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Key details

Duration

3 year/s full-time
6 year/s part-time
3 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1
On campus - Semester 1
Online - No

Locations

Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus

Credit points required

240

Course code

WMIDW2
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Bachelor of Midwifery is a professionally accredited degree that qualifies you to register as a midwife. It is recognised as an approved program of study by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. At CDU, you can study a Bachelor of Midwifery online with intensive weeks (clinical teaching blocks) or on campus, full-time or part-time, as you learn from experts in the field.

Studying a Bachelor of Midwifery online

CDU is one of the largest providers of online midwifery and nursing degrees. We have been delivering distance education for more than 30 years.

As an online midwifery student, you will have access to extensive technical and academic support, an easy-to-use online learning platform, and a network of nearly 400 midwifery students situated right across Australia.

You will enjoy the flexibility of fitting studying around your family and work commitments, and will need to be disciplined and committed in making time for study.

Practical placements

In order to complete the Bachelor of Midwifery, you are required to undertake professional experience placement. This provides you with invaluable practical experience and the readiness for midwifery practice.

Placements have become increasingly more difficult to secure since the COVID pandemic. This has resulted in some students needing to travel interstate for up to six weeks at a time to complete their placement requirements.

Continuity of care is a core element of the course so a commitment to out-of-hours and between semester clinical work is required. Students must follow 10 women across the duration of the degree, seeing these women four times antenatally, being on call for birth, and seeing them twice postnatally. These requirements are in addition to placement. These experiences must be done in your local community due to the many months of a woman's journey. It also requires access to your local hospitals who may or may not support you to visit their facilities.

It is important to be aware that:

  • In order to progress in the course, you are required to attend placements.
  • All placements are arranged by CDU.
  • Placements are subject to availability at healthcare facilities.
  • Placements may include morning, evening, night, weekend and public holiday shifts. They may be scheduled shifts or on-call shifts.
  • Non-attendance at placement may only occur in extenuating circumstances which, for the purpose of placements, do not include childcare and work commitments.

Safe practice

To study a Bachelor of Midwifery, you will need to have an inherent set of requirements. These are the essential abilities, knowledge and skills needed to achieve course learning outcomes and to be able to safely practice as a midwife.

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.

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 on Student Registration is available on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.

Professional recognition

This course is currently undergoing accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Once accredited, graduates will be eligible to apply for registration with the NMBA to practice as a midwife in all Australian States or Territories.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

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. 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

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

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.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study nursing and midwifery at CDU?

Find a rewarding career in healthcare when you study nursing or midwifery at CDU. Our graduates have the academic knowledge and hands-on experience to confidently enter the workplace and deliver evidence-based care to their patients.

  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Gain practical experience through placements and state-of-the-art clinical simulation suites located around Australia
  • #2 Australian uni for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)

What will I study?

CDU is one of the largest providers of online midwifery and nursing degrees. We have been delivering distance education for more than 30 years.

Course structure

As an online midwifery student, you will have access to extensive technical and academic support, an easy-to-use online learning platform, and a network of nearly 400 midwifery students situated right across Australia.

You will enjoy the flexibility of fitting studying around your family and work commitments, and will need to be disciplined and committed in making time for study.

Pre-Clinical Requirements

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.

  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


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 typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(21 units)
230cpCompulsory Core units totalling 230 credit points as detailed below.

MID110 Foundations of Midwifery
MID111 Midwifery Practice 1: Preparation for Midwifery Practice
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
MID120 Supporting Physiological Pregnancy and Birth
MID121 Midwifery Practice 2: Being with Women
NUR135 Primary Health Care
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
MID210 Complex Pregnancy
MID211 Midwifery Practice 3: Complex pregnancy
MID212 Pharmacology for Midwives
MID213 First Nations Australian Women's Health
MID223 Transition to Parenthood and Breastfeeding
MID222 Complex Labour, Birth, Postpartum and the Compromised Newborn
NUR256 Research and Evidence Based Practice
MID221 Midwifery Practice 4: Complex Labour, Birth, Postpartum and the Compromised Newborn
MID311 Midwifery Practice 5: Managing Emergencies (20cp)
MID312 Midwifery in the Global Context
MID313 Managing Emergencies for Women and Babies
MID320 Perinatal Psychosocial Health
MID420 Transition to Professional Practice
MID421 Midwifery Practice 6: Becoming a Midwife (20cp)

Specialist Elective
(1 unit)
10cpSpecialist Elective unit totalling 10 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below.

NUR132 Communication for Person-centred Practice (Completed by Bachelor of Midwifery students - excluding those entering under the RN Credit Pathway)

OR

MID112 Midwifery Practice for Registered Nurses (only Registered Nurses complete this unit as part of the RN credit pathway)

 240cpTotal 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

Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1 (no prior qualifications)

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 (no prior qualifications) 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:

  • maintain the basic order in which units are to be attempted; and
  • check the assumed and prerequisite 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:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective

Recommended Study Plan Full-Time - No Prior Qualifications

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
MID110 Foundations of MidwiferyCOMID120 Supporting Physiological Pregnancy and BirthCO
MID111 Midwifery Practice 1: Preparation for Midwifery Practice*COMID121 Midwifery Practice 2: Being with Women*CO
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1CONUR135 Primary Health CareCO
NUR132 Communication for Person-centred PracticeSESBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
Year 2
MID210 Complex PregnancyCOMID221 Midwifery Practice 4: Complex Labour, Birth, Postpartum and the Compromised Newborn*CO
MID211 Midwifery Practice 3: Complex Pregnancy*COMID222 Complex Labour, Birth, Postpartum and the Compromised NewbornCO
MID212 Pharmacology for MidwivesCOMID223 Transition to Parenthood and BreastfeedingCO
MID213 First Nations Australian Women's HealthCONUR256 Research and Evidence-based PracticeCO
Year 3
MID311 Midwifery Practice 5: Managing Emergencies*COMID320 Perinatal Psychosocial HealthCO
MID312 Midwifery in the Global ContextCOMID420 Transition to Professional Practice CO
MID313 Managing Emergencies for Women and BabiesCOMID421 Midwifery Practice 6: Becoming a Midwife*CO

