B-MIDW v.1 Bachelor of Science (Midwifery)
This course is not available to International Onshore Students on Student Visas
Bachelor Degrees prepare students to develop broad and coherent knowledge and skills in a discipline for professional work and further learning corresponding to AQF level 7 qualifications.
Midwives work in a variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals, community practices, birthing centres or in the mother's home. The Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) emphasises the close integration of evidence based theory and clinical practice. Theory content is comprehensive and includes the physical, biological, psychological and social sciences.
The course has been designed to meet the requirements for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). However, there may be additional education requirements for midwives to work internationally.
Midwives work in a variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals, birthing centres, the woman's home and in selected regional Western Australian Country Health Services.. Hospital midwifery usually involves shift work and therefore provides flexibility to enable midwives to balance their professional career with family and social activities. Community-based midwives may work shifts and/or work on-call. Your work may also involve other aspects of women’s health, sexual or reproductive health, lactation consultancy and childcare. There are also a number of other employment opportunities that may not involve direct clinical care. Some of these include research and policy development, and may enable you to work office hours. With a highly developed knowledge base and many clinical skills, midwives are in demand both nationally and internationally.
Additional Course Expenses
Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks and other essential study materials. Students will be required to purchase a uniform for their clinical experience.
Course Entry and Completion Details
Applicants for a Bachelor Degree are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au and include flexible entry pathways. Any specific course entry and completion requirements must also be met.
Desirable: Human Biological Sciences 3A/3B and Integrated Science 3A/3B. STAT elements considered are WE and V.
Credit for Recognised Learning
Applications for credit towards a course are assessed on an individual basis. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to complete the course and may be granted for formal education qualifications, non-formal learning from non-award programs of study and informal learning through work experiences. Further information can be found at http://futurestudents.curtin.edu.au.
Pathway to Further Study
Graduates may qualify for entry to a Bachelor Degree with Honours and some Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Master degrees. For further details, see the University website http://curtin.edu.au.
Course Entry / Completion Note
Course entry is based on the applicant's academic record by ATAR score and/or previous university study. Mandatory requirements for clinical practice include a Department of Health Criminal Record Screening, a National Police Screen, a Working with Children Check, Basic Life Support certificate and a manual handling certificate. It is expected that the student will maintain the currency of these requirements for the duration of the course. Certificates and screening costs are the responsibility of the student. Students must be available to undertake clinical practice during and/or outside semester in healthcare facilities. Clinical practice blocks can be several weeks in length and students need to be available for rotational shifts. More detailed information related to the required certificates and health and legal checks can be located on the Health Sciences’ website.
Bachelor Degrees typically contain a series of units which may include compulsory (core), optional or elective units to cater for student preferences. They may contain a range of majors, streams and/or minors for students to choose from to pursue learning in a specialised area of study.
Students commence their clinical experience in first semester and receive clinical experience in a wide range of community and hospital settings over the duration of the course. This clinical experience is co-ordinated with theoretical study units and progresses from observation visits to more prolonged periods in selected settings over the duration of the course. Students are involved in the care of women, babies and their families, appropriate to their level of academic preparation and experience, for supervised practice. In midwifery settings Registered Midwives will provide individual assistance and supervision of care.
Course Learning Outcomes
A graduate of this course can:
1. apply principles of midwifery and other associated disciplines such as biological, social, behavioural sciences, nursing, ethics and the law to demonstrate competency at a beginning level in accordance with the National Competency Standards for the Midwife (2006); justify midwifery practice as a woman-centred, political, primary health care discipline founded on the relationships between women and their midwife
2. access and critically analyse issues to support midwifery practice; practice reflectively in order to contribute to midwifery
3. locate, extract and interpret relevant evidence and scientific literature; evaluate the evidence to inform decision making in midwifery
4. communicate both verbally and written, in a way the woman, her family and professional colleagues can understand; promote midwifery within the community in the context of public health policy
5. demonstrate competence in technological literacy collect and manage information ethically and effectively
6. demonstrate ability in interdependent and self-directed learning; incorporate learning opportunities in midwifery practice; invite, act upon, and offer constructive feedback on midwifery practice from women and colleagues
7. recognise the importance of skilled professional care (midwifery) for women and babies in an international context; incorporate relevant international evidence/recommendations into midwifery practice
8. support culturally safe, non-discriminatory midwifery for all women and their babies demonstrate an understanding of how diverse values, beliefs and socio-cultural differences may impact on the health of women and babies
9. understand and apply the concepts of autonomy, accountability, responsibility and collaboration in practice; demonstrate ethical midwifery practice for women and families receiving maternity services; interpret the law relevant to the midwife's scope of practice; demonstrate beginning behaviours associated with leadership
Duration and Availability
The course is three years' full-time study. Bentley campus offers one intake a year in February.
Location and delivery Mode
|Year||Location||Period||All*||Internal||Partially Online Internal^||External||Fully Online#|
|2017||Bentley Campus||Semester 1||Y|
The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.
* The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.
^ Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.
# Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.
|Year 1 Semester 1|
|MIDW1000||v.1||Foundations of Midwifery Practice||12.0||25.0|
|HUMB1000||v.1||Human Structure and Function||4.0||25.0|
|CMHL1000||v.1||Foundations for Professional Health Practice||3.0||25.0|
|NURS1003||v.1||Imagining Health in Social and Cultural Contexts||3.0||25.0|
|Year 1 Semester 2|
|MIDW1001||v.1||Theory and Practice of Healthy Childbearing||25.0|
|HUMB1001||v.1||Integrated Systems Anatomy and Physiology||4.0||25.0|
|INDH1006||v.1||Indigenous Cultures and Health Behaviours||3.0||25.0|
|CMHL1001||v.1||Evidence Informed Health Practice||2.0||25.0|
|Year 2 Semester 1|
|GMED2000||v.1||Applied Bioscience for Chronic Conditions||5.0||25.0|
|NURS3003||v.1||Inquiry for Evidence-based Practice||4.0||25.0|
|Year 2 Semester 2|
|MIDW2002||v.1||Complications of Childbearing||4.0||25.0|
|NURS2003||v.1||Behavioural Perspectives of Lifespan||3.0||25.0|
|NURS2005||v.2||Integrated Clinical Practice||48.0||25.0|
|MIDW2003||v.1||Family Centred Care||25.0|
|Year 3 Semester 1|
|MIDW3001||v.1||Complex Maternal and Neonatal Care||4.0||25.0|
|MENT3000||v.1||Behavioural Perspectives of Mental Wellbeing||25.0|
|GMED2001||v.1||Applied Bioscience for Acute Conditions||6.0||25.0|
|MIDW3003||v.1||Complex Care and Mental Health||25.0|
|Year 3 Semester 2|
|NURS4001||v.1||Nursing and Midwifery Capstone||7.0||25.0|
|MIDW3002||v.1||Enhancing Midwifery Practice||4.0||25.0|
|MIDW3004||v.1||Transitional Midwifery Practice||24.0||50.0|
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