Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education

Course summary for local students

Year2015 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education
CampusThis course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode
Cloud (online)Yes

1 year part time

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$9,950* - Full-fee paying place
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777


School of Nursing and Midwifery Postgraduate Enrolments Team

Deakin course code H520

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The incidence of diabetes is rising in Australia with around 1 in 25 Australians have diabetes, which is up from 1 in 40 since 1995 (ABS, 2011). Diabetes is responsible for an enormous public health and social burden, and is one of the top 10 causes of death in Australia (AIHW, 2011). Diabetes is placed in the top nine national health priorities. 

Deakin University’s Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education prepares appropriately qualified health professionals for specialty practice in diabetes education.

The Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education is conducted by the School of Nursing and Midwifery. This course prepares eligible health professionals for specialty practice in diabetes education, and is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).

If you are not registered in Australia as a health practitioner with the appropriate registering body you will not be able to seek credentialing with the ADEA, nor will you be able to undertake a clinical placement in Australia.

On completion of the Graduate Certificate course, you will be eligible to apply to continue your studies towards the Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice and/or the Master of Nursing Practice.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). In addition, by completing the clinical practicum and seminar components of the course you may be eligible to seek registration as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator with ADEA, subsequent to fulfilling the additional requirements set by ADEA for this purpose.

Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study. If you are studying a graduate certificate of 4 credit points, your total course EFTSL is 0.5.

This is a fee-paying course. Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees. For more information about FEE-HELP go to

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

After successfully completing this course you may be able to seek credentialing as a diabetes educator with ADEA and become qualified to seek employment within this speciality area in all states and territories of Australia.

Course rules

The course comprises four credit points. Students seeking ADEA credentialing must successfully complete a 40 hour clinical practicum (while enrolled in the course), organised by academic staff and attend a five day seminar at Burwood (Melbourne) scheduled during Trimester two. However please note if you are not registered in Australia as a health practitioner with the appropriate registering body you will not be able to seek credentialing with the ADEA nor will you be able to attend the 40 clinical practicum.

Course structure

Trimester 1

HND701The Pathophysiology 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.

Entry requirements - specific

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 Become 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.

Credit for prior learning - specific

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 HND732 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

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

For further information on this course and how to apply, please contact the School of Nursing and Midwifery Postgraduate Enrolments Team