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Bachelors of  Nursing/Midwifery

Program code: 2290
QTAC code: 728602
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

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. Take a narrative and patient/woman-focused approach to learning, integrating practice across diverse and complex healthcare environments.
  • 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 1000 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 Hospital (South Brisbane), Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, and The Wesley Hospital.

  • 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.

  • Accreditation

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council.

  • 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.

  • Professional experience

    International study options

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

  • 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.


Admissions criteria


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

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery in 2019:

3 96 38

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2019

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery:

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median3 / 96 2 / 97
Lowest5 / 92 3 / 96

Learn more about the admissions 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.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study23 37.1%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study0 0%
(C) Work and life experience0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
30 48.39%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
<5 <5
International studentsN/P N/P
Total62 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<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 protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will undertake over 1,000 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.

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. Please see the NMBA website for additional mandatory registration requirements

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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $7,210
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Annual CPR re-certification (approximately $60 per year)
  • 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) (approximately $155 renewed every 3 years)
  • 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.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelors of Nursing/Midwifery is 728602. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Additional application information

Entry is competitive and not all applicants who meet the OP1/rank 99 cut-off are offered a place; finer discrimination within the qualification may be used.

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.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

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".

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

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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