Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud CampusYes
Length

1 year part time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
 +61 3 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

OR

School of Nursing and Midwifery Postgraduate Enrolments Team

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code H520
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Diabetes is recognised as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition. With an estimated 415 million people suffering diabetes worldwide in 2015, the disease takes a life every six seconds.

This course qualifies you as a health professional with a focus on reducing the prevalence and impact of this growing threat to human lives.

You’ll learn about the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the disease, its sociocultural and psychological effects, as well as techniques for effective management and prevention through education to become a qualified and in-demand health professional.

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.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education, you may wish to look for further study options or seek accreditation with the relevant professional bodies in your area to become a practicing diabetes education professional.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

Autonomously communicate complex knowledge and ideas to clients and their families, health professionals, and the wider diabetes community in varied specialised or creative contexts, demonstrating well developed judgment, adaptability, accountability and responsibility

Demonstrate advanced understanding of principles in diabetes care by conveying complex knowledge and ideas to clients and their families, health professionals and the wider diabetes community in a creative and engaging manner.

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

Practice collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams, health professionals, and in partnership with 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.

 

Course rules

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).

 

Course structure

Core units

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

Trimester 1

HND701Pathophysiology of Diabetes

HND732Diabetes in Social and Psychological Contexts

Trimester 2

HND702Management of Diabetes

HND731Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

Entry requirements - general

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.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Applicants for the course must be appropriately qualified and currently registered professionals with a health science background, including registered nurses, dietitians, podiatrists, pharmacists, exercise physiologists and general practitioners. Applicants should have at least two years’ experience working in their chosen field since undergraduate course completion. In order to undertake the placement component of this course students must be one of the ADEA listed CDE eligible professions, with current registration to practice as such (eg AHPRA).

If you hold a tertiary health related degree in another area (for example in psychology, social work etc) you are still able to undertake and complete your Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education at Deakin, but you may not be eligible to become a credentialed diabetes educator. For further information, please visit the ADEA Being a Credentialled Diabetes Educator website.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

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.

The Advance Diabetes Management Modules (PDU) DO NOT confer credit for prior learning for this course or the units within this course.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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.

Work experience

Australian students seeking ADEA credentialing must successfully complete a 40 hour clinical practicum (while enrolled in the course), organised by academic staff and attend a three day seminar at Burwood (Melbourne) scheduled during Trimester two.

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.