Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 3:18 PM on Wed, 26 May

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

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Duration
8 months part-time

Available part-time only. Students undertake one unit per study period over four study periods.

26 weeks full-time
Location
Online
Start date
March
Course code
1007289
Course abbreviation
GradCertDEM
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
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Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

More than 1.2 million Australians are living with diabetes. Now in epidemic proportions, fighting this condition is one of the major challenges facing Australian and global healthcare systems.

Play your part in improving diabetes knowledge, awareness, and self-management with this specialised postgraduate program. This course is designed to qualify nurses, midwives, dietitians, pharmacists, medical practitioners, podiatrists, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists as diabetes educators. 

This important program links theory and practice, providing specialist knowledge about all aspects of diabetes, including its causes, complications, management and education strategies. A highlight is a professional placement flanked by a credentialled diabetes educator mentor.

Graduates can consider career opportunities offering diabetes-related services in private practice or other areas of the health industry.

More than 1.2 million Australians are living with diabetes. Now in epidemic proportions, fighting this condition is one of the major challenges facing Australian and global healthcare systems.

Play your part in improving diabetes knowledge, awareness, and self-management with this specialised postgraduate program. This course is designed to qualify nurses, midwives, dietitians, pharmacists, medical practitioners, podiatrists, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists as diabetes educators. 

This important program links theory and practice, providing specialist knowledge about all aspects of diabetes, including its causes, complications, management and education strategies. A highlight is a professional placement flanked by a credentialled diabetes educator mentor.

Graduates can consider career opportunities offering diabetes-related services in private practice or other areas of the health industry.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Applicants not born and not schooled in one of the countries listed in Schedule A attached to Rule 2 Section 1:

  1. must have completed at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) study at the level of AQF diploma (or equivalent) or above and the language in which that qualification was taught was English; or
  2. must be able to demonstrate proof of English proficiency by obtaining an overall band score of not less than 7 in the International English Language Testing System (including a minimum score of 7 in the sub-bands) or equivalent TOEFL or comparable test as determined by the Academic Board.

All applicants must:

  1. have successfully completed a minimum AQF Level 7 qualification, or equivalent, in one of the following health disciplines:
    • Nursing;
    • Midwifery;
    • Dietetics;
    • Pharmacy;
    • Exercise Physiology;
    • Podiatry;
    • Physiotherapy; or
    • Medicine.
  2. be registered with AHPRA, or equivalent, as a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Registered Podiatrist, Registered Physiotherapist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Registered Pharmacist, Accredited Practising Dietitian or General Practitioner (GP); and
  3. be qualified for a minimum of one year, be in current practice and have been active in practice for a minimum of one year.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score7
Reading7
Writing7
Listening7
Speaking7

About the course

Students gain knowledge and skills within the areas of primary health, chronic disease, teaching, management and leadership, research, client self-management and counselling. They gain an in-depth understanding of the diabetes disease process and management options, including medications for therapeutic effectiveness, problem solving for high and low blood glucose levels and reducing the risks of chronic complications.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
OnlineStudy Period  2

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Online
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Operate effectively with and upon a body of knowledge of sufficient depth to begin professional practice as a Diabetes Educator

Develop effective problem solving skills, capable of applying logical, critical and creative thinking to a range of problems.

Develop an understanding of health practice informed by ethical and legal principles.

Demonstrate commitment to ethical action and social responsibility as a professional and citizen

Practice as a Diabetes Educator with the knowledge and skills to be a valued member of the Diabetes team.

Embrace the multidisciplinary nature of diabetes management and seek to gain knowledge and skills in these areas

Prepare for lifelong learning in pursuit of personal development and excellence in professional practice

Communicate effectively both in written and oral form and in professional practice as a member of the community

Apply skills, to work both autonomously and collaboratively as a professional.

Embrace and respect multiculturalism and the diversity of Australian society, and international perspectives as a professional and as a citizen


Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary from unit to unit and may include workbooks, research critiques, clinically-based case studies, presentations, reflective essays or journals, individual and group assignments.

Teaching methods

This flexible course is designed to fit seamlessly around work, family, and other priorities. It is delivered online, and students can complete it by undertaking one, seven-week unit at a time from home or anywhere with an internet connection. Students can access course content, assignments, quizzes, and collaborate, discuss and debate ideas with fellow students and lecturers. The multi-modal approach delivers content including video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners.

Career opportunities

Diabetes educators may work within a tertiary health centre, or within primary health. They can become self-employed and work in private practice, or they can work alongside other allied health providers such as dietitians, podiatrists, physiotherapists, and psychologists. Having credentialed diabetes educators working in primary health and particularly rural and remote regions is one of the current goals of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).

Professional placement

You are required to undertake 40 hours of clinical placement within a recognised diabetes service with, as a minimum, a credentialled diabetes educator as a mentor. The importance of linking theory to practice is fundamental to student learning and to ensure graduates have the confidence to apply their knowledge and skills with clients in professional settings.

The 40 hours of placement is a mandatory component of the course. Clinical placement occurs following completion of three units and generally occurs in Study Period 5 for those undertaking the complete one-year course. For those students who defer, placement may occur once three units have been successfully completed. Placements are organised by the Professional Experience Unit at Southern Cross University.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain prerequisites prior to attending placement (e.g. a working with children check and National Police Certificate). Prior to applying for a course offered by the School of Health and Human Sciences, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). Graduates are encouraged to pursue credentialing by the ADEA. The title Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE) is well recognised not only in Australia but overseas. Only those diabetes educators who have completed the ADEA credentialing program are awarded the title CDE.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising all core units.

Inherent Requirements
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


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Course progressions

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