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Diabetes Education

This postgraduate degree qualifies health professionals with the skills and knowledge necessary to specialise in diabetes and help reduce the prevalence and impact of this complex disease.

Become a qualified, in-demand health professional.

Diabetes is one of the world’s fastest-growing public health issues. The chronic disease threatens human life and often reduces quality of life overall.

On this degree course, you will learn about the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the disease and its sociocultural and psychological effects. You will also discover techniques for effective diabetes management and prevention through education.

Studying diabetes with Deakin means you’ll be joining the first and longest-running diabetic educator course in Australia, and gaining access to a unique partnership with clinical diabetes services.

Graduate Certificate

Accredited by the Australia Diabetes Educators Association, the Graduate Certificate of Diabetes Education qualifies eligible graduates to register as a CDE.
Duration
1 year part-time
Price
$11,300 AUD (total tuition fee)
$2,825 AUD (price per program)
Overview
4 programs
Start dates
9 Mar 2020 (apply by 23 Feb 2020)

What do I need to apply?

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

Entry requirements

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 (e.g. 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 credentialled diabetes educator. For further information, please visit the ADEA Being a Credentialled Diabetes Educator website.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant’s previous academic record. All applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

Recognition of prior learning

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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Graduates of the course may progress to another Deakin postgraduate level courses as appropriate to their level of knowledge and skills. Students may elect to apply and request credit transfer for their studies into a Graduate Diploma or Masters in their relevant professional areas, for example, Graduate Diploma of Human Nutrition, Master of Public Health Nutrition, Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion or Master of Health Science (Health Promotion) or Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology providing that the entry criteria are met.

Recognition of Prior Learning arrangements are also available in recognition of an applicants’ prior studies and to facilitate educational progress and professional development.

Normal University regulation and guidelines pertain to students applying for Recognition of 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. Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning for this course or the units within this course.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Deakin Scholarships 

Deakin offers a range of scholarships. If you’ve got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships.

What are the learning outcomes?

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.

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