Midwifery for qualified nurses

We offer an adapted bachelor of midwifery course for students with a nursing qualification. As a midwife with a bachelor’s degree, you will prepare women and couples to take responsibility for their transition into motherhood and parenthood. You will care for women and their families during pregnancy, delivery and the postnatal period.

This degree programme

  • prepares you for critical tasks in midwifery, both independently and in close collaboration with other healthcare specialists.
  • provides you with a solid knowledge base that you will apply in real-life settings and later in the field.
  • teaches you to think critically and provide scientific reasoning for your professional decisions.
  • equips you with expert knowledge of the interdisciplinary facets of modern midwifery, preparing you to enter the workforce as a trained professional.
  • qualifies you to develop and apply solution-oriented methods, both independently and in interprofessional groups.
  • allows you to enrol in a specialisation or consecutive master’s degree programme in midwifery following graduation.

Portrait Bachelor of Science Midwifery (German)


  • Title/Degree Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Specialisations None
  • Mode of study Part-time study (5 semesters)
  • Start date Calendar week 8/2022
  • Application deadline 15 July 2021
  • ECTS credits 180 ECTS credits
  • Study language German
  • Location Bern
  • Department School of Health Professions
  • Next info event 27 January 2022

Content + Structure

Our bachelor’s degree programme in Midwifery combines evidence-based obstetrics with traditional obstetrics knowledge and practical skills. The programme focuses on the midwife’s autonomous function and interprofessional collaboration with other healthcare specialists, with the goal of maintaining and improving the well-being of both mother and child.


Midwives are medical professionals responsible for providing perinatal care during the period encompassing pregnancy, birth, postpartum period, nursing and the new adjustment to family life, up to the child’s first birthday.
Midwives work in a range of settings, providing care in hospitals, private surgeries or women’s homes. They might be self-employed or work for a medical group, and they work independently in professional or interprofessional teams.

You will gain the skills required for such work through your studies and practical work placements, both domestic and abroad. You will take a self-directed, problem-based approach to your learning, which is both a social and constructivist process. Expertise is gained through practical experience and transfer of skills.

The best of the bachelor's degree in Midwifery (German)

Learning outcomes

As a graduate of the bachelor’s degree programme in Midwifery, you will be able to

  • coordinate and provide care, counselling and monitoring for the mother, child and family during the period encompassing preconception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum period and nursing, up to the child’s first birthday.
  • improve the mother’s perinatal health, make diagnoses and work with the mother and her family to define, implement and evaluate specific interventions.
  • oversee the normal physiological processes of labour and birth; if required, you will initiate and supervise interventions based on the latest scientific findings.
  • identify aberrations in the normal physiological processes of labour and of birth, assess any risk, determine the measures required to protect the health of mother and infant and, where necessary, engage the support of other specialists.
  • record the pathological processes of labour and birth for both mother and infant, assess pre-existing conditions and psychosocial risks and initiate any necessary interventions through interprofessional collaboration.
  • assess emergency situations, set priorities and undertake any measures necessary for the health of mother and infant; such measures will at times require you to facilitate interprofessional collaboration.
  • provide individualised perinatal care in either institutional or home settings.
  • verify the efficacy of your interventions, using validated instruments.
  • learn about your clients’ needs, using person-centred communication, provide them with professional advice and empower them to share in the decision-making process.
  • recognise areas in need of further evidence in the field of midwifery, then participate in these research projects and apply your clinical experience.
  • relay information specific to midwifery to women, families, colleagues and other professionals.

Source: Regulation concerning job-related skills in healthcare professions (GesBG art. 5)

An official listing of the final competences of midwives BSc is in progress. If you have any questions, please contact the secretariat.

Bachelor's degree in Midwifery: Theory and practice (German)

Mode of study + Duration

Part-time study (5 semesters)

Curriculum + Modules

You will study at BFH and work in the field of midwifery. The following values are critical to your training:

  • Focus on women, infants and families
  • Person-centred healthcare
  • Importance of midwife-client relationship
  • Inclusion of all concerned parties and encouraging their involvement
  • Focus on human rights
  • Focus on salutogenesis
  • Encouraging sustainable midwifery
  • Encouraging diversity
  • Continuity in perinatal care, per the following arc: preconception, pregnancy, birth, postpartum period and nursing until the end of the child’s first year of life
  • Active, solution-oriented cooperation within the context of interprofessional collaboration
  • Verifiably effective methods
  • Normal pregnancies, motherhood and family
  • Body work 1
  • Medical English
  • Normal pregnancies in practice: pregnancy/birth/postpartum period
  • Problems during pregnancy
  • Abnormal pregnancies
  • Body work 2
  • Research methods
  • Statistics
  • Abnormal pregnancies in practice: pregnancy/birth/postpartum period
  • Women’s health, transfer
  • Body work 2
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Clinical assessment
  • Practical training: Motherhood and abnormal pregnancies – pregnancy/birth
    • Neonatology or
    • Gynaecology or
    • Prenatal or
    • Independent midwives or
    • International topics
  • Being a midwife, quality, transfer
  • Body work 3
  • Bachelor’s thesis

