Bachelor of Dementia Care (M3S)

Overview  2019

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Duration

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Distance Hobart
Semester 1, Semester 2

Commonwealth Supported and Full Fee Paying places available (check your Letter of Offer for details)

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

What is the Dementia Care Program?

The Dementia Care Program offers Australia's first degree in dementia care. It is available to domestic and international students, from carers to health professionals and anyone with an interest in studying dementia. This course will develop your specialised knowledge in this field so that you can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia.

This is a fully online course with no exams, face to face study, or workplace assessment component. Dedicated Student Advisers are on-hand throughout the course, providing support and guidance throughout your studies. Our program can be studied full-time or part-time, offering you a choice to graduate with a:

  • Diploma (8 units, completed over a maximum of 3 years)
  • Associate Degree (16 units, completed over a maximum of 5 years)
  • Bachelor Degree (24 units, completed over a maximum of 7 years)

Students may study part-time (1-2 units) or full-time (3-4 units) per semester. Students are advised to approximately 10 hours of study per week per unit of study. There are no formal examinations, all assessments occur throughout the semester.

Assessments may include quizzes, assessed discussion boards, essays or reports, presentations.

Dementia is a neurological condition that affects tens of millions of people across the globe, posing significant challenges to people living with dementia, their families, communities and the health care sector. The Dementia Care Program provides students with a deep knowledge of dementia, the changes that occur in the brain, the behaviours and needs associated with changes, and practical strategies necessary to help care for people living with dementia.

Students will gain advanced problem-solving skills, along with an understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice. Graduates will be prepared for a range of career paths in the aged care and health sector.

The Wicking Centre

The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre is at the forefront of translational research of relevance to people with dementia and their carers, and provides a range of innovative educational programs on dementia. The Wicking Centre undertakes multidisciplinary research around three main themes – the Care, Cause and Prevention of Dementia. Educational programs are closely interlinked with the Centre’s research programs.

The Wicking Centre, a flagship of the University's Faculty of Health, was established in 2008 and is core-funded by the JO & JR Wicking Trust (managed by Equity Trustees) with significant contributions from the University of Tasmania.

Please see the Entry Requirements section for further details.

Career outcomes

"The Bachelor of Dementia Care opened my eyes to the many ways I can support the quality of life of people living with dementia by increasing my knowledge, compassion and ability to advocate for their specific needs."

Evthoxia Lynch, Graduate 2016, Bachelor of Dementia Care

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. Graduates from this course may find work in a range of career paths such as in the aged care industry in both the public and private sectors, or as a pathway to undertaking further study in graduate health programs.

Individuals with backgrounds in healthcare, community service and allied health professionals, may find study in this course advantageous – and opportunities for Recognition of Prior Learning (or credit) are available.

There are a growing number of leadership and case management positions in dementia care, which require qualifications higher than aged care certificates. Leadership roles, and specialist positions in the aged care sector are increasingly calling for tertiary level qualifications such as the Dementia Care Program.

The Diploma and Associate Degrees are particularly relevant to Aged Care Workers and health professionals wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in dementia. The Bachelor Degree offers additional learning about research and the understanding of how evidence may be translated into clinical care practice.

To support the development of a career structure for aged care workers in the future we will continually evaluate the course and make representations to government and industry. We know that workers with greater knowledge and skills in dementia care will be critical in delivering enhanced capacity to a sector which is facing an enormous challenge both now and into the future.

Course structure

There are three graduation points available in the Dementia Care Program, each available as part-time or full-time:

  • Diploma (8 units, completed over a maximum of 3 years)
  • Associate Degree (16 units, completed over a maximum of 5 years)
  • Bachelor Degree (24 units, completed over a maximum of 7 years)

(Note – every student initially enrols in the Bachelor of Dementia Care, and then may elect to graduate at one of the above points). To help you decide what units to study part time, we have created an Example Learning Pathway in Dementia Care, for further information and advice, please contact Dementia.Care@utas.edu.au.

To enrol in the Dementia Care Program

  • You must be willing to devote approximately 10 hours per week for each unit of study
  • You must be able to access a computer, current software and a reliable connection to the internet

Year 1

This unit aims to improve your skills, knowledge and understanding of computers, as applied in a learning environment, with an introduction to specific software programs used to enable online and distance learning in later units. Modules will include an introduction…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This foundation unit develops communication skills that are necessary to participate effectively in the university and health care environments. Students learn models of communication and the elements of effective communication in a variety of contexts. Written and oral communication skills,…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In this unit, CAD003 General Studies in Dementia Care, you will cover three key areas: writing for success in tertiary study, study skills and critical thinking skills. This unit will develop your self-motivation, time management, planning, organisation and literacy skills.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This foundation unit builds student capacity in information literacy using the brain as an example of a biological system. Students learn how to access and interpret different forms of scientific literature, develop a scientific vocabulary that will form the springboard…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will provide an overview of aged and dementia care services. You will learn about services and resources available to people living with dementia and their carers, and the complexities associated with providing and accessing these services. The perspective…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides an overview of the journey through dementia from the perspective of people with dementia and their carers, identifying and responding to their needs. The unit introduces students to evidence-based approaches to supportive care, with the goal of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This introductory unit will explore the concepts of physical and mental health and wellbeing in adult hood and during the ageing process. The basic concepts of understanding the biology of the brain and dementia will be introduced.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit addresses issues concerning the health and well-being of older people in our society through developing students' capacity for critical insights into contemporary policy.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Year 2

