Published on 14 November 2012
14 November 2012
The University of the Sunshine Coast will offer a new combined degree in Nursing Science and Midwifery from Semester 1, 2013.
USC’s Head of School for Nursing and Midwifery Associate Professor Margaret Barnes said the four-year degree had been introduced due to strong demand for health professionals with dual qualifications in nursing and midwifery.
“This new combined program will prepare students to work in a range of health care settings and to contribute to improving health outcomes through nursing and midwifery practice,” she said.
Dr Barnes said a key feature of the Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery would be the provision of professional placements and extended internships in both disciplines.
She said graduates would be eligible to apply for registration as both nurses and midwives with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
“This dual registration is valued by industry and provides graduates with a wide range of employment opportunities,” she said.
The new degree will add to the University’s extensive suite of nursing and midwifery programs.
This currently includes the Bachelor of Nursing Science, Bachelor of Nursing Science (Graduate Entry), Graduate Certificate in Nursing (General Practice), Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Advanced Practice), Master of Advanced Nursing Practice, Master of Advanced Nursing Practice (Emergency Care), Master of Mental Health Nursing, and Master of Midwifery.
— Terry Walsh