Facilities for learning

Learning to be a Nurse/Midwife

Contemporary Nursing and Midwifery Education

Ensuring safe, compassionate and skilful patient care is at the heart of nursing and midwifery education at La Trobe. We want to equip our graduates with the best critical thinking and clinical skills and to ensure a professional approach at all times.  We ensure that an evidence based approach to teaching and learning informs our approach to curriculum development and delivery. Our contemporary curriculum has a strong pedagogical and philosophical foundation. Person centred approaches to care and evidence based practice are an essential foundation for everything that we do to equip students for their future career.

Where will the Course take me?

You will be taught and mentored by staff who lead research and practice development in nursing and midwifery disciplines. You will have the opportunity to explore the way that your professional career can get off to a flying start or develop in the direction that interests you. Our graduates are very successful in securing a job on graduation with more than 90% of graduates achieving their 1st choice of Graduate Development Programs.

How will I learn?

Learning to be a nurse or midwife requires a commitment to put caring at the centre of what we do. We require students to study in lectures, workshops, and online. Nursing and Midwifery courses include the health sciences, nursing and specialist elective subjects. Our approach to teaching and learning enables students to apply theory to practice in clinical learning settings in hospital wards, critical care environments, community and mental health facilities during placement.

What is distinctive about Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe?

Students will spend their first year at the Melbourne Campus in Bundoora but will move onto study at one of our four Clinical Schools.

We have a number of developmental and research projects that are focussed on important aspects of learning for contemporary nursing and midwifery health care practice. The stARTalking and SMILE projects are emerging areas of teaching and learning research focused on education for mental health nursing. Students use creative arts in their health care practice to improve communication with patients and helping to build healthy communities.

Clinical Simulation is an important part of contemporary nursing and midwifery education and we make use of 'state of the art' simulation equipment for example the Fidelis Lucina Childbirth Simulator and Point- Of -View cinematographic technologies in student learning. The School also has a number of innovative projects for Digital/Blended Learning including development of an e-clinical portfolio for students with a focus on Digitalised Assessment.

At La Trobe we are renowned for the wide range of opportunities for students to Study abroad for short visits to work on developmental projects and to go on study exchange. Opportunities for include Denmark, Sweden, Indonesia, Malaysia Singapore.

As well as a number of Undergraduate Pathways for study we also have a wider range of Postgraduate Higher Degree and Continuing Professional Development opportunities – read more about our study options.