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Careers in Nursing and Midwifery

Studying to Become a Nurse

The following courses are available in New South Wales:

Bachelor of Nursing – the professional, university-based option to become a registered nurse.

Diploma of Nursing or Certificate IV in Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) - the new pre-service training option to become an Enrolled Nurse - Note that this qualification may provide credit towards an undergraduate nursing degree should you wish to continue studying to become a Registered Nurse.

Certificate III - Nursing Assistant – a vocational option for people wanting to acquire basic skills for working in the health care industry. Courses at this level can enhance access to the Certificate IV.   

Studying to Become a Midwife

Bachelor of Midwifery (Direct Entry) allows students to become midwives without first completing a degree in nursing.

Post graduate midwifery for registered nurses wanting to become registered midwives

Applications for post graduate midwifery positions in 2019 open at 8am 8 June 2018 and will close at 10am 22 June 2018.  View NSW Health for further information.

Hospital Information


Making the Decision

Here are some practical suggestions that may help inform your decision about nursing and/or midwifery as possible career choices:

  • become a volunteer at your local hospital
  • attend university or TAFE open days
  • visit careers markets and health industry expos
  • request a Nursing Information Kit from NSW Health
  • explore the NurseInfo website
  • speak to nurses and midwives about their experiences


Contact us for guidance in making the decision.