Resources for nursing and midwifery students

Please find below relevant information relating to the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery and Master of Nursing Studies to assist you with your studies at UQ.

Pre-commencement guide

Our nursing and midwifery programs comprise courses that have lectures and problem-based learning groups, incorporated with clinical experiences in a simulated setting in selected teaching hospitals and community health facilities. Attending clinical placements is not automatic. To qualify, you must complete a number of compulsory tasks and submit mandatory documentation to the School by 1pm, 24 February 2020.

The Pre-commencement Guide provides you with a list of the requirements, which you must complete, as well as background information on why these tasks are necessary, and instructions on how to complete each task. The immunisation guide provides you with detailed advice on how to complete your immunisation for.

Download the Pre-commencement Guide (PDF, 714 KB)

Download the Immunisations Form, How-to Guide (PDF, 1,135 KB)

The Pre-Commencement and Immunisation Guide is for students enrolled in these programs:

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Master of Nursing Studies.


The deadline to complete your compulsory tasks and submit mandatory documentation is 1pm, 24 February 2020.

Where to submit

After you have accepted your offer and have enrolled into Semester 1 courses you will be given access to ‘Placements’ where you will submit your pre-commencement requirements. The online placement system allocates your clinical placement and allows us to track your pre-commencement requirements. This removes the need for you to come into the School office to give us your paperwork. Please refer to the How to Guide for instructions on how to submit your requirements.

Download the How to Guide for pre-commencement document submission (PDF, 720 KB)

Clinical placements

All students will undertake clinical placements in a range of settings. During placements, you will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop clinical skills in real life settings. A variety of sessional practical experiences and full-time block placements will be undertaken during your program, you may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area. Students are required to fund any travel, accommodation, and daily living expenses arising from clinical placement activities. 

Find out more about placements

Exchange opportunities

Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery students have an opportunity to undertake an international exchange during their final year with one of our partner universities:  

The School held an Exchange Information Session for students on Monday, 16 April 2018.  Please see the powerpoint slides from the presentation for further information.  Please note expressions of interest for students interested in going on exchange in 2019 will be accepted after the information session on 16 April. If you are interested on going on exchange, complete the below form and return to the school by 5pm 30 April 2018:

Interruption to studies

The bachelor level nursing and midwifery programs, in addition to the Master of Nursing Studies, are designed to be immersive programs, which require that students be continuously enrolled throughout their program. However we understand that life does not always goes according to plan, therefore students are able to apply for an Interruption of Studies

Returning students

Students returning from an approved interruption need to comply with pre-commencement requirements, which may be different to the requirements in place when you started. Returning students will also be enrolled in the NMSW Documents Blackboard site. The School will follow up with you to advise what requirements are outstanding.

Overseas professional registration

If you want to work overseas after graduating, the Student Administration Team can assist you with the compilation of your academic information and clinical placements for professional registration with overseas bodies or boards. It is the student’s responsibility to identify the minimum requirements for overseas registration boards and provide the Student Administration Team with a list of documents to be prepared by the university. Please contact the Student Administration Team once you have all gathered documentation required to apply for overseas professional registration. 

Enrolled Nurses Credit

Enrolled Nurses who have successfully completed the following diplomas will be eligible for #16 units of credit towards the Bachelor of Nursing: 

  • HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing (Release 1); or
  • HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing) (Release 1)

Credit granted:

Course Code Units Course Title   Course Code Units Course Title
BIOM1060 2 Anatomy and Physiology for Nursing and Midwifery   BIOM1061 2 Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Nursing and Midwifery
NUMW1102 2 Professional Practice 1   NURS1104 2 Older Adults' Health
NURS1101 2 Health Across the Lifespan   NURS1105 2 Clinical Nursing Practice 2
NURS1103 2 Clinical Nursing Practice 1   INDH2107 2 Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Study plan:

Year 1, Semester 1   Year 1, Semester 2
Course Code Units Course Title   Course Code Units Course Title
BIOM2070 2 Integrated Biomedical Sciences for Nursing   HLTH1000 2 Professions, People and Healthcare
NUMW2101 2 Mental Health   NURS2104 2 Child and Family Nursing
NURS2102 2 Acute Care Nursing   NURS2105 2 Managing Chronic Health Issues
NURS2103 2 Clinical Nursing Practice 3   NURS2106 2 Clinical Nursing Practice 4
Year 2, Semester 1   Year 2, Semester 2
NUMW3101 2 Evidence Based Practice   NUMW3103 2 Professional Practice 2
NURS3102 6 Clinical Nursing Practice 5   NURS3104 6 Clinical Nursing Practice 6


The UQ timetable planner can assist with helping plan out your semester.  For specific information relating to Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery and Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery timetables please click on the relevant link below:  

Semester 1 timetable information 

Semester 2 timetable information 


To enable lecturers, medical staff and patients to identify you as a legitimate health professional student from the University of Queensland, it is a requirement that you wear the prescribed uniform at all times whilst on clinical placement. The uniform includes:
  • Purple scrubs top with the UQ logo and ‘School of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work’ embroidered on the upper left and right respectively
  • Program-Year Level badge
  • Black trousers (shorts or skirt)
  • Fully-enclosed black shoes (to comply with Occupational Health and Safety).
  • Your hair must be off the shoulders
  • Jewelry is prohibited apart from marriage and engagement rings that are not sharp.
  • Fingernails must not be polished and must be short.
Please note: You are required to wear your complete uniform on the first day of clinical placement.
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Changes to undergraduate programs in 2018

The undergraduate nursing and midwifery programs was re-accredited with ANMAC in 2018, and as a result, there were some changes to to the program in 2018.  Further information is available here