Moving in a new direction: from nursing to midwifery

Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley encourage Registered Nurses to consider midwifery as a great career choice.

Several tertiary education providers are currently developing a course specifically for registered nurses to attain their midwifery registration.

At the present time Otago Polytechnic and ARA Polytechnic have been approved to provide a shortened courses which would be run for people with an existing health profession degree if they want to become midwives. 

Registered Nurses are required to complete two specific topics and other health professionals three. Then you can join midwifery students at the start of their second year to progress with this exciting career change. 


If you would like to discuss a recognition of prior learning programme with us please email or phone 027 836 0294.

Making a career change to midwifery

We are fortunate in Aotearoa New Zealand, to have five schools of midwifery offering accredited pre-registration programmes.

If you are interested in learning more about what you need to do to become a midwife, link to the NZ College of Midwives website for the information on all of these programmes, and your next steps to a career in midwifery:

If you would like to discuss a career in midwifery with us please email or phone 027 836 0294.

Last updated 8 March 2023.