Graduate Diploma in Diabetes

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  • Objectives
    In addition to the curriculum of the graduate certificate, you will learn to undertake effective projects and research in the diabetes field. You’ll explore various research methods particularly useful in the health sciences, prepare a literature review and develop a comprehensive research or project proposal.
  • Entry requirements
    A bachelor degree in a relevant clinical based health, allied health or other relevant field plus at least 12 months’ experience in a specialist area of practice. Registered nurses, enrolled nurses and Aboriginal health workers who do not hold a bachelor degree may be considered on the basis of their clinical practice, education and professional development.
  • Academic title
    Graduate Diploma in Diabetes
  • Course description
    Graduate Diploma in Diabetes


    Course CRICOS Code: 064459B
    Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


    The Graduate Diploma in Diabetes provides the student with foundation knowledge and skills in diabetes self-management, an understanding of chronic disease and its impact at a personal level as well as a national and global level. In addition graduates will have the capacity to prepare for projects and research in the diabetes field.

    Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

    A Bachelor course in a relevant clinical based health or allied health field OR a Bachelor award in a related area OR a registered nurse, enrolled nurses or Aboriginal Health Workers who do not hold a bachelor degree may gain entry to the course through an alternate mode of entry, which considers the applicants current clinical practice, education experience and professional development AND a minimum of 12 months postgraduate experience in a specialist area of practice. For international students studying in their own country, access to approved diabetes related clinical experience is required as well as the University standard English competency requirements.

    Specific Requirements

    Students completing Diabetes Professional Practice 514 are required to comply with criminal record screening and clearance, working with children clearance and immunisation protocols.

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of prior learning will be judged on individual application. Consideration will be given to appropriate clinical experiences, short courses, formal university programs or other forms of continuing education. Processes will be consistent with university guidelines and the guidelines provided by the external accrediting body (ADEA).

    Duration and Availability

    This course is two semesters (one year) full-time study or four semesters (two years) part-time study. Intake for the course is available twice a year. International onshore students on student visas must undertake the course on a full-time basis and are not permitted to study externally.

    Intermediate Awards 1

    A student who has successfully completed the requirements of an approved intermediate award may apply for graduation in that award subject to approval of Head of School/Department. Fees apply. Intermediate award(s) approved for this course are:

    Intermediate Awards II

    302117 v.3 Graduate Certificate in Diabetes

    Course Organisation

    The course is studied through external (on-line) study mode or internal mode (numbers permitting). The Health Project Preparation 591 unit must be completed in the final semester of study. As part of Diabetes Professional Practice 514 students are required to undertake a clinical practicum in one or more clinical areas.

    Professional Recognition

    Please note: No firm commitment in regard to professional membership/accreditation can be made. Those units which form part of the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes are currently under review for accreditation for 2009 - 2012 by the Australia Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). Eligible health professionals will be able to use completion of this course as part evidence for credentialing. Refer to - credentialing, for more details.

    Career Opportunities

    Please note: no firm commitment to employment can be made as positions are subject to industry requirements. Generally graduates from this course, who have a clinical based health or allied health professional background, may gain employment in the field of diabetes education and care. Graduates may have a competitive edge over those completing the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes. Graduates who are eligible for ADEA credentialing may be better placed to achieve designated diabetes educator positions. Graduates from this course, who do not have a health professional background may gain employment in an allied field, for example diabetes research.

    Additional Course Expenses
    Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

    Special Note
    Students are required to have and maintain reliable Internet access and pay for the cost of obtaining and using Internet access as part of their studies.

    Course Structure Disclaimer
    Curtin University reserves the right to alter the internal composition of any course to ensure learning outcomes retain maximum relevance. Any changes to the internal composition of a course will protect the right of students to complete the course within the normal timeframe and will not result in additional cost to students through a requirement to undertake additional units.

    Course Structure                                                                                         Hrs/Wk     Credit
    Year 1 Semester 1

    311572     v.1           Living with Diabetes 512                                                     4.0     25.0
    311573     v.1           Diabetes Mellitus 511                                                          4.0     25.0
    311574     v.1           Chronic Condition Self-Management 513                            4.0     25.0
    311576     v.1           Diabetes Professional Practice 514                                     4.0     25.0

    Year 1 Semester 2

    13152       v.3           Health Research Methods 681                                             4.0     25.0
    4712         v.3           Qualitative Methods in Health Research 582                       4.0     25.0
    301950     v.3           Research and Evaluation in International Health 600         8.0     25.0
    300720     v.4           Research Foundations in Nursing and Midwifery 213           4.0     25.0
    308409     v.1 N1      Health Project Preparation 591                                           3.0     25.0
    311575     v.1           Chronic Illness 521                                                              4.0     25.0
                                     SELECT 1 ELECTIVE                                                                       25.0

    N1              Students not intending to progress to master level award may select to complete an elective instead of Health Project Preparation 591
    NB              Completion of Diabetes Mellitus 511, Living with Diabetes 512, Chronic Condition Self-Management 513 and Diabetes Professional Practice 514 satisfies the requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes (Intermediate Award).

    Year      Location                 Period                          Fully Online#
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 1                             Y
    2009     Bentley Campus     Semester 2                             Y

    The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

    *The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

    ^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

    #Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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