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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 and other allied health professionals as diabetes educators. 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 credentialling by the ADEA. Credentialled graduates will be entitled to use the professional title ‘CDE’ (Credentialled Diabetes Educator) making them eligible to register with Medicare as providers under Medicare's Chronic Disease Management plan. Check the Medicare website for the latest information about this allied health initiative. CDEs are also able to sign patients onto the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). Re-credentialling is required every three years.

Professional placement

Students are required to undertake 50 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 to ensure graduates have the confidence to apply their knowledge and skills with clients in professional settings. Visit

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 also gain an in-depth knowledge of medications related to diabetes and other comorbidities.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary from unit to unit and may include exams, research critiques, clinically-based case studies, blogging, class presentation, reflective essays or journals, development of materials for education purposes, and developing quality educational activities.

Teaching methods

All units in this course are delivered via distance education with a compulsory three-day workshop for each unit to be held at the Gold Coast campus.

Distance education students experience a highly interactive study mode that strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

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;
    • Dieticians;
    • Pharmacy;
    • Accredited Exercise Physiology;
    • Podiatry; 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 Podiatrist, Accredited Exercise Physiologist, or Registered Pharmacist, Accredited Practicing Dietician or General Practitioner (GP). 

Course requirements

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 comprising all units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.

Advanced standing

Candidates may be granted advanced standing in accordance with Rule 2 Section 4 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

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