Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education

Course information for - 2023 entry

Offered at 1 locations

Study mode
0.5 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$10671 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Not available
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Beginning July 2023
Applications open April 2023


The ACU Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education is to empower students to become capable and responsive educators of health professionals. Students will be supported in the learning of foundational theories, models and perspectives of learning and teaching with an emphasis on learning and practice development in workplaces. Students will explore the importance of constructive alignment in curriculum development, assessment strategies and evaluation of programs. The focus of this course will be to advance evidence-based learning and teaching activities and programs, coordinate collaboration among the health professions, and provide high quality learning experiences with the overall intention of enhancing safe and quality patient care. This course is designed for health care professionals seeking a pathway into health professional education. On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education, graduates should be able to: describe learning and teaching perspectives, knowledge and skills required for health educators to provide quality learning and teaching opportunities that meets the needs of contemporary health professional education; apply specialist best-practice knowledge and skills to develop, implement, evaluate and communicate educational strategies that address, respond to, and align with educational priorities, approaches and technologies within the workplace; integrate the principles and perspectives of contemporary theories of workplace learning, to develop and implement culturally safe and inclusive curriculum design and assessment practices.


Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • government or private health care education facilities
  • higher education 
  • healthcare simulation education
  • health education promotion

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education, a student must complete 40 credit points (cp).

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Sample program map

Year - Study periodUnit 1Unit 2Unit 3Unit 4Unit 5

Year 1 - Semester 1

HLSC604 Quality and Safety in Health Care

HLSC608 Theoretical Foundations of Health Professional Education

Year 1 - Semester 2

HLSC609 Facilitating Learning in Health Professional Settings

HLSC664 Curriculum Design, Assessment and Evaluation in Health Professional Education

This is a sample program only and units will vary depending on your campus and mode of study. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.

AQF framework

Graduate Certificate - AQF Level 8

Additional course information

Students must have:

  • have completed either a Bachelor degree in a health discipline or equivalent; AND
  • have completed at least one year of clinical or work experience prior to admission. This will require a letter from their employer confirming their employment.

Entry requirements

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

To be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education, an applicant must:

  1. have completed either a Bachelor degree in a health discipline or equivalent; AND
  2. have completed at least one year of clinical or work experience prior to admission.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2023 Admission.

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

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Further study

Graduates may be eligible to apply for enrolment into the Graduate Diploma in Health Professional Education, Master of Health Professional Education, or other postgraduate courses offered at ACU.


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$10671 Fee-paying

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.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.

Explore your options


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.

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How to apply

Domestic applicants

Direct application

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Deferment is not available.

Staff Profile

Dr Flora He

Course Coordinator, Master of Clinical Education, Master of Health Professional Education. Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine ACT/NSW

Dr Flora He is a lecturer and the course coordinator of Master of Health Professional Education of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Australian Catholic University (ACU). Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Clinical Education from ACU, a Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning from Charles Darwin University (CDU) and a Doctor of Philosophy from Australian National University (ANU).

Dr He has been teaching undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students full time since 2012. Her UG teaching involves Primary Health Care, Fundamentals of Nursing, Psychosocial Nursing, Medical-Surgical Nursing, and Palliative and Aged-care. The PG units Dr He has taught include Theoretical Foundations of Clinical Education and Curriculum Development and Instructional Design.

Dr He has a strong interest in research. Her PhD studies used a mixed-methods approach to investigate factors contributing to acculturative stress among international nursing students in Australia. Dr He’s four publications have focused on issues associated with university student psychological well-being. She has also participated in supervising higher degree by research students at ACU and CDU.


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