La Trobe University

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery


Start dates
Semester 1 (March) 2018
4 years full-time.
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.

*N/A: Not applicable, N/P: Not published, NC: New course, RC: Range of criteria.
Additional information on the 2018 intake is now available at the ATAR Wizard.

We offer practical experience in all four years of this course, producing multi-skilled graduates who play a critical role in healthcare.

First year gives you a solid grounding in healthcare fundamentals through subjects such as human biosciences and public health, while also introducing you to the fundamentals of both nursing and midwifery. In second, third and fourth years, you'll study specialised subjects including Indigenous and intercultural health, postnatal care of the new family, care of newborns with complex health issues, mental health and illness. You'll also practice both nursing and midwifery in emergency and time-critical settings.

Throughout this four-year course, you'll complete placements for both nursing and midwifery in a range of metropolitan, rural and interstate settings, and have the chance to study overseas.

Clinical placements are a feature in every semester of this double degree, and may be undertaken at a number of our clinical partner agencies including The Alfred, Austin Health, Northern Health, Melbourne Health, The Women's and Mercy Hospital for Women. These rotations give you first-hand experience of the reality of what it's like to work as a midwife and nurse.

Once you complete this course, you'll be eligible for nursing and midwifery registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Entry requirements


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.
Non-Year 12: Demonstrated proficiency equivalent to stated Year 12 prerequisites.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Year 12 and non-year 12 extra requirements

Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application. Non-Year 12 applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online for other information to be considered during the selection process e.g. details on work experience or reasons for applying. Selection may also be based on ATAR, GPA or STAT Multiple Choice.

Subject bonus

A study score of 25 in Health and Human Development, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

*The presentation of entry requirements is currently transitioning to the new Australian Government admissions transparency format. Please check back in July for the new statement.

Career outcomes

While this double degree provides clear career pathways to hospital positions as a registered nurse and midwife, it can also lead to positions in aged-care, hospices, and schools, as well as to administrative positions in government, aid organisations, healthcare centres and clinics.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery may be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a nurse and midwife. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

Your course fees will depend on the subjects you choose to study: each subject has its own costs. The total course fee may vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and your approved Credit for Prior Learning.

Find out more about undergraduate course fees.

Additional costs

Students should allow approximately AUD$450 for a uniform, name badge and equipment. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; however LTU branded uniform must be purchased from a university approved vendor. These items remain the student's personal property. In addition, students must obtain a Police Certificate (Victorian Police Certificate or Fit2Work) - AUD$20.00 (annually), a Working with Children Check (no cost) and a First Aid II Certificate - AUD$160. Please note: this course is not conducted by La Trobe University and you will need to complete a CPR assessment annually. A schedule of mandatory immunisations are required, the costs of which may vary depending on previous immunisation history, approximately AUD$250-AUD$500. Clinical placements may incur accommodation and travel costs, and these will vary depending on the placement venue. Please note: all costs are approximate and subject to change.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

How to apply for an undergraduate degree

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Additional information

This course has a clinical component. For further information, please visit the Professional Placements website. Students enrolled in the program will be registered as students, at no cost with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please note the AHPRA standard of English language required to register as a nurse in Australia, introduced July 1, 2010. See the AHPRA website for the latest requirements. This course has limited opportunities for entry with advanced standing. Applicants may apply for entry including previous tertiary study, but offers may not include advanced standing for all previous subjects.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: