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University of Tasmania

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Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care

  • Certificate

With the rise in prevalence in dementia and the need to provide quality care in the community, health care centres and hospitals, and in residential care, it is becoming essential that health care workers in aged care develop specialised knowledge in this field so that you can make a difference to...

Key details

Degree Type
Certificate
Duration
0.5 - 1 years full-time
Course Code
50F
Study Mode
Online
Intake Months
Jul

About this course

With the rise in prevalence in dementia and the need to provide quality care in the community, health care centres and hospitals, and in residential care, it is becoming essential that health care workers in aged care develop specialised knowledge in this field so that you can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia.

This Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care is a fully online, four-unit course, specifically focused on understanding dementia and how to care for people with dementia. This short course represents the first half of the Diploma of Dementia Care. This course is developed and delivered by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, at the University of Tasmania.

Following successful completion of the four Certificate units, students can transition to the Diploma of Dementia Care with full credit for completed units and 100% HECS waiver for the remaining four units.

Entry requirements

This Undergraduate Certificate is open to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds.

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

Domestic Applicants who have recently completed secondary education

Completed Tasmanian Certificate of Education (year 12) or equivalent.

Domestic Applicants with higher education study

This course does not use previous higher education study as a basis for admission.

Domestic Applicants with VET / TAFE study

A completed Certificate III or higher,

Domestic Applicants with work and life experience

If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, or VET/TAFE study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer if you have work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

Prerequisites

Nil

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION

If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

This course is not available to international students.

Study locations

Distance Hobart

Online

What you will learn

  1. Communicate using a variety of digital skills and academic conventions in the context of dementia.
  2. Describe contemporary approaches to optimise the health and social care of people living with dementia.
  3. Apply person-centred approaches to support people living with dementia, their families, carers, health and social care teams and the broader community.

Career pathways

Over 400,000 Australians are currently living with dementia, this number increases every year. The impact on communities, families, governments and health professionals will be significant as these numbers increase. Our workforce is currently ill equipped to help care for such large numbers of people living with dementia - by 2050, it is estimated that there will be over 900,000 people in Australia living with dementia.

This part-time, fully online certificate is suitable for you if you are either working in, or planning to work in, aged care or related sectors, such as community-based roles and support services in the context of ageing with dementia. Once you complete this certificate, articulation into further study in the Diploma of Dementia Care or Bachelor of Dementia Care is possible.

This is a terrific opportunity to get your foot in the door in the aged care sector, as employment projections are upward trending and set to grow by 25% by 2024 (Labour Force Survey June 2019). This course is suitable for students from a wide range of educational backgrounds and minimal or no experience in aged care.

Course structure

Need help choosing your first year units? Try the Unit Selection Guide.

Credit for prior study or work

Applications for credit can be made in your course application. Find out more information about how to apply for a credit transfer/advanced standing at Recognition of Prior Learning.

Talk to us on 1300 363 864 or enquire online about your credit transfer.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Nursing courses at University of Tasmania.
81.7%
Overall satisfaction
78.6%
Skill scale
68.5%
Teaching scale
82.3%
Employed full-time
$65.4k
Average salary