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Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

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Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

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Are you a registered nurse seeking to specialise in midwifery? CSU's Graduate Diploma of Midwifery combines theory and hands-on experience over one year of online study.

Our course enables you, as a registered nurse, to remain working in your community while gaining midwifery experience to become a qualified midwife who is eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is offered online to registered nurses and registered midwives who want to upgrade their qualifications and advance their careers. CSU has many years of experience in educating midwifery students to the level required to enable them to apply for registration as midwives with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    Study at your own place and pace

    Blended learning and two intakes per year offer flexibility to fit study into your life. Registered nurses can be employed as midwifery students to a partnering maternity service and remain in their communities while gaining midwifery experience. If you're a registered midwife, you can apply for this course and won't need to complete practical components or attend residential schools.

    Nationally recognised and valued

    CSU began teaching midwifery in 1990 and now enrols more than 80 students each year in this course with more than 55 partnering maternity services accredited to employ CSU midwifery students across the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. The course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approved by the NMBA. Graduates of education programs accredited by ANMAC can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    Bring your learning to life

    This course has been designed to enable registered nurses to be employed as midwifery students for the full duration of the course while concurrently studying the theoretical component online. Students are permitted to work only in midwifery practice (rather than care for general patients) during their course. Upon successful completion of the midwifery practice and academic study, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    This course is undertaken over a minimum of one year, but may take up to one and a half years depending on the employing maternity service and subject requirements.

  • Career opportunities

    Use your new skills and practical experience to advance your career into a specialist arenaAs a registered nurse and midwife you will be able to offer a greater scope of care to patients in your community – enabling more women to deliver their newborns in their own communities.

  • Professional recognition

    This course is a nationally accredited course in tertiary education. The course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approved by the NMBA. Graduates of education programs accredited by ANMAC can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Registered midwives wishing to upgrade their qualifications are given 24 points credit. An additional 8 points credit is awarded to registered midwives who are the nominated midwifery facilitator in an accredited, partnering unit or who have additional qualifications or more than 5 years experience as a registered midwife.

    Registered Nurses enrolling in the course receive no credit points on entry.

  • Workplace learning

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    MID443 Midwifery Practice

    MID444 Midwifery Practice

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The majority of students are undertaking this course to enable them to be eligible to apply for registration as midwives. For these students the course consists of 64 points:

    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
    MID452 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 1
    MID524 Challenges in Midwifery Practice
    MID525 Midwifery as Primary Health care 2
    and
    MID443 OR MID444 Midwifery Practice (24 points)

    Registered Midwives may enrol in the course to upgrade their qualifications to a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery or Master of Midwifery. These students do not enrol in the Midwifery Practice subject (MID443/MID444).

    Registered Midwives in current practice who are enrolled in specified post-registration nursing degrees e.g. Master of Nursing may enrol in MID subjects as electives.

    Enrolment pattern

    Part-time

    Session 30 intake

    Session 1 ('30)

    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID443 Midwifery Practice (commenced)
    MID452 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 1

    Session 2 ('60)

    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
    MID524 Challenges in Midwifery Practice
    MID443 Midwifery Practice (continues)

    Session 3 ('90)

    MID525 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 2
    MID443 Midwifery Practice (completed)

    Session '60 intake

    Session 1 ('60)

    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID444 Midwifery Practice (commenced)
    MID452 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 1

    Session 2 ('90)

    MID525 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 2
    MID444 Midwifery Practice (continues)

    Session 3 ('30)

    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
    MID524 Challenges in Midwifery Practice
    MID444 Midwifery Practice (completed)

  • Residential schools

    Students who are not registered midwives are required to attend two compulsory, six-day residential schools at Charles Sturt University's Wagga Wagga Campus.

    The first residential school aims to introduce students to:

    • the midwifery profession and woman-centred midwifery philosophy
    • CSU support staff and Graduate Diploma of Midwifery staff 
    • the use of study materials and course requirements 
    • lectures, demonstrations and simulation workshops on selected areas of midwifery practice. 

    The second compulsory residential school is usually held about halfway through the course. Residential schools provide lectures, simulated learning experiences and opportunities to explore areas of midwifery practice with peers.

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2

  • Admission information

    Students entering this course will need to meet the following criteria:

    1. Registered Nurses wishing to achieve registration as a midwife:
      • AHPRA  Registration as a Nurse
      • Contract with an approved, participating hospital as a student midwife for the duration of the course.
    2. Registered Midwives wishing to upgrade their midwifery qualification:
      • AHPRA Registration as a midwife

    Application process

    Registered nurses wishing to undertake this course to become registered midwives must have employment as a midwifery student in one of CSU's partnering maternity services. Application processes differ depending on where you wish to undertake your midwifery practice placement.

    If you wish to be employed as a midwifery student in a NSW public hospital, you must apply via the NSW Health website between early July and early August in the year prior to which you wish to enrol. The application process is through MidStART and information is available online. The MidStART information book is available online from May each year. Follow the instructions to select both the maternity service (public hospital) where you wish to undertake your midwifery practice, and indicate that you wish to study through CSU.

    Should you wish to undertake your midwifery practice in a private or interstate hospital, you need to contact the midwifery facilitator in that unit. For a list of all partnering maternity units or if you have any further questions, contact CSU on 1800 334 733.

    Note: An intake in Session 3 is open only to students who are already registered midwives.

    Closing dates

    Application closing dates will be determined in relation to hospital acceptance notifications. However, you are required to submit your application for enrolment to CSU online at the same time that you apply through MidStART (or through the hospital, if you are applying interstate or at a private hospital). CSU will keep your application on hold until you notify the university that your MidStART or hospital application has been successful. You need to do this prior to 1 November for intake in Session 1, and prior to 1 May for intake in Session 2. Contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call) or make an online enquiry for further details.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOSGD
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYYESGD

    Note: An intake in Session 3 is open only to students who are already registered midwives upgrading their qualifications.

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate and be eligible to apply for Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration as a midwife, pre-registraton students must demonstrate competency at the level of a beginning registered midwife and satisfactorily complete 64 points of midwifery subjects and clinical component of the course. 

    Registered Midwives upgrading their qualifications are required to complete a minimum of 32 points (4 x 8 point MID subjects) to be eligible to graduate.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

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  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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