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Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Category type

GDN – Graduate Diploma

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an undergraduate course at this or another university with minimum of 2 years work experience. In exceptional circumstances, students may be admitted on conditional terms, at the discretion of the Course Committee.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Masters/Graduate Diploma degrees.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional entry requirements

In some instances students may be called for interview, prior to admission.

Post admission requirements

For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required.

Closing date

30 June

31 December (mid year entry the following year)

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Graduate Diploma Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

HS5405:03 Introduction to Health Professional Education

HS5406:03 Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions

HS6405:03  Assessment in Health Education

HS6406:03  Evaluation in Health Education

HS6407:03  Curriculum Design in Health Education

HS6408:03  Leadership in Health Education

Optional Subjects

Select 6 credit points of specified HS and NS level 5 subjects

HS5409:03 Learning and Teaching about the Consultation

HS5410:03 Health Professional Practice in Education

NS5407:03 Contemporary Issues in Nurse Education

NS5408:03 Implementation of Clinical Teaching Strategies







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

A candidate who has failed the final subject towards the award and who gained 40% or more of the marks for that subject, may be granted a supplementary examination in that subject. However if that subject is required for accreditation, then the criteria specified by that accreditation will apply.

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions


Award Details

This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical Education.

Course articulation

Candidates who complete this course are eligible for entry to the equivalent graduate courses, available at the time, within JCU guidelines and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.

Special Awards

Where coursework is completed at a grade point average of 6 or above, the Pro Vice Chancellor, on the recommendation of the Head of School of Medicine and Dentistry may recommend the award of a Master of Health Professional Education with Distinction.