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Dementia Care

Learn from the global leaders in dementia education to help lead positive change.

The Wicking Dementia Centre is a global leader in dementia research and education, with a mission to transform the understanding of dementia worldwide. We offer leading online education, based on the latest research, that is suitable for everyone at any stage of their career.

The Wicking Dementia Centre has been offering online education since 2012. We constantly update and refine our courses to ensure the most relevant and up-to-date information, based on the latest research evidence.

Course Options

Bachelor of Dementia Care

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time
Distance (Online)

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Diploma of Dementia Care

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time
Distance (Online)

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Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time
Distance (Online)

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Make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their families.

Education is crucial to help raise awareness and reduce stigma.

Study with no exams, just quizzes, discussion boards, essays and presentations.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees

Pathways

At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Study options

Ageing Studies and Services

This major covers contemporary and emerging issues relating to attitudes, care, and services for ageing populations. You will learn about the many social and health challenges that are associated with ageing including discrimination, and the provision of services and support. This will assist you to build capacity in areas of care navigation, policy, safety, quality, and health promotion.

Available in the Bachelor of Dementia Care.

Course breakdown

Bachelor of Dementia Care (300 Credit Points)

3 years full-time, up to 7 years part-time.

Core Units (200 credit points)

You’ll complete 16 units of core knowledge to develop specialist knowledge of dementia and dementia care to enable the delivery of best practice.

Elective Units (100 credit points)

These units will broaden your learning experience and complement your study of dementia care. You may choose from any dementia, health and ageing units offered by the College of Health and Medicine, or any units offered at the University, subject to any prerequisites or enrolment quotas. You can also use this space in your degree to complete an optional major in Ageing Studies and Services.

Early completion points are available with a Diploma of Dementia care (100 credit points, including 75 credit points of core Year 1 units) and Associate Degree in Dementia Care (200 credit points, including 150 credit points of core Year 1 and 2 units).

Diploma of Dementia Care (100 credit points)

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time.

An eight-unit course suitable for those with or without formal qualifications. You will develop a specialised understanding of dementia care so that you can make a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia.

Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services (100 credit points)

1 year full-time, up to 3 years part-time.

A new eight-unit course addressing the need for holistic knowledge of the ageing process. This includes knowledge of the social and biological aspects of ageing, chronicity and multimorbidity, age-related discrimination and prejudice, public health understandings, and administrative processes related to policy and aged care.

Career outcomes

Amanda Crombie, 2019 Bachelor of Dementia Care Graduate

"As a direct result of studying this degree, I have a really deep understanding of the experience of dementia, and it’s given me the skills to support people to live well with dementia."

Read more about Amanda's story

Graduates may find work in a range of career paths within the aged care industry of both the public and private sectors. They can also transition into further study in graduate health programs. If you have a background in healthcare, community service and allied health professionals, these courses will broaden your knowledge and scope of practice.

Study Experiences

Emma Elaine, 2019 Bachelor of Dementia Care student

"My goal is to provide a tangible difference in quality care for dementia. I’ve loved the course because it’s so specific, just focusing on the one field… you build a bigger picture of dementia… from a personal perspective and the care… and social impact."

Watch Emma's story

If you have successfully completed a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or any University level study in the past, you may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing (Recognition of Prior Learning-RPL) for the Diploma of Dementia Care or Bachelor of Dementia Care. In some cases, workplace experience may also be considered. Once you have accepted your offer for study, please contact Dementia.Care@utas.edu.au for more information.

Credit is not given for the completion of the Understanding Dementia MOOC.

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses and are available on each individual course page, which you can access from Course Options. We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you’re not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

If you have any questions about our courses, including how to apply for Advance Standing (Recognition of Prior Learning) if you have already completed tertiary qualifications, please contact the Wicking Dementia Centre at dementia.care@utas.edu.au.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.