Nursing and midwifery education pathways

There are a number of educational pathways you can take to become a nurse or midwife.

All courses involve theory units and clinical placements, otherwise known as practicums or pracs.

There is no hospital-based training in Western Australia.

Education courses you can attend

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For detailed information about all courses contact the individual education providers.

Enrolled nursing

Enrolled nursing courses are run through state training providers, regional universities and several private organisations. A pass in Year 12 English and maths is generally required to be eligible.

Registered nursing

To become a registered nurse, you must complete a bachelor degree at university. The best subjects to study in year 12 are human biology or any other science subject, maths, and WACE level English. These subjects provide you with a sound knowledge base for subsequent nursing studies. However, the subjects required can vary according to each university so it is advisable to research each campus’ prerequisite requirements.

The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) to enter a registered nursing or midwifery course varies from university-to-university and year-to-year. It is recommended that you contact each university to find out the cut-off score for each of their courses (a cut-off score is the minimum score needed to enter the particular university). Some individual course cut-offs may be higher, due to high demand.


To become a midwife in Western Australia you can study as an undergraduate or as a postgraduate student.


Edith Cowan University (external site) offers a dual degree. This qualification will allow you to work as a registered nurse and/or a midwife on completion.


Alternatively, you can study midwifery as a postgraduate qualification at university. The pre-requisite is a registered nursing degree or equivalent.

Alternative education pathways

Alternative education pathways are also available to gain entrance into nursing and midwifery courses.

Produced by

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office