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Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:12 pm Last edited Dec 13, 2007, 12:46 pm

Hi all!!

I am interested in studying either midwifery off-campus. Does anyone know of any uni's that offer this?? Uni SA??

Also, I haven't studied at a university level before and don't really have any qualifications so would this mean that I wouldn't be excepted?

Is there any courses I could do that would better prepare me for this course.

Thank you!!



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Dec 13, 2007, 01:05 pm

Hi alex_ruby - welcome to NC :)

It might depend if you are looking at studying midwifery as undergraduate or post-graduate as to whether you would be accepted.

Are you an RN, or are you looking at midwifery as your first course?

This might help someone else give you a more definitive answer.



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Dec 13, 2007, 01:24 pm

No, not an RN.

I work as a cook.. completely unrelated!!

So it would be undergraduate.

I think an option would be to do cert iv in nursing first..

Do they offer this course off-campus??



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Dec 13, 2007, 11:56 pm

I would think that firstly you must be an RN to be a midwife but I could be wrong. From my understanding midwifery is a course undertaken once formal nursing qualifications have been acheived.

If you are keen to do undergraduate study get in contact with universities in your state. Many cater for distance education but if you are looking to do it in '08 you better hurry as applications are closing if not already closed for the '08 academic year. I am unsure if a cert IV would be enough to get you into midwifery.

Alot of uni's have bridging programs that enable mature age students to study. It sounds to me this is something you want to do so I am sure that if you are really keen you will acheive it. GO FOR IT you only live once and aim high.

All the very best.



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Jan 18, 2008, 10:23 pm

You can do mid undergraduate without being an RN. But as for off campus I havent seen a course for middy only Div 1



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Jan 18, 2008, 11:32 pm

The unis are now bringing in a 4yr undergrad midi program due to the need for more midwives, but its not as good as if you did a B nursing/midwifery over 4yrs, coz you are really confined to what you can and cant do. Its better to have the nursing background and then do midi or do it together, eg latrobe.

My mentor was a midwife and she said that the studens she had were employed by the hospital and did 5 shifts a fortnight as a student midwife and the rest of the time they did their thoery. You can work more shifts but she said its theory heavy so you wont prob get the time to do more shfts.



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Jan 30, 2008, 09:42 pm

you can do direct entry midwifery off campus at UniSA, go to and search for midwifery

direct entry means its a Bachelor of Midwifery, so youre a 'Midwife' not a nurse. This means that you can only ever work as a midwife, and for example couldnt work on a general ward in a hospital - which is absolutely fine if you never want to do straight 'nursing' of course! Direct entry mid has only been around in Aust for a few years (not sure of exact info but maybe about 5-7yrs) and its a great option for people who already know they're interest is in midwifery and only midwifery.

down the track you can go back to uni if you choose to and do a 'bridging' course to get registration as an RN, from memory i think its maybe a 2 yr course.

hope this helps!

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