Graduate Certificate of Infection Control

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Certificate of Infection Control

This course provides health professionals with the knowledge and skills to implement effective infection control procedures within hospitals and other health care settings.

Start dates
February, July
1 year part-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.


Course Structure


HS5555:03 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings

NS5230:03 Clinical Governance 

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health


Select 3 credit points of NS, HS and TM level 5 and level 6 subjects

Pathway into course

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

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects.  Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Please contact if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.


Graduate Certificate of Infection Control

Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in medical, nursing or other relevant health professional qualification.

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

It is recommended that applicants have completed a minimum of one year of graduate experience (or part-time equivalent) in a health related field.

Special admission requirements

For flexible delivery option, computer and internet access is required.

Closing date

June 1 or January 1 of each year.  Students can commence in TP1 or TP2.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Infection Control will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt specialised knowledge, skills and technical competencies pertaining to infection prevention and control across a variety of health contexts, including rural, remote and Indigenous settings in developed and developing countries

  • Critically analyse and synthesise a range of data and evidence to provide solutions to complex problems related to infection prevention and control

  • Appraise the significance of healthcare-associated infections and their causative pathogens, and exercise high-level and independent judgement in the design, implementation and evaluation of strategies for their management across tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Appraise and synthesise knowledge related to the education and continuing professional development of health personnel in infection prevention and control

  • Communicate theoretical knowledge, skills and treatment modalities using high-level oral and written language skills, to a variety of audiences and cultural groups

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for professional development based on reflection on current competence, industry standards and published evidence.

Course Structure


HS5555:03 Infection Prevention and Control in Health Care Settings

NS5230:03 Clinical Governance 

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health


Select 3 credit points of NS, HS and TM level 5 and level 6 subjects





Offered through flexible delivery only


Expected time to complete

1 year part time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


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

6 credit points


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 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 Nursing or Master of Nursing and may be granted advanced standing for subjects completed under this course.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.