- Online: February, July
1 year full-time
or part-time equivalent
AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health-related field, be AHPRA registered and maintain registration for the duration of the course; or be a current final-year student of a JCU MBBS program with a minimum 5.0 GPA
The Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy provides advanced education and training in clinically relevant anatomy. It covers the advanced structure of the human body by regions through a combination of core anatomy teaching, specialist surgical teaching, self-directed distance education and cadaveric dissection.
Cadaveric dissection workshops
Workshop dates 2020
- Workshop 1 (18 April - 21 April 2020) - Head, neck and neuroanatomy
- Workshop 2 (25 June - 28 June 2020) - Vertebral column and upper limb
- Workshop 3 (26 September - 29 September 2020) - Thorax and abdomen
- Workshop 4 (26 November - 29 November 2020 ) - Pelvis and lower limb
This Graduate Diploma course is for you if you're a relevant graduate located outside metropolitan centres and you're looking for opportunities to advance your career. The curriculum and delivery of this course have been aligned to your academic requirements when you're preparing for Surgical Education and Training (SET) examinations.
Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Professional accreditation status
This course is accredited by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Tropical Health and Medicine
Applicants must have completed an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health related field, and be an AHPRA registered health practitioner and maintain their registration for the duration of the course; or
Be a current final year student of a James Cook University MBBS program with a minimum GPA of 5.0 or above and have their enrolment approved by the Dean of College/Course Coordinator; or
Submit, as an exceptional case, evidence of professional and academic attainments, including employment for a minimum of three years in health related activities and previous anatomical studies at a tertiary level.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3c – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Hepatitis B immunisation:
Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.
For more information, refer to:
Students must maintain AHPRA registration for the duration of the course, except for students concurrently enrolled in MBBS.
Due to online/external delivery of this course, computer and internet access is required.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
24 credit points as per course structure
Additional course rules
Attendance and participation in the cadaveric whole body dissection workshops (4 across the degree) held in Townsville.
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy will be able to:
AT8301:12 Surgical Anatomy of the Upper Body Regions and Central Nervous System
AT8302:12 Surgical Anatomy of the Trunk and Lower Limbs
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Course delivery will be predominantly through online delivery due to the workplace and training requirements of graduate medics/dentists and AHPRA-registered health practitioners.
Attendance at Townsville-based cadaveric dissection workshops is a requirement for course completion.
Expected time to complete
One year full-time or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Whole Body Cadaveric Dissection Workshops:
This course includes prescribed whole body cadaveric dissection workshops. These workshops are a compulsory/mandatory component of the course.
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
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 the relevant accreditation body will apply.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF SURGICAL ANATOMY
Inclusion of majors on
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
All applicants must provide evidence of being immune to Hepatitis B within the first teaching period of their studies. Evidence of having a blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently, may result in your inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body.
If you have not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of your studies, your enrolment will be terminated immediately.
For more information refer to Infectious Diseases Policy and Immunisation Guidelines.
Dr Ben McDonald
Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy
JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy is outstanding. You get international experts, retired surgeons with more than 50 years’ experience and anatomists. Getting those perspectives on anatomy, approaches and clinical relevance is extremely useful. I’ve also found everyone to be very approachable.
Dr Monika Zimanyi
Course Coordinator, Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy
This course is delivered through online delivery and limited mode attendance and includes a detailed dissection of a whole human cadaver over the course of a year. Successful participants gain an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification with endorsement from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.