Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education

Course and Subject Handbook 2017 Courses Postgraduate Courses Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education

Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education

Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Registration as a nurse, doctor of medicine or other health professional in Australia; or

Completion of an appropriate AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a relevant discipline with 2 years relevant experience or equivalent.

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 selection 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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Course learning outcomes

The Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education enables health professionals working in regional and remote tropical Australia to complete a postgraduate qualification to enhance their teaching and learning skills with undergraduate health students whom they teach and supervise.

They will develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to deliver best practice teaching and learning opportunities for students in the health professions. They will possess expertise in improving teaching and learning opportunities for students training in a range of professions across the health sector and will be committed to responsible, ethical and professional conduct in lead roles as educators. Graduates will work to foster their practice through professional development and the application of evidence-based practice.

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Health Professional Education will be able to:

  • Apply advanced knowledge of educational theoretical concepts, student‐centred and adult learning principles, and evidence-based techniques for teaching and learning in clinical practice contexts

  • Plan, implement and evaluate learning, teaching and assessment experiences, with an emphasis on reflective practice, to learning and teaching in a clinical context

  • Apply an evidence-based approach through action research skills in health professional education

  • Interpret and apply principles, theories and methods of medical/health professional education through high-level written and spoken English

  • Demonstrate personal autonomy and accountability for own professional development as an educator.

Course Structure


HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

HS5406:03 Strategies for Clinical Teaching


Select 6 credit points of subjects from one the following groups

Group 1

HS5409:03 Innovative Teaching in the Health Professions

HS5410:03 Health Professional Education using Action Research

Group 2

(Note: This group is only available for health practitioners currently registered as nurses)

NS5407:03 Contemporary Issues in Nurse Education

NS5408:03 Clinical Teaching in Nursing and Midwifery





External only


Expected time to complete

1 year part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


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

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 student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not include majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Health Professional Education and the Master of Health Professional Education. Students may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.