Course type: Undergraduate degree
Course length: 3 years
Location: On campus
A Levels: 10, IB Diploma: 29
The Bachelor of Midwifery (Pre-Registration) is for candidates with no previous formal midwifery qualifications or for enrolled nurses who would like to become eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Midwife (refer to Professional recognition/membership for further information).
- be provided with an introduction to clinical practice together with the scientific basis of midwifery and research skills, communication and maternal and infant assessment
- study the history of midwifery and the role of the midwife
- develop midwifery skills and focus on family dynamics, nutrition, Indigenous health issues and complexities of childbirth
- explore managing practice and working in communities and draw on the knowledge gained in the previous years to demonstrate your ability to work in the role of a Registered Midwife.
In each year of the program students will have the opportunity to follow identified women through their experience of pregnancy and childbirth in a variety of settings, including rural and remote areas.
Our aim is to prepare midwives to practice as competent, confident practitioners in all settings according to the full role and sphere of practice described in the international Definition of a Midwife (World Health Organisation, 1992).
Students in this course are required to do professional experience placement (work experience) during their program of study. Certain statutory and other requirements must be met before any student is permitted to attend placement. Details of these requirements.
What will I study?
Refer to the course rule.
What is Midwifery?
Midwifery encompasses the autonomous and collaborative care of women, families and the community.
Midwives are accountable and responsible professionals who provide support, care and advice to women before, during and after childbirth.
Why study Midwifery at Flinders?
- Our School of Nursing & Midwifery was the first to offer a Bachelor of Midwifery program in Australia in 1997 and has been at the forefront of midwifery innovation and development in Australia ever since.
- We have a strong commitment to excellence in midwifery education, research and practice and work to develop strong links with the midwifery profession in metropolitan and rural areas of Australia.
- We offer innovative practice-based education and aim to connect research, practice and teaching so that each informs the other.
- Our academic staff work closely with external clinical and community agency partners to create a curriculum and student practice that are informed by primary health care principles and demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism.
Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Midwife.
Combine with the Bachelor of Letters
The Bachelor of Letters is available to all students studying a degree at Flinders and is available in languages, English, creative writing, innovation and enterprise, and sports performance coaching. It enables you to follow your interests and aspirations and enhance your career prospects by undertaking a second area of study in addition to your primary degree. You will graduate with two qualifications, expanding your employment opportunities.
Domestic students: You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: year 12 qualifications, adult entry (STAT/Bridging Program), TAFE/VET qualification, higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. Refer to undergraduate study applications.
International students: Entry and English requirements
- must make a self-declaration as to their fitness to practice and advise of any pre-existing illness or disability that may impair their ability to practice
- will be required to undergo a police check before their clinical placements.
Immunisation and Communicable Diseases: Requirements for Clinical Placements
This course includes clinical placements which aim to provide students with the practical experience required for the workplace. Students on placement have both an increased risk of most vaccine preventable diseases as well as the potential to transmit infections to susceptible patients. Students who are required to complete clinical placements as part of their course must therefore be immunised in accordance with the relevant State or Territory immunisation standards (e.g. Health Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline) and any additional private provider requirements as needed.
Further information about immunisation and other clinical placement requirements.
Please note that some requirements for registration as a nurse such as English Language proficiency are determined by Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia policy and are provided as a guide only i.e. accurate at the time of presentation and/or publication. Please note these policies may be subject to change during the period of a student’s study in a course and students are required to meet NMBA requirements in place at the time of application for registration as a Registered Nurse. Requirements for registration are available at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.
Rural and remote sub-quota
An annual sub-quota will be available for students from rural and remote areas. To be considered for the rural and remote sub-quota you must submit with your SATAC application a Statutory Declaration confirming you have lived in non-metropolitan areas of Australia (Remoteness Classifications RA2 to RA5) for at least 5 consecutive years, or 10 years cumulatively, from birth (ie during any period of your life).
Download the Rural Eligibility Statutory Declaration (PDF 210KB)
The completed and signed statutory declaration must be uploaded to your application in the SATAC system within 10 working days after submitting the SATAC application.
You can check your eligibility in accordance with the definition above using the search tool at the Remoteness Area (RA) Locator site.
Applications and annual fees
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- Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
- We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.
Refer to credit transfer for further information.
Further study options
- A Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) is available
- Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Midwifery
- Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner)
Nursing & Midwifery (PDF 6MB)