Postgraduate Certificate of Allied Health Sciences

Information valid for students commencing in 2012.

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Postgraduate Certificates.

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 selection requirements

Applicants must be eligible for registration in their profession in Queensland, or in the appropriate professional association.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Learning outcomes

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

Course Structure


Select 12 credit points of OT and WS level 5 subjects

OT5001:03 Health Professional Independent Study

OT5002:06 Occupational Therapy Independent Project

OT5003:06 Occupational Therapy Minor Thesis

OT5004:06 Rural or Remote Allied Health Practice

OT5005:03 Advanced Clinical Practice

OT5006:03 Soft Tissue Injury Management for Health Professionals

OT5007:03 Issues of Sexuality for Allied Health Professionals

OT5008:03 Allied Health Interventions for Palliative Care

OT5009:03 Advanced Soft Tissue Injury Management for Health Professionals

OT5101:03 Computers and Information Sources

OT5102:06 Research and Reporting in the Disability Field

OT5103:03 Overview of Technology for People with Disabilities

OT5104:03 Posture Control for Function

OT5105:06 Computing, Switches and Interfaces for People with Disabilities

OT5106:03 Augmentative and Electronic Communication Systems

WS5010:03 Independent Study 1

WS5011:03 Independent Study 2







Expected time to complete

1 year 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

3 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 8 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable, this course does not include majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable