midwife listening to foetal heart beat of pregnant belly

Bachelor of Midwifery

HL0901

Course Details

Hamilton City Campus for all mandatory classes and regional hubs in Tauranga, Gisborne, Rotorua, Hawkes Bay and Whakatane for clinical placements and some tutorials.

Summary

If you want to become a Midwife and provide care to women during pregnancy, labour and birth, and for up to six weeks following the birth, then this programme is right for you. Wintec works closely with the Waikato District Health Board and other DHBs in supporting this programme.

This programme is studied full-time and must be completed within four years. Your first year is mainly theory-based, the second year is split between practical and theory, and the third year is predominantly practical.

This programme delivers its theory classes in blocks of 5- consecutive days, spread throughout the year.  Attendance is compulsory for all students, due to the intensive, theory-heavy content of these classes.

All students must attend mandatory classes at the Hamilton City Campus and are responsible for organising their own transport and accommodation.

During the programme you will be able to apply your knowledge with hospital clinical placements and a midwife in community practice. This includes simulations and placement in maternity care settings. You will also have the opportunity to follow women through their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care.

On completion of the programme you will be required to sit the National Midwifery Examination to become a registered midwife.

This unique programme has been designed to provide you with a direct pathway to starting a career as a midwife.

What You'll Learn

The modules include:

  • Midwifery Knowledge and Skills
  • Art and Science of Midwifery
  • Midwifery Practice
  • Lactation and Breastfeeding
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Normal Process of Childbirth
  • Human Biological Science
  • Cultural Safety
  • Childbirth Complexities
  • Health Research
  • The Well and Sick Baby

Modules are offered via mixed-mode delivery, so you must have computer competencies and be able to access a computer and the internet.

VIEW PROGRAMME MODULES

Year one - level 5 modules

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-Requisites
HSMW511Introduction to Midwifery Knowledge and Skills515 
HSMW512Professional and Therapeutic Interaction in Midwifery515 
HSMW513Constructions of Knowledge515 
HSMW514Human Anatomy and Physiology A515 
HSMW521Developing Midwifery Practice515 
HSMW522Pregnancy and Birth A515HSMW511, HSMW512, HSMW513, HSMW514
HSMW523Te Whare Kōhanga - Bicultural Frameworks for Midwifery Practice515 
HSMW524Human Anatomy and Physiology B515 
HSMW531Mother and Baby Dyad530HSMW521, HSMW522, HSMW523, HSMW524
HSMW532Midwifery Practice and the Childbearing Year515HSMW521, HSMW522, HSMW523, HSMW524

Year two - level 6 modules

Group A

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-Requisites
HSMW611Continuity in Midwifery Practice630HSMW531, HSMW532
HSMW612Pregnancy and Birth B615HSMW531, HSMW532
HSMW613Women's Health Assessment615HSMW531, HSMW532
HSMW621Complications and Conditions630HSMW611, HSMW612, HSMW613
HSMW622Women’s Health and Midwifery Practice615 
HSMW621Complications and Conditions in Midwifery Practice A630HSMW611, HSMW612, HSMW613
HSMW631Pharmacology for Midwifery Practice615 
HSMW632Complications and Conditions in Midwifery Practice B615 

Year 3 - level 7 modules

Group A

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-Requisites
HSMW711Complexity, Diversity and Frameworks for Midwifery Practice730HSMW631, HSMW632
HSMW712Complexity and Diversity in Midwifery Practice730HSMW631, HSMW632
HSMW713Rangahau and Research Methods for Midwifery715 
HSMW721Integrating Midwifery A730HSMW711, HSMW712
HSMW722Integrating Midwifery B730HSMW711, HSMW712, HSMW713
HSMW731Transition to Practice730HSMW721, HSMW722
HSMW732Elective Practicum715HSMW711

Career/Further Opportunities

The Bachelor of Midwifery may lead to employment as a Registered Midwife in hospitals, birthing units and communities, or as a Lead Maternity Care Giver.

