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Bachelors of Nursing/ Midwifery

Program code: 2290
QTAC code: 728602
CRICOS code: 062637E

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

4 Years full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)

Prepare yourself for life on the maternity ward and beyond with this double degree. You'll gain the skills and experience to handle the many situations, medical conditions and events that can happen in hospitals or during pregnancy.

  • This four-year program will prepare you to work as both a registered nurse and midwife in settings including public health, rural and community hospitals, and specialist services that provide medical or surgical care to mothers and babies.
  • Benefit from two innovative programs that were developed in consultation with healthcare professionals. Both degrees take a inquiry-based approach to learning and integrate lecture-based study with clinical placements in major teaching hospitals.
  • Learn from lecturers who are among the best in Australia and are leaders in both teaching and research. You will undertake theoretical courses that focus on specific case studies, so you can organise your thinking and apply everything you're learning.
  • Be confident and job-ready thanks to more than 1300 hours of supervised clinical placements at one of UQ's partner hospitals, commencing in your first semester of study. You will also complete extended clinical placements in your final year.

As both a nurse and a midwife, you'll be a competent, capable, and caring professional who gets to meet new babies, make new families and work across a range of healthcare settings.

  • Teaching spaces

    Hospital placements

    UQ partners with a number of hospitals in South East Queensland including the Mater Hospitals (South Brisbane, Springfield and Redlands), Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, Logan and Redlands Hospital, Caboolture Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee and Holy Spirit Northside Hospitals.

  • Professional experience

    International study options

    Because this program is designed to meet international best practice standards, you can go on exchange during your first or third year. We have nursing exchange programs with the University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, University of Manchester and University of Nottingham.

  • Beyond the classroom

    The right fit

    Upon enrolment you will be able to preference a home hospital group to undertake the majority of your clinical placement, ensuring a learning atmosphere that suits your goals and interests. Please note that hospital partners are subject to change and final approval.

  • Professional experience

    Begin your career at UQ

     

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery are distinguished by their breadth of knowledge, professional readiness, initiative, and problem-solving skills.

Our graduates typically find employment in a range of different public and private healthcare settings, maternity and neonatal care settings, teaching and research centres, rural and remote health clinics, and aid organisations.

Specific roles include:

  • Aged care
  • Antenatal, birthing and post natal nursing
  • Community and primary care nursing
  • Critical care (such as emergency)
  • Indigenous health
  • Medical/surgical nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Neonatal nursing
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse manager
  • Paediatrics and child health
  • Perioperative
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rural and remote areas.

Other graduates further their research ambitions and enrol in a Nursing or Midwifery honours year, where they develop their research skills and make significant contributions to knowledge.

  • Careers

    Join a growing profession

    There is a worldwide shortage of trained nurses, and Australian employment prospects are projected to increase by 18.7 per cent during the next five years. There is also a worldwide shortage of trained midwives – the World Health Organization estimates the global shortage at 4.3 million.

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Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Year 12 or equivalent English and one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

View the equivalent qualifications for international students.

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelors of Nursing/ Midwifery are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

The Bachelors of Nursing/ Midwifery is made up of two course lists:

Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Bachelors of Nursing/ Midwifery has a single set of Program Rules, which explain what is required to complete the dual program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

If you decide to enrol in a dual program, you can use a Dual Degree Planner to help organise your studies.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake over 1,300 hours^ of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes hospitals and a variety of health care organisation. You will have the opportunity during your placements to apply your theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework to practice and develop your clinical skills in real life settings.

^ included in these hours are a number of 'continuity of care' that are completed over the duration of the program; this involves accompanying a woman through pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. You may need to attend Continuity of Care experiences outside regular study and placement times.

You will commence your clinical placements in the first semester of the program. Over the first three years of the program your will normally complete 15x 8-hour shifts per semester and in the final year you will complete extended full time clinical placements in Nursing and Midwifery.

Location
Upon entering your program you will preference and then be allocated to a home hospital group. For further information on home hospital groups, visit the following website.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian College of Midwives
  • Australian College of Nursing

Accreditation body

The Bachelors of Nursing/ Midwifery is accredited by:

  • Australian Nursing And Midwifery Accreditation Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Nursing and Midwifery board of Australia (for registration eligibility information visit http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Graduate-Applications/Apply-Online.aspx)

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Bachelors of Nursing/ Midwifery may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $31,360
Indicative fee 2018

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelors of Nursing/ Midwifery for the 2018 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR recertification (approx $55)
  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Senior First Aid Certificate (including CPR) (approx $155)
  • Police check for criminal history ($45)
  • A clinical uniform shirt is required and may be purchased from the School.
  • Costs for vaccinations and serology are the responsibility of the student and will vary based on individual and program requirements.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelors of Nursing/ Midwifery depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

Students are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to allow adequate time for their student visa to be processed.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelors of Nursing/ Midwifery is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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