Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education
What to expect
How to apply
JCU's Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education is designed to focus on the clinical issues faced by Diabetes Educators practicing in rural and remote communities focus on cultural competency and cultural appropriateness when providing diabetes care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Graduates will have the foundational knowledge and skills to progress the credentialing process to become diabetes educators with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).
Diabetes is responsible for an enormous public health and social burden, and is one of the top 10 causes of death in Australia. Diabetes Educators (DEs) are one of the key health professionals in the multi-disciplinary team required to manage diabetes as well as contribute toward prevention efforts.
The course will be offered in flexible/limited attendance mode. Attendance at residential blocks based in Cairns and 80 hours of clinical placement at students preferred facility.
Successful applicants require Hepatitis B immunisation, current Queensland First Aid and CPR certificates plus a Suitability to Work with Children (Blue Card) and an Australian Federal Police check before undertaking placement. It is recommended that these requirements be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period.
This course will prepare appropriately qualified nurses and allied health professionals to advance their skills in the area of diabetes education and management in a variety of settings.
JCU's Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education is designed to focus on the clinical issues faced by Diabetes Educators practicing in rural and remote communities, and has a focus on cultural competency and cultural appropriateness when providing diabetes care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
You are eligible for the course if you have:
- Completed 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 your chosen field since undergraduate course completion.
Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education applicants must also complete and upload the following forms and documentary evidence with their application:
- Student Registration Form (PDF, 86 KB)
- Clinical Placement Form (PDF, 197 KB)
- Current AHPRA Registration (if applicable)
- Degree Testamur
- Curriculum Vitae
Applicants are required to have read the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education Professional Experience Placement Handbook (PDF, 711 KB) prior to application.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Professional accreditation status
This course is currently undergoing accreditation 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 and placement support form
Post admission requirements
This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.
You will find your course requirements here: https://www.jcu.edu.au/professional-experience-placement/preparation-checklists
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
12 credit points
Students must source and undertake 60 hours of clinical placement as part of the professional practice subject; 40 hours on-site formal clinical placement and 20 hours of professional practice exposure.
Preferably, placement should be completed in one location or clinical facility with one supervisor/Credentialed Diabetes Educator preceptor.
Students must attend a 3-day residential, held in April each year, to acquire and demonstrate core skills relevant to preparation for clinical placement and Diabetes Education practice.
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education at James Cook University will be able to:
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HS5381:03 Health Education and Self Management
NS5380:03 Foundations of Clinical Diabetes
NS5382:03 Applied Clinical Diabetes Education
NS5383:03 Diabetes Education Professional Practice
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
8 months part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Clinical placement/professional practice:
This course includes 60 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
At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.
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) for those students who are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or a professional body recognised by ADEA (ie. dietitians and exercise physiologists).
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
6 credit points except where a student transfers from one JCU award to another, then Credit may be granted for more than two-thirds of the new award, where there is subject equivalence between the awards.
Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the last 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 8 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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
Annual Tuition Fee: $11,523 (Estimate only)
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.