Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education

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Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education

This course is available to Domestic Students only.
Location
Cairns
Some subjects require face-to-face attendance on campus
Commencing
May
Duration
2 years part-time
Attendance mode
Mixed
Entry Requirements
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree or equivalent in clinical-based health, allied health or relevant field; and at least 12 months post-graduation experience in that field.
QTAC Code
Not applicable
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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.

Career Opportunities

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:

  1. Student Registration Form (PDF, 86 KB)
  2. Clinical Placement Form (PDF, 197 KB)
  3. Current AHPRA Registration (if applicable)
  4. Degree Testamur
  5. Curriculum Vitae

Applicants are required to have read the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education Professional Experience Placement Handbook (PDF, 711 KB) prior to application.

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Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education

Handbook year

2020

Course code

113011

Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

This course is currently undergoing accreditation by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA)

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

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 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

Credit points

12 credit points

Additional completion
requirements

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:

  • 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 a contemporary, integrated, multidisciplinary approach to client care, in a range of practice settings including rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical Australian contexts

  • 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, self-managment education and care to optimise the health and welfare of individuals and populations

  • Apply knowledge and skills in the practice setting and reflect and plan ongoing professional development

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.
Reasonable adjustmentsReasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

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

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Cairns

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

8 months part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression
requisites

Nil

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

Special assessment
requirements

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

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

Professional accreditation
requirements

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
Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Credit

Eligibility

Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

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.

Currency

Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the last 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

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.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF DIABETES EDUCATION

Approved abbreviation

GCertDiabEd

This is a joint degree

No

Inclusion of majors on
testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Nil

Annual Tuition Fee: $11,523 (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

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