Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education

Postgraduate coursework

Accredited by the Australia Diabetes Educators Association, this course prepares health care professionals for specialty practice in diabetes education.

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Key facts

Duration

1 year part time

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Diabetes is recognised as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition. Over the past 30 years the global prevalence of diabetes among adults has almost doubled.

This course prepares health professionals with specialist knowledge and skills to practise in the area of diabetes education.

You will learn about the physiology and pathology of the disease, the social and psychological effects, as well as techniques for effective prevention and management to reduce the impact of this chronic on individuals, carers and communities.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education students must attain 4 credit points.
All four 1 credit point units are core units (these are compulsory).

 

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core units

Each unit below is delivered online via FutureLearn, allowing you the freedom to fit learning around your work, family and lifestyle. These units are broken down into five, easily-manageable two-week blocks and takes approximately 10 weeks to complete in addition to assessment tasks

Trimester 1

  • Pathophysiology of Diabetes HND701
  • Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts HND732
  • Trimester 2

  • Management of Diabetes HND702
  • Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals HND731
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    H520
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • FutureLearn

    Note for international students: This course is 100% online and international students enrolled in the course will not be eligible for an international student visa

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing clinical placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Students undertaking clinical placement may require a police check, working with children check and evidence of immunisations.

    Workload

    As a student in a Cloud (online) course in the Faculty of Health you will be expected to spend 8-10 hours every week studying, undertaking various learning tasks, interacting with others and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course. An optional three-day workshop at Burwood (Melbourne) is scheduled during Trimester 2.

    Participation requirements

    The units of the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education are delivered online. A three day on-campus workshop and 40-hour clinical placement are optional, but students seeking credentialing with the ADEA must participate in both while enrolled in the course.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. https://www.deakin.edu.au/students/health-and-wellbeing/disability-support

    Work experience

    Australian students seeking ADEA credentialing must successfully complete a 40 hour clinical practicum (while enrolled in the course), organised by academic staff.

    International students are advised to refer to the professional bodies in their home country and are not able to seek credentialing with the ADEA or undertake clinical placement in Australia.

    Try this course for free

    Interested in a free taster of this course?

    A two-week block of this course is available free on FutureLearn, an easy-to-use online learning platform. Try it out and discover just how flexible and rewarding online learning with Deakin can be. You’ve got nothing to lose!

    Choose from two free course trials on FutureLearn:

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of admission categories.

    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Fee rate

    Each credit point is $2,825. Cloud Campus only

    Find out more about fees

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The cost of this course will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.  The fee rate shown is the cost per credit point. A typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate is four credit points.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education, you may wish to look for further study options or seek accreditation with the ADEA to become a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE). Diabetes education professionals practise in a range of health care settings, including primary and acute care, community-based organisations, public and private practice and aged care.

    Professional recognition

    This course is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). Australian students may be eligible to seek registration as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator with ADEA, subsequent to completing additional requirements.

    International students are advised to refer to the professional bodies in their home country and are not able to seek credentialing with the ADEA or undertake clinical placement in Australia.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply diabetes-specific knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice that comply with organisational, legal and business requirements by evaluation and interpretation of literature to manage acute and long term complications.

    Communication

    Communicate complex knowledge and ideas to clients and their families, health professionals, and the wider diabetes community in varied contexts, demonstrating well developed judgment, adaptability, accountability and responsibility.

    Demonstrate advanced understanding of principles of person-centred care by communicating with clients and their families, health professionals and the wider diabetes community with empathy, and using appropriate language and methods, in a manner that promotes active engagement and supports self-management.

    Digital Literacy

    Evaluate information using digital technologies to effectively disseminate relevant information to professional networks, clients and communities.

    Critical thinking

    Critically identify, analyse, evaluate and apply research knowledge and skills for all aspects of diabetes care.

    Problem Solving

    Apply best practice and respond effectively by using a well-developed diabetes education plan within an evidence-based framework.

    Self-management

    Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner and diabetes educator within their scope of practice.

    Teamwork

    Apply the principles of collaborative, interdisciplinary practice and for working  in partnership with health professionals and clients to develop mutually agreeable diabetes care plans.

    Global Citizenship

    Advocate for equitable access for all people affected by diabetes to best practice diabetes education and care services in a cultural diverse and global context.

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin
    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

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    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Entry pathways

    This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs. Students may elect to apply and request credit transfer for their studies into a Graduate Diploma or Masters in their relevant professional areas, providing the entry criteria are met.

    Credit for prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.

    Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Normal University regulation and guidelines pertain to students applying for credit for prior learning within this program. In all cases credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with maximum credit granted being consistent with university policy. Credit for prior learning is not usually provided for HND701 The Pathophysiology of Diabetes, HND732 Diabetes in Professional Contexts or HND702 Management of Diabetes due to the specificity of the course content.

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