FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Courses in the School of Nursing and Midwifery
BEFORE YOU GET HERE
What courses are offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery?
The School offers the following courses at the Peninsula campus, all of which are accredited by
the Nurses Board of Victoria allowing you to practice as a Division 1 Nurse on registration with
the Nurses Board.
Bachelor of Nursing (full-time 3 years and part-time up to 8 years)
Bachelor of Midwifery (full-time only – 3 years)
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) – double degree (full-
time only – 4 years)
Bachelor of Nursing (Psychological Studies) with an accredited APS psychology major
(full-time – 4 years and part-time up to 10 years)
What sort of people are interested in these courses?
The health professions attract all kinds of people, but if you possess some of the following
qualities, you’re on the right track:
a genuine desire to help others
the ability to work with others
a caring, friendly and patient manner
good communication skills
problem solving skills
confidence, motivation and energy
What are the entry requirements?
All prospective students must apply for entry through VTAC – www.vtac.edu.au
To be eligible to apply for courses in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, you will need to have
completed one of the following:
1. Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Satisfactory completion (ie pass a minimum of 4
subjects at level 3 and 4)
Bachelor of Nursing - Prerequisites:
Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English (any) and either Units 1 and 2
– one of General mathematics or Mathematical methods or Units 3 and 4 –
Middle band selection: Applicants who have a study score of at least 20 in:
Any two of chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics (any) and human and health
development will be deemed to have an ENTER of up to 2.0 percentage points
Bachelor of Midwifery
Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (any) and either Units 1 and 2–
one of general mathematics or mathematical methods (either) or Units 3 and 4–
Middle-band: A study score of 20 in two of biology, chemistry, health & human
development, physics or a study score of at least 20 in mathematics (any) = an
aggregate 2 points higher.
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic)
Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (any) and units 3 and 4
Middle-band: A study score of at least 25 in any two of mathematics (any), biology,
chemistry, health and human development, physics = an aggregate 2 points higher.
Extra requirements: Applicants must successfully complete a Health and Fitness
test prior to clinical placements with the Victorian Ambulance Services. Late
applicants must telephone 03 9904 4260 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org before applying and will be subject to places
Police checks, working with children checks and immunisation policies apply.
Bachelor of Nursing (Psychological Studies)
Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 25 in English (any) and Units 3 and 4 –
Middle-band: A study score of at least 25 in any two of mathematics (any), biology,
chemistry, health & human development, physics = an aggregate 2 points higher
All successful applicants for all courses are subject to immunisation checks, working
with children checks and annual police checks after enrolment. These are checks
are administered by the School through the various agencies.
2. Other degrees and diplomas
Completion of the TAFE Certificate IV (Nursing) or completion of another tertiary
course or part thereof may be considered for entrance eligibility. Further information
can be sought from the appropriate campus of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Other requirements – all courses
What were the ENTERS for 2009?
The ‘clearly in’ ENTER for 2009 entry was:
Bachelor of Nursing (Peninsula campus) was 80.35
Bachelor of Midwifery was 80.45
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) was 90.55
Bachelor of Nursing (Psychological Studies) – n/a
All courses at Monash University have a minimum ENTER – eligibility for 2009 is an
ENTER of 70.
What can l do if l do not meet the above entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the above criteria are encouraged to study one of the following to
be eligible for entry. Full details are available on the university website.
1) Single Unit Enrolments through School of Nursing and Midwifery.
These are fee paying units normally taken to qualify for entry. Applicants who have
successfully completed a minimum of two year 1 units at Monash University on a ‘non
award’/single unit enrolment basis may apply for entry to courses offered in the
following year. When admitted to the course students are eligible to receive credit for
the units passed. Fees are approx $3100.00 per 6pt unit and are payable to the
university upfront on receipt of an account. No fee relief is available for these units and
normal withdrawal rules and penalties apply. Application forms are available from the
School Administration Office or from the university website
For closing dates for Single Unit enrolment refer to the following web link:
2) Open Universities Australia
An applicant who successfully passes two units through Open Universities Australia at
credit average level will be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Nursing course through
VTAC. Open Learning books are available through your newsagency and list subjects
available or go to http://www.open.edu.au/wps/portal. Subjects can be taken on
campus or by distance education.
3) TAFE – Certificate IV in Health (Nursing) Div 2
Interested applicants should contact their local TAFE institution to find out details
regarding the Certificate IV in Health (Nursing). The duration of this course is 1 year
full-time or 2 years part-time. Students who successfully complete this course are
eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Nursing course, through VTAC, and selection will
be based on academic results. If admitted to the course, applicants may apply for
advanced standing for up to half of the first year of the course, although this does not
translate to a shorter course duration, owing to the sequential nature of the course.
