Bachelor of Dementia Care (M3S)

Overview  2016

ATAR

ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

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Duration

mode.loadCategory not equal to Part Time
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

Dementia is a progressive neurological condition that affects millions of people across the globe.
It is a profound condition that poses significant challenges to the quality of life for people with dementia, their families and communities.

The Bachelor of Dementia Care will develop your knowledge of dementia, as well as the behaviours and needs associated with it, and the practical strategies necessary to care for people living with the condition.

If you are interested in learning about dementia, its effects on people living with this condition, and how you can assist those who care, support, and provide treatment for people with dementia, then this course is for you.

Flexible study options to suit you

As a fully online course, there are no face-to-face or workplace assessments. You can choose to study full-time or part-time and graduate with one of three degrees:

  • Bachelor of Dementia Care after successful completion of 24-units
  • Associate Degree in Dementia Care after successful completion of 16-units, or
  • Diploma of Dementia Care after successful completion of 8-units.

Take a look at our example learning pathway for more information.

Learn from the best

Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre

The Wicking Centre, College of Health and Medicine is Australia's leading integrated dementia centre, conducting research and education programs focusing on cause, care and prevention.

You will be taught from staff with a range of expertise including in neuroscience, medicine, nursing, psychology, sociology, economics and policy translation.

The Bachelor of Dementia Care will develop your knowledge of dementia, as well as the behaviours and needs associated with it, and the practical strategies necessary to care for people living with the condition.

During the course you will develop advanced problem-solving skills, along with an understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice.

With a dedicated student advisor on-hand throughout the course, you will have the support you need to get the most out of your learning. You will learn on the My Learning Online (MyLO) platform, enabling you to take part in conversations and interactive learning with other students online – and encourage each other's success.

You will be taught by some of Australia's leading experts in dementia. Our staff are passionate about what they teach, including researchers from our highly successful Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre in the College of Health and Medicine.

"I have discovered new abilities in cultural awareness, communication, consideration of others' view points, and work practices, as well as a deeper understanding of dementia and the issues surrounding it."

Amanda Crombie, Bachelor of Dementia Care student

Course structure

Part 1: The first 8 units

The first 8 units will consist of four foundation units and four level 100 units. You will be introduced to online study, while learning about the nervous system and dementia care. On successful completion of these 8 units, you can choose to graduate with a Diploma of Dementia Care, or continue on with your degree.

Part 2: The next 8 units

The following 4 units will build on your knowledge, providing emphasis on care for people with dementia. You will then have the opportunity to study 4 elective units of your choice. On successful completion of 16 units, you can choose to graduate with an Associate Degree in Dementia Care, or continue on with your degree.

Part 3: The final 8 units

The final 8 units of study will consolidate your learning with advanced dementia care topics and case-based learning. On successful completion of all 24 units, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Dementia Care.

Take a look at our example learning pathway for more information.

Career outcomes

Career Opportunities in Dementia Care

The Bachelor of Dementia Care will give you a foundation for work in a range of career paths in the aged care industry, and will prepare you for lifelong learning and future education opportunities.

You may find roles within the aged care industry, in both the public or private sector. Your studies will also prepare you for roles in other industries where you work with people with dementia, their families and communities.

"On several occasions I have used what I've learnt in the Bachelor of Dementia Care to advocate, support or inform others who do not understand the issues of caring for someone with dementia."

Further Study Opportunities

Completion of the Bachelor of Dementia Care will be the beginning of lifelong learning, enabling you to move into further areas of study at University including:

  • Other health related degrees
  • Honours
  • Masters programs
  • Research projects in areas of your interest

Course structure

Foundation Units

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

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This unit will provide students with a wide variety of interpersonal communication skills including academic literacy, written, oral, aural and electronic forms relevant to health studies.…

Credit Points: 12.5

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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

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

Credit Points: 12.5

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Year 1

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

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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

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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

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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

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This unit will examine the regulatory and legal frameworks in aged care with a focus on policy and ethical requirements. Students will explore and engage with the evidence that relates to aged care practice.…

Credit Points: 12.5

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The student will register and complete all units of the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which is offered annually as an 11 week fully online prior to enrolment in the Negotiated Study in Understanding Dementia elective. This elective…

Credit Points: 12.5

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This unit will address how to build models of care, mapping progress through the health system, and explore options for facilitating care management and continuity.…

Credit Points: 12.5

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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

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Practical interventions employing arts-based activities, including music, theatre and fine arts, 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 have…

Credit Points: 12.5

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Credit Points: 12.5

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Year 3

Credit Points: 12.5

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This unit will present a range of dvanced topics related to international best practice in dementia care.…

Credit Points: 12.5

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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

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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 dementia care research…

Credit Points: 12.5

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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

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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

This unit is currently unavailable.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

We accept students from all walks of life and encourage you to apply.

If you've just finished school

An ATAR score of 60 or higher.

If you're a mature age student

Mature age applicants are considered on a case-by-case basis. We will look at your work and life experiences – along with any professional learning, formal study or skills that could help you succeed in the course.

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

More information on what to provide in your application can be found on the University admission requirements webpage.

Pathway via the Understanding Dementia MOOC

Have you completed our Understanding Dementia MOOC?  

The Understanding Dementia MOOC can provide you with a pathway of entry into the Bachelor of Dementia Care.

If you have completed the Understanding Dementia MOOC (UD MOOC), you will be eligible to enrol in the unit CAD110: Negotiated Study in Understanding Dementia to gain academic credit towards one unit of study in the Bachelor of Dementia Care program. You will then have the opportunity to continue your studies in the Bachelor of Dementia Care.

If you have completed the MOOC and would like to take up this pathway:

  1. Apply for admission to the Bachelor of Dementia Care
  2. Enrol in CAD110: Negotiated Study in Understanding Dementia. Your UD MOOC learning will then be formally assessed.
  3. If you have not studied at university before, you may also choose to enrol in CAD001: Learning Online in Health Studies.  This unit will enhance your technological skills in the context of online higher education.

Please note: you are under no obligation to enrol in further Bachelor of Dementia Care units although we welcome your interest in further studies in our dementia program.

If you have completed an Australian Vocational Education Training (VET) Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or University-level studies, you can apply for credit for some of the units in this Bachelor of Dementia Care program. We will ask you to submit evidence of the studies you have completed to determine the credit (Recognition of Prior Learning) to which you are entitled. If you are interested in learning more, please email our team at dementia.care@utas.edu.au.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

2016 Annual Tuition Fee (international students): $15,000 AUD.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA for 2016 is $290 AUD.

Scholarships

Each year the University of Tasmania administers an estimated $7 million in scholarships to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

Domestic Students

Special Offer: In 2017, Australian citizens and permanent residents enrolling in this course will be eligible to receive a 2017 HECS Scholarship. This means no tuition fees will be incurred during study completed in 2017. Students will still be required to pay Student Services and Amenities Fees per unit studied and any additional costs related to study such as text books, stationery and computer equipment.

Please note - You do not need to apply for this scholarship. It will be automatically provided upon acceptance into the course.

International students

Special Offer: In 2017, International students enrolling in this course will be eligible to receive a scholarship to the value of 50% of the course tuition fees. This means students will only be required to pay 50% of the total course costs. Students will be required to pay any additional costs related to study such as text books, stationery and computer equipment.

Please note - You do not need to apply for this scholarship. It will be automatically provided upon acceptance into the course.

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