Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy

Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy

Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course prerequisites

Applicants must have completed an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health related field, and be an AHPRA registered health practitioner and maintain their registration for the duration of the course; or

Be a current final year student of a James Cook University MBBS program with a minimum GPA of 4.0 or above and have their enrolment approved by the Dean of College/Course Coordinator; or

Submit, as an exceptional case, evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of three years in health related activities and previous anatomical studies at a tertiary level.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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

Post admission

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

Students must maintain AHPRA registration for the duration of the course, except for students concurrently enrolled in MBBS.

Due to online/external delivery of this course, computer and internet access is required.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

Attendance and participation in the cadaveric whole body dissection workshops (4 across the degree) held in Townsville.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt advanced anatomical knowledge and technical skills to structural identification and regional cadaveric dissection of a whole human body

  • Review, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of anatomical development (embryology), tissue structure (histology), and functional systematic structure (gross anatomy) to identify anatomical variants and analyse the clinical and surgical implications of such variants

  • Exercise high level and independent judgement in the critical interpretation and evaluation of how normal structure and variations of structure relate to normal and abnormal function of the human body

  • Relate detailed anatomical knowledge to the potential for pathology development, functional complications of the human body and the options for management of complications

  • Communicate theoretical knowledge using high level oral and written English language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills to a variety of audiences

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for future professional development based on reflection of current skills and knowledge.

Course Structure


AT8301:12 Surgical Anatomy Part 1 of 2

AT8302:12 Surgical Anatomy Part 2 of 2





Limited Attendance:

Course delivery will be predominantly through online delivery due to the workplace and training requirements of graduate medics/dentists and AHPRA-registered health practitioners.

Attendance at Townsville-based cadaveric dissection workshops is a requirement for course completion.


Expected time to complete

One year full-time or part-time equivalent

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Whole Body Cadaveric Dissection Workshops:

This course includes prescribed whole body cadaveric dissection workshops. These workshops are a compulsory/mandatory component of the course.

Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

A student 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 the relevant accreditation body will apply.

Advanced Standing


Not eligible

Maximum allowed



Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviations


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

Not applicable