This unit provides an overview of contemporary palliative care principles relevant for dementia care service delivery. You will learn about the underpinnings of palliative care practices for people with dementia and the people close to them.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will address the importance and challenges of effective and positive communication in the care of people who are living with dementia. It builds upon the concepts of person-centred and relationship-centred care introduced in CAD104. You will learn about…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This intermediate unit will explore the specific pathology of diseases causing dementia and the current state of research in to the biological basis of dementia.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will examine pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to the prevention and management in the care for people with dementia. Students will be required to complete tasks translating knowledge into practice, understanding the underlying evidence for prevention and treatment of…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The student will register for and complete all units of the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) prior to enrolment in CAD110 - Negotiated Study in Understanding Dementia. This elective will guide students in a structured way to review…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit introduces students to the concepts of inter-professional education, learning, and practice to facilitate optimum care for persons with dementia and their families…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Practical interventions employing arts-based activities, including music, theatre, dance and visual artsv, are increasingly being employed nationally and internationally to improve mood and well-being, physical activity and cognitive processing for people with dementia. Arts-based programs have also been shown to…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

One Breadth Unit at Introductory Level

One Breadth Unit at Intermediate Level

Year 3

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is a 3rd year core unit in the Bachelor of Dementia Care degree. It enables a focus on a range of advanced topics related to national and international best practice in dementia care. The unit is available to students…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Dementia friendly societies are designed to support people to live well with dementia through a range of integrated social, environmental and physical strategies. This advanced level unit explores the challenges of building dementia friendly societies with, and for people living…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will examine the latest research related to neuroscience research, and related investigative approaches using experimental models, related to dementing illnesses. The unit will involve an analysis of the principle quantitative methods underlying neuroscience research. Students will have the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will present a range of advanced topics presented by staff and students related to the pathology, aetiology and prevention of illnesses linked to dementia. The unit will explore national and international examples of high quality research in these…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will involve students selecting a topic on clinical neurosciences related to dementia for a major assignment and related presentation. The subject area will be negotiated with academic staff of the Wicking Centre, and will involve a substantial literature…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will involve students selecting a research topic related to dementia for a major assignment and related presentation. The subject area will be negotiated with the academic staff contributing to the unit, and will involve a literature review and…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Applications are considered on a case by case basis. We consider applicants from a broad range of life experiences and backgrounds, those with professional learning or formal study qualifications and skills and those entering University study as a mature age student with little previous formal qualifications and/ or experience in this field, and year 12 leavers.

There are no formal pre-requisites, however a good level of computer competency and willingness to engage in online learning is highly recommended.

Additional requirements for international students

You may need to provide evidence of your English language ability if you live in a country where English is NOT the official language.

There are no formal pre-requisites, however a good level of computer competency and willingness to engage in online learning is highly recommended.

Additional requirements for international students

You may need to provide evidence of your English language ability if you live in a country where English is NOT the official language.

If you have completed a Diploma, Advanced Diploma of another degree (or part of a degree), you may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing (or recognition of prior learning). Details on how to apply may be found here, alternatively please contact us at Dementia.Care@utas.edu.au.

All students initially enrol in the Bachelor of Dementia Care, you will then have the option of completing a Diploma, Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree in Dementia Care.

Finished the Understanding Dementia MOOC?

If you have completed the Understanding Dementia MOOC, in order to obtain formal academic recognition for your study, you may wish to enrol in unit CAD110 Negotiated Study in Understanding Dementia, which is a level 100 degree elective of the Dementia Care Program.

Participation in the Negotiated Study in Understanding Dementia (CAD110) unit is only available to students who have completed the Understanding Dementia MOOC. It builds on content in the MOOC and includes formal assessments.

How to enrol in the unit CAD 110 - Negotiated Study in Understanding Dementia

  1. Apply for admission to the Bachelor of Dementia Care
  2. Please contact us at Dementia.Care@utas.edu.au to arrange your enrolment into the online unit Negotiated Study in Understanding Dementia (CAD110). Your MOOC learning will then be formally assessed.
  3. You are under no obligation to enrol in other Bachelor of Dementia Care units. You can choose to complete this unit only for university accreditation.
  4. If you have not studied at university before, you may also choose to enrol in Learning Online in Health Studies (CAD001). This unit will enhance your technological skills in the context of online higher education.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

HECS Scholarships are available for Dementia Care students. Full HECS Scholarships through to Diploma level (and 50% HECS Scholarships to Associate Degree and Bachelor level) are available for eligible students who meet a minimum of ONE of the following criteria:

  • I have completed the Understanding Dementia MOOC
  • I have completed the Preventing Dementia MOOC
  • I am a family/friend carer of someone living with dementia
  • I care for someone living with dementia through my paid employment of through a voluntary role
  • I have a qualification in a health related field (minimum University diploma level)

Further information and eligibility information is located here.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

In 2018, we are pleased to offer a 50% discount on tuition fees for international students. The discounted cost of each unit is approximately AUD1,000. Students are required to pay for one unit up-front prior to enrolment, and will be invoiced for remaining units at a later date.

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

If generally interested in the topic of scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please feel free to visit the scholarships website.

Additional costs

In addition to course costs, students may be subject to other costs related to study at university including:

  • Text books and stationery
  • Student Services and Amenities Fee

How can we help?

Do you have any questions about choosing a course or applying? Get in touch.

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International
+61 3 8676 7017
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