Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation, majoring in Occupational Health

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation, majoring in Occupational Health

The Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation majoring in Occupational Health is new for 2016.

Available to international students by distance education/external study only
Start dates
1 year part-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus

Career opportunities

Occupational Health graduates have the opportunity to further their therapeutic qualifications and skillset, specialising in rehabilitation. A Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation can better equip graduates to assist workers in overcoming illnesses and injuries which impair daily working activities. James Cook University Healthcare courses also contain a unique focus on rural, remote and regional community and Indigenous health.

Course highlights

Subjects to choose from include:

  • Environmental Health
  • Public Health and the Workplace
  • Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice
  • Ergonomics

Course overview

The subject majors for the Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation allow the opportunity to upskill and update your clinical practice across a range of different rehabilitation areas.  A wide selection of subjects are available and several of these subjects will address rural and remote practice. This program can help assist you achieve tangible outcomes to implement in your clinical setting.  The Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation can serve as a gateway into a Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation or a Master in Rehabilitation.

The course is offered externally (online), with some subjects requiring limited attendance on campus in Townsville, which will address healthcare via face-to-face teaching and work-integrated learning within the clinical environment.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.


GCertRehab – Occupational Health Major

Major code


Credit points required

9 credit points for single major

Major Structure


PS5109:03 Ergonomics


Select 6 credit points of specified subjects from List 1

List 1

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

PS5108:03 Advanced Musculoskeletal Practice

Pathway into course

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


Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation

Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must have completed at least a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology at an Australian University or hold an equivalent international entry level qualification in one of these professions.

Note: Completion of the Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation will not enable Australian registration of overseas qualified health professionals.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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

For students undertaking the Speech Pathology major, an overall IELTS of 7.0 with a minimum writing score of 6.0; speaking score of 8.0; reading and listening score of 7.0 is required.

Post admission

Telephone and computer access with internet. Some subjects will require limited attendance at the Townsville campus.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation graduates will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt specialised knowledge within a systematic and coherent body of theoretical knowledge, skills and technical competencies across diverse contexts as a health professional

  • Design assessment, management and evaluation plans for culturally and demographically diverse peoples, especially in tropical, rural, remote and Indigenous communities

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate, synthesise and apply established and evolving evidence in order to develop solutions for complex problems in health professional practice

  • Communicate theoretical knowledge, therapy concepts, treatment options and professional decisions 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 requirements based on reflection on current skills, knowledge and attitudes

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to design, analyse and ethically implement research and critically reflect on implications of findings for clinical practice.

Course Structure


RH5200:03 Rehabilitation Research and Evidence Based Practice


Select a major (discipline area) from Table A

Table A (MAJORS)

Type of major

Mandatory, Single

Credit points in major

9 credit points

Special requirements





Occupational Health

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

Occupational Therapy

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville


Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville

Speech Pathology

Townsville (External)

No mid-year entry

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville




Townsville (External)

Some subjects may require limited face-to-face attendance on campus in Townsville


Expected time to complete

12 months 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

Not applicable

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 that accreditation will apply.

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 5 years prior to the commencement of this course


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 7 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 this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation

Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of major on testamur

The major will appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students admitted to a Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation may after completion of that award, gain advanced standing for those studies towards a Graduate Diploma of Rehabilitation or a Master of Rehabilitation.

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.