Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Professional accreditation status
This course is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA)
Tropical Health and Medicine
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.
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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:
For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required
12 credit points
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:
HS5381:03 Health Promotion for Diabetes
NS5380:03 Clinical Management of Diabetes
NS5382:03 Applied Diabetes Education and Management
NS5383:03 Diabetes Professional Practice
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
2 years part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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
All students must demonstrate suitability before undertaking professional or clinical placements
Accreditation of the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education will be sought from the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.
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.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF DIABETES EDUCATION
This is a joint degree
Inclusion of majors on
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
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.