Graduate Certificate in Applied Neuroscience

Course Code SS32
Level Postgraduate
QTAC Code Direct Entry to CHC
Duration 1P
Entry Requirements Undergraduate or higher qualification in a relevant people-helping discipline; English language proficiency requirements apply
Assumed Knowledge N/A
Mode Virtual Classroom/External
Credit Points 40
Starting Semester 1
Overseas Students Not Available

General Information

Applied neuroscience is a multidisciplinary perspective drawn from the fields of human biology, psychology, education, and psychotherapy, enhancing the practice of professionals working with people. Scientists have been able to provide unprecedented explanations of brain functioning through recent and rapid advances in medical imaging technology. By integrating the findings of the relatively young discipline of neuroscience with the more traditional emotional, cognitive, behavioural, developmental, and social knowledge of psychology, neuropsychotherapy provides a framework for understanding the human condition from a holistic perspective. Neuropsychotherapy strives to shift the brain into a state that enables these basic needs to be fully satisfied and resulting in best possible outcomes in people’s lives by engaging the brain through implicit memory rather than relying purely on language and explicit memory. Applied neuroscience has the potential to transform professional practice in a wide range of disciplines such as psychology, medicine, psychiatry, counselling, education, human resource management, social work and nursing. The Graduate Certificate in Applied Neuroscience was formerly known as the Graduate Certificate in Neuropsychotherapy (SS33).

Graduates of the program receive ‘Certified Member’ level of the IAAN (The International Association of Applied Neuroscience).

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Neuroscience has been designed as a stand-alone AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate course, intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills of neuropsychotherapy that will enhance their knowledge and better equip them for their current field of practice.

Tuition fees for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Neuroscience in 2018 are $2,250.00 per unit. For eligible students, tuition fees can be deferred through the Commonwealth government’s FEE-HELP scheme. Costs for text books and other prescribed unit materials are not included in the tuition fees.

Course Accreditations

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Neuroscience is:
– accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and appears in the list of accredited CHC courses on the National Register of Higher Education Providers;
– approved for FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance/Abstudy and Austudy (personal eligibility requirements apply).

Career Outcomes

Graduate opportunities include fulfilling professional expectations of counselling and other allied industry registering associations, and career advancement in a current field of practice. For some, this graduate certificate may be the entry into a “second training” in the counselling field, giving them the demonstrated knowledge experience required by employers for a more specialised position. It may also provide students from allied disciplines such as teaching or nursing with specialised knowledge and experience that will enhance their practice.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that the language of instruction of their undergraduate degree was English or they have satisfactory results in an acceptable English Language Proficiency examination (see table below). Results are to be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 (at least 6.0 in all subtests)
PTE (Academic) 59 (at least 51 in all subtests)
TOEFL (IBT) 90 (at least 16 in Listening, Reading; 21 in Writing; 18 in Speaking)

Course Structure

Graduate Certificate in Applied Neuroscience

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Neuroscience consists of core units. It is offered on a part-time basis only.

In planning their courses, students must consult the relevant Courses Handbook for information regarding course rules and requirements, including unit prerequisite requirements.

Unit summary
Sample unit outline
Semester 1
NP544 Introductory Neuroscience Download
NP541 Theory of Neuropsychotherapy Download
Semester 2
NP542 Applied Clinical Skills for Neuropsychotherapy Download
NP543 Specialised Clinical Skills for Neuropsychotherapy Download