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Undergraduate

Midwifery

Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) - BSc(Midwifery) - B-MIDW Health Sciences
Indicative ATAR 88 Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February
Duration 3 years full-time

Course overview

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This course is designed to provide you with a direct pathway to starting a career as a midwife. Midwives are experts in maternity healthcare, and provide care to expectant mothers and their babies before, during and after the baby’s birth. 

This course emphasises the close integration of evidence-based theory and clinical practice. The theory content is comprehensive and includes physical, biological, psychological and social sciences. 

You can gain clinical experience in a wide range of community and hospital settings, and will have opportunities for interprofessional learning across the duration of the course. 

The clinical placements are coordinated with theory, and progress from simulation and observation visits to longer periods in maternity care settings. You’ll be involved in caring for women, babies and their families in supervised practice, appropriate to your academic level and experience. 

Please note this course is full-time, face-to-face, with high contact hours and students are expected to be available for lectures, tutorials and clinical practice for 5 full days a week. This may also include being available nights, weekends and during semester break.

You will also be required to recruit 10 pregnant women, over the three years of the course, to follow their pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey which will involve an on-call component. 

Because you will commence clinical placement in first semester it is important to start the process for health and legal checks as soon as you accept your place in this program. More information can be found here.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Australian and New Zealand students

Indicative TER (ATAR) Indicative TER (ATAR) - This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

88

STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Written English and MC Verbal

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

None

Desirable WACE courses

Human Biology ATAR and Integrated Science ATAR

Other requirements

Mandatory requirements for clinical practice include:

  • Manual Handling and Basic Life Support Certificate is required prior to commencement of the course and then updated on a yearly basis.
  • Department of Health Criminal Record Screening 
  • National Police Screen 
  • Working with Children Check 
 
You will need to keep these requirements current during your course. You are responsible for the cost of these.
 
You must also be available to undertake clinical practice during and/or outside semester in health care facilities. 

Please refer to the following statements before applying for this course:

Fees

Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2016 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$8,040*

Fees are indicative first year only.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Professional recognition

The course is designed to meet the national midwifery education standards and upon graduating, you are eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Additional education requirements may be required if you wish to work in some other countries.

Credit for previous study

If you have previously worked or studied in this field, you are encouraged to contact the Faculty of Health Sciences to discuss credit for recognised learning (CRL) (previously known as RPL).


Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Midwife

As a midwife, you may work in a variety of settings such as clinics, hospitals, birthing centres, in the mother’s home and in regional health services. Hospital midwifery usually involves shift work. 

You may also work as a community-based midwife, working in shifts, on-call, or both. Your work may involve other aspects of women’s sexual and reproductive health, lactation consultancy and childcare. 

Other employment opportunities include research and policy development, which may have standard office working hours. Midwives, who have a highly developed knowledge base and many clinical skills, are in demand both nationally and internationally.

Why Midwifery?

  • This is the only midwifery-specific degree in Western Australia at undergraduate level. 
  • Industry partnerships are integrated with teaching and research programs. 
  • Comprehensive content.
  • Emphasis on the integration of evidence-based theory and clinical practice.