Where can I do a nursing or midwifery degree?
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has information on accredited courses and course providers.
Additional information and university websites can be accessed through the ‘Becoming a nurse or midwife’ page in this section.
You can also search the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC) website.
What subjects do I need to get into nursing or midwifery?
For information about your nursing course, refer to the page ‘Becoming a nurse or midwife’ in this section.
Information about Year 10 or 11 subjects can be found on the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC) website or you can look at the course prerequisites for the course you are interested in by going to the university’s website.
Can I work as a personal care assistant (PCA) while I am studying to be a registered nurse, midwife or enrolled nurse?
There is no requirement to be registered or licensed to work as a personal care assistant (or other such job title). If you are working as a personal care assistant, you should make sure that your position description reflects the actual work that you are undertaking and it is clear that you are not working as a registered nurse.
The conditions you are employed under should be clear and you should be aware that if there is an adverse clinical outcome, your nursing knowledge may be taken into account.
Is a TAFE institute able to deliver a Bachelor of Nursing course?
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) has approved standards for course accreditation, which are available from its website.
The standards stipulate that courses leading to registration in division 1 of the national register as a registered nurse must be delivered by a self-accrediting university. The NMBA has decided that approval of all currently accredited nursing programs, including those bachelor degree programs for registered nurses conducted by Avondale College and Holmesglen Institute, will continue under the national scheme provided they continue to meets the benchmark requirements.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) is the accrediting authority for courses leading to national nursing and midwifery registration.
I am a teacher, how can I find information about nursing and midwifery careers or find a nurse or midwife to talk to our students?
To find a nurse or midwife to discuss their work and choice of a health career, you could contact your local hospital, and ask to speak to the director of nursing’s office.
You could also ask your local:
- council (especially in rural areas) – they are involved in promoting health careers in their regions
- university or TAFE provider – they may have opportunities to meet with nurses or current nursing students.
As well as this website, there is a wealth of information about nursing and midwifery careers supplied on the My Future and Job Guide websites.