How Do I Become A Nurse Or Midwife
Becoming a nurse or midwife is an exciting career path. Nurses comprise the single largest professional group in the health workforce and they can work almost anywhere in the world.
There are multiple pathways towards becoming a nurse or midwife. These pathways all involve successfully undertaking a program of study approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
We can help you to find the right pathway into nursing or midwifery.
Diploma of Nursing
The Diploma of Nursing is a full-time 18-month program offered by both Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges and the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. This study pathway enables you to apply for registration as an enrolled nurse (EN).
Bachelor of Nursing
The Bachelor of Nursing program is a full-time three-year undergraduate program of study offered by a university. This study pathway enables you to apply for registration as a registered nurse (RN).
Masters of Nursing
The Masters of Nursing program is a two-year full-time program of study offered by a university. This study pathway enables people with a bachelor degree in another field to become eligible to apply for registration as a registered nurse (RN).
Bachelor of Midwifery
The Bachelor of Midwifery program is a three-year full-time undergraduate program of study offered by a university. This study pathway enables you to apply for registration as a registered midwife (RM).
Post registration midwifery degree
The post registration midwifery degree program is an 18-month full-time program of study offered by a university. You must be a registered nurse and hold a current practising certificate to gain entry into this program. This study pathway enables you to apply for registration as a registered midwife (RM).
Information on Various Courses
To help you realise your goal of becoming a registered nurse or midwife, we have collected information on the various courses on offer and listed them by university by state and territory. This information we hope will help you at a glance to decide which universities or courses you would like to explore further, with links to the relevant pages on the universities’ website. We hope this will assist you in navigating the information that is available, and we welcome your feedback.
More information on jobs in the broader health field, or any other job, including what courses or training is required can be found at this link to the Commonwealth Government’s Job Guide which is managed by the Department of Education and Training