Start Date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
IBMW

SATAC Code
414241 (Internal)
414245 (External)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2022 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 93.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): NA
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2021 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 95.10
- External: 93.55
TAFE/RTO: Adv Dip
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Degree overview

  • Deliver life-changing outcomes to women by providing them with care, support and advice during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.
  • Learn in our unique, clinician-led, authentic simulated hospital and health service on campus with expert clinical and academic staff.
  • Study at a university with well above world-class research in midwifery.1 
  • Be directly and actively involved in a minimum of 30 births and work alongside practicing Midwives.
  • Embark on clinical placements from your first year of study.
  • Join South Australia’s No.1 university for graduate careers in health.2
  • Our graduates satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Health Services and Support - Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 

Snapshot

Midwifery studentsMidwives deliver critical care at one of the most important times in a woman’s life. This degree will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to expertly provide that care.

You’ll do much of your learning in UniSA's unique clinician-led, simulated hospital and health services on campus, which are some of the most advanced in the State.

You’ll also embark on real-world, hands-on clinical placements under the supervision of registered Midwives, following women during their unique pregnancy, birth and postnatal journeys.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with women/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists. On entry to the qualification you'll be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant national board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program.

Students who elect to study this program externally must attend mandatory on-campus workshops, continuity of care experiences (COCE), and undertake all clinical placements in South Australia.  

Interstate students will need to be aware that due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, borders between states can close at any time and impact clinical placements and attendance at on-campus workshops and COCE.

What you'll learn

Midwifery students

You'll learn how to expertly deliver midwifery care, along with the legal and ethical responsibilities of Midwives. You'll also explore the political, socio-cultural, economic and technological influences on midwifery practices today. 

There is a strong focus on theory and practical experience, so much of your learning is done in our clinician-led, authentic simulated hospital environment. Here you'll have the opportunity to practice your skills through real-life scenarios and feel confident and prepared for clinical practice. This simulated hospital environment is the only one of its kind in South Australia.

You’ll embark on real-world clinical placements across metro, regional and rural hospitals and health services, under the supervision of registered Midwives. During these placements you’ll be actively involved in a minimum of 30 normal births, and in the pre- and post-birth care of at least 100 women. You'll also follow 15 women through their pregnancy and birth journeys through the Continuity Of Care Experience (COCE).

All midwifery students will need to complete clinical placements and Continuity of Care experiences in South Australia. They must be completed on a full-time basis, and shift work will be required over a seven-day roster. Due to the on-call nature of 'continuity of care', students may be required to carry these out over more than one study period.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Year 1 - Introduction to Midwifery Practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Foundations of Midwifery NURS 1058 4.5
Human Body 1 BIOL 1047 4.5
Normal Pregnancy and Childbirth NURS 1060 9
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Foundation Practicum 1 NURS 1056 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Human Body 2 BIOL 1048 4.5
First Peoples' Health HLTH 1047 4.5
Healthy Mothers and Babies NURS 1059 4.5
Year 2 - Developing Midwifery Competence
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Complex Care across the Childbirth Continuum NURS 2026 9 Rule(s): 12
Fetal and Maternal Pathophysiology BIOL 2056 4.5 Rule(s): 12
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Development Practicum 2 NURS 2039 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Complex Care of the Neonate NURS 2038 9
Pharmacology and Diagnostics for Midwives PHAR 2018 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Practice Development Practicum 3 NURS 2036 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Year 3 - Transition to Midwifery Professional Practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methodologies NURS 3044 4.5
Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing NURS 3054 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Transition Practicum 4 NURS 3052 9 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Becoming a Midwife NURS 3047 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Transition Practicum 5 NURS 3053 9 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Midwifery Project NURS 3049 4.5
Students who have completed a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and are a registered nurse with a current practising certificate
will be granted 49.5 units of credit and are required to complete the following
Year 1
Contemporary Midwifery Practice NURS 1062 9 Note(s): 4
Normal Pregnancy and Childbirth NURS 1060 9
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Foundation Practicum 1 NURS 1056 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Complex Care of the Neonate NURS 2038 9
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Practice Development Practicum 3 NURS 2036 4.5 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16
Year 2
Complex Care across the Childbirth Continuum NURS 2026 9
Fetal and Maternal Pathophysiology BIOL 2056 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Transition Practicum 5 NURS 3053 9 Rule(s): 5,6,12,14,16

Study hours

For each course you study, time will need to be allocated to various classes such as tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. You’ll also need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). As a general rule, if you’re studying full-time, you’ll need to allocate an average of 40 hours per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • quizzes
  • presentations
  • debates
  • assignments
  • portfolios
  • clinical activities
  • exams
  • online activities.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Midwifery

Midwifery studentsUniSA offers one of the country’s best midwifery programs, with a strong focus on theory and practical experience.

