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Study Options for Midwifery

Date of Posting: 12-11-2010
Are you interested in studying midwifery?  If so, you may like to know about some of the study options available to you.

First of all, you don‘t need to have nursing experience in order to become a midwife.  You can do a Bachelor of Midwifery (BMid) and become a midwife without studying any other kind of nursing.

The Bachelor of Midwifery is usually a three year, full-time university degree course.  However, there are different study options you can choose from.  For example, some universities offer an accelerated course which means you would complete your degree in two and a half years, instead of the usual three.

If you’re unable to study midwifery full-time, then you may be able to study part-time.  If you live in a rural area you may even be able to study for your
midwifery qualification through distance learning.

Once you’ve received your undergraduate degree in midwifery, you may be interested to complete another year of study in order to obtain your Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours).  This course can be completed in two semesters if attending full-time, or in four semesters if attending part-time.

If you’re already a registered nurse who wants to become a midwife, then you can complete a one year postgraduate degree in midwifery.  The Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery lets registered nurses work in a maternity unit while studying for their diploma through distance education.  This is a great way for all students, whether they live in the city or the country, to gain practical experience as a midwife while studying the theoretical component.

What qualifications do you need in order to study midwifery?

You’ll need to have completed Year 12 for a start.  Generally, one of your Year 12 units should be in English and another in one of the sciences.  For mature age students, Year 12  may not be necessary, depending on your circumstances and the university you apply to.

You will also need to have completed a senior first aid certificate which has a CPR component in it before starting your undergraduate degree.  You will also be tested for blood-borne diseases, such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.  If your results are positive, then you won’t be able to undertake the clinical components of the course and won’t be eligible to be registered as a midwife.

Before commencing your degree, you will also have to undergo a Police Check.  This is necessary for the clinical portion of the program.

Once you have completed your Bachelor degree and have registered with the Australian College of Midwives, you will be able to work in a variety of settings; public or private hospitals, community hospitals, neonatal care units, remote and rural health, research, teaching and even aid organisations.

As you can see, there are a few different study options available in the field of midwifery.  Whether you want to study full-time, use the accelerated option and finish your course earlier, or wish to study part-time, there’s sure to be a solution that fits your study needs.
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