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Dementia Care

Study without tuition fees in 2021

For eligible domestic students commencing study in semester 2 2021, we are pleased to offer the Diploma of Dementia Care with 100% HECS fee waiver. Please see the course page for further details.

Students will initially be admitted to the Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care (4 units, representing the first half of the Diploma of Dementia Care). Following successful completion of the Certificate units, students can transition to the Diploma of Dementia Care for the remaining 4 units, with full credit for completed units.

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.

Learn more about our Diploma study options

Join our webinar on Wednesday 9 June at 12pm AEST.

Hear from our Course Coordinators for the Diploma of Dementia Care and the Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services. Learn what the differences are between the two Diplomas, to help you decide which is the best option for you to study.

Course Options

Diploma of Dementia Care

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

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Bachelor of Dementia Care

3 years full-time, up to 7 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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Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care

0.5 year, up to 1 year part-time
Distance (Online)

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

Taught by the Wicking Dementia Centre, global leaders in dementia education

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

Dementia Care

Our Dementia Care study options are designed for broad audiences, from carers to health professionals, and anyone with an interest in learning more about dementia, These courses provide graduates with the knowledge to make a difference in the health and community sector in a range of roles which will be critical in delivering enhanced capacity to a sector which is facing an enormous challenge.

Your studies will be direct-care orientated, and individuals with backgrounds in healthcare, community service and allied health professionals, may find this course useful to broaden your knowledge base and scope of practice.

Ageing Studies and Services

This study option is for those who are working with older adults in aged care, health care or related sectors, such as community-based roles and services.

Your studies will cover social and biological aspects of ageing; chronicity and multi-morbidity; age-related discrimination and prejudice; public health understandings; and administrative processes related to policy and aged care.

Globally we face an ageing population and it is vital that our social services and infrastructures are re-imagined and redesigned to support this change.

Postgraduate Options

The Master of Dementia Program provides a global perspective of this key public health area. It offers a Graduate Certificate in Dementia, a Graduate Diploma of Dementia and a Master of Dementia.

This program is aimed at graduates and professionals currently working within, or building their expertise in, a field related to dementia.

The courses offer a comprehensive understanding of dementia from the perspectives of individuals, families, communities, health care systems and governments, and cover the neurobiology of dementia, including pathology, biomarkers and therapeutics.

More information here.

Course breakdown

1

Diploma of Dementia Care

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

100 credit points (eight units of study)

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. The Diploma articulates into the Bachelor degree with full credit if you wish to continue your studies.

Your first four units of study in the Diploma will be undertaken in the Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care, which articulates into the Diploma with full credit.

2

Bachelor of Dementia Care

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

300 credit points (24 units of study)

The Bachelor degree is built on 16 units that develop specialist knowledge of dementia and dementia care to enable the delivery of best practice care.

Your remaining 8 units of study allow you customise your learning experience with a choice from any dementia, health and ageing units offered by the College of Health and Medicine, or any units offered at the University. You can also use this space in your degree to complete an optional major in Ageing Studies and Services.

3

Diploma of Ageing Studies and Services

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

100 credit points (eight units of study)

A 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, 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.

*ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Medical and Other Healthcare Services Sector

14.8%

increase projected by 2024*

Social Assistance Services

17.9%

increase projected by 2024*

Residential Care Services

10.8%

increase projected by 2024*

Study Experiences

Emma Elaine, 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.