Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation Science

1 year part time, 100% online.

Course overview

Get a Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation Science from Australia’s leading university

  • Design a program that best matches your current practice, personal profile and career aspirations
  • Earn credit towards a Master of Rehabilitation Science
  • Open to Australian and international health science professionals
  • 100% online for total flexibility
  • Complete one year part time.

Course description

The Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Melbourne will instruct you on a range of principles, including how to help people regain lost skills or learn new health promoting ones, the physiology of fitness and conditioning, pathophysiology of common conditions and specific needs in those affected by reduced function.

Whether you are a physiotherapist, exercise scientist or other allied health professional, the structure of this course is unique, as it allows you to personalise your degree and design a program that best meets your practice needs and builds your personal profile and expertise.

Course structure

To gain a Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation Science you must complete the two core 12.5 point subjects and two 12.5 elective subjects.

Electives can be selected from other University of Melbourne masters programs if they are aligned to your particular area of practice, subject to approval from the selection committee. Contact our Student Support team for further information.

Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation Science

Core subjects

SubjectPoints
Foundations of Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2 & term 4) 12.5

Foundations of Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2 & term 4)

This subject is a foundation subject to introduce you to selected core theory and frameworks that underpin the development and delivery of best practice, evidence informed rehabilitation services across a range of disciplines and clinical practice contexts over the lifespan.


Detailed Information REHB90001
TypeCore
Rehabilitation, Activity and Exercise (Offered in Term 1 & Term 3) 12.5

Rehabilitation, Activity and Exercise (Offered in Term 1 & Term 3)

Learn how to critically draw on research evidence to understand physical activity and exercise and to understand the health risks of sedentary behaviour. You’ll learn how to design and evaluate appropriate programs to manage these risks.


Detailed Information REHB90002
TypeCore

Elective subjects

SubjectPoints
Rehabilitation in the Acute Setting (Offered in Term 4) 12.5

Rehabilitation in the Acute Setting (Offered in Term 4)

This subject is focused primarily on the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals within the intensive care setting and consideration of community reintegration planning.


Detailed Information REHB90004
TypeElective
Rehabilitation for Paediatrics (Offered in Term 1) 12.5

Rehabilitation for Paediatrics (Offered in Term 1)

Gain an understanding of the safe and effective application of intervention and rehabilitation principles to meet the health needs of infants, children and adolescents and their families.


Detailed Information REHB90005
TypeElective
Rehabilitation for Women’s Health (Offered in Term 2) 12.5

Rehabilitation for Women’s Health (Offered in Term 2)

Build a deep understanding of the safe and effective application of rehabilitation principles to meet the health needs of women. Attention is focused primarily on musculoskeletal disorders with attention to conditions affecting women from young adulthood through to their reproductive and older years.


Detailed Information REHB90006
TypeElective
Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2) 12.5

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (Offered in Term 2)

This subject is designed to meet the practice needs of those who are working primarily in the area of musculoskeletal practice. Focus will be on habilitation and rehabilitation strategies for optimizing the musculoskeletal health of individuals.


Detailed Information
TypeElective
Rehabilitation in Neurology (Offered in Term 3) 12.5

Rehabilitation in Neurology (Offered in Term 3)

This subject is designed to meet the practice needs of those who are working primarily in the area of neurological practice.  Focus will be on habilitation and rehabilitation strategies for optimising the health experience of individuals with neurological conditions.


Detailed Information REHB90008
TypeElective
Rehabilitation in Global Health (Offered in Term 2) 12.5

Rehabilitation in Global Health (Offered in Term 2)

Explore the role of rehabilitation in emerging concepts of inclusive health and universal health, including limitations of current models and conceptualisation of rehabilitation. Further explore the need and unmet needs for rehabilitation.