Incorporating a birthing suite, special care nursery and postnatal area, our state-of-the-art simulated hospital on-campus is unique to UniSA. Our facilities include a virtual health community of women and their families – designed to enhance and support your understanding of real-world midwifery practice.

The ‘women of Horizon’ are interactive manikins, including birthing manikins, which can be programmed to simulate various birth scenarios. This learning experience involves real people acting as family members, each with their own personal stories, relationships and health histories, along with pregnancy care records.

You’ll learn from experienced clinicians and teaching staff who are leaders of their fields in midwifery practice. From these teachers you'll study a curriculum informed by well above world-class research.1 This means you’re assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support for a truly unstoppable career in women-centred care. 

To fast track your practical experience on-campus, you'll also embark on all-important clinical placements with our placement partners.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

You‘ll complete clinical placements across community clinics, home visits, and maternity hospitals. During these placements you’ll be actively involved in a minimum of 30 normal births, and in the pre- and post-birth care of at least 100 women. You'll also follow 15 women through their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal journeys under the Continuity Of Care Experience (COCE).

These placements provide you with the opportunity to practice your clinical skills, and build valuable professional networks and relationships while you study.

We also host regular University-wide alumni eventsemployee master classes and employment expos in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

This qualification is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:

  • study online, including videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for teamwork and communication.

As this is a hands-on qualification, on-campus workshop attendance and clinical placements in South Australia are both required. Students must attend scheduled on-campus workshops held at either the Mount Gambier or Adelaide campuses and participate in COCE activities in South Australia. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Nursing and midwifery careers snapshot

Hear from UniSA nursing and midwifery graduates, Marie Bentley and Konnie Rapassanis, who are now working at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, South Australia.

UniSA Video

Career outcomes

Your career

Midwives are at the forefront of maternity care in Australia, providing guidance, support and advice to women throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and in the postnatal transition. Midwives play a central role in the promotion of normal birth, which includes screening, assessments, detection of complications and providing emergency care to both the woman and her baby in collaboration with other health professionals.

Midwives play a significant role in health education such as family planning, preparing for birth, parenting and infant care.

Registered Midwives work in multidisciplinary healthcare teams in many settings, such as:

  • community services
  • public or private hospitals
  • rural and remote healthcare
  • home-based services
  • health agencies
  • midwifery education
  • research.

As a Midwife, you'll have the opportunity to undertake further study in the areas of research with a Masters by Research, or strengthen your supervisory skills with a Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Clinical Education). Other options are the Graduate Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health and the Master of Midwifery.

Graduates may complete the Transition to Professional Practice Program with a participating employer.

Professional accreditation and recognition

Graduates satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The requirements for registration are determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Industry facts

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Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 56,100 (16.2%) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply.
  • You'll be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application.

If you're a Registered Nurse looking to study this degree, you may be interested in our Registered Nursing pathway option. This option is available from the following three campuses:

  • UniSA City East campus: Study on-campus (internal) or online (external). Please note, online students will still need to come on-campus for intensive clinical workshops. See the degree info at top of this page for the internal and external SATAC codes.
  • UniSA Mount Gambier campus: Find the degree info at the top of the Mount Gambier page for the SATAC code, where you will complete your studies online (external) and attend intensive clinical workshops on-campus.
  • UniSA Whyalla campus: Find the degree info at the top of this page for the external SATAC code which is the one required for Whyalla applications, where you‘ll complete your studies online (external) and attend intensive clinical workshops on-campus.

If you're a Midwife who has not practiced for between five and 10 years and you've received confirmation from AHPRA that you’re eligible to apply for a Re-entry to Practice Program, you may wish to consider the Bachelor of Midwifery re-entry pathway. You‘ll be required to complete a specific program of study (12 months full-time equivalent), which can be completed completely on-campus or in a blend of online study and on-campus clinical workshops.

Follow the above steps via SATAC, and then email midwifery.enquiries@unisa.edu.au to advise us of your application, noting this pathway. 

Alternative Pathways

Australian

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree:

International

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree:

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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You’ll learn in UniSA’s simulated hospital environment, fully equipped with interactive manikins who can be programmed to simulate a range of birth scenarios, and also real people acting as family members. This on-campus learning environment is the only one of its kind in South Australia.

On-campus simulated learning is complemented by your off-campus clinical placements across external industry settings throughout your degree.