Bachelor's degree in Midwifery: Problem Based Learning (German)

Projects + Student theses

Bachelor’s theses


Requirements + Admission

The number of places available on our bachelor’s degree programme in Midwifery at BFH is determined by a numerus clausus. Provided you meet formal admission requirements, you must then complete an aptitude test.

Formal admission requirements

The part-time bachelor’s degree programme in Midwifery is intended for individuals trained in nursing (BSc or comparable degree from professional college or similar).

Academic requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Qualified nurse trained at professional college or similar

Professional prerequisites

  • We require a minimum of one year’s experience. At least 80% of total work hours must be spent in urgent care settings.
  • This includes the accident and emergency department, surgical department or monitoring station.
  • Work experience must have been completed within the past two years.

If your prior training (completed successfully in no more than three years) was not conducted in German, you must demonstrate proficiency in the German language. We require students to have achieved level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference.

Those applying from abroad must provide the following documents in either German, French, Italian or English:

  • Certified translation of your diploma (indicating a degree in nursing from a tertiary institution) as well as diploma supplement and transcript of records, should you have already completed a degree course in nursing
  • Swiss Red Cross SRC approval of your foreign diploma in nursing

Knowledge + Abilities

Midwives are empathetic, self-competent individuals who demonstrate a deep sense of responsibility and excellent social skills. They are analytical and reflective, resilient and reliable.

Our bachelor’s degree programme in Midwifery is right for you if you are

  • dedicated to working with women and families.
  • interested in the well-being of women, infants and their families, regardless of their background or personal opinions.
  • guided by ethical values and principles.
  • interested in concerns related to gender and culture as well as questions surrounding healthcare and women’s issues.
  • knowledgeable in the following scientific subjects (baccalaureate level): anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry and physics.
  • intellectually driven, observant, and quick to analyse, understand and relay complex concepts.
  • calm, efficient and effective in handling complex, rapidly changing situations.
  • a good communicator and take a constructive approach to solving conflicts.
  • physically and mentally resilient.
  • proficient in English: level B2C1 or completed First Certificate (grade A).

In the year of the planned start of your studies, you must complete a binding aptitude assessment (which is subject to a fee). This will determine your admission to the bachelor’s degree programme in Midwifery for qualified nurses at BFH. The aptitude test is conducted in German and comprises a written part.

Testing day

Friday, 13 August 2021 from 10am to approx. 4pm

Degree + Career prospects

As a midwife, you may be employed by a hospital or self-employed, work as an in-patient care provider or serve as a research associate at a healthcare institute.

Title + Degree

Upon graduating, you will obtain the title ‘Bachelor of Science BFH in Midwifery’. This bachelor’s degree is federally recognised in Switzerland, compatible with other European systems and counts internationally as a university degree.

Career prospects

As a midwife, you may be employed by a hospital or self-employed, work as an in-patient care provider or serve as a research associate at a healthcare institute.

Possible workplaces

  • Midwifery clinic
  • Private households (family midwife)
  • Birthing centres
  • Public and private hospitals/clinics
  • Counselling centres (e.g. for family planning)
  • State and private schools and colleges (e.g. research associate, lecturer, etc.)
  • Centres for specific diseases (e.g. diabetes, rheumatism, etc.)

Possible fields of work

  • During pregnancy, you perform check-ups and provide counselling, offer antenatal classes and prepare the woman and her social surroundings for parenthood.
  • During labour and birth, as the midwife, you accompany and oversee the delivery process. You provide the woman and her family with consistent and holistic guidance.
  • During the postpartum period, you assist the family with their transition into parenthood. You monitor and provide care for the newborn and mother as she recovers from childbirth. You answer questions regarding nutrition for both mother and child and coach the mother in breastfeeding. You also offer postpartum courses in Kegel exercises.
  • In high-risk and other critical situations, you partner with healthcare specialists to provide care for the woman, her child and family. You remain in constant contact with medical staff throughout, allowing you to summon a doctor in case of emergency.
  • As a midwife, you advise on questions regarding family planning, antenatal diagnostics, sexual health and early detection of mental health problems in connection with motherhood.
  • After many years of professional experience, along with specialist and pedagogical continuing education, you may also teach in a midwife training programme.
  • Similarly, after years of experience and the appropriate higher-level training, you may become a researcher in your field of specialisation or take on leadership or management roles.

