students who hold completed qualifications should refer to the additional information provided about Advanced Standing and Credit Transfer and Pathways using the links below:
Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education
For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education
Commonwealth supported places
Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:
(a) Australian Citizenship; or
(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.
2019 and 2020: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
International tuition fees
The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2019 is AUD $30,780.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.
The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students that commenced this course and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2018.
Applicant background (Semester one intake 2018) No. of Students % of all Students A. Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
56 65.1 B. Vocational education and training (VET) study 25 29.1 C. Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
<5 N/P D. Recent secondary education
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A .0 International students <5 N/P All students 86 100.0
"<5" - the number of students is less than 5
N/A - Students not accepted in this category
N/P - Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.
This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.
Australian qualification framework
This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.
For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:
This course consists of 24 units. Two foundational units provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the course, become lifelong learners and explore issues related to living, studying and working in diverse social and cultural environments. Core units promote the concept of cultural safety in practice and address the needs of Aboriginal women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Units in bioscience, sociology, psychology and midwifery sciences and practice are combined with extensive periods of clinical experience.
Students practice reflective, evidence-based midwifery encompassing primary health care principles as well as the emotional, physical and social aspects of birth based on an evidence-based multidisciplinary, teaching and learning framework. All students explore the challenges of contemporary midwifery practice and maternity service provision in Australia and internationally as well as addressing the perspectives and needs of Aboriginal women including residents of remote communities.
Units are offered in mixed-modes of study including compulsory on-campus clinical teaching blocks for all students, at their own expense. First year clinical teaching blocks are held at the Casuarina, Alice Springs and Sydney campuses, whereas all second and third year clinical teaching blocks are held at the Casuarina campus. Once students have completed their clinical teaching block students undertake midwifery professional experience placements in approved health service facilities.
You must provide proof that you have met all university and State/Territory pre-clinical requirements before starting clinical placements. These requirements include, but are not limited to:
- immunisation requirements
- Senior First Aid qualification
- annual criminal record checks
- working with children clearances
- fitness-to-practice requirements.
Midwifery is woman-centred and continuity of care is a core element of the course so a commitment to out-of-hours and between semester clinical work is mandatory. Students must follow 10 women across the course of the degree seeing them four times antenatally, being on call for birth, and seeing them twice postnatally. These requirements are in addition to placement. Potential applicants are advised that midwifery is a profession which places considerable physical and psychological demands on the individual however the rewards of the profession can be profound.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
|Unit type||Credit Points||Specific requirements|
Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.
Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.
Compulsory Core units totalling 210 credit points as detailed below.
MID101 Introduction to Midwifery Practice
|10cp||Specialist Elective unit totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.|
|240cp||Total Credit Points|
Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.
Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above
Course Changes 2018
NUR210 Health Sociology has been recoded to HSC210 Health Sociology.
Students should refer to the attached document for information on recommended study plans
Students commencing in Semester 1
The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.
When designing an individual study plan:
- ensure Common Units are completed in the first year of study;
- maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
- check the assumed knowledge for each unit as some 200 and 300 level units assume you have completed foundation unit/s in the unit area at a lower level. 200 level units have the unit code which includes a number starting with 200.
|Legend:||CU = Common Unit||CO = Core Unit||SE = Specialist Elective||P = Placement/Practicum|
|Semester 1||Semester 2|
|CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability||CU||SWK102 Communication Skills||CO|
|CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability||CU||PSY202 Developmental Psychology||CO|
|SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1||CO||SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2||CO|
|MID101 Introduction to Midwifery Practice (CTB 2 weeks placement)||P||MID102 Fundamental Skills for Midwifery Practice (CTB 3 weeks placement)||P|
|HSC203 Indigenous Health Perspectives||CO||HEA230 Cultural Competence in Healthcare (recoded to HSC230 from 2018)||CO|
|MID201 Healthy Childbearing 1||CO||MID203 Healthy Childbearing 2||CO|
|MID202 Professional Midwifery Practice 1 (CTB 6 weeks placement)||P||MID204 Professional Midwifery Practice 2 (6 weeks placement)||P|
|NUR210 Health Sociology (recoded to HSC210 from 2018)||CO||MID205 Midwifery Evidence Informed Health Research||CO|
|MID301 Women's Health||P||MID305 Healthy Childbearing 4||CO|
|MID302 Healthy Childbearing 3||CO||MID306 Professional Midwifery Practice 4 (6 weeks placement)||P|
|MID303 Professional Midwifery Practice 3 (CTB 6 weeks placement)||P||MID307 Specialist Neonatal Care (3 weeks placement)||P|
|MID304 Midwifery in Global Perspective||CO/P||Specialist Elective||SE|
Students commencing in Semester 2
There is no semester 2 entry available for this course.