Monash University

Undergraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleBNP/BMid
CRICOS code070624K
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Nursing and Midwifery: telephone +61 3 9902 6454; email or visit

Course coordinator

Ms Jan Jones


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Full-time study only.
  • The clinical component of this course requires students to be rostered to work a mix of day, evening, weekend and night shifts. Travel to metropolitan and rural off-campus locations for clinical practica will be required. Students are required to be flexible and have access to private transport as some attendance at clinical venues is required outside of clinical blocks.


NOTE: This course has had one or more changes made to it since publication on 1 October 2012. For details of changes, please consult the 2013 Handbook change register2013 Handbook change register (

This course aims to produce a nurse midwife who is a highly capable individual able to work in partnership with the interdisciplinary team in general nursing and midwifery practice settings.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

(a.) Bachelor of Nursing component:

(b.) Bachelor of Midwifery component:

  • practice within the scope of practice and standards set down by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC) national competencies for midwives
  • provide beginning-level holistic health care for women and their families in our multicultural society
  • practice within ethical and legal guidelines
  • plan, implement and evaluate care in a way that reflects attitudes which are congruent with the philosophy of valuing women, women-centred care, and woman-midwife partnership
  • demonstrate knowledge that is evidence-based and underpinned by sound political, historical, cultural and social understandings of health
  • appreciate the significance of ongoing education and research to improve practice
  • work both as a primary carer and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals in providing comprehensive care through women's reproductive life

Special requirements

Students must refer to the information available on the special requirements outlined below. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure they have the correct documentation.

Police checks

Students must have a current Police check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Information available at

Working with Children checks

Students must have a current Working with Children check regarding their suitability to undertake placements. Information available at

Immunisation and infection procedures

Students must comply with procedures to minimise the risk of cross-infection of communicable diseases, and obtain documentary evidence of relevant vaccinations prior to clinical placements. Information available at

Drug administration policy

Students should be aware of their legal responsibilities regarding the administration and storage of drugs in keeping with the Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Vic) and the Drugs Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 2006 (Vic). The School of Nursing and Midwifery have formulated a policy and students should be aware of the drug administration policy relevant to their particular year of study. For more information please visit and refer to the section entitled 'Clinical Guidelines'.


Clinical practice units

This course requires students to undertake off-campus clinical placements. In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision. Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit. Clinical experience may be obtained in a wide variety of health agencies throughout Victoria and Australia, and includes the potential for practice overseas.

Clinical experience makes up approximately 50 percent of the Bachelor of Nursing Practice and Bachelor of Midwifery course. Generally speaking, students on clinical experience will take on shift work, including weekend shifts and night duty and work a supervised, unpaid 37.5 hour week. Make-up for time missed will be arranged in consultation with the clinical coordinator on receipt of a medical certificate. Clinical experience outside of clinical placement blocks is also required which will neccessitate students having access to private transport.

Where a student's skill or knowledge is found to be inadequate, access to the clinical component of the unit will be denied. A student may be withdrawn from a clinical practicum if required skills and knowledge are deemed inadequate, or on other grounds deemed appropriate by the head of school.

Clinical expenses

Students are responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses during clinical placement. Uniforms and accessories are required for clinical placements and students will be notified regarding purchase arrangements upon commencement.

Professional recognition

Successful completion of this course will lead to eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse and Midwife.


Students must complete 25 compulsory units, many incorporating clinical placements.


Students must complete:

First year

Semester one

  • BMA1901 Human structure and function 1
  • MID1003 The childbearing journey
  • NUR1101 Perspectives of health and wellness
  • NUR1201 Appreciating research and scholarship

Semester two

  • BMA1912 Human bioscience in Nursing
  • MID1002 Making practice connections
  • NUR1203 Evidence-based nursing practice

Second year

Semester one

  • MID2004 Being with birthing woman
  • MID2105 Supporting birthing women
  • NUR2002 Nursing practice in context 1

Semester two

  • NUR2004 Nursing practice in context 2
  • NUR2104 Mental health practice 1
  • NUR1202 Legal issues and concepts

Third year

Semester one

Semester two

  • MID3202 Supporting the newborn infant
  • NUR3204 Integrated community care

Fourth year

Semester one

  • MID4001 Preparation for practice (Midwifery)
  • NUR3003 Education for clinical practice
  • NUR3106 Introduction to high acuity nursing

Semester two

  • MID3201 Midwifery practice elective
  • NUR2003 Context of health care
  • NUR3009 Transition to nursing practice


Bachelor of Midwifery
Bachelor of Nursing Practice