With the highest OP requirements in Queensland, The University of Queensland School of Nursing and Midwifery will welcome more than 200 new students into their undergraduate programs for 2012.
During the past two years, the UQ School of Nursing and Midwifery Overall Position (OP) across all three of its undergraduate programs has risen between two and three points.
Leading the way is the Bachelor of Nursing with an OP cut-off of nine, making it the highest OP nursing program in the State.
Thanks largely to the unique clinical school structure and high degree of clinical content, demand for the Dual Degree, (Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery) and the stand alone Midwifery program also continues to grow.
Both the Dual Degree and Bachelor of Midwifery recorded the highest entry level cut offs across any Dual Degree and Midwifery program in Queensland. The OP for the Dual Degree is currently at eight for the 2012 intake. This is an increase of two points in two years.
The quality and strength of the programs are also reflected in the School’s first preferences which saw a 30 per cent increase in 2012, where students selected UQ Nursing and Midwifery above any other nursing and midwifery programs in Queensland.
According to Head of School Professor Catherine Turner, the results and increased demand for the programs emulate the teaching excellence and program quality within the School.
“I am very pleased with the continued success of our programs and the increase in our OP and first preference results,” said Professor Turner.
“I feel this outstanding achievement is a direct indication of the quality and strength of our programs, teaching, and clinical school model,” said Professor Turner.
The Bachelor of Nursing and the Bachelor of Midwifery at The University of Queensland are specifically designed to develop graduates who will direct their own learning and apply clinical reasoning skills in their practice. Clinical placements are in place from week 5 for all first year students, which enables them to again the practical experience they required.