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


Semester 2
Onshore - No
Offshore - Semester 2



Credit points required


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Our Graduate Certificate of Rural and Remote Practice provides health, allied health professionals, and non-health professionals the opportunity to study in a program to meet specific professional development needs and a pathway to future post-graduate studies. This course has been carefully designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills that apply to diverse fields in meeting the unique challenges of rural and remote employment. This program delivers the latest evidence-based research through innovative subjects, to provide you with the skills necessary to navigate the complex and growing challenges faced in health and social services.

As a student you will:

  • Gain the skills to evaluate and implement current research evidence to inform your area of interest or practice
  • Engage in a diverse range of subjects Expand your knowledge and gain practical skills in your area of interest or practice
  • Develop competencies for inter-professional practice required within anticipated environments which services are delivered
  • Learn via flexible online study to suit your busy schedule.

The program has been developed to meet industry demand, by giving you a comprehensive understanding of the latest policy, practice and research.

The Graduate Certificate of Rural and Remote Practice encompasses an interdisciplinary, international and evidence-based approach, facilitating collaboration and networking between students from around the globe. It is intended to fit flexibly around the busy practice of professionals, providing you with the opportunity to upskill while still working.

Credit transfers and advanced standing


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


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.

Engineering student Johanna Luck

Why study health at CDU?

As an increasingly in-demand industry, there's never been a better time to find a career in healthcare. Become a qualified health professional with CDU's wide range of courses and gain the skills and knowledge to make an impact on the wellbeing of your community.

  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Placements and research opportunities in the NT, across Australia, and around the world
  • Uniquely positioned to explore Indigenous health, tropical medicine and other issues of regional and national importance

What will I study?

This program contains core studies in interprofessional practice, leadership, change and reflective practice, skills for regional and remote practice, and Indigenous health.

Course structure

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

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
(4 units)

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points detailed below.

HSC501 Interprofessional Practice (available from 2023)
HSC505 Leadership, Change and Reflective Practice
HSC513 Advanced Skills for Regional and Remote Practice
PHM516 Indigenous Health

  40cp Total 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.

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard 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.

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC505 Leadership, Change and Reflective Practice CO
    HSC513 Advanced Skills for Regional and Remote Practice CO
Year 2
HSC501 Interprofessional Practice CO    
PHM516 Indigenous Health CO    


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or equivalent international qualification.

Applicants without one of the above qualifications or equivalent international qualification, but who have a minimum of four years' professional experience in a relevant health or allied health related discipline, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must provide further documentation in the form of a curriculum vitae (CV) with their application.

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 Module A 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 Proficiency A 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 module A 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:


The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.


CDU student

Nikki Govan

Course details


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?
Graduate Certificate of Rural and Remote Practice
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Health, Allied Health Sciences, Nursing and Midwifery, Community Services and Social Work

Contact details

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

Email: Phone: (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 is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.


UAC Code
Online (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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