Skip to main content Skip to main navigation

Bachelor of Science (Nursing)/Bachelor of Science (Midwifery)

Course code Y76

This comprehensive course is unique in WA, preparing graduates for flexible career options in dynamic healthcare settings.

The course offers an innovative and broad study approach, with graduates ready for beginning level practice in both midwifery and nursing. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to deliver high quality care within the healthcare environment.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

    View QILT results.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

Choose student type

Entry requirements

75 Indicative ATAR

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y76

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $8,900

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT
Mount Lawley
South West FT
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

Y76

CRICOS code

097835K

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $44,350

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to provide a personal statement. This statement must outline their understanding of the Registered Nurse's role and of a Registered Midwife's role, their reasons for wishing to undertake this course, and an outline of their plan for managing the workload.

    All applicants must meet the academic admission requirements for this course. The indicative or guaranteed ATAR is as published (where applicable) or academic admission requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • AQF Diploma or equivalent;
    • Successfully completed 0.5 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent);
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • University Preparation Course;*
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course; or*
    • Aboriginal University Readiness Assessment.*

    * Further information can be found on the Study course entry page.

    For international students, requirements include your secondary school results.

  • In addition to satisfying ECU minimum English standard requirements for this course, all applicants must also demonstrate English language proficiency as specified in the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) English language skills registration standard. (https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx)

    These requirements are as follows:

    • IELTS Academic with a minimum overall score of 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • Occupational English Test (OET) with a minimum score of B in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking), or
    • TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test:
      • 24 for listening;
      • 24 for reading,
      • 27 for writing, and
      • 23 for speaking, or
    • Completion of at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English in a recognised country as defined by the NMBA (including at least 2 years between years 7 and 12) with a supporting written declaration to confirm that your primary language is English, or
    • Completion of at least 5 years full-time equivalent continuous combined secondary and/or tertiary and/or vocational education taught and assessed in a recognised country as defined by the NMBA (within the last 7 years), with a supporting written declaration to confirm whether your primary language is English.  Note: The 5 years does not include the proposed ECU study. 

    Note:  English tests must be completed within 2 years of the proposed course commencement date and additional requirements may apply in relation to acceptable number of test sittings and combined scores across test sittings.

    ECUs minimum English standard requirements for this course may be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Year 12 English ATAR/English Literature ATAR grade C or better or equivalent;
    • Special Tertiary Admissions Test;*
    • Successfully completed 1.0 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher in the UK, Ireland, USA, NZ or Canada;
    • University Preparation Course;
    • Indigenous University Orientation Course;*
    • Aboriginal Student Intake Test;*
    • AQF Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree; or
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at bachelor level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent).

Applications for this course are not accepted through ECU's Experience Based Entry Scheme.

Course Details

Choose student type

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, South West

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NPU1101Nursing Practice 115
NUR1101Nursing in the Australian Healthcare System15
SCN1111Health Science 115
NUM1102Communication Skills for Nurses and Midwives15
MIP1203Midwifery Practice 1: Midwifery Principles and Beginning Competencies15
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NPU1202Nursing Practice 215
NUM1204Evidence Based Practice in Nursing and Midwifery15
NUM1203Health Assessment15
NUM1205Legal and Ethical Requirements in Nursing and Midwifery Practice15
MIT1101Dimensions of Healthy Childbearing15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NPU2303Nursing Practice 315
NUM2307Mental Health and Wellbeing in Clinical Practice 115
NUM2306Adult Health Care 115
NUM2308Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' Health and Wellness15
MIP2101Midwifery Practice 2: Midwifery Practice in a Continuity of Care Environment15
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NPU2404Nursing Practice 415
NUM2410Mental Health and Wellbeing in Clinical Practice 215
NUM2409Adult Health Care 215
MIT2101Antenatal and Postnatal Care of the Well Woman15
MIP2102Midwifery Practice 3: Developing Midwifery Competencies15
Year 3 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUR2402Healthy Ageing and Chronic Conditions15
NPU3505Nursing Practice 515
NUM3511Community Health Care in Nursing and Midwifery Practice 15
MIT3101Midwifery Care of the Well Neonate15
Year 3 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUR3503Nursing Children and Young People15
NUR3504Transitioning to the Role of Registered Nurse15
NUM3612Research and Teaching in Clinical Practice15
MIP3101Midwifery Practice 4: Intrapartum Midwifery Care of the Well Woman and Baby15
Year 4 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MIT4103Professional Portfolio for Midwifery15
NUR3605Nursing Leadership, Governance and Culture15
MIT4101Applied Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Midwifery15
MIP4209Midwifery Practice 5: Continuing Midwifery Practice Competence15
Year 4 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
NUR3606Contemporary Issues in Nursing15
MIT4102Midwifery Care of Women and Babies with Complex Needs15
MIP4210Midwifery Practice 6: Midwifery Care Across the Spectrum15
NPU3606Nursing Practice 615

Y76|4

For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Prospective applicants are advised that there is an 'on call' component to this course. It is a requirement in Australia that midwifery students provide Continuity of Care to ten women throughout the course of their studies; this includes being on call to attend them when they give birth.