4) Diploma of Tertiary Studies (previously Diploma of Foundation Studies)
This course is offered at the Gippsland and Berwick campuses and is a one year
course for which students receive full credit if successfully completed. Applicants must
have a minimum ENTER OF 50 to qualify for entry. Further details are available at
http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/humcass/students/dofs.html or contact the School of
Nursing and Midwifery, Gippsland campus.
How much will it cost me to study?
If you achieve a CSP (Commonwealth Supported Place – the old ‘HECS’) the cost is
approximately $ 6550.00 AUD per year. Payments can be made upfront with a discount or
deferred through the taxation system.
Other costs include text books, uniforms and travel to clinical placements. (Approximately
$1,000 per year)
Are there any scholarships?
Monash has a large number of scholarships and information is available on the website at
WHEN YOU GET HERE!
How many units (subjects) are studied in first-year?
Full-time students are expected to undertake four units of study each semester in first-year, i.e.,
eight units of study for the year. For part-time students, the number of units of study will be pro-
rata per semester.
How much study is involved?
Full-time students are expected to commit to a total of 20 hours on campus plus 20 hours of
study per week, per semester during teaching and examination periods. Although this may
sound like a significant commitment of time, it is equivalent to the time commitment of a typical
Year 12 student (undertaking five subjects with about 3-4 contact hours per week, 3 hours per
night and 6-7 hours on weekends of study - this too amounts to 40 hours of study per week).
For part-time students, the number of hours of study will be pro-rata per unit. Irrespective of
whether the majority of time is spent in class or on independent study outside class, the
number of hours students need to commit to their studies will be the same for all courses.
Is studying at university really different to studying at secondary school?
Students at university are expected to be "independent learners". For this reason, learning at
university generally has the following characteristics:
o responsibility rests with you, the student. Although lecturers are present, and tutors
discuss course content with you, it is ultimately up to you to reach an understanding of
the course content;
o course content is covered at a rapid rate, generally without repetition for reinforcement;
o unless sought specifically, contact with, and support from, teaching staff may appear to
be limited (compared with your former school experience). You are advised to meet
informally with peers in small informal study groups to enhance your understanding of
what they are learning;
o guidance for assessment tasks may be limited also, e.g., detailed criteria for assessment
tasks are not always provided; and,
o draft work is not accepted for review by staff prior to final submission of assessable work.
How do I choose my units (subjects)?
The units you study in the School of Nursing and Midwifery are all mapped out in advance. In
all degrees except the Bachelor of Nursing and the Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency
Health (Paramedic), all units in the course structure are compulsory, with no elective units
available. There are two elective units available in the Bachelor of Nursing and one in the
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Emergency Health – these elective units allow you to study
units from other faculties or campuses or, if available, additional units in your chosen discipline
What about clinical placements?
All courses in the School of Nursing and Midwifery have compulsory clinical placement units –
clinical placement units increase during the three year or four year programs. A course map is
available on the School website which will indicate where the clinical units are located in your
course structure. (http://www.med.monash.edu.au/nursing/current.html) Monash staff arrange
the clinical placements in consultation with students and the placement facilities.
What about my timetable?
Your timetable is established by you after you enrol. The timetable system uses an electronic
preferencing system based on your needs and the spaces available; it is the fairest method of
timetabling available. As an example, you could expect to be on campus anywhere from 1- 5
days depending on how many units you are undertaking but normally 1-3 days per week is
average for a full-time student. You are expected to attend all lectures and tutorials and
laboratories have a minimum compulsory attendance requirement.
What help is there available when I move to University study?
The Monash Transition Program supports all students, undergraduate and postgraduate, adjust
successfully to university life and study, i.e., "transition" through university. It aims to provide an
improved "transition" experience for all students through:
o Beginning the process of enculturation into the teaching and learning styles, life,
procedures, practices and culture of the university.
o Encouraging students to engage with the university, a particular course, and people at
a specific campus.
o Emphasizing the need for students to take responsibility for their own learning and
have realistic expectations.
o Acknowledging the importance of the support provided by peers, staff and students'
The web site listed is a useful resource for students, and others interested in supporting
students, to achieve their educational goals. Please be sure to visit it at
When you are admitted to a course of study, you will also have a course co-ordinator from
whom you can seek advice about your course.
In addition, there are a range of support services located in the Health and Wellbeing Unit in
building A at the Peninsula campus, including advice on accommodation, child care services,
disability assistance, financial aid and health services.