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Inherent Requirements for Nursing and Midwifery

Edith Cowan University strongly supports the right of all people to pursue studies.

The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students

What are Inherent Requirements?

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

Edith Cowan University is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students' to participate in their course. Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.

Consideration is also given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their course or unit. For further information please contact the ECU School of Nursing and Midwifery and ask to speak to the coordinator of the course you are interested in applying for/enrolling in.

Are Inherent Requirements the same as Compulsory Requirements?

Inherent requirements are specific to a particular course. In the University context, compulsory requirements are broader and can include both compliance with the policies, procedures and regulations which are applicable to all students at the University but also the mandatory requirements associated with the course of study e.g. attendance, completion of assignments.

Why are Inherent Requirements important?

Inherent requirements help to ensure the integrity of the nursing and midwifery professions, and to ensure the integrity of a course is maintained and preserves the university's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a Nursing and/or Midwifery entry-to-profession (pre-registration) course at ECU, you need to be able to meet all the inherent requirements. If you are applying for a course that leads to practice as a nurse and/or midwife, you should read the inherent requirements carefully to ensure you are able to meet them. All students need to confirm their ability to meet the inherent requirements prior to enrolment in all practicum units. If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact the ECU Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.


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Acknowledgement: This content is based on that developed by Johnson, A., Allan,T., Phillips,K., Azzopardi,T., Dickson,C., Goldsmith,M & Hengstberger-Sims, C. (2011). Inherent Requirements of Nursing Education (IRONE), University of Western Sydney (UWS) School of Nursing & Midwifery and UWS Student Equity & Disability Services to form the UWS Inherent Requirements http://www.uws.edu.au/ir

The Inherent Requirements content © University of Western Sydney is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International licence.

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