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Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
Casuarina campus (FF)
Online (CSP)
Online (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
0.5 year/s
1 year/s
Course duration
0.5 year/s
Part-time (Online only)
1 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
International on campus
International online
Semester 1
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Can offers be deferred?
CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Area of study
Clinical and Behavioural Sciences
Health and Medicine

The Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval is an innovative course that will extend knowledge gained through your health studies and develop foundational research skills and a complex understanding of aeromedical retrieval.

Relevant to nurses, midwives, physicians and other health professionals who wish to undertake postgraduate education in the area of aeromedical retrieval.

You can choose to study on campus (internal) or online (external).

This flexible course addresses:

  • delivery processes,
  • critical reflection on aeromedical retrieval practice, and
  • the effects of policy and politics on health care provision, access and individual agency.

This course will expand on your current or recent experience within the health service, and you will undertake education and assessments that have a direct application to your current or future professional practice and context.

On completion of the Graduate Certificate of Aeromedical Retrieval, you may progress to the Master of Aeromedical Retrieval, with advanced standing of completed studies.

Career opportunities

This course will enhance and develop the knowledge and skills for roles which manage the emergency transport of patients by aeromedical retrieval. Graduates of this course have the opportunity to critically analyse and reflect upon the aeromedical retrieval journey.

The Graduate Certificate examines the Fundamentals and Principles of Aeromedical retrieval as well as the logistic components from the domestic to international level.

Completion of this course positions graduates in a stronger position to undertake senior clinical and administrative roles within their organisation.

Credit transfers and 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

  • 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.

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)

Admission criteria

  • Australia Citizens and Permanent Residents must demonstrate current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • International applicants must demonstrate current registration/affiliation/license with the relevant nursing/medical body in their country of origin.

It is expected applicants have recent work experience in a health setting.

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.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) A minimum overall pass and 65% in Academic English 3 with a 65% pass in the research essay. (Note: this score will not be accepted from 2021 intakes onwards).
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:


Course structure

This 40-credit point course consists of two core units and two specialist elective units.

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 type
Credit Points
Specific requirements
(2 units)
Compulsory Core units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below. 

HEA580 Fundamentals in Aeromedical Retrieval
HEA583 Domestic and International Logistics

Specialist Elective

(2 units)


Specialist Elective Units totaling 20 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

HEA515 Health Informatics
HEA525 Emotional Intelligence in Practice
PHM516 Indigenous Health
PHM553 Biostatistics
PHM592 Global Health
PHM593 Tropical Child Health


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 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 Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA580 Fundamentals in Aeromedical Retrieval  CO    
HEA583 Domestic and International Logistics  CO    
Specialist Elective 1 SE    
Specialist Elective 2 SE    

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
HEA580 Fundamentals in Aeromedical Retrieval  CO Specialist Elective 1 SE
HEA583 Domestic and International Logistics  CO Specialist Elective 2 SE


Specialist Elective (SE) units may be selected from the following: 

Semester 1 Semester 2
HEA515 Health Informatics HEA515 Health Informatics
PHM516 Indigenous Health HEA525 Emotional Intelligence in Practice
PHM592 Global Health PHM553 Biostatistics
  PHM593 Tropical Child Health

Students commencing in Semester 2

This course is not available for entry in Semester 2.

Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 40 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2021 is AUD $14,760.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies


SATAC is the application channel for all domestic applicants.



Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

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