Graduate story

Zulema is a Wintec Bachelor of Midwifery graduate now working as an independent midwife. Listen to Zulema's story in our video.

“I didn’t choose midwifery. Midwifery chose me.”

Application Process

  • Check out the Midwifery Step by Step Guide.
  • Apply online or download and complete an application to enrol form.
  • Complete the online Self-Disclosure form.
  • If you’re not sure if you meet the entry criteria complete the online Additional Information form so we’re able to assess your likelihood of success
  • If you have them, provide us with certified copies of your prior academic transcripts. Find out more about supporting material for enrolment here
  • We may also need to verify your identity (your legal name and date of birth) as well as your residency status. If you’re a domestic student we may be able to do this through your National Student Number (NSN), If we can’t we will need you to provide evidence of this by supplying verified copies of your birth certificate or passport.  

Take a look at the application checklist for Midwifery here

Once you’ve submitted your application

  • We’ll email you to confirm we’ve received it and let you know if there’s anything more we need from you.
  • We’ll assess your application and let you know the outcome.
  • If you’re accepted to study, we’ll send you an enrolment offer letter – you’ll need to accept this to confirm your place on the programme. Click here to find out more about enrolment and accepting your offer.

After you’ve accepted your offer

  • You can register for a Get Prepared session with our midwifery team that will help you prepare for your study.
  • If you don’t have a current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate (NZQA units 6400, 6401 and 6402) you’ll need to complete this before you start the programme.
  • At the start of the programme, you’ll need to provide evidence of your immunity and vaccination status. Your doctor will need to complete Wintec’s Immunisation Form.
  • During your induction, you will be required to complete a number of safety checks to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. You can find out more about the safety check process and the Vulnerable Children Act here

Entry Criteria

General Academic Admission

  1. Candidates who have no midwifery or nursing qualification must have gained University Entrance, including:
    1. a minimum of 18 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher in Biology or Chemistry; and
    2. a minimum of 16 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher in an English language-rich subject (such as English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography, Economics or Media Studies); and
    3. a minimum of 16 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher in one additional approved subject (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/approved-subjects/) and
    4. Literacy (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/literacy-requirements-2/)  (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
    5. Numeracy (http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/subjects/literacy-and-numeracy/level-1-requirements/) (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above); or
    6. Equivalent
  2. Candidates aged under 20 years must meet the general academic admission criteria as detailed above.
  3. Registered nurses seeking entry into the programme on the basis of their nursing qualification or nursing practice experience must hold registration with the Nursing Council of New Zealand as a Registered Comprehensive Nurse, or a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse and must provide a Certificate of Good Standing from the Nursing Council of New Zealand.
  4. Registered health practitioners from other disciplines who have a qualification at Level 4 or above, seeking entry into the programme on the basis of their health professional qualification and practice experience must hold registration with the relevant regulatory authority in New Zealand and must provide a Certificate of Good Standing from that authority.
  5. Candidates who have studied on a Midwifery Degree programme at another institution will need to meet the Bachelor of Midwifery programme entry requirements or equivalent. They will also need evidence of a B grade average (i.e. above a B minus average) and a letter of recommendation and a confidential report on the student from the Head of School of the previous programme, before they will be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.

Special Admission

a) Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Applicants will be required to produce:

i. Evidence of academic equivalence of the above qualifications, or

ii. Evidence of ability to study successfully at degree level.

Or

iii. Have completed an approved foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme in Health at Level 4 with 65% or higher in all modules.

b) Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

English Language Requirements

To be considered for admission to this programme, candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an overall International English Language Test System (IELTS) (Academic) band score of 7.0, with no less than 6.5 in writing and reading and no less than 7.0 in speaking and listening; of the Occupational English Language Test (OET) with an A or B grade.

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Don't meet the entry criteria?

Don't Meet the Entry Criteria?

There are pathways to help you get where you want to be. You could start with the Te Ara Pūtake My Academic Pathway, or if you just need to brush up on your science knowledge, check out this course.