Occupational profile Bachelor of Science Midwife (German)

Practicalities + Application

If you fulfil the formal entry requirements, we will look forward to meeting you. Take the first step towards a career in midwifery.

Academic year 2022

  • Application deadline: 15 July 2021
  • Aptitude test: 13 August 2021
  • Start date: calendar week 8/2022

We will be pleased to accept applications for the bachelor's degree programme in Midwifery for qualified nurses from 1 January 2021 onwards.

Fees + Costs

Tuition fees for a semester at the Berne University of Applied Sciences currently amount to a standard CHF 750, plus costs for study materials (photocopies, literature, internet access at home, etc.) and examination fees of roughly the same amount per semester.

Own notebook necessary

Your own computer (ideally a notebook) with a powerful internet access is required. The BFH will assist you with the procurement.

Compensation during practical work

During the practical work accompanying your studies, you can expect to receive a monthly compensation from the practice companies of CHF 800 to CHF 1300 (progressive according to the academic year, varies from canton to canton and from hospital to hospital). 
Because the bachelor's degree in midwifery is designed as a full-time course, you can only pursue a sideline occupation to a limited extent.

Grants, loans and other funding options

Financial aid is available through grants and loans. Grants are one-off or ongoing payments that don’t usually have to be paid back provided you complete your course. Loans are one-off or ongoing payments that must be paid back after you finish your course.

Cantonal grants

Grants and loans for Swiss students and overseas students are generally paid out by the canton where the students’ parents are tax residents.

Students who have been tax residents in the Canton of Bern for at least two years are able to apply for cantonal grants and loans. Applications should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office at the Department of Education.

Further information (incl. financial aid calculator):

The websites stipendien.educa.ch, stipendium.ch and European Funding Guide cover all the key information about grants in Switzerland and overseas.

Foundations and funds

There are also numerous private foundations and funds that offer financial support to students. The electronic foundation directory administered by the Federal Department of Home Affairs offers a comprehensive summary of these organisations and can be searched by keywords (e.g. student, research, financial aid, etc.). Other sources of funding include the foundation directories for individual cantons and private foundations.

The following foundations offer funding specifically to BFH students and students from other universities:

At Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, we promote balance between study, work and family.

A limited number of nursery places are available to BFH staff and students. If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, the relevant documents can be found on the BFH Intranet. The fees are income-based and in line with the cantonal rates described in the Verordnung über die Angebote der sozialen Integration (Decree on Social Integration Offer ASIV) issued by the Canton of Bern. You can apply for a nursery place using the online form on the BFH Intranet. If you’re a new student or member of staff and don’t have access to the Intranet, please contact Corinne Badertscher (Tel. +41 (0)31 848 33 01, corinne.badertscher@bfh.ch). There is no legal entitlement to a nursery place.

Bern University of Applied Sciences has various sites in the Canton of Bern. In Biel and Bern, new campus-style buildings are currently being built and will connect previously separate locations.

In principle, you are responsible for finding your own accommodation. The HAFL department has a limited number of rooms for students of BFH-HAFL who live a long way from the university.

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Living expenses

Average living costs (in CHF) per month:

Average living costs per month

from to
Course costs
(Tuition fees, learning materials excluding study trips / study weeks)
CHF 140.– CHF 180.–
Fixed costs
(Sickness / accident insurance at non-reduced rate, taxes / social insurance, travel costs)
CHF 420.– CHF 500.–
Personal Expenditure
(Clothes / shoes, spending money / mobile phone, hairdressing / grooming)
CHF 250.– CHF 350.–
Medical expenses
(Healthcare costs: excess rate, deductible rate, dentist)
CHF 60.– CHF 60.–

Rent / shared accommodation costs

CHF 300.– CHF 600.–
Other accommodation costs
(Electricity, telephone / radio / TV / Internet, home contents and personal liability insurance)
CHF 70.– CHF 100.–

Food / drink, including refectory

CHF 400.– CHF 500.–
Other houskeeping costs
(Washing powder and cleaning products, general toiletries, waste removal costs)
CHF 20.– CHF 40.–
Total CHF 1700.– CHF 2550.–

Meals outside the home CHF 8 to CHF 10 per meal


Source: Budgetberatung.ch

Annual average living costs for students living alone or in shared accommodation. The effective yearly amount may vary between approximately CHF 18,000 and CHF 27,000.

Information events + Advice

Visit one of our information events for further details on our bachelor’s degree programme in Midwifery. We are happy to advise you individually.

Location + Learning Centre

Centrally located and easy to get to: the Department of Health Professions is located within a 10-minute walk or five-minute ride with public transport from Bern central station.