  • Students are required to complete both nursing and midwifery clinical practicums. Students are required to successfully complete 840 hours of nursing clinical practice hours and a further 640 hours midwifery clinical practice hours. Students are also required to follow ten women throughout their pregnancy journey, accumulating a further 200 hours of midwifery clinical placement hours. Placements are undertaken with a range of clinical partners as full-time clinical placements.

    Attendance requirements

    Students will undertake clinical practicum during the hours laid down by their host clinical agency. These full-time clinical blocks may occur at times outside the identified semester weeks. Additionally, pre-identified clinical practicum periods may change with minimal notice to students due to circumstances outside the control of the School. There is an 'on call' component to this course. It is a requirement in Australia that midwifery students provide Continuity of Care to ten women throughout the course of their studies; this includes being on call to attend them when they give birth.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    To be eligible to undertake clinical practice and fulfill their duty of care, students are required to complete risk management protocols on commencement of the course, and carry out amendments in subsequent semesters as appropriate. Risk management protocols include, but are not restricted to: International students on temporary visas are required to provide a Certificate of International Police Clearance where possible Certificate of National Police Clearance Department of Health (WA) Criminal Screening Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification courses available via ECU provider Current Manual Handling Certification, initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification, courses available via ECU provider Current Neonatal Resuscitation (NNR), initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification courses available via ECU provider Evidence of immunisation status as per the Australian Immunisation Handbook, more information at www.mmunisationhandbook.health.gov.au including immunity to Hepatitis B Tuberculosis screening (Evidence of QuantiFERON or Mantoux Test) MRSA clearance if worked in, or been admitted to, a health facility outside of Western Australia in the 12 months prior to enrolment Working with Children Check, more information at www.workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au Due to the practical nature of the nursing and midwifery professions, there are inherent performance requirements applicable to this course that may impact upon the success of some potential students. Applicants and students with a disability or other issues likely to impact on their ability to perform in practice are encouraged to contact the Director, Midwifery Studies to discuss the support and inherent requirements of this course.

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required to practice in the profession.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply broad health knowledge to a range of theoretical and practical nursing and midwifery situations.
  2. Critically analyse, interpret and conceptualise complex nursing and midwifery practice.
  3. Anticipate and identify potential challenges and develop appropriate nursing and midwifery strategies and solutions.
  4. Access, evaluate and synthesise relevant information from multiple sources using digital technologies to inform nursing and midwifery practice.
  5. Independently communicate nursing and midwifery knowledge, concepts and values clearly and coherently.
  6. Demonstrate a global outlook with respect for cultural diversity, including Indigenous cultural competence.
  7. Work collaboratively within nursing and midwifery teams and with other health care professionals to ethically and effectively respond to diverse health care challenges.
  8. Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and judgement for own learning and professional nursing and midwifery practice in accordance with the NMBA Codes of Practice.
  9. Demonstrate the Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife Standards for Practice required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for registration.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

Fees and Scholarships

Choose student type

AUD $8,900 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $44,350 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

Find a scholarship

Career Opportunities

Possible future job titles

Midwife, Regional Midwife, Rural Midwife, Remote Midwife, Nurse, Registered Nurse, Comprehensive Registered Nurse

Similar courses to consider

  • Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
    Students can transfer into the C33 Bachelor of Science (Nursing) from the Y76 Bachelor of Science (Nursing)/Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) should students no longer be able to continue in this course.

Become World Ready

World Ready facilities

Nursing Demonstration Ward
Nursing Demonstration Ward

View the 360 Degree virtual tour

Explore your options

  • Shari Pilkington - Transforming Lives

  • Nursing and Midwifery student

Student stories

  • Sharna Allan

    Bachelor of Science (Nursing)/Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) student

    "ECU South West is a tight-knit community where you get a sense of belonging"

    After graduating from high school in 2015, I had no idea what area of study I wanted to pursue at university. I decided to attend the ECU South West Open Day and found out they were offering a dual degree of Nursing and Midwifery. I was very excited I was able to find a course that was interesting to study and be able to stay at home.

  • Jessica Burgess

    Nursing and Midwifery student

    "Doubling up for greater opportunity"

    Nursing and Midwifery double degree student Jessica Burgess talks about her ECU experience.

Quick guide to uni-speak

    • ATAR is the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, the primary criterion for entry into most undergraduate university courses in Australia. The ATAR is a percentile score which denotes a student's ranking relative to their state-wide peers upon completion of their secondary education.

    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

    • A major, or unit set, is your chosen area of in-depth study in an undergraduate course. It usually involves 8 units of study, or one-third of the units in a 3-year degree. Talk to your Student Information Office if you need help choosing a major subject.

    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

Do you have any questions about the Bachelor of Science (Nursing)/Bachelor of Science (Midwifery)?