Midwifery: Bachelor of Health Science
Student Profile – Sarina Harding
As a third-year student of AUT’s midwifery degree, Sarina Harding says she particularly enjoys the regular placements in hospitals and midwife practices. Read more of Sarina’s story
Approved by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand, AUT’s midwifery degree prepares you for a successful career as a midwife, either as a lead maternity carer (self-employed case loading midwife), or as a hospital midwife. AUT midwifery graduates have the skills to work with women and their families to provide excellent midwifery care, and to understand uncomplicated childbirth.You will spend more than half of your time in clinical practice, giving you a significant amount of practical experience to become a confident and competent midwife. You complete approximately 2,400 practice hours over your degree; an experience that reflects the real world of midwifery. You also undertake papers in complicated childbirth, neonatal care and babies requiring special care.
Programme code: AK1035
Duration: 3 years full-time (3 semesters per year*)
Venue: South Campus; Distance learning: Northland (Whangarei), Taranaki (New Plymouth) and North Shore Campus (through a live online platform and local classes)
Start date: 29 February 2016
AUT encourages early application. Places are limited. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.
* This 480-point curriculum will normally be offered full time over 3 years (including Summer School) with options for a period of up to 4 years.
- University Entrance
- Must be capable of meeting Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) requirements
- Police clearance
- Applicants for whom English or Maori is not their first language must meet IELTS requirements - see the English language requirements in the Academic Calendar
- Satisfactory references will be required
- Preference will be given to applicants with the highest rank scores and/or evidence of accomplishments in the relevant field
- Interview may be required
- One subject from: Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies or Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira; and
- One subject from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Science
Below is a summary. For a comprehensive overview of the midwifery degree, please refer to the Academic Calendar
Papers this year cover the scientific underpinnings of midwifery and normal childbirth. The eight papers this year include common and midwifery specialist papers.
Papers (core or compulsory)
525194 Professional Frameworks for Midwifery Practice
555401 Health and Environment OR 555339 Māori Health, Development and Environment
555101 Lifespan Development and Communication
555301 Knowledge Enquiry and Communication
555201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
556202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
525195 Developing Midwifery Practice
526902 Lactation and Breastfeeding
526914 Art and Science of Midwifery I
526924 Midwifery Practice for Normal Birth I
556301 Methods of Research & Enquiry
You will further your understanding of the art, science and practice of midwifery and pharmacology. Papers will also explore complications of childbirth, the newborn with special needs, women’s health and factors that impact on midwifery. These skills and knowledge prepare you for professional practice.
Papers (core or compulsory)
526915 Art and Science of Midwifery II
526918 Midwifery Practice for Normal Birth II
526919 Midwifery Practice and the Normal Neonate
526920 Womens Health Assessment And the Midwife
526922 Exploring Women's Health in Midwifery Practice
527202 Complicated Childbirth
527220 Newborn with Special Needs
527188 Pharmacology for Professional Practice
MIDW602 Midwifery Practice for Women with Complications of Childbirth
MIDW702 Medical Conditions and the Childbirth Continuum
You will spend 80 percent of your time in practice placements with lead maternity carer midwives (self-employed case loading midwives) in the community and in primary and secondary maternity hospitals.
Papers (core or compulsory)
527201 Prescribing and Legislation for Midwives
527221 Childbirth Complexities
527226 Complexity and Diversity in Midwifery Practice
527227 Integrating Midwifery Practice I
527228 Integrating Midwifery Practice II
527229 Transition to Practice
556108 Special Topic (level 6)
557108 Special Topic (level 7)
526210 Clinical Project
Te Ara Hauora Māori papers
Students who wish to seek careers with a Māori development perspective, should select the following 4 papers as electives or as an alternative course of study.
555339 Māori Health, Development and Environment (instead of 555401 Health and Environment)
527872 Māori Health Promotion
567431 Applied Primary Māori Mental Health
567417 Utilising Supervision in Practice
We will support Te Ara Hauora Māori students to form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.
Midwives work in the areas of pregnancy, childbirth and the first six weeks after childbirth. They are employed in public hospital services, or set up in practice as a self-employed midwife in the community.
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Last updated: 30-Sep-2015 11.55am
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.