There are a number of pathways that registered nurses can undertake to register as midwives. These include completing a Bachelor in Midwifery (with some credit for Recognition of Prior Learning) or completing a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree in midwifery. These courses vary in time between 12-24 months. Each university may offer a slightly different approach but all courses that lead to registration as a midwife in Australia must meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Accreditation standards. In some states, nurses can be employed by local hospitals as midwifery students and need to be enrolled at a university at the same time.