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The School of Nursing and Midwifery at CQUniversity is committed to providing a quality education that ensures an experience of study that is both successful and enjoyable for students. The staff of the School encourage engagement in the education process regardless of the student's mode of enrolment. Curricula are built on solid foundations of educational principles and reflect the needs of the contemporary health care setting. The emphasis on work integrated learning ensures that the theoretical content of each program is transferable and applied in the variety of environments in which nurses and midwives are employed.

Research activities of staff in the School ensure that the curriculum for each course is evidence based and reflective of current practice. The globalised environment of health care requires an emphasis on internationalisation of curricula and programs offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery are developed and implemented with these principles in mind. Opportunities for international student placements are one example of how a global perspective of health care is instilled in graduates. Ultimately the School produces nurses and midwives that are highly sought after by industry through recognition of the quality of education that CQUniversity provides. Information about the various programs offered can be obtained through this site or by contacting staff via the links provided.

CQU is offering the chance of a lifetime with nursing students being able to participate in health care in an overseas environment.  Please note these hours cannot be counted toward clinical placement.


Nursing is a profession has that has changed dramatically over the past decades and continues to change through research and new technology and provides a career that is both challenging and exciting. Nursing offers the choice of working in varied specialty areas, following different career paths and a chance to belong to a profession that is in high demand both now and in the future. While nursing provides you the opportunity to help and care for people within the health environment, it also provides a rewarding and diverse career with unlimited job opportunities.

The Bachelor of Nursing (CQ23) offers a combination of theoretical and practical subjects to prepare you for your nursing career. You will cover areas such as nursing patients across the age spectrum, clinical assessment skills, acute nursing, mental health, wound and pain management, professional issues, pathophysiology and health promotion. Students can undertake study from Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns or Bundaberg campuses, or study by distance and attend regular residential schools. On completion of your study from CQ23, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. This registration opens up opportunities to work as a nurse across Australia and to apply to work anywhere in the world.

Postgraduate Courses

Professional nursing practice is no longer only a matter of keeping up-to-date with changes in practices. Health care professionals including nurses are at the forefront of change in practice, utilising new techniques and knowledge and acting as leaders in change processes in the workplace. The programs are designed to assist today's busy practitioners by developing the knowledge and skills in proactive practice while they gain a relevant postgraduate award.


The midwifery programs offered by CQUniversity are based on a philosophy of primary health care and partnership with the woman. The midwife/woman partnership model of care is woman-centred. Women-centred care embraces trust, empowerment, a supportive environment and continuity of care. Continuity of care enables women to establish trusting relationships with their midwifery partners. The midwifery programs promote students to provide women-centred care which is holistic encompassing, as accepted by the woman herself, the emotional, psychological and social as well as physical needs of the baby, the family and the community. Women-centeredness' places the woman in the position of power and control as the decision-maker during her unique childbearing journey. The midwifery programs at CQUniversity teach midwives to use their expertise and evidenced-based knowledge to support and help women discover their individuality and uniqueness to birth resulting in physical and psychological growth. In other words the woman's ability to trust and know that her body can birth her baby is acknowledged and honoured by midwives.

Short courses & Professional Development

Our school offers a range of short courses and professional development modules and workshops through the  Centre for Professional Development. 

Our courses are based on contemporary health topics custom built in response to industry demand. Visit our Learning site here.