Post Graduate Diploma


in District Health Visiting


The Post Graduate Diploma in District Health Visiting is intended for the professional nurse, midwife and psychiatric nurse who wish to upgrade his/her professional status and develop a career in community health nursing. The programme recognizes the demand for nurses to be better equipped to function more efficiently and effectively in the constantly changing dynamics of the modern health care environment. The programme will develop competencies for leading and managing activities that aim to promote health and social wellbeing, prevent illness and ameliorate illness through working in partnership with individuals, families, groups and communities.


Possess a Bachelor of Science degree in General Nursing

Be registered with the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago on both the general and midwifery registers

Have a minimum of one (1) year’s experience in midwifery practice

Pass a selection interview



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                                            COURSES IN THE MAJOR                                                                  

    DHVI 405 Public Health Approaches to Health Visiting 4
    DHVI 415 Growth and Development of the Individual 4
    DHVI 420 Research for Health Care 4
    DHVI 435 Health Promotion for Diverse Populations 3
    DHVI 450 Professional Aspects of Health visiting 4
    DHVI 505 Teaching Community Groups 3
    DHVI 515 Leadership and Management Skills for Community Nurses 3
    DHVI 525 Mental Health and Well-being of Families 3
    DHVI 530 Protecting Venerable Families 4
    DHVI 545 Health Visiting Studies 3
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 35
    DHVI 550 Health Visiting Practice P/F
    Total Credits for Required Courses in the Major 0


    The table below provides a summary of fees payable to the College. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to receive government’s GATE funding for tuition expenses listed hereunder.

    Fees Citizens Caricom International Per
    Applications: Paper-based $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 Application
    Applications: Online Free Free Free Application
    Registration $80.00 $80.00 $80.00 Semester
    Tuition $300.00 $400.00 $750.00 Credit
    Administrative Fee $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Technology $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Semester
    Student Insurance $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 Annum
    Student Guild $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 Annum

    Included in the college fees, is basic insurance coverage for accident and injury. However, CARICOM and international students are also required to secure additional insurance to cover medical expenses.

    All students of COSTAATT are required to pay an annual insurance fee of $30.00. Completed student insurance forms must be submitted to the College at the beginning of the first semester in which students register for the academic year. Coverage is restricted to students who are between ages 16 to 65.

    The College accepts the following methods of payment:

    • Cash
    • LINX
    • Visa/Master card
    • Certified/Manager’s cheque

    Institutional fees are non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from the College may be eligible for a refund of tuition fees in accordance with the schedule outlined in the Academic Calendar. Please note that students in receipt of GATE funding are not eligible for tuition refunds.


    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE)

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses programme (GATE) provides free tuition to all eligible citizens of Trinidad and Tobago pursuing approved programmes at public and private tertiary level institutions. Information on eligibility and conditions for accessing GATE funding is available at the Ministry of Education website at:

    Students must note that GATE funding is available for the duration of their course of study and one year beyond. Students who fail to complete their programme within the stipulated time frame will be required to meet the cost of programme completion.

    The Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme is a one hundred per cent, tuition fee funding programme offered by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago. Only nationals of Trinidad and Tobago are eligible to apply, and students must be registered in a course of study leading to a tertiary level qualification.

    For further information on the GATE programme please visit the website of the Ministry of Education.

    The vast majority of the College’s programmes are eligible for GATE.


    Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

    The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) is a special loan facility made available to citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who are enrolled in an approved tertiary level programme at a registered tertiary institution to meet the following expenses:

    • tuition fees
    • accommodation
    • airfare and other transportation costs
    • personal maintenance costs and living expenses
    • books and related materials
    • special equipment
    • other related tertiary expenses

    For further information on the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) students can visit the Ministry of Education website at:


    Payment Plans

    Payment plans are available, please contact the Office of the Registrar for further details:

    To successfully complete the Post Graduate Diploma in District Health Visiting students must successfully complete 35 credits and 525 clinical hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 according to the following distribution:


    Required courses in the major area of study 35 credits
    Total Courses in Major Area of Study 35 credits
    Clinical experiences and practical exams (Pass or Fail) 0 credits
    Total Credits Required for Graduation 35 credits
    Clinical Competencies: Participants of the programme are also required to demonstrate competence to function effectively and efficiently in a clinical midwifery environment. To this end, clinical assessments will be undertaken continuously throughout the programme to determine students’ level of clinical competence.
    Total clinical hours (Requirement of the Nursing Council) 525 hours

    There are many ways to learnHow to Apply

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      Supporting Documents

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