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Bachelor of Midwifery

 
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This course is only offered to local students.

This course is not offered to international students.

location
City campus

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95.35

Min. duration
3 years full time

course codes
UTS: C10225v3
UAC: 606010

The Bachelor of Midwifery incorporates midwifery theory, science and clinical practice in a range of health facilities. Graduates of the course are competent midwives who have the skills, knowledge and confidence to practise midwifery according to the international definition of the role and scope of practice of the midwife.

This course was the first Bachelor of Midwifery to be introduced in New South Wales. It provides the opportunity to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia without having to become a registered nurse beforehand.

The Bachelor of Midwifery incorporates midwifery theory, science and clinical practice in a range of health facilities. Graduates of the course are competent midwives who have the skills, knowledge and confidence to practise midwifery according to the international definition of the role and scope of practice of the midwife.

This course was the first Bachelor of Midwifery to be introduced in New South Wales. It provides the opportunity to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia without having to become a registered nurse beforehand.

Course aims

The course aims to produce informed, reflective, caring and compassionate midwives who demonstrate competencies related to professional responsibility, interpersonal processes and the exercise of clinical judgment. Graduates are capable of providing woman-centred care in both hospitals and community settings. They practise reflective, evidence-based midwifery encompassing primary health care principles as well as emotional and social aspects of birth. They promote culturally sensitive care for women from indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The course prepares students to identify and analyse the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will continue to develop them as midwives and lifelong learners. This includes meeting the challenges of contemporary midwifery practice and maternity service provision in Australia and internationally.

This degree really highlights what I value the most: relationship and family.

Typical study program

A typical full-time course program is shown below.

First year

Autumn sessionCredit pointsSubject code
92350 Becoming a Midwife692350
92351 Foundations of Midwifery Practice692351
92352 Anatomy and Physiology: Pregnancy and Childbirth692352
92353 Midwifery Practice 1: Preparation for Practice692353
Spring sessionCredit pointsSubject code
92354 Introductory Pharmacology and Microbiology692354
92355 Translating Research into Midwifery Practice692355
92356 Transitions to Parenthood692356
92357 Midwifery Practice 2: Supporting Women692357

Course fees

For relevant fee information, are you a Local student or International student

All students at UTS pay tuition fees to contribute towards the cost of their studies.

In 2016 all offers made to domestic undergraduate students will be for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP), which means that the Australian government makes a substantial contribution towards the cost of your education, and you pay the balance through student contributions.

The amount you pay depends on your area of study and the number of credit points (cp) in which you enrol. At UTS 48 credit points is considered to be one Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL).

The table to the right shows the amount a student can expect to pay for one year of full-time study (1.0 EFTSL).

Eligible students can choose to either defer payment of their fees through HECS-HELP, or pay up front to receive a 10% discount. Subject to the passage of legislation, the discount applied to upfront payments may be removed.

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional cost.

You can calculate your student contribution as a percentage of the above.
e.g. If you are enrolled in a 6 credit point Mathematics subject, your contribution would be 6/48 x $8,917 = $1,114

Student contribution amounts for 2015 commencing students

Area of study and

student contribution  

band

Student contribution

(per EFTSL or 48 cp)

3
Law, Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Administration, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
$10,440
2
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health, Allied Health, Engineering, Science, Surveying, Agriculture
$8,917
1
Humanities, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Education, Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Nursing
$6,256

 

Eligible students can choose to either defer payment of their fees through HECS-HELP, or pay up front to receive a 10% discount. Subject to the passage of legislation, the discount applied to upfront payments may be removed.

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional cost.

You can calculate your student contribution as a percentage of the above.
e.g. If you are enrolled in a 6 credit point Mathematics subject, your contribution would be 6/48 x $8,917 = $1,114

Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$19,840 to A$34,080 per year.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students can be found using fees search.

Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.

 

All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:

In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.

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For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' fees information page.

Careers

Career options include being a registered midwife in both hospital and community settings, and in both metropolitan and rural areas. Career progression opportunities include midwifery education and management, consultancy roles, e.g. lactation consultant and independent practice.

Course structure

Course completion requirements

RequirementCredit points
STM90744 First-year subjects48
STM90745 Second-year subjects48
STM90746 Third-year subjects48
Total144

Course structure explained

Students must gain a minimum of 144 credit points to complete the Bachelor of Midwifery.

Full-time students study four subjects a session incorporating midwifery theory, science and clinical practice.

Industrial training/professional practice

This course includes extensive midwifery practice, which is a compulsory component. Students undertake midwifery professional experience in an allocated area health service facility. Clinical placements occur in blocks each session, and are in addition to time spent in the midwifery clinical practice laboratories that simulate the clinical environment. The placements involve morning, evening and possibly night shifts. Over the duration of the course, students are also required to follow women throughout their pregnancy, birth and the period after birth. This requires students to be on-call to attend the labour and birth. Students in the final year of their program undertake a prolonged period of clinical experience with much of their time spent in a clinical environment. Students also have the opportunity to complete a rural and remote placement.

All midwifery students must adhere to the requirements in the Ministry of Health policy directive, 'PD2011_005 Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases', prior to commencement of any clinical practice placements.

The policy should be read in full as it outlines students' obligation for screening and immunisation against certain infectious diseases prior to commencing their clinical placement. Students are asked to provide evidence of their immunity or vaccination status, and screening for tuberculosis (TB) status may also be required prior to the commencement of the first clinical placement. Students should be aware that if they do not meet the requirements of the policy they cannot commence the placement and as a result are not able to complete the course.

Students are also required to undertake a National Criminal Record Check and obtain a National Police Certificate.

In the Bachelor of Midwifery program, students commence midwifery professional experience in the clinical setting in first year and this continues into second and third year.

Additional information

Course duration

The course is offered at City campus on a three-year, full-time basis.

Full time, on campus

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The UTS Year 12 Bonus Scheme awards bonus points to Australian high school applicants based on performance in HSC subjects that are relevant to the course applied for.

Current school leaver applicants are assessed solely on ATAR.

Entry to the course is competitive. Applicants who are over 20 and do not have competitive recognised academic qualifications are encouraged to sit a Special Tertiary Admissions Test or complete a TAFE certificate IV qualification or higher.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Check to see if there are additional admission requirements for this course.

If you don't meet the admission requirements for this course, there may be alternative pathways to help you gain admission.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English.

Any two units of science and any two units of mathematics are recommended.

Year 12 bonus scheme

To see a list of courses where HSC subjects provide bonus points, please refer to the Year 12 bonus points page.

Scholarships, prizes and awards

Scholarships

Prizes and awards

Professional recognition

Provides eligibility to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. See the faculty rules for more information.

UTS: Handbook

See the Bachelor of Midwifery in the UTS: Handbook for comprehensive course details.
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