Midwifery encompasses care of women during pregnancy, labour, and the postpartum period, as well as care of the newborn. (WHO)
Brief programme profile
In the “Midwifery‚Äù Bachelor-study the students acquire all the professional-methodological, socio-communicative and scientific expertise, which are necessary for working in the field of midwifery. These skills are taught within the framework of a scientifically based education together with practical training at the University of Applied Science, Upper Austria and at the work placements.
As well as expertise in technical methodology, the students acquire socio-communicative skills such as conflict management, the ability of self-reflection, team, capacity for teamwork, role distance etc. Furthermore they learn the fundamental concepts of scientific work. In the accompanying internship the student is offered the opportunity to realise and to intensify the acquired know how under expert guidance.
The study programme is divided into modules, which are partly offered on an inter-disciplinary basis. The curriculum is characterised by a balance between in-depth theoretical education, science and work experience. Graduates of the study programme are in a position, to expertly carry out the allocated tasks, while combining the know how from the various disciplines. They have learned to act reflectively and autonomously in their professional daily routine and to act in accordance with their code of conduct.
The programme focus is comprised of general and the job-related medical principles as well as of the relevant content from the reference sciences:
- anatomy and physiology
- midwifery and gynaecology
- sex education and family planning
- embryology and development of foetus
- nutrition and Dietetics
- bacteriology, virology, parasitology
- pharmacology, analgesia, anaesthetics and reanimation
- bio-physics, bio-chemistry, radiology
- psychology, sociology, pedagogic
Midwives work as a partner with women and ensure they receive the necessary support, care and advice during the pregnancy and birth as well as during the puerperium. They manage the birth autonomously and offer the new born and/or the baby care. The work of the midwives includes preventative measures, the support of the normal birth, the recognition of complications for mother and child, the guarantee of all the necessary medical treatment or other appropriate support as well as the execution of emergency measures.
The midwife accepts an important task in the health protection for the women she is looking after, but also within the family and society. This work includes, for example, the fields of family planning, parenthood, recovery, development of the child and breastfeeding.
- Hospitals (Delivery wards, puerperium, neonatal ward, prepartale, obstetrics ward)
- freelance work
- group practice
The job of midwifery offers varied and challenging daily work. It is of course a demanding job, which requires great sensitivity.
The completion of this Bachelor-Programme entitles the graduate to participate in professional, but also in management or pedagogical Master Programmes in the field of the health professions. It is also possible to do further master and doctorate studies in Austria or abroad.
Skills & Interests
Students should have the following skills and strengths:
- enjoy working with people
- basic medical interest
- high degree of responsibility and reliability
- mental and physical ability to deal with pressure
- willingness to work night shifts and different working hours
The minimum age for the Bachelor-Programme is 18 years; there is no maximum age limit.
Registration deadline: 1 January to 31 March 2020
Dates for the written test
Dates for the written test: 3 April 2020