Graduate Certificate of Infection Control

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in medical, nursing or other relevant health professional qualification.

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

It is recommended that applicants have completed a minimum of one year of graduate experience (or part-time equivalent) in a health related field.

Special admission requirements

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

Closing date

June 1 or January 1 of each year.  Students can commence in TP1 or TP2.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Infection Control will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt specialised knowledge, skills and technical competencies pertaining to infection prevention and control across a variety of health contexts, including rural, remote and Indigenous settings in developed and developing countries

  • Critically analyse and synthesise a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex problems related to infection prevention and control

  • Appraise the significance of healthcare-associated infections and their causative pathogens, and exercise high-level and independent judgement in the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies for their management across tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Appraise and synthesise knowledge related to the education and continuing professional development of health personnel in infection prevention and control

  • Communicate theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language skills, to a variety of audiences and cultural groups

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, industry standards and published evidence.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

HS5555:03 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings

NS5230:03 Clinical Governance Project


Select 6 credit points of NS, HS and TMlevel 5 and level 6 subjects







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

Not applicable

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

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 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

Candidates who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Nursing or Master of Nursing and may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.