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Graduate Certificate in Midwifery - 262JA

Course Code: 262JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Midwifery
Selection Rank: N/A
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Give your career the push it needs

If you’re ready to enhance your clinical practice, take a leadership role in maternity services development or strike out as an entrepreneur in a private practice, then this part-time course will be the push (pun intended) you need.

Accredited units cover subjects such as physiology, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, clinical assessments and how to confidently prescribe in pregnancy, birth and the puerperium.

But the best bit (apart from assisting beautiful babies into the world)? Gaining the necessary postgraduate level of education for your application as an ‘eligible midwife’ with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Now that’s a career high.

Study a Graduate Certificate in Midwifery at UC and you will:

  • enhance your professional midwifery practice through the acquisition of new knowledge, critical engagement with relevant literature, reflection on practice and in the maternity care context
  • develop problem solving skills that focus on innovation and creative approaches to maternity care
  • enhance your ability to maintain a woman-centred focus in collaborative maternity care contexts.

Career opportunities

Opportunities exist for Graduate Certificate in Midwifery graduates in settings including the home, community, health units or in hospitals and in a range of areas, including:

  • antenatal education
  • parenthood preparation
  • women’s sexual or reproductive health
  • childcare

Course specific information

Students must be registered or eligible for registration as a midwife in Australia.


Current and Commencing Students
Prospective Students
Please email or telephone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Registered or eligible for registration as a midwife in Australia.

Additional Admission Requirements


Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Graduate Certificate in Midwifery GradCert Midwifery

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International



The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. Graduate Certificate courses are typically 0.5 years in duration, so the total course fee will be half the above for such courses.The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Professional Accreditation


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Enhance professional midwifery practice through the acquisition of new knowledge, critical engagement with relevant literature, reflection on practice and the maternity care context Analysis and inquiry
Professionalism and social responsibility
Develop problem solving skills that focus on innovation and creative approaches to maternity care Problem solving
Enhance midwives' ability to maintain a woman centred focus in collaborative maternity care contexts Communication
Working independently and with others
Learning outcomes (eligibility)

Confidently and safely prescribe in pregnancy birth and the puerperium by demonstrating;
a. a sound understanding of physiology, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and prescribing.
b. the capacity to undertake a thorough clinical assessment, and accurate clinical judgement incorporating ongoing evaluation of the clinical condition.
Analysis and inquiry
Working independently and with others
Recognise prescribing as a competence based professional act demonstrating sound knowledge of the legislative, professional, and regulatory contexts framing prescribing for midwives in Australia. Professionalism and social responsibility
Promote safety and quality improvement in midwifery prescribing and use of medicines Communication
Analysis and inquiry
Problem solving
Professional and social responsibility

Course Duration

Standard two semesters part-time only. Maximum four semesters. This course is offered part-time only.



Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

This course is subsumable into the Masters of Midwifery. Students are required to have two years work experience as a midwife to apply for entry into the masters and receive credit for units completed in this course.


  • Past Offerings
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

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