Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation

Available to:
Domestic students only.
Location:
  • Brisbane
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
Duration:

1 year part-time

With specialisations in:
Physiotherapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech Pathology

Description

Rehabilitation is a growing area of need not only in Australia but worldwide due to the ageing population and increasing prevalence of chronic disease. The demand for a workforce supporting older adults and those requiring rehabilitation and restorative care, is similarly expected to increase along with the need for health care professionals with postgraduate qualifications. ACU understands the importance of working with the health care industry and has developed this revised program in consultation with industry partners.

The Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation is the initial program nested within the Master of Rehabilitation. The Graduate Certificate has been purposefully developed to provide evidence-based studies for registered health professionals who are seeking to extend knowledge and skills in the provision of rehabilitation or restorative care, for promotion and professional recognition, or their return to the workforce.

The Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation prepares clinicians to be an enhanced evidence-based clinician within an interprofessional team.  The course has four units, two units focussing on enhancing rehabilitation knowledge and skills within an interprofessional team and two elective units enabling practitioners/clinicians to customise their learning to their relevant context and learning needs.

Graduates should be able to:

  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge of rehabilitation clinical practice and skills required in interprofessional settings.
  • Integrate principles of evidence based practice clinical decision making in relation to care planning, implementation, assessment and evaluation for effective rehabilitation care delivery which reflects cultural perspectives and issues and person centred care.
  • Apply evidence based clinical knowledge and skills, within an interprofessional team to analyse, generate, communicate and evaluate solutions to complex clinical issues within rehabilitation settings.

Study areas

With specialisations in:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathology

Course duration

1 year part-time

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Brisbane (Multi-mode)
  • Melbourne (Multi-mode)
  • North Sydney (Multi-mode)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Multi-mode (students are required to attend residential schools on the Brisbane campus)
* Available in Sydney and Melbourne Subject to student numbers and location of staff with pertinent expertise

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

Deferment is available for one year. Students must meet employment at the point of commencing studies. Find out more about deferment.

Credit Points

40

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Brisbane
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
North Sydney
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $10141 Fee-Paying (indicative only)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences to commence studying in 2015 and until further notice. Conditions apply.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International students need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

Have completed either:

    1. a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 3 year program in a Health Discipline or equivalent to enter the non-specialty pathway with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.6  on the ACU 7 point scale; OR
    2. a Bachelor Degree from an accredited 4 year program in Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Pathology or equivalent to enter the (Discipline) pathway, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4..6 on the ACU 7 point scale;
  1. Have a minimum of one year clinical experience in the appropriate discipline.
  2. Be employed in the field unless otherwise approved by the Course Coordinator
  3. Demonstrate suitability to undertake the course:
    1. For the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy disciplines, applicants must hold current registration with the discipline specific National Allied Health Registration Board or required Authority in Australia, or Registration Authority in country of current practice;
    2. For the Speech Pathology discipline, applicants must have obtained and maintain eligibility to practice and membership with Speech Pathology Australia, or Registration Authority in country of current practice.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

Career paths

Graduates will be able to apply theory and practice learned in a range of health provider settings including but not limited to:

  • Public Health Care provider in acute wards and rehabilitation settings
  • Private Health Care provider in acute wards and rehabilitation settings
  • Private Practice in the fields of aged and neurological rehabilitation
  • Aged care Health services
  • Transition care community rehabilitation and long term care settings
  • State, Federal and local government in policy development or implementation
  • Health Carer groups
  • Health Care based research.

Roles may include:

  • Clinician
  • Case worker
  • Researcher

Specialisations

With specialisations in:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Pathology

Pathways to further study

Graduates may be eligible to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation.

Graduates who choose a specialisation may be eligible to undertake the Master of Rehabilitation (Field/Discipline) and continue their studies within that specialisation.

Graduates may also be eligible to undertake other postgraduate programs or a higher degree research within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

More course information

Students may qualify with a specialisation by undertaking 20 cp of specialisation units.

Students may alternatively undertake a non-specialty pathway by selecting 20 cp of health units in lieu of specialisation units.

The Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation articulates through the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation (Discipline) to the Master of Rehabilitation (Field/Discipline/Non-specialty).

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