Detailed Information
TypeElective
Ageing in Society (Offered in Term 1) 12.5

Ageing in Society (Offered in Term 1)

Learn about ageing from a range of perspectives, including life course, bio-medical, gender, cross-cultural, consumer, historical and self-reflection. This subject will critically analyse all forms of ageism and how older people are portrayed in literature, media and government policy using case studies from Australia and other countries around the world.


Detailed Information POPH90256
TypeElective
Body of Ageing (Offered in Term 3) 12.5

Body of Ageing (Offered in Term 3)

Focus on how the body and its systems are affected by ageing and explore the differences between the natural ageing process and physical changes that develop as a result of illness with older persons. Understanding the common impairments and physiological changes behind them that occur as part of the ageing process provides students with a fundamental base to critically analyse and develop strategies for healthy ageing and disease prevention.


Detailed Information POPH90257
TypeElective
Economics of Ageing (Offered in Term 1) 12.5

Economics of Ageing (Offered in Term 1)

Examine the influence of private and public/government decision-making on the economic well-being of older people. Decisions include private decisions to prepare for old age and to live through old age by saving and managing assets. The subject also covers how an ageing population exerts upward pressure on taxation levels required to finance government activities and services for the aged.


Detailed Information POPH90258
TypeElective
Ethics of Ageing 12.5

Ethics of Ageing

Get an overview of some of the key ethical issues associated with ageing across the lifespan, with an emphasis on the societal dimensions and implications for policy and professional practice. Students will be introduced to bioethical theory and its application to frame the exploration of a number of key issues organized within thematic units of "justice", "autonomy" and "dignity". A final unit will explore ethical issues pertaining to the human quest for "immortality".


Detailed Information POPH90260
TypeElective
End of Life Issues (Offered in Term 3) 12.5

End of Life Issues (Offered in Term 3)

Examine end of life issues in a variety of contexts, such as in private homes, hospitals, hospices and residential care facilities, and consider their implications for individuals; families and friends; clinicians and health professionals; carers; and policy makers. Examples of policy, practice and legislation from a range of countries will be used to highlight common features and diverse approaches to end of life issues.


Detailed Information POPH90259
TypeElective

Please note: subjects will run subject to minimum student numbers.

Entry requirements

To apply for the Graduate Certificate of Rehabilitation Science, applicants are required to have:

  • An undergraduate degree in the discipline of Physiotherapy, Medicine, Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Nursing, or another relevant discipline; and
  • At least two years of documented relevant professional work experience.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance; and
  • Professional work experience.

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band seven is required.

Fees and scholarships

Online course fees

50 point program A$11,184

The typical course fee per year is calculated on the basis of one full-time year of study (1 EFTSL). If a course duration is less than one year, you will pay the indicative total course fee. Actual fees vary depending on the subjects you are taking. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5% per annum. More information about tuition fees.

Financial assistance

The fees you pay for graduate study will vary depending on the type of enrolment or place you are offered.

If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may choose to defer your tuition fees through FEE-HELP.

Visit the Future Students page for detailed information around financing your graduate study.

Assistance options:

  • FEE-HELP

    FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies.

    Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.

  • Domestic scholarships

    The Melbourne Scholarships Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia – supporting approximately 3000 students at the University. The scholarships program serves to both reward outstanding academic achievement and provide access for students who might otherwise be prevented from undertaking further study. For full details of all domestic graduate scholarships, visit the Future Students website.

    Further information regarding financial aid options for current students is available on the Student Services website.

  • International scholarships

    For overseas online students there are no scholarships available from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organisations and charities may provide scholarships.

Key Dates

Term Applications close Term starts
Term 4, 2016 4 September 3 October
Term 1, 2017 20 November 9 January

Apply online

Once you have accessed the online application system, you will require the following code GC-REHABSC to search for your course.

To complete your application you require:

  • A detailed CV (including work history if applicable and specifying if the positions were part time or full time and the number of years/months employed)
  • Transcripts for ALL courses completed including an explanation of the grading system used (students who have studied at the University of Melbourne do not need to provide this information).

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