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Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management is a one-year part-time course designed to qualify nurses, midwives, dietitians, medical practitioners, pharmacists, podiatrists, exercise physiologists and physiotherapists. The course provides targeted professional development in the specialty field of diabetes education.

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 recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA). Graduates are encouraged to pursue credentialing by the ADEA. The title 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. CDE’s are required to demonstrate ongoing participation in professional development within the specialty of diabetes education.

Professional placement

Students are required to undertake 40 hours of clinical placement within a recognised diabetes service with, as a minimum, a credentialed diabetes educator as a mentor. The importance of linking theory to practice is fundamental to student learning 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.

Major areas of study

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 knowledge of medications related to diabetes and other comorbidities, including Insulin initiation and titration and insulin pump therapy.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary from unit to unit and may include exams, 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 mostly 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.

Workshops: The course includes two compulsory three-day workshops which are held at the Gold Coast campus.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

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

Table of contents


Admission requirements

  1. As an alternative to Rule 2, Section 3 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, applicants for admission to candidature in the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management may be selected where they can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirement in Rule 2, Section 3.
  2. 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.
  3. All applicants must have successfully completed a minimum AQF Level 7 qualification, or equivalent, in one of the following health disciplines:
    • Nursing;
    • Midwifery;
    • Dietetics;
    • Pharmacy;
    • Accredited Exercise Physiology;
    • Podiatry;
    • Physiotherapy; or
    • Medicine.
  4. All applicants for admission to candidature to the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education must be qualified for a minimum of one year and have been active in practice for a minimum of one year.
  5. Applicants must be in current practice and be registered with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Registered Podiatrist, Registered Physiotherapist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Registered Pharmacist, Accredited Practicing Dietitian or General Practitioner (GP). 
  6. Other health disciplines may be admitted if they meet the requirements of a relevant health undergraduate degree. However, the ADEA currently only recognises the above list for credentialing. Other disciplines will be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management, but will currently not be eligible for credentialing by the ADEA. (See ADEA website for further information on Credentialing) www.adea.com.au

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Management a candidate shall successfully complete not less than four (4) units (48 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A

Schedule of units

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How to apply

For assessment of entry to this course, students are required to send copies of professional registration such as AHPRA copies of their undergraduate health degree and a current resume.

Domestic students

Applications for this course are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'