Please note if you are under 20 years of age you will not be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Midwifery unless you have met the requirements of NCEA level 3.

After completing the Te Ara Pūtake My Academic Pathway and reaching the age of 20 years, you may apply for entry into the Bachelor of Midwifery programme.

Pathways

Health and social practice pathway diagram

Your First Day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our Welcome page.

Induction day (and first day of teaching)

Year one students

Semester one - All intakes
Date: 11 February 2019
Time: 8.30 - 4.30pm

Venue: A1.04, A Block First Floor - City Campus

 

Returning Students

Your first day of class is timetabled, please check the timetable link below.

 

Information session for new applicants

You are invited to attend a ‘meet and greet’ session for new applicants for our programme. Come and find out more about the structure of the degree programme and have all your questions answered. Feel free to bring whanau and friends with you so they will understand how best to support you with our full-on study programme! You will meet current students sharing their experience with our midwifery degree programme. Current students have found these sessions really helped them to get prepared for their studies in 2019.

We look forward seeing you at one of the sessions below:

Hamilton: Monday 10th December 2018; 5.30 to 7.30 pm; Room D:1.33
or
Hamilton: Tuesday 11th December 2018; 1.30 to 3.30 pm; Room D:1.33
or
Hastings: Wednesday 12th December 2018; 5.30 to 7.30 pm @ Hawkes Bay DHB hospital,
Education Centre Room 1, Canning Road, Gate 5

 

To register for a session email: denise.mathers@wintec.ac.nz

 

 

 

What you will need

Please bring pen and paper with you on your first day and any documents needed for the VCA check. See information below. Money/Eftpos/Visa card if you want to purchase required books/equipment.

 

YOU MUST BRING YOUR STUDENT ID NUMBER, LOGIN IN AND PASSWORD DETAILS WITH YOU.

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Wintec Pōwhiri/Nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information

Vulnerable Children Act (VCA) Safety Check
Wintec is required by law, under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, to safety check students enrolled in programmes that include placements where they could be working with children or young people under 18 years old.
The safety check will be completed at your induction and will require you to complete an NZ police vetting form, a questionnaire and provide the contact details of a referee we can email, as well as additional forms of ID (one of which must be a photo ID).
If you would like more information about the Vulnerable Children Act or the safety checking process you can visit www.wintec.ac.nz/VCA

Booklist

 

Bachelor of Midwifery Required Textbooks

A required and recommended booklist is available on Wintec’s website and at the information evening for applicants

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate


At the start of the programme you will be asked to provide a copy of a current Comprehensive First Aid Certificate - this is a requirement for clinical placement.

Health status

At the start of your programme you will be asked to provide evidence of you immunity and vaccination status; this is required for clinical placement. Your doctor or health provider may be able to confirm this from your medical records; otherwise, a blood test will be required. Please ask your doctor to complete Wintec’s Immunisation Form, available at www.wintec.ac.nz/immunisation. You will be required to cover the cost of any screening, treatment or vaccinations you may require.

Vaccinations are also available from Wintec Health, Counselling and Wellbeing Centre, located in A Block, open 8.00am to 4.00pm, Phone 07 834 8869.

Uniform

Our uniform supplier will be at WINTEC, week beginning 11 February, to custom fit uniforms to order.

Uniforms cost $80

Equipment

Clinical placement

Clinical practice placements in the programme may be out of your hub (Hamilton, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne, Rotorua, Tauranga or Whakatane). Transport to and from these placements, accommodation and any extra costs required are the students’ responsibility. Restricted driver’s license is only workable in the first year. A full driver’s license is required for year 2 and year 3 of study.

Course Guide

Our course guides (prospectuses) will tell you everything you need to know about Wintec. They contain information about the Wintec campus, student life and the programmes we offer.

We offer the course guides (prospectuses) in both digital and physical form.

Undergraduate Course Guide (Prospectus)

Postgraduate Health and Social Practice Course Guide (Prospectus)

Undergraduate Course Guide (Prospectus)

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Postgraduate Health Course Guide (Prospectus)

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