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Key details

Duration

0.5 year/s full-time
1 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1

Locations

Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

40

Course code

UPHC01
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Our Graduate Certificate of Primary Health Care is designed for healthcare professionals seeking to expand their scope of practice and extend their knowledge of one of the following.

  • Chronic condition management
  • Dementia management
  • Sexual health
  • Remote nursing

This course covers the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards applied to Primary Health such as the Clinical Governance, Comprehensive Care, Partnering with Consumers and Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration.

This course will expand on your current or recent experience within the primary health care service, and you will undertake education and assessments that can be directly applied to your current or future professional practice.

On completion of the Graduate Certificate of Primary Health Care, you may progress to the Master of Nursing, with advanced standing of completed studies.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

This 40-credit point course consists of three core units.

Course structure



A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core
(2 units)
20cpCompulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below:

PHC500 Screening and Assessment
PHC501 Foundations of Primary Health Care

Specialist Elective
(1 unit)

 

20cpSpecialist Elective unit totalling 20 credit points selected from one of the specialisations detailed below.

Remote Nursing
PHC506 Remote Nursing in the Primary Health Care Context (20cp)

Chronic Condition Management
PHC511 Chronic Conditions in the Primary Health Care Context (20cp)

From Semester 2 2022 the following specialisations are no longer available

Sexual Health
PHC502 Sexual Health in the Primary Health Care Context (20cp) (no longer available from 2023)

Oral Health
PHC503 Oral Health in the Primary Health Care Context(20cp) (no longer available from 2022)

Dementia Management
PHC507 Dementia Management in the Primary Health Care Context (20cp) (no longer available from 2022)

Skin Health
PHC508 Skin Health in the Primary Health Care Context (20cp) (no longer available from 2022)

Maternal and Child Health
PHC510 Maternal and Child Health in the Primary Health Care Context (20cp) (no longer available from 2022)
 

 40cpTotal Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Course Changes - 2022
From Semester 2 2022 the following specialisations are no longer available: Sexual Health, Oral Health, Dementia Management, Skill Health and Maternal and Child Health. Students already enrolled in the Sexual Health specialisation will be required to complete by the end of Semester 2 2022.

Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
PHC500 Screening and Assessment CO  
PHC501 Foundations of Primary Health CareCO  
Specialist Elective (20 credit points)SE  

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
PHC500 Screening and Assessment COSpecialist Elective (20 credit points) SE
PHC501 Foundations of Primary Health CareCO

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  PHC500 Screening and AssessmentCO
  PHC501 Foundations of Primary Health CareCO
  Specialist Elective (20 credit points)SE

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  PHC500 Screening and AssessmentCO
  PHC501 Foundations of Primary Health CareCO
Year 2
Specialist Elective (20 credit points)SE  

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Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree in an associated health, behavioural or social science studies or allied health field; such as nursing, midwifery, pharmacology, social work, oral or skin health.

Applicants to the Remote Nursing specialisation must also hold current registration as a registered nurse or midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

It is expected applicants have current or recent work experience in a primary health care setting. This may include (but not be limited to) Registered Nurses, Registered Midwives, Social Workers and Pharmacists.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Certificate of Primary Health Care
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Online
Chronic Condition Management (FF)
1GC551
871212
Sexual Health (FF)
1GC556
871262
Remote Nursing (FF)
1GC555
871252
Dementia Management (FF)
1GC552
871222
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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