Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care (50F)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Duration

Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 1 Year

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

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

The Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care, delivered by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, will specifically focused on understanding dementia and how to care for people with dementia.

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.

Please visit our Certificates page for answers to frequently asked questions about the Job Ready Certificates.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care focuses on understanding dementia at the individual, family and health services level with the goal to improve the quality of life for people with dementia. You will learn about the different diseases that cause dementia and the associated behaviours, and techniques and strategies for providing care and responding to challenging situations.

Together this will build your confidence and knowledge in dementia care. You will develop your communication skills and appreciation of the importance of evidence-based care in the health system.

The course schedule has been built to allow students to transition into higher education study, commencing with a foundation level unit in online learning in the context of dementia. It is well suited to students from a wide range of educational backgrounds and minimal or no experience in dementia. Individuals 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 will find this course particularly useful. It is fully online and can be studied part-time. Students must commence their study in Semester 2 2021.

There will be no direct placements in industry as part of this course.

  • 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 outcomes

    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

    Students complete 3 core units and one elective unit (total 50 credit points).

    Neuroscience is the study of how the nervous system works, how the cells of the system are organised and how they develop and change in the presence of common pathological conditions, including dementia. Through learning the fundamental principles of neuroscience,…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    In this unit you will gain knowledge of modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for dementia, and of contemporary strategies to dementia therapies. You will be introduced to varied approaches to supporting quality of life for people with dementia, including community-based…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSpring school (extended)

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

    This unit addresses the importance of communicating effectively and positively with people who have cognitive impairment and/or a diagnosis of dementia, and with those who provide support and care. You will learn about how the changes associated with dementia affect…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSpring school (extended)

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

    Students must select one of the following units:

    In this unit, you will learn to write for success in tertiary study and develop academic study skills. This unit will develop your self-motivation, time management, planning and organisational skills. In this unit you will also begin to develop learning…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    The rising prevalence of dementia is one of the most significant health, social and economic issues facing the world. The global challenge of dementia will require innovative solutions to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. The…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 2

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

    Entry requirements

    This course is not currently accepting applications.

    We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option. 

    Enquire online for advice on the application process and the available pathways to study at UTAS. 

    Applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years)

    This course does not use ATAR as part of the admission process. To be an eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or an equivalent qualification.

    Applicants with previous higher education study.

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

    Applicants with previous VET / TAFE study

    To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed Certificate III or above.

    Applications on the basis of work or life experience

    This course accepts applications based on work or life experience. Applicants who have not completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but who have relevant work and life experience can complete a personal competency statement.

    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 UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course. Special consideration is not available for international applicants.

    This course is not available to international students. Please enquire online for advice on alternative course options.

    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.

    Students who have completed one – four units of the undergraduate certificate will be supported to continue their study in the Diploma of Dementia Care or Bachelor of Dementia Care.

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Commonwealth supported places (CSP)

    Domestic undergraduate students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place in this course. If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government, and you will only be required to pay the student contribution amount for each unit.

    You may be able to defer payment of the student contribution amount by accessing a HECS-HELP loan from the Government. This means you can pay your tuition fees later once you start earning above a specific threshold. For more information, please refer to the Study Assist website.

    The student contribution amount for each unit of study is based on its discipline area. Student contribution amounts are charged for each unit of study, this means that amounts will depend on which units you choose. Find out more about student contribution amounts.

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.

    Scholarships

    100% HECS fee waiver

    Domestic students starting the Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care in 2022 may be eligible to receive a 100% HECS fee waiver. This means that you won’t have to pay any tuition fees for your course in 2022. We are also waiving the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), normally applicable per unit of study. For more information and FAQs please visit the Certificates page.

    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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    1300 363 864
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    +61 3 6226 6200
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    Course.Info@utas.edu.au
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