Bachelor of Midwifery (WMIDW1)




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
The Bachelor of Midwifery prepares students to work as professional and contemporary midwives within a variety of care contexts.
The curriculum reflects the philosophy that midwifery is a profession in its own right and provides learning opportunities that prepare graduates to function as reflective, compassionate, safe and competent midwives.
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, immunization requirements, Senior First Aid qualification, annual criminal record checks and/or working with children clearances and/or fitness-to-practice requirements.
Professional Recognition
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.
Course Structure
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 but with a primary focus on Territory and regional issues addressing the perspectives and needs of Aboriginal women including residents of remote communities.
Beginning in first year students apply their knowledge and skills during continuity of care journeys with childbearing women as well as clinical placements in various settings. In third year under the supervision of a registered midwife, students take on a small caseload of women, to provide continuity of woman-centered midwifery care according to the role and scope of practice.
Units are offered in mixed-modes of study including compulsory on-campus clinical teaching blocks. These are held at the Caesarian, Alice Springs and Melbourne campuses. Once students have completed their clinical teaching block students undertake midwifery professional experience in approved health service facilities. Placements are dependent upon availability. Midwifery is woman-centred and continuity of care is a core value of the course so a commitment to out-of-hours and between semester clinical works is mandatory. Potential applicants are advised that midwifery is a profession which places considerable physical and psychological demands on the individual and sometimes students are required to be on-call to attend a birth.
It is a requirement of the course that students only attend clinical placements at the time and place approved by Charles Darwin University. Clinical placements may include morning, evening, on-call and weekend shifts. Failure to accept an arranged placement will result in delayed progression and completion of this course.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp). All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.


Which department am I in? Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment

Entry Requirement From Vietnam

Applicants must have minimum average of 80% in 4 core academic subjects. Other English Language Requirements accepted: Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 169 with no skill below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module score of 50 with no score lower than 42.

Entry Requirement For International Student

​The minimum academic entry requirements for admissions is the completion of a qualification deemed equivalent to Australian Year 12 by the University's qualification assessment references. Applicants may also be required to satisfy specific course requirements such as a minimum overall grade score or prerequisite knowledge.
Other English Language Requirements:
Australian Technology and Management College (ATMC) - Successful completion of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Students will be required to sit an exit test on completion and achieve a score equivalent to IELTS overall 6.0; Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) minimum overall score of 176 with no skill below 176; Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency minimum overall grade of B2; Navitas Academic English - A minimum overall pass of 65% in Academic English 3; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 58 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from The Gordon
Chisholm Institute
Trinity College - The University of Melbourne

Full Time (3 years)

A$25,650.00 (US$ 20,063) per year

26 February 2018

Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus, Ellengowan Drive, CASUARINA, Northern Territory, 0810, DARWIN, Australia

Online/Distance (240 credit points)

A$25,650.00 (US$ 20,063) per year

26 February 2018

Charles Darwin University Casuarina Campus, Ellengowan Drive, CASUARINA, Northern Territory, 0810, DARWIN, Australia