At UTS, we’re focused on delivering clinical experiences that have a clear link to the theoretical components of your nursing or midwifery degree. We’re known for our commitment to hands-on practice, so both our course content and clinical experiences have been designed to help you build the skills you need to get ahead. What’s more, our clinical placements start early – depending on your course, you could find yourself on placement from your first semester of study.
Here’s what you’ll study
You’ll complete some or all of the following clinical placements, depending on the nursing or midwifery course you choose. Note that the length of each placement will vary according to your degree and year of study.
- Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care (1 and 2)
- Fundamentals of Mental Health Nursing
- Nursing Care of the Older Person
- Medical Surgical Nursing
- Introduction to Specialty Practice (see below for a list of available specialties)
- Navigating Transition
- Complex Nursing Care: Medical Surgical
- Midwifery Practice (1, 2, 3, 4 , 5 and 6)
- Care of the Newborn
The UTS Difference
No matter where you study nursing or midwifery, clinical placements will be part and parcel of your course. But at UTS, there are some key differences that set our degrees apart:
Placements that are mapped to your learning outcomes
All our clinical placements are mapped to specific components of your nursing and midwifery course. For example, when you study Medical Surgical Nursing or Care of the Newborn in the classroom, you’ll follow it up with a clinical placement on the same topic. This approach gives you the chance to align your theoretical learning with your hands-on practice – and to put your learning to work in a real-world clinical space.
Connections with leading health care organisations
We’ve built extensive relationships with public and private health care providers in Sydney and beyond. In fact, we’ve signed student placement agreements with all the local health districts in New South Wales, which means you’ll have the chance to experience a real diversity of clinical environments as part of your placement experience. You’ll work in public and private hospitals and clinics, not-for-profit organisations and aged care services, to name a few.
Specialist subjects that reflect your interests (nursing degrees only)
Our nursing degrees are generalist qualifications, but our Introduction to Specialty Practice placement will help you build specialist skills and experience in a niche area of health. Choose from Aboriginal health, aged care, community health, critical care, child and family health care, global health (subject to availability), mental health, paediatrics, palliative care, perioperative care, reproductive maternal and child health care (subject to availability), substance use disorders (subject to availability) or women’s health, depending on your interests.
Placements that consider who you are and where you live
When it comes to assigning you to a clinical placement, we take a data-driven approach that responds to your educational and personal circumstances. Our placement team will input your academic requirements (the subject you need to complete), your geographical location (where you live) and a list of suitable clinical placement providers. The upshot? Where possible, we’ll pair you with a clinical placement that’s within 90 minutes of your home address.
Clinical placements will be a key part of your UTS experience. These placements will prepare you for professional registration as a nurse or midwife – and will also help you build critical hands-on skills that will shape your future career.
Bachelor of Nursing (standard 3-year degree)
- Year one: 20 days (160 hours), usually a two-week placement in Autumn session and two weeks in Spring session.
- Year two: 35 days (280 hours), usually 2 x two-week placements completed per session and 1 x three-week placement across Autumn and Spring sessions
- Year three: 50 days (400 hours), 1 x four-week placement in Autumn session or Summer session (undertaken at the end of 2nd year - subject to availability) and 1 x two week* in Autumn Session and 1 x 4-week placement in Spring session.
If you’re undertaking a combined Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, the timing of your clinical placements will need to be approved by your course coordinator.
Undertaking an accelerated program (Graduate Entry or Enrolled Nurse)? Consult the UTS Handbook and relevant subject outlines for information on clinical placements.
For study days and clinical placements, see the Nursing clinical ladder in the UTS Handbook.
Bachelor of Midwifery
- Year one: 48 hours over a two-week period towards the end of each of each Autumn session. 128 hours over a three-week period towards the end of Spring session.
- Year two: 128 hours in Autumn session and 160 hours in Spring session
- Year three: 232 hours split across 3–5 eight-hour shifts per week for 10 weeks in Autumn and Spring session.
On-call work may be required throughout your course. During third year, you’ll spend the majority of your time in a clinical environment where you’ll be required to work shifts. By the end of the course, you will have followed a minimum of 10 women through their pregnancy and birth.
For study days and clinical placement, see the Midwifery clinical ladder in the UTS Handbook.
As a postgraduate nursing or midwifery student, you’re likely to have extensive experience in a range of clinical environments – but at UTS, you’ll gain even more. Our postgraduate degrees are all about building specialist skills in a particular area of clinical practice, and our placements are no different: you’ll learn to translate the theoretical knowledge you gain in the classroom into hands-on experience in the clinic.
Graduate Diploma in Midwifery
During this one-year, full-time course, you’ll complete 32 hours of clinical practice every week for two sessions, plus a day of on-campus study every week. Prior to commencing this course, you need to have secured your midwifery student position through the NSW Health Midwifery Student Applications for Recruitment and Training (MidStART) program. For more information on the program and application process, .
Before you start your diploma, you’ll complete Preparation for Midwifery Practice, a two-week subject designed to get you ready for your placement.
Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health Nursing
Whether you study full-time (two sessions) or part-time (four sessions), you’ll complete up to 120 hours in a clinical work environment as part of the graduate certificate program.
Clinical placements typically include:
- Autumn Session – 40 consecutive hours (one-week block) in a child and family health setting.
- Spring Session – 80 consecutive hours (two-week block) in a Tresillian facility.
Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management
This part-time degree spans two sessions of study. During Spring Session, you’ll complete 40 consecutive hours (a one-week block) in an observational placement.