Why study Midwifery?

Midwives are highly specialised, they focus on supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period. La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

La Trobe’s Nursing & Midwifery Clinical School Model

Career opportunities

Midwives have excellent employment prospects in Australia and overseas. Areas include health counselling and education for women, their families and community; preparation for parenthood and infant care. Midwives are also found in education and government.


Local students

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Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery
Duration :
4 years full-time.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Melbourne 81
Bendigo 80.9
About this course
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).
Career opportunities
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to apply
Apply now to start in Semester 1, 2018.

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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:

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Fees and scholarships

Undergraduate courses are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for eligible Australian and New Zealand citizens. The domestic fee calculator can be used to calculate the cost of subjects this year.

There is also a wide range of scholarships available for local students.

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Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

If you have completed a Bachelor of Nursing and have at least one- year's experience, you may apply for the Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery (see the postgraduate coursework section for more details).

Midwifery placements

Our courses include a number of placements in our clinical schools based at major Victorian health care facilities. See clinical schools.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. View all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering.

Midwifery events:

Anal sphincter injury is a serious outcome of vaginal birth. Does maternal age matter?

A Judith Lumley Centre lunchtime seminar with Ulla Waldenstrom