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)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$11,440 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 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

Course sub-headings

Course overview

This course qualifies you as a health professional with a focus on diabetes – an enormous and growing public health issue.

The incidence of diabetes is increasing in Australia, with close to 1 in 25 Australians now living with the disease. With diabetes one of the top 10 causes of death in Australia, the knowledge and skills you gain in this course will prepare you to work in an important area of health education.

This course is accredited with the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). In addition, by completing the clinical practicum and workshop components of the course, graduates may be eligible to seek registration as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator (CDE) with ADEA. As a CDE you may register with Medicare and the Department of Veterans Affairs, enabling patients/clients to seek higher rebates for the services provided.

This course may be used as Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) for the Master of Nursing Practice and the Master of Nursing Practice (Nurse Practitioner).

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

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, the ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

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.

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 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).

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. 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 hour clinical practicum.

Course structure

Core units

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, interacting via CloudDeakin and completing assessment tasks for each unit in your course.

Work experience

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.