* indicates sim block and placement

Recommended Study Plan Part-Time - No Prior Qualifications

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1CONUR135 Primary Health CareCO
NUR132 Communication for Person-centred PracticeSESBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2CO
Year 2
MID111 Midwifery Practice 1: Preparation for Midwifery Practice*COMID121 Midwifery Practice 2: Being with Women*CO
MID110 Foundations of MidwiferyCOMID120 Supporting Physiological Pregnancy and BirthCO
Year 3
MID210 Complex PregnancyCOMID223 Transition to Parenthood and BreastfeedingCO
MID211 Midwifery Practice 3: Complex Pregnancy*CONUR256 Research and Evidence-based PracticeCO
Year 4
MID212 Pharmacology for MidwivesCOMID221 Midwifery Practice 4: Complex Labour, Birth, Postpartum and the Compromised Newborn*CO
MID213 First Nations Australian Women's HealthCOMID222 Complex Labour, Birth, Postpartum and the Compromised NewbornCO
Year 5
MID312 Midwifery in the Global ContextCOMID320 Perinatal Psychosocial HealthCO
MID313 Managing Emergencies for Women and BabiesCOMID420 Transition to Professional Practice CO
Year 6
MID311 Midwifery Practice 5: Managing Emergencies*COMID421 Midwifery Practice 6: Becoming a Midwife*CO

* indicates sim block and placement

 

Students commencing in Semester 2

There is no semester 2 entry available for this course.

 

Entry requirements

Quota

Places are limited

The Bachelor of Midwifery is a quota course, which means CDU receives more applications than there are places available. In assessing applicants, CDU will prioritise eligible applicants residing in the NT. Remaining eligible applicants will be ranked in order of academic merit. Offers will be ranked and made in order of academic merit.

If you currently reside in the Northern Territory and have done so for a minimum of 12 months; or if you identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander you will compete in separate subquotas.

If you are not eligible to be considered for the above subquotas, you are still encouraged to apply, noting that it is a competitive course requiring high academic achievement in order to receive an offer.

Further course information is available on the Institution course website

Admission criteria

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 80*.
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Diploma level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma with a GPA of 5.5 and above.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 195.
  • Successful completion of the Tertiary Enabling Program. the Preparation for Tertiary Success courses or a recognised enabling course of at least 12 months duration, with a competitive GPA.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.

Additional admission requirements

Midwifery students must meet a specific level of English language proficiency before they start in a course.

You can show English language proficiency by:

  • completing a declaration that English is your primary language, or
  • sitting an English language proficiency test.

All applicants are required to meet the English Language Skills Registration Standard as outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) at www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/.

Applicants will be required to submit the following via their SATAC application to demonstrate they meet the above standard prior to being included in offer rounds in one of the following ways:

1. PRIMARY LANGUAGE PATHWAY:

A signed English Language Declaration indicating the following:

  1. English is their primary language; and
  2. They have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country*, including at least two years between years 7 and 12.

*Recognised countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and USA.

OR

2. ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST PATHWAY

Applicants have achieved and can supply evidence of the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests:

IELTS (Academic) Minimum Scores

  • Band score of 7.0 in all bands
  • (IELTS Indicator test is not accepted)

TOEFL Minimum Scores

  • Internet-based: total score of 94 with a minimum of 27 in Writing, 23 in Speaking and 24 in Reading and Listening
  • (TOEFL Home edition test is not accepted)

Pearson Test of English (Academic) Minimum Scores

  • Overall score of 65 AND Skills profile of 65 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening

Occupational English Test (OET)

  • A minimum result of B/score of 350 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

TOEFL Home edition and IELTS Indicator tests are not accepted for entry to Nursing and Midwifery courses

Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)Test: not accepted for this course.

Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency Test: not accepted for this course.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.

* Results can be combined from a maximum of two tests undertaken within six months.

* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

Essential requirements

Pre-clinical requirements:

Students must provide proof that they have met all university and State/Territory pre-clinical requirements before they can undertake those units that include clinical placements. These requirements include, but are not limited to, immunisation requirements, Senior First Aid qualification, annual criminal record checks and/or working with children clearances and/or fitness-to-practice requirements.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either:

  • providing a declaration that English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six (6) years of continuous education that is equivalent to secondary education taught and assessed in English in one of the recognised countries*, including at least two years between years 7 and 12.
    (*recognised countries include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America)
  • undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.
IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)Test not accepted for this course.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyTest not accepted for this course.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 65 with no score less than 65 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 94 and a minimum 24 for listening, 24 for reading, 27 for writing and 23 for speaking.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Results can be combined from a maximum of two tests undertaken within six months.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

ATAR profile

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Unlike the other universities I looked at where you spend time in a lab each week, CDU offers one-week practical intensives in a clinical simulation suite (which is a bit like a mock hospital environment) at one of their campuses or centres around Australia. 

Michelle

CDU Student

Michelle, CDU student in Sydney

Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

Student profile

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Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
No
Award
Bachelor of Midwifery
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Nursing and Midwifery, Health, Allied Health Sciences

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW or TAS.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

International applicants currently studying year 12 in Australia should apply via SATAC or UAC.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
104921
N/A
Online (CSP)
104921
N/A
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
Casuarina campus
109438J

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