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Your time commitment and expected additional costs

 

Midwifery is a very rewarding, but very demanding study programme.

This is the equivalent of a four-year degree taught in three years, so the academic expectations and the demands of practice placements in this programme will have an impact on your family and personal life.

Before you apply, we recommend that you have a discussion with your whānau/family about how they can support you to succeed in this programme.

The information below should give you a good idea of what to expect when you study this programme.

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Time commitment

Study 

Time

 

3-year programme
45 programme weeks at an average of 35.5 hours per week

a minimum of 4800 total programme hours* (480 credits):

  • a minimum of 2400 midwifery practice hours (240 credits)
    (1280 hours or 128 credits minimum in Year Three) AND
  • a minimum of 1920 theory hours (192 credits)

YEAR ONE

three 15-week trimesters and 7 weeks of break per year
There are 5 compulsory intensives in Year One

YEAR TWO

three 15-week trimesters and 7 weeks of break per year
There are 5 compulsory intensives in Year Two

YEAR THREE

individual placement schedule. Provides 33 weeks of midwifery practice experience at an average of 35.5 hours per week.
There are 3 compulsory intensives in Year Three

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Travel and accommodation

Placements last from 4 to 14 weeks. Travel and accommodation will be extra costs on top of your course fees. 

     

YEAR ONE

 

 

Orientation

All students are required to travel to Dunedin for the first week of the course. You will also attend a noho marae.

Costs will involve flights, accommodation, transportation and food. We will provide details once you have been accepted to our programme.

Midwifery Practice Placements

Year One students (especially in rural areas) will need to travel to main centres with some clients, and for specific midwifery practice placements  

Extra costs of travel, accommodation and child care. Petrol and accommodation will add up over the three years of the programme.

     

YEAR TWO

 

 

Midwifery Practice Placements

All students will need to leave their home location from time to time to access appropriate experience.

Extra costs of travel, accommodation and child care.

YEAR THREE

 

 

Midwifery Practice Placements

Year Three placements are individually negotiated but students should plan for at least two placements away from their home location. 

Please plan for travel and accommodation costs of these placements. Main centre placements are contestable and students who live in main centres will be required to leave for at least one placement. 

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Equipment costs and requirements 

All costs are approximate and based on information available at the time of publication. 

Items

Cost

YEAR ONE

 

Pinard Stethoscope

approximately $7- $20.00

Sphygmomanometer

approximately $80.00 - $90.00

Stethoscope

approximately $90.00 (average quality)

Suturing Set

  • 1 toothed tissue dissecting forcep with a ribbed or serrated mouth
  • 1 pair of scissors (one sharp and one blunt end)
  • 1 needle holder (8-inch length)
  • 1 artery forcep (preferred but not essential) 

approximately $50

Textbooks

approximately $900 

Cellphone & WiFi

 

Car and Driver’s Licence 

 

Immunisations – DHB requirement 

up to $300 (depending on provider). 

Laptop or Personal Computer 

Computers can be PC or Mac but must be internet ready and have Microsoft Office applications. Laptops MUST HAVE either a built-in microphone or a headset and microphone.

YEAR TWO

 

Textbooks

approximately $700

YEAR THREE

 
 National Midwifery Exam fee approximately $200 paid directly to the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.
 Midwifery Council application for registration fee approximately $200 paid directly to the Midwifery Council of New Zealand.

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