Registration and deadlines

Portraitbild Isabel Helfenstein
«Studying at the ZHAW - because the profession for life needs a good start. The intensified interconnection between theory and practice provides the successful basis for my future.»

Isabel Helfenstein, BSc student in Midwifery

Registration

To enrol in the bachelor degree programme in Midwifery, you need to send the completed registration form (available online as of mid-September) together with all mandatory attachments to the Programme Secretariat in Midwifery. Receipt of registration will be confirmed in writing.

The invitation to the first part of the aptitude test will be sent out to all candidates after the registration deadline. Candidates will receive a written invitation to the second part of the test after successful completion of the first part of the aptitude test.

All mandatory registration documents must be submitted to the Programme Secretary by the end of July. Exception is made only for employer's references from practical work experience (additional module A). They must be submitted to the Programme Secretariat in Midwifery by the end of August before the beginning of the course.

Detailed administrative information on the bachelor degree programme in Midwifery at a glance.

Entry requirements

Completed vocational training additional module A
Federal Specialised Baccalaureate (FSB) in Heath Care
FSB in Health and Natural Sciences
Additional module A – met
Other FSB Additional module A – must be completed
FVB +
Federal VET Diploma in Health Care
Additional module A – to the overview
FVB +
other Federal VET Diploma
Additional module A – must be completed
Swiss Red Cross diplomas/degrees from a College
of Higher Education and Training health professions –
to the overview
Additional module A – to the overview
Baccalaureate Additional module A – must be completed

Candidates with a professional diploma but no FVB, or holders of a degree from a College of Higher Education and Training, which is not mentioned on the list above, do not meet the school's formal admission requirements. They will first have to complete a Baccalaureate or a FVB (for more information go to the vocational college in your area or a careers advisory service).

The Federal Act on Universities of Applied Sciences also stipulates that students must complete a year of practical work experience in their future profession before they can apply for admission to a degree programme. For the bachelor degree programme in Midwifery, this means that students have to attend additional modules A and C. For more detailed information see information sheet "Information on additional modules in BSc Midwifery".

It is important to keep in mind that the additional module A must be completed not more than 5 years prior to the beginning of the course. If this time is exceeded, the validity of the additional module is time-barred and only the programme director can decide on exceptions to this rule. Federal diplomas are not time-barred.

Knowledge of English

Freshers need to have good knowledge of English at level B2-C1 according to the European Framework of Reference (CEFR) which corresponds to a very good Cambridge First Certificate in English (grade A) or a good Certificate in Advanced English (grade C).

Students are expected to read English academic texts (abstracts, reports, studies) and follow the lessons in English.

Students who fail to meet the above basic language requirements are strongly recommended to attend a language course prior to the beginning of the course or during the course.

Mandatory vaccinations

In preparing for a career in the health professions, follow these general rules. Healthcare professionals in Switzerland are vaccinated against certain diseases (if natural immunity does not already exist). Certain vaccinations are mandatory for being fully admitted to the degree programme in Midwifery at the School of Health Professions at the ZHAW. Students who are not vaccinated may not be guaranteed to receive a degree, since clinical placement providers only accept students with the recommended protective vaccinations.

Portraitfoto Anna-Christina Jäger
«During the course of my studies at the ZHAW, I learnt how to support couples who wish to have children during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. This knowledge enables me to assist and understand interactions in difficult situations - I don't know any other profession that offers so much life as the job of a midwife.»

Anna-Christina Jäger, BSc student in Midwifery

Admission procedures

Admission to the bachelor degree programme in Midwifery is restricted to 66 places every year. All prospective students have to undergo a fee-based aptitude test that is used in the final admission decision-making process.

Aptitude test and interview

The evaluation of the formal admission requirements by the Programme Secretariat is followed by a fee-based two-tiered aptitude test (assessment) that consists of:

First part (subject to change):

  • cognitive test (60 minutes), profession-specific case questions (40 minutes)
  • questions about the profession of midwifery (60 minutes)

 Preparation options:

  • There are training questions available for students to prepare for the cognitive test and the specific case questions.

Second part:

  • further information will be available in summer 2017

The Academic Office decides on the final approval of candidates based on the results obtained in the aptitude test. If you fail to achieve the minimum score in the aptitude test, you get one more chance to try again.

How to enrol

After passing the aptitude test, successful candidates will receive the documents for enrolment at the ZHAW from the Programme Secretariat by post.

«Graduates from the ZHAW have undergone a sound theoretical and practice-oriented training. They can perform many different tasks because they are flexible and have good professional skills. In addition, they constructively and critically discuss obstetric issues using their academic background. This is very beneficial to the profession.»

Ursina Bavier, Head of Nursing, Women's Health Clinic at the Zurich Triemli City Hospital

Course fees / Expenses / Compensation

Description Frequency Cost
Registration fee for admission process once CHF 100.–
Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [1] once CHF 100.–
Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [2] per semester CHF 720.–
Fixed charge for students on leave of absence [3] per semester CHF 300.–
Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents [4] per semester CHF 500.–
Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) per semester CHF 30.–
Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (VSZHAW) per semester CHF 12.–
Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended) per semester CHF 100.– to 600.–

[1] Applicants are exempt from paying the registration fee for the admissions process if they pass the admissions assessment/test and enrol for the next available programme start date.
[2] According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
[3] According to § 25, paragraph 5 of the general examination regulations for Bachelor's and Master's programmes at the ZHAW, students on leave of absence are exempt from paying tuition fees. According to the regulations on fees and contributions (in German), they pay a fixed charge per semester of CHF 300 to cover their e-mail account, campus card, use of the University Library and general administration costs. This fixed charge also applies to students on the Bachelor’s programmes at the School of Health Professions who attend the additional module C and to students who do delay the completion of their programme (e.g. by postponing submission of their thesis).
[4] Additional tuition fee paid by all students who come to Switzerland for the purposes of studying and who are not officially resident in Switzerland at the start of their programme. This applies only to new students with effect from the autumn semester 2012.

Additional costs

Item Recurrence Fees
Aptitude test (part 1 CHF 300.-, part 2 CHF 300.-) one-off expense CHF 600.-
Flat rate for lecture notes each semester CHF 35.-
Course material (skills booklets): 1st and 2nd semester each semester CHF 180.-
Course material (skills booklets): Starting with the 3rd semester each semester approx. CHF 50.-
Registration of documents with the Swiss Red Cross one-off expense CHF 130.-

Salary clinical placements

Over the period of three years: around CHF 12,000.