- Online: May
8 months part-time
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.
Build on your existing health and medicine qualifications and advance your skills for a variety of settings. JCU’s Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education equips appropriately qualified nurses and allied health professionals with a greater capacity to provide diabetes-oriented services to patients.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently reported that diabetes was the 9th leading cause of death and was on the increase. You can contribute to education for those with diabetes and those that are at risk of the consequences of diabetes. As a university for the Tropics based in North Queensland, JCU is uniquely positioned to equip you for working in rural, regional and metropolitan areas, enabling you to make a difference through providing diabetes services in any community.
This diabetes education degree has a strong focus on the clinical issues faced by Diabetes Educators practicing in rural and remote communities. As you complete this 8-month (part-time) course, you will gain skills in cultural competency and appropriateness when providing diabetes care to Australia’s First Nations people, a demographic with increasing numbers of diabetes diagnoses.
The Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education has four core subjects: Health Education and Self-Management; Foundations of Clinical Diabetes; Applied Clinical Diabetes Education; and Diabetes Education Professional Practice. You will have opportunities to apply and advance your knowledge during clinical placement alongside leading industry professionals.
As a graduate of the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education you’ll be eligible to gain accreditation with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Foundation. Make a difference in the lives of those affected by or at risk of diabetes. JCU Diabetes Education graduates are valued, highly sought-after health professionals.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects, as well as pre-placement requirements.
JCU Diabetes Education graduates have specialised skills and are employed in a variety of rural, remote, and urban health settings.
Graduates pursue careers in private and public hospitals, rural and remote health clinics, pharmacies, education settings, and public health.
You could find employment as a diabetes educator both in the public and private health care settings.
This course is a pathway to gain accreditation as a diabetes educator with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) Foundation.
Information valid for students commencing in 2023
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Professional accreditation status
This course is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).
Completion of at least an AQF level 7 bachelor degree and registration as one of the following:
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
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
Post admission requirements
This course has 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:
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
12 credit points
Students must source and undertake 40 hours of clinical placement as part of the professional practice subject and 20 hours of professional practice exposure (continuing professional development).
Preferably, placement should be completed in one location or clinical facility with one supervisor/Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) preceptor.
Students must attend the virtual webinars series, as part of NS5383 Diabetes Education Professional Practice, 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:
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession. For more information please visit: Postgraduate Nursing Science.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course. For more information please visit: Student Disability Policy and Procedure.
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
NS5383 Diabetes Education Professional Practice requires attendance at the virtual webinars
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 40 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 Procedure: Coursework Enrolment Procedure.
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 the Australian Diabetes Educators Association website for details regarding the process to be recognised as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) and to maintain CDE status.
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
Students may receive an Award of Recognition in accordance with the Recognition of Academic Excellence Procedure
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
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
- Clinical Placement Form
- Current AHPRA Registration (if applicable)
- Degree Testamur
- Curriculum Vitae
Applicants are required to have read the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education Handbook prior to application.