Professional Diploma of General Dermatology Online


This course is designed for general practitioners who wish to build on the knowledge gained from the Professional Certificate and Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology. There will be a greater focus on difficult and complex cases in general dermatology. The importance of accurate screening and the rules to avoid missing melanoma are also essential learning. Submission and analysis of medical practitioners’ own cases are a key feature of this course.

This course is the final part of the three-part Professional Diploma of General Dermatology. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology and Professional Diploma of General Dermatology.


This course is for General Practitioners, and for degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists who work under their supervision. 

The pre-requisite for this professional diploma certificate course is the successful completion of the Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology (or qualification deemed equivalent). HealthCert also highly recommends successful completion of at least 50 cases of general dermatology prior to enrolment

Recognition of Prior Learning

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience. This email should contain information about your educational history and work experience that specifically pertain to the content and procedures covered in the Professional Certificate of General Dermatology and Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology. Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within three working days.


The course offers richly illustrated clinical examples and opportunities for interactive discussions on the cases provided and covers various dermatology conditions.

The theory sessions cover:

Module 1

  • Bites (animals, snakes and insects)

Module 2

  • Skin ulcers, pressure sores and wound care

Module 3

  • Pregnancy Dermatoses

Module 4

  • Oral mucosal diseases

Module 5

  • Urticaria and drug eruptions

Module 6

  • Psychocutaneous disorders (prurigo nodularis, delusions of parasitosis, lichen simplex chronicus)

Module 7

  • Sexually-transmitted infections and HIV

Module 8

  • Vulvar skin diseases

Course participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to replay video lectures from medical experts.
  • Participate in discussions of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions.
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field.
  • Participate in course webinars prior to the examinations and ask questions.
  • Receive ongoing post-course support through webinars and case reviews.
  • Optional clinical attachments are also available at dedicated dermatology facilities.



Prof Richard P. Usatine


Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas, USA

Founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio, USA

Professor Richard Usatine is the Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas. He is the author of nine books and over 120 papers, founder of the Interactive Dermatology Atlas on the web, and is the most recognised skin cancer presenter in the USA. Since 2000, he has been chosen yearly by his peers to be included in The Best Doctors in America. He is also the national chair of the yearly Skin Course put on by the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is the founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio.

Richard has been involved in Global Health through his work in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Haiti and Ethiopia. In 2000, Richard Usatine was recognised as the national recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award, by the Association of American Medical Colleges.


Dr Christopher Ross

BSc (BiomedSc)(Hons) BMBS FACD

Dr Christopher Ross is a specialist dermatologist who is currently visiting multiple rural locations in South Australia to extend specialist care and improve dermatology training to rural students and doctors.

A/Prof Caterina Longo


Scientific Coordinator, Skin Cancer Unit, ASMN-IRCCS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy


Dr Daniel Stulberg


Dr Daniel Stulberg works in Albuquerque, USA, and is affiliated with the University Of New Mexico Hospital. He has 30 years’ medical experience and is an experienced trainer in the field of general dermatology.

Important dates

Trimester 2 | 2018

Application Deadline:
4 May 2018

Course Starts: 7 May 2018

Exam Open: 30 Jul 2018

Course Ends: 24 Aug 2018


Trimester 3 | 2018

Application Deadline:
31 Aug 2018

Course Starts: 3 Sep 2018

Exam Open: 26 Nov 2018

Course Ends: 21 Dec 2018




Professional Diploma


Two-Course Bundle


Three-Course Bundle


Different payments options available.


Professional Diploma


Two-Course Bundle


Three-Course Bundle


 Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.

Professional Diploma

$635 x 3

Two-Course Bundle

$648 x 5 

Three-Course Bundle

$652 x 7 

 Defer your payments over several months.


GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised Australian training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship.


This Professional Diploma of General Dermatology is delivered online in eight modules and uses Moodle as the learning management system. The course is delivered in one trimester (15 weeks) with 12 weeks of teaching followed by three weeks for revision and final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making. There is a final webinar where participant questions are answered prior to the examinations.

Online assessment

In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.

  • Develop a report/explanation of how the learning from this course will help you with your professional development.
  • Complete a literature review of three articles nominated by the course chair.
  • Document with photographs 25 related cases including application of the knowledge.
  • There is a knowledge-based examination and an application-based examination which are both equally weighted. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone; knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course. The pass mark for online examinations is 80 percent.
HealthCert recommends completion of all requirements at your convenience within six to nine months of the completion of the course.


Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive a certificate and 40 RACGP Category 1 points / 30 ACRRM PRPD points.

RACGP: 40 Category 1 points
ACRRM: 30 PRPD points

This professional diploma certificate:

  • Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory.
  • Is quality-assured by Bond University.
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Provides credit for Postgraduate Diploma in General Dermatology which is studied online at the Rila Institute of Health Sciences which in turn provides credit for a Master of Science in Dermatology awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).


Postgraduate Pathway

This pathway is suitable for doctors and degree-qualified nurses who are mainly interested in clinical academic study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology studied through the Rila Institute of Health Sciences and awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).
There are three modules in the Postgraduate Diploma. Medical professionals who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of General Dermatology and Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology, will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) for module 3 and only need to complete the final examinations for this module.

The postgraduate diploma is mainly delivered online. No practical workshops will be required due to the APCL from the HealthCert qualifications. Overall there will be a time saving of 30 percent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL. Supervised examinations will need to be completed.

When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, medical professionals can apply for credit from the Prostgraduate Diploma to a Master of Science in the specialty awarded by the Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine & Dentistry.

For more information, please click here.

Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway

Upon completion of the Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, participants can complete a Dermatology Clinical Attachment to increase the safety and accuracy of their work. Clinical Attachments in Dermatology are currently available at the university teaching hospitals at the University of Lyon under the supervision of Professor Luc Thomas, and at the University of Vienna under the supervision of Professor Harald Kittler. 

Course graduates may also join the International Society of Dermatology (ISD).

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