Nurses and midwives are highly skilled health care professionals who combine the art of caring with scientific knowledge and skills.
If the idea of a career in nursing or midwifery gets your pulse racing, look no further than ECU.
We have the largest Nursing program and the only dual Nursing/Midwifery degree in Western Australia. And we have facilities that are the envy of other universities.
Our demonstration wards are as close as you can get to the real thing – until you start your practical work in one of Western Australia’s major hospitals.
If you're interested in working in a different healthcare system to experience health in a diverse cultural setting, you can include a community placement overseas as part of our undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery programs.
Community placement opportunities are currently available in Laos, Cambodia, India, the Philippines, Thailand and Tanzania for Nursing students and in the Philippines for Midwifery students.
You can study our Bachelor of Science (Nursing) course at our South West campus in Bunbury, with facilities that are the most sophisticated in Regional Western Australia.
The technology and equipment is the same as that featured at our Joondalup campus and it includes a nursing demonstration ward and a high dependency ward.
At ECU we understand that when it comes to studying, everyone is different. And often busy!
It's why we offer working nurses and midwives the flexibility of online study within all of our postgraduate nursing and midwifery programs.
Our tutorials are delivered via virtual classrooms which you can access anywhere at any time from your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
During the tutorial, you can ask questions in real time and have discussions with your lecturer and fellow students. You’ll also have access to lecturers online, or can meet with them on-campus.
To see our range of postgraduate courses, simply scroll down to Your Degree.
With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.
At ECU we understand that everyone is different.
Different work arrangements, different family responsibilities, different locations or different learning styles.
That's why we offer the flexibility of studying many of our courses online.
Now you can study where you want, when you want.
Balance your study with family and work commitments. Or advance your career without leaving the workplace.
And just because you're not on campus doesn't mean we'll forget you. Online students get our full support too.
Are you passionate about a particular area or field of work?
Have you just completed a degree and think you’d like to go onto postgraduate study?
Maybe you've been working as a professional and you’d like to gain a competitive advantage or change career direction?
Whatever your reason or background, we offer a wide range of postgraduate courses at ECU.
And because we understand that your life is already busy, we offer the flexibility and convenience of part-time and online study options too.
The nursing and midwifery professions offer you different options for healthcare specialisation, including newborn babies, aged care, pediatrics, mental health, critical care, rural or remote nursing and a host of other specialties.
Our School of Nursing and Midwifery has partnerships with metropolitan and rural hospitals, as well as the private sector, this allows us to offer a unique arrangement where you can undertake the majority of your undergraduate clinical placements in one setting.
To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 12 study areas across ECU – Nursing and Midwifery is one of those study areas.
Within this study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) or a double degree such as a Bachelor of Science (Nursing)/Bachelor of Science (Midwifery).
Postgraduate degrees are also available through coursework or research. For example, you can study our Master of Nursing by Research degree or complete a Master of Healthcare Studies by coursework.
Our purpose-built Health and Wellness building features health demonstration and clinical practice wards that provide a safe and authentic environment for clinical skills development.
These state-of-the-art facilities allow you to practice nursing and midwifery skills in a variety of simulated healthcare scenarios, helping you improve your practical skills and build confidence.
Our facilities include two laboratories and a preparation area where practical sessions are held on pathophysiology and pharmacology.
And we have an Anatomy Museum housing potted specimens, models, charts, textbooks and computers for using packages for chemistry, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and clinical microbiology studies.
Nursing students talk about our awesome facilities and supportive teaching staff, including Norwegian student Karianne Tjugen, who tells us about her 'study abroad' experience in two languages! Our teaching staff also discuss why they enjoy working at ECU.
In their own words: meet our Nursing students and teachers.
In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for their overall satisfaction, the quality of our teaching and for the generic skills they developed during their studies.
And we've achieved these ratings for six years in a row – from 2009 to 2014.
So when you graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at ECU, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work.
ECU Nursing student, Kirsty Hair talks about her experience.
"ECU has amazing clinical practice facilities."
"ECU is the only university in WA to offer a double degree in Nursing and Midwifery, and has amazing clinical practice facilities on-campus. Throughout my course, I've been on a variety of practicum placements for both nursing and midwifery, all of which have been valuable experiences because they allowed me to put theory into practice."
ECU Nursing and Midwifery student
"When I first started ECU's Nursing course, I didn't realise the variety of practical experience offered."
"Students are given the opportunity to work in a range of different nursing settings, from aged care to community health, surgical wards or intensive care. Not only did this kind of practical experience provide me with hands-on learning, it also allowed me to determine what area of nursing I'd like to pursue when I graduated."
ECU Nursing graduate
We have an active student community at ECU. Most faculties or schools have interest groups or events that relate to your area of study.
You can also make connections and join conversations on our social media pages.