- 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
Broaden your medical qualifications and learn the advanced structure of the human body by regions, through a combination of core anatomy teaching, specialist surgical teaching and a full human body cadaveric dissection.
This one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) course is suited for busy professionals with the flexible delivery mode of online classes and four block intensives on campus.
Graduate with confidence – you will complete, over the course of a year, anatomy of the whole human body including dissection of the same with surgeons and anatomists, who are leaders in their field.
View the handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
Cadaveric dissection workshops
Workshop dates 2022
The workshops are held over four days on campus:
- Workshop 1 (21 April - 24 April 2022) - Head, neck and neuroanatomy
- Workshop 2 (16 June - 19 June 2022) - Vertebral column and upper limb
- Workshop 3 (24 September - 27 September 2022) - Thorax and abdomen
- Workshop 4 (24 November - 27 November 2022) - Pelvis and lower limb
Workshop dates 2023
The workshops are held over four days on campus:
- Workshop 1 (11 April - 14 April 2023) - Head, neck and neuroanatomy
- Workshop 2 (20 June - 23 June 2023) - Vertebral column and upper limb
- Workshop 3 (26 September - 29 September 2023) - Thorax and abdomen
- Workshop 4 (21 November - 24 November 2023) - Pelvis and lower limb
JCU Surgical Anatomy graduates are highly-regarded medical professionals with extensive skills and anatomical knowledge.
This course is suited to doctors who hold a formally-recognised medical degree and who want to advance their career in surgery. Other doctors (particularly those working in rural, regional and remote communities) may find this course useful as it will expand their scope of practice through developing a deeper understanding of human anatomy.
|Information valid for students commencing in 2024.|
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Medicine and Dentistry
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.
Additional selection requirements
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.
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: Infection Control Procedure
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:
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 Medicine.
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.
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
1 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.
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
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.
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 Infection Control Procedure.
Dr Ben McDonald
Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy
JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Surgical Anatomy is outstanding. It’s delivered at a level above medical school. It gives us what is expected of someone who is going to operate and needing to be aware of what might cause problems, and how to avoid that.
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.