Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education

Information valid for students commencing in 2015.

Course code




Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

Course accreditation for the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education is being sought from the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree (or qualifications recognised by the Division as equivalent) in a relevant clinical based health, allied health or other relevant field, and

At least 12 months experience working in their chosen field since undergraduate course completion

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional entry requirements

Submit JCU internal application form

Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

For more information, refer to:

Infectious Diseases Policy and Immunisation Guidelines

Suitability to Work with Children Card (blue card):

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements that may involve contact with children under 18 years of age. Students are required to obtain a Suitability to Work with Children Card (which involves a criminal history check undertaken by the Queensland Police) before the start of the first placement. Students must retain a current Suitability to Work with Children Card for the duration of their course, as failure to do so will result in the termination of their admission to the course.

For more information, refer to:

Current CPR Certificate:

Some professional/clinical placement agencies may require that candidates hold a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate before undertaking a professional or clinical placement. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

Australian Federal Police check:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements.  Some placement agencies may require students to produce a current Australian Federal Police check. This is in addition to the requirements for a Blue Card. If requested, students must provide written confirmation of clearance to the Clinical Placement Officer prior to commencement of clinical placement.

Application documents can be accessed at:

Australian Federal Police check

For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Additional course rules


Additional completion

Students must undertake 80 hours of clinical placement as part of the professional practice subject. Attendance at two 5 day residential schools is also a requirement of the course.  This will be held in April and September starting from 2015.

Course learning outcomes

The graduates of James Cook University are prepared and equipped to create a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide.

JCU graduates are committed to lifelong learning, intellectual development, and to the display of exemplary personal, professional and ethical standards. They have a sense of their place in the tropics and are charged with professional, community and environmental responsibility. JCU graduates appreciate the need to embrace and be acquainted with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia. They are committed to reconciliation, diversity and sustainability. They exhibit a willingness to lead and to contribute to the intellectual, environmental, cultural, economic and social challenges of regional, national, and international communities of the tropics.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education at James Cook University will be able to:

  • Provide safe, effective, client centred, clinical care and self-management education to people with or at risk of diabetes across the lifespan

  • Systematically plan, manage and evaluate diabetes services that support an integrated, multidisciplinary team approach to client care, in a range of practice settings including rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical settings

  • Identify, evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence in the provision of diabetes education and practice including clinical care, education, counselling and program and service development and management

  • Demonstrate effective leadership and oral and written communication skills in advocating for diabetes prevention, education and care to optimise the health and welfare of individuals and populations

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, and plan ongoing personal and professional development.

Course Structure


NS5380:03 Clinical Management of Diabetes

HS5381:03 Health Promotion for Diabetes

NS5382:03 Applied Diabetes Education and Management

NS5383:03 Diabetes Professional Practice







Expected time to complete

2 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes 80 hours of prescribed clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

All students who undertake a course that includes prescribed professional experience placements must be aware of the following University policy: Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment

All students must demonstrate suitability before undertaking professional or clinical placements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.


Accreditation of the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education will be sought from the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then advanced standing may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards.


Advanced standing will be granted only for subjects completed in the last 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 student has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


This is a joint degree


Inclusion of majors on

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete this course may be eligible for entry to the JCU Graduate Diploma of Nursing, the Master of Nursing or the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner); and may be granted advanced standing for some subjects completed under this course.