Midwifery and Nursing are two separate and different degrees and, whilst some theory papers may be cross referenced, the majority of the midwifery degree will need to be completed. This is because the midwifery degree is based on 50% practice, as well as 50% theory. The final year of the midwifery degree is 70% practice, with extensive time in either the community with a Lead Maternity Carer or in a hospital setting.
There are four schools of midwifery in New Zealand. Their websites provide a better understanding of the midwifery degree and information on how to contact a tutor to discuss further.
Registered health practitioners seeking recognition of prior learning (RPL) for their qualification and experience must be registered in New Zealand. They are also required to provide a certificate of ‘Good Standing’ from the relevant registering body in New Zealand.