Program Information

Program Information

Welcome to James Cook University and congratulations on enrolling in the Rural Generalist Program (Pathway).

The Program combines work-integrated training with online learning via modules that have been designed specifically for early career allied health professionals working in rural and remote communities. The Program also has applications for allied health professionals working in other under-served settings or services requiring a generalist scope of practice.

The modules provide educational opportunities that will benefit your practice through increased knowledge and skills for application in your work setting. Each module is 6 weeks duration and offers a set of learning activities that you will work through at your own pace and in your own workplace. Your Module Coordinator and the Program Coordinator will support you in your learning.

Program Outcomes

On completion of the Rural Generalist Program (Pathway) participants will be able to:

  1. Apply rural & remote generalist knowledge and skills to practice in the workplace context
  2. Contribute to identification of local service needs relevant to profession & work-based multi-disciplinary team
  3. Facilitate quality improvement initiatives to optimise access, efficiency and effectiveness of the local service
  4. Extend and reframe early career knowledge & skills to match the local service strategic intent.

Course Structure

The Rural Generalist Program (Pathway) consists of 12 modules across the rural service delivery and rural generalist practice domains.

Do the modules need to be completed in any order?

There is no prescribed order for completing the modules but participants will have to complete 5 modules in the Rural Service Delivery domain and 5 modules in the Rural Generalist Practice domain before enrolling in the respective Capstone module in each domain. We have devised a Module Availability planner to assist you in selecting modules.

How long will it take to do the program?

The length of time it will take you to complete Rural Generalist Program (Pathway) will depend on the number of modules that you enrol in at any one time. It is anticipated that the program can be completed in 12 months; with the maximum time to complete being 2 years.

What is the expected study commitment (per module)?

The anticipated length of time to complete study load for each module is 22 hours. This includes all learning activities and completion of assessments.

What additional activities (if any) will be required?

Individual modules may include additional material (i.e. readings, videos) to extend your learning. Engaging in additional activities is optional.

How many modules can I complete at once?

There is no limit to the number of modules that can be undertaken at any one time, however enrolment in one to three modules at one time is recommended. Please refer to the Module Availability document (found in the Resources section). You can also contact the Academic Quality and Strategy team on dthm.aqs@jcu.edu.au if you require assistance with enrolment.

Glossary of terms

You will encounter numerous acronyms, terms and concepts that may be unique to the Rural Generalist Program. We included a glossary of terms here to help you navigate this new landscape (the glossary will be coming soon).