You’ll also have exposure to UniSA’s on-campus Midwifery Clinic which is open to the public and offers personalised pregnancy and postnatal care adapted to suit each woman’s and family’s needs.

Your program director

I am privileged to have worked with women and families for over 20 years as a Registered Midwife. I now have the opportunity to contribute to the education of the next generation of midwives. The entire midwifery team is committed to the highest quality of teaching and learning that is underpinned by research and with strong ties to our industry partners. Studying a Bachelor of Midwifery at UniSA ensures that graduates are prepared to work to the full scope of midwifery practice.

Dr Angela Brown

Program Director

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What others are saying

I have had great placement opportunities including the Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s delivery suite and post natal ward, Burnside Hospital and Mt Barker Hospital.

Alex Tomaselli

Bachelor of Midwifery

Alex Tomaselli

Alex Tomaselli

Bachelor of Midwifery

The facilities at UniSA are hospital-standard and the workshops held in the on-campus hospital and health service were very useful in preparing me for my placements. Plus the staff at UniSA are well-experienced registered midwives and I enjoyed listening to their stories throughout my studies.

Hui Bao

Bachelor of Midwifery

Hui Bao

Hui Bao

Bachelor of Midwifery

I am studying to become a midwife so that I can provide more women-centred options for mothers-to-be during pregnancy and labour. Rural hospitals often have limited resources, so I know how valuable my contribution will be.

Kayla Kemp

Bachelor of Midwifery

Kayla Kemp, Midwifery

Kayla Kemp

Bachelor of Midwifery

UniSA graduates are overall passionate and engaged learners, who can successfully adapt to different clinical environments and cultures while still putting theory into practice. Not only can they learn a specific skill set, but they have the ability to think innovatively and question the perceived norms.

Juanita Ielasi

Chief Executive Officer, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

Juanita Ielasi, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

Juanita Ielasi

Chief Executive Officer, Calvary Wakefield Hospital

I chose to study midwifery after hearing a young Cambodian woman recall saying goodbye to her pregnant mother as a small girl in a remote village. I thought ‘someone should do something about this’ but couldn’t find any organisations that worked with the desperately poor in remote provinces, so I thought, ‘I could go to university, get qualified and come back to help them!'

Kate Taylor

Bachelor of Midwifery
Registered Midwife, Founder of The 2h Project, Lyell McEwin Hospital, and UniSA Clinical Facilitator and Educator

Kate Taylor, Midwifery

Kate Taylor

Bachelor of Midwifery
Registered Midwife, Founder of The 2h Project, Lyell McEwin Hospital, and UniSA Clinical Facilitator and Educator

I’ve always had a passion for helping others and a nurturing nature, so studying Midwifery allows my personal traits and desire to care for others be fulfilled. I’ve had the opportunity to undertake a rural placement in Port Augusta, where the close continuity and cultural care provided in a small country unit has inspired me to one day take my skill and knowledge to a country hospital.

Paige Elliott

Bachelor of Midwifery

Paige Elliott, Midwifery student

Paige Elliott

Bachelor of Midwifery

My goal is to work in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), I love this area the most and it is quite challenging but extremely rewarding to see a baby that you have been caring for, sometimes for months, finally go home with its parents to meet its siblings and the rest of the family. Every time I enter a hospital my heart starts racing and I get a huge rush of adrenaline, this is how I know that this is what I am supposed to be doing with my life.

Bradley Mackintosh

Bachelor of Midwifery

Bradley Mackintosh

Bradley Mackintosh

Bachelor of Midwifery

I am the inaugural recipient of the Gwendoline Dinah Henderson Annual Midwifery Scholarship, named in honour of a highly decorated WW2 nurse who hoped to support regional and rural nurses to undertake midwifery training. This scholarship has helped me cover costs whilst on clinical placements, being placed in both metropolitan and regional hospitals where I gained a wonderful insight into a range of incredible experiences. 

Rosie Wallace

Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery
Registered Nurse, Port Pirie Hospital

Rosie Wallace

Rosie Wallace

Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery
Registered Nurse, Port Pirie Hospital

The Call the Midwifery Student program at UniSA is one of my favourite parts of the midwifery degree. It allows pregnant women to have access to their own student midwife throughout the duration of their pregnancy and postpartum experience. I have assisted more than 20 different mothers on their pregnancy and birth journey so far and think helping multiple women is important as each mother will face her own individual set of challenges. By seeing and learning through all these different experiences your skills and knowledge base grow exponentially which will go on to help other mothers in the future.

Taryn Gartner

Bachelor of Midwifery

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Taryn Gartner

Bachelor of Midwifery