University Handbook 2018

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery

Course code/s: HZNMD, HZNMDB

Course details
Location Bendigo Melbourne (Bundoora)
Course code HZNMDB HZNMD
Mid year intake available No
Course coordinator Sarah Hay
Course advisor Melissa Deacon Crouch (Bendigo)
Available to international students No
Course duration 4 years full-time
Credit points 480 credit points
Exchange opportunity No
Leave of absence available Yes
Study plan guide To assist with planning your enrolment, you can download the course structure PDF here
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students

Course description

The Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery is a four-year, full-time, 480 credit point pass degree. Graduates of this course will also meet the University graduate capabilities. The program timetable offers a combination of teaching modes, including block, blended and online and enquiry-based learning. There are clinical placements for both nursing and midwifery in each year of the course. Clinical requirements are embedded within the nursing and midwifery subjects and must be achieved prior to completion of the program.  Students must also complete the Continuity of Care experiences required in all midwifery programs by ANMAC.

The course is designed to:

  • prepare graduates to assume practice roles in a broad range of health care settings – midwifery and nursing
  • provide graduates with the theoretical preparation, public speaking ability, and presentation and negotiation skills to enable them to assume future leadership roles in the health care system
  • provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of the roles of the midwife and nurse in social change and to be capable of taking a politically informed stance to support health for all.

The Nursing and Midwifery studies are integrated in such a way that students who decide not to pursue the midwifery pathway during the four-year program will need to withdraw from it and re-enrol in the Bachelor of Nursing. There is no capacity to pursue a midwifery only qualification.

Clinical experience

Nursing and midwifery practicum subjects are offered throughout the course to complement theory and to establish skill competency. To meet the registration requirements, students must satisfactorily achieve a range of competencies in the area of clinical practice. Clinical placements may be required in a range of metropolitan, rural and interstate settings, and are undertaken either as single days or as a block experience of single to multiple weeks. Clinical placements may be undertaken outside of semester and normal business hours.

Clinical requirements

Prior to commencing clinical placements, students are required to produce evidence of completion of:

  • First Aid Level II Certificate
  • Immunisation requirements
  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

College of Science, Health and Engineering students with a third-year elective option in their course have a unique opportunity to enrol in SHE3ISP, with permission from their course coordinator and the subject coordinator.  Please note: enrolment into SHE3ISP requires students to be accepted into an LTU approved short term international program.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) are brief statements defining what students are expected to demonstrate they know and can do by the end of a course.

Meet the relevant national practice standards, codes of ethics, and code of professional conduct for registered nurses and midwives.
Apply critical thinking frameworks and problem-solving skills to nursing and midwifery practice.
Critically review and analyse information to synthesize knowledge to inform professional nursing and midwifery practice.
Demonstrate and apply intraprofessional and interprofessional collaborative practice for optimum healthcare outcomes.
Apply nursing and midwifery knowledge and skills with accountability for the scope of practice.
Plan, implement and evaluate quality person-centred and woman-centred care for nursing and midwifery clients across different settings.
Critically review and analyse contemporary health care services and identify strategies to meet changing societal needs.
Demonstrate ability to pursue ongoing professional learning and development through reflection and action.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 480 credit points over four years of full-time study.

First year

First year (135 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM * Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-W01-52 or TE-W10-51 NSG1INA Introduction to Nursing Assessment 15
TE-W10-51 MID1FPC Foundations in Pregnancy Care 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-W31-51 NSG1NAM Nursing Assessment and Management 15
Option to exit with a Diploma in Health (HDH)

Key: * ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.
** LTU0AIM is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W07-28 or TE-SEM-1 NSG2ANA Nursing Patients with Acute Illness A 15
TE-W09-26 or TE-W10-25 MID2CLB Midwifery Care in Labour and Birth 30
TE-W10-25 or TE-SEM-1 NSG2HPA Nursing Health Priorities A 15
TE-W30-44 or TE-W31-45 NSG2ANB Nursing Patients with Acute Illness B 15
TE-W30-44 or TE-SEM-2 NSG2HPB Nursing: Health Priorities B 15
TE-W30-44 or TE-SEM-2 MID2PCN Postnatal Care of the New Family 30

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W09-26 or TE-SEM-1 NSG2NMR Nursing & Midwifery Research 15
TE-W09-26 or TE-SEM-1 NSG3MHI Nursing: Mental Health & Illness 30
TE-W09-26 MID3NCN Care of the Neonate with Complex Needs 15
TE-W28-46 NSG3PHN Primary Health Care Nursing 15
TE-W31-45 MID3CCM Common Complexities in Maternity Care 15
TE-W30-44 or TE-SEM-2 NSG2IIH Indigenous & Intercultural Health 15
TE-W30-50 or TE-SEM-2 NSG2NCI Nursing Patients with Chronic Illness 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (105 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W09-26 NSG3TCC Nursing Patients in Time Critical Contexts 30
TE-W09-26 MID4AEM Acute and Emergency Maternity Care 30
TE-W31-45 NSG3NMP Nursing and Midwifery: Consolidating Reflective Clinical Practice 15
TE-W31-45 MID4CNM Complex Needs in Maternity Care 30

Please note that the teaching period in which a subject is offered may change.


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