Faculty of Health

Bachelor of Dementia Care

What is the Bachelor of Dementia Care?

The Bachelor of Dementia Care is Australia's first degree in dementia care. It is available to domestic or 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 face to face or workplace assessment component.  It can be studied full-time or part-time, offering you a choice to exit with a:

  • Diploma (8 units, completed over a maximum of 2 years)
  • Associate Degree (16 units, completed over a maximum of 4 years)
  • Bachelor Degree (24 units, completed over a maximum of 7 years)

The Bachelor of Dementia Care has 24 units.  Students may study part-time (1-2 units) or full-time (3-4 units) per semester. Students are advised to allocate 8 hours of study per week per unit of study. There are no formal examinations, all assessments occur throughout the semester.

Assessments can be:

  • quizzes
  • assessed discussion boards
  • essays or reports
  • presentations

Entry Requirements



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Why study Dementia - Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Dementia Care course is the first of its kind and will set benchmarks for the value of the skills and knowledge graduates will bring to the aged care sector and other healthcare environments.

Dementia is a condition that affects hundreds of thousands of people across the globe- one that poses significant challenges to their quality of life as well as that of their families and communities.

Career Opportunities in Dementia Care

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.

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. 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.

Future holders of the Bachelor, Associate Degree or Diploma of Dementia Care will be well positioned to engage in the likely future advances in health and social care for people living with dementia.



Did You Know?

There are 342,000 people in Australia who are living with dementia. That number is forecast to rise to almost 900,000 by 2050. (AIHW 2012)


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Course Structure

There are three pathway options in the Bachelor of Dementia Care that consist of:

  • Diploma (8 units, completed over a maximum of 2 years)
  • Associate Degree (16 units, completed over a maximum of 4 years)
  • Bachelor Degree (24 units, completed over a maximum of 7 years)

To help you decide what units to study part time, we have created an Example Learning Pathway in Dementia Care

To enrol in the Bachelor of Dementia Care
  • You must be willing to devote approximately 8 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
Entry Requirements for all students

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.

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, your own computer, a reliable internet connection and willingness to engage in online learning is highly recommended.


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Finished the Understanding Dementia MOOC?

Now that you have completed the 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 Bachelor of Dementia Care.

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. Enrol 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.

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  Course Snapshot

Duration: Full-time and part-time study

  • Diploma -
    8 units completed
  • Associate Degree -
    16 units completed
  • Bachelor -
    24 units completed

Intake: February and July

Campus: Online

Fees:
See more information about fees for Australian citizens and permanent residents on our fees page.


  Course Snapshot

Duration: Full-time and part-time study

  • Diploma -
    8 units completed
  • Associate Degree -
    16 units completed
  • Bachelor -
    24 units completed

Intake: February and July

Campus: Online

Fees:
See more information about fees for students living outside of Australia on our fees page.

Study Fees waived in 2017


Australian citizens and permanent residents enrolling in this course for 2017 will be eligible for a HECS Fee waiver. This means no tuition fees will be incurred during 2017. Students will still be required to pay Student Services and Amenities Fees per unit studied.