How to Become a Midwife Nurse in Bangladesh?

Nursing and Midwifery Admission Process and Requirements

Who is a Midwife?

Midwife or midwifery is a new profession/cadre in Bangladesh. Midwives are the skilled, educated and registered mother and newborn healthcare providers. Starting from preconception planning to 6 weeks after normal delivery a mother will be under complete care of a midwife. Midwifery services includes all reproductive health care services, i.e.: awareness building, preconception care, family planning, normal delivery, Gender Based Violence (GBV) management, adolescent, mother & neonatal healthcare etc.

Nursing midwifery admission process and requirements
Fig: Nursing midwifery admission process and requirements

How to Become a Midwife Nurse in Bangladesh?

In Bangladesh, there are 69 (43 government and 82 private institutes) institutes are running 3-year diploma in midwifery courses. In each year, Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM) offers circular for midwifery student admissions centrally. After completing the H.S.C exam, students with a good score can apply for the diploma following the institutes opening their admissions. Students based on their merit accordıng to an admission test get admission to the institutions. During the three-year diploma course, students are taught by nurse midwives, doctors and other guest lecturers on a broad range of topics, including mother and child health care, reproductive health, family planning, normal delivery and health care support on gender based violence etc. following the successful completion of the course students are registered by the Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council (BNMC).

Currently, there are 4319 registered midwives in Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Government have deployed 1149 registered midwives in Upazila Health Complexes and Union Sub-centers, remaining 3170 registered midwives are working in private sectors UNFPA funded projects, BRAC, MDF, Save the Children International, private hospitals and some are employed as midwifery teachers in midwifery institutions.

Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery Admission Process and Requirements:

 The 03(three) years course Diploma in Midwifery program was started in 2013 to improve the quality care of pregnant women and newborn and to reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate. The curriculum is formulated according to ICM standard.

The Diploma in Midwifery is an integral part of the strategic direction of the Bangladesh Government to increase the midwifery workforce and decrease maternal and infant mortality and morbidity in Bangladesh. Following the MDGs, the Government of Bangladesh has taken initiative to introduce professional Midwives in the health care delivery system as an integral part to the achievement of target of Sustainable Development Goals 3 (Good Health and Well-being for all) (SDGs) by 2030.

There are 43 Government Nursing Colleges and Institutes with 1050 seats are operational and providing 3-years Diploma in Midwifery course. There are 82 private colleges and institutes with 2970 seats operating in our country.

You can also read: Duties and Responsibilities of Nurse Midwife in Healthcare Sector

Eligibility for Admission:

Students having a Higher Secondary (10+2) from any group or equivalent degree passed in the last 02(Two) years (SSC passed in the year 2017 and 2018, HSC passed in the year 2019 and 2020) can apply for admission. He or she also has to score 6.00 in the two examinations cumulatively. The minimum score of separate examination (SSC and HSC) is 2.50.

Every expected candidate for admission, who wants to study in Government or Non-Government organization, has to attend the admission test organized by “Director General of Nursing & Midwifery (DGNM)”. The government admission test is a mandatory prerequisite for any student willing to study either in Govt. or Non govt. organizations. Candidate scoring 40 or over marks are eligible for Non-Government colleges and Institutions.

Seat Reservation for Male Students:

According to the rule only female candidates are eligible to study in this course. There is no scope for any male students.

Source Reference:

  1. Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council (BNMC)
  2. Directorate General of Nursing and Midwifery (DGNM)

Note: Please follow the above two websites to get all the necessary information’s related to Nursing and Midwifery.

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