Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC081 (External)

Study as
Part-time only


$AU 15,000 per 0.5 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2022

Degree overview

  • Advance your skills and knowledge to pursue professional development opportunities in educational and workplace settings.
  • Designed for health professionals working in the area of clinical education.
  • Gain advanced non-clinical knowledge and skills in health education.
  • Learn from award-winning teaching staff.
  • Graduate prepared to provide clinical teaching in a professional health or education setting.



Through a range of theoretical and practical learning you’ll explore educational theory and practices, as well as various types of educational assessments for health professionals.

The structure and delivery of this qualification is flexible, allowing you to fit your study in among other life and work commitments. This graduate certificate is only offered online on a part-time basis, usually over one year, and is only offered to Australian students. 

What you'll learn

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Gain a thorough understanding of the specialty area of clinical education. Through the course, you'll:

  • Explore educational theory and practices, as well as various types of educational programs designed for health professionals.
  • Develop the ability to plan and use a range of educational strategies to facilitate learning in clinical and other education settings.
  • Develop an understanding of the theory and practice of educational assessment.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the theories associated with learning.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Teaching and Learning Strategies for Health Professional Education HLTH 5183 4.5
Educational Assessment for Health Professionals HLTH 5181 4.5
Foundations of Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals HLTH 5182 9

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.



This graduate certificate is professionally focused and a lot of the assessments are theoretical, for example written assignments.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Clinical Education)

Why this Degree

Award-winning teaching staff and accessible online learning facilities mean this graduate certificate is a great choice for professionals who may be already working in the health sector and are interested in advancing their skills to provide clinical teaching.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, we’re:

  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 37,000 students
  • we are ranked in the world’s top 50 under 50.1

UniSA’s commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia, with 100% of our assessed research rated at world-class or above.2 We’ve rapidly become a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors propelling Australia's future, including health.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

1Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings; Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research. 

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Educational theory and practice underpins many aspects of clinical skills. Those with advanced skills in supervising learners in the workplace can undertake a range of clinical education roles. Graduates may gain employment in a health service, aged care service or university and roles may include:

  • clinical educator
  • clinical coordinator
  • clinical tutor.

Industry facts


Employment for health professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 15.2% by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Check you meet the full entry requirements for this program
  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • You will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I have a strong interest in positive learning environments to facilitate practice based learning in health settings.

AsPr Shylie Mackintosh

Program Director

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AsPr Shylie Mackintosh

Program Director


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