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Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care

Course summary

A postgraduate qualification in dementia care provides recent graduates with a competitive advantage in the job market. The qualification also provides mid-career clinicians an opportunity to update their knowledge through contemporary studies in dementia care.

The Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care prepares graduates for career progression into senior clinical, management, teaching, and research roles. Graduates from this course are Clinical Nurse Consultants, aspiring Clinical Nurse Consultants, family carers, Medical practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Registered Nurses, Social Workers, volunteers and others in aged and dementia care.

Your degree

The Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care is a clinically-based program that prepares practitioners for advanced professional practice in the specialist field of dementia. As a student you will use work-based learning to enhance client care and service delivery in the multi-disciplinary environment.

The program differs from courses offered by other NSW and Australian universities in that it is underpinned by a rehabilitation approach to dementia care.

What you study

The subjects you will study in the one year part time course are:

  • Dementia Care Across Settings
  • Reflection on Practice
  • Advancements in Dementia Care
  • with an option to choose Tools for Practice Development or another elective chosen in consultation with the course coordinator.

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

1176

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

1 year (2 sessions) part-time

Delivery

Distance, Flexible

Cricos

UAC Code

-

Information on Fees, Assumed Knowledge and Key Dates

Academic Requirements

A recognised Bachelors degree in a health-related discipline, or equivalent. Other professional qualifications in a related discipline may also be considered. Applicants who wish to study via distance delivery should first seek academic advice from the Program Co-ordinator.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

All subjects successfully completed in the Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care will count as credit towards the Master of Science (Dementia Care) upon successful transfer.

Fees

2017 Information
Wollongong
Distance

Session Fee: $13,560
Full Course Fee: $13,560

Entry Requirements

A recognised Bachelors degree in a health-related discipline, or equivalent. Other professional qualifications in a related discipline may also be considered.  Applicants who wish to study via distance delivery should first seek academic advice from the Program Co-ordinator.

Credit Transfer

All subjects successfully completed in the Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care will count as credit towards the Master of Science (Dementia Care) upon successful transfer.

Fees

2017 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
Flexible

Session Fee: $11,400
Full Course Fee: $11,400

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

Distance

Session Fee: $11,400
Full Course Fee: $11,400

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

2017 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences

27 February 2017

Applications Close
Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Late applications will be accepted where places are available.
    Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within two weeks of receipt.

  • International Applicants: One week prior to course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 21 - 23 February 2016
Session: 27 February - 22 June 2017

2017 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences

24 July 2017

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 30 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 17 July 2017
Session: 24 July - 16 November 2017

Course structure

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care will be able to:

  1. Develop specialised person centred care knowledge for working with individuals living with dementia and their families.
  2. Apply person centred care knowledge of dementia care practices within interprofessional healthcare.
  3. Demonstrate cognitive and specialised technical and creative skills in reviewing, analysing and synthesising information to identify and solve complex problems.
  4. Exercise critical thinking and evaluation to develop new understanding.
  5. Communicate knowledge and ideas about theoretical concepts related to dementia care practice to a variety of audiences.
  6. Demonstrate independent judgements across a range of dementia care practice related functions and contexts.
  7. Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within the dementia care practice context.
  8. Develop a work-based portfolio of evidence to demonstrate how the competencies in the Dementia Care Competency Framework were addressed. 

Course Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care requires the successful completion of 24 credit points of subjects in accordance with the table below. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit PointsSession(s)
SNPG955 Dementia Care Across Settings 6 Autumn
SNPG950 Reflection for Practice 6 Autumn, Spring
SNPG958 Advancements in Dementia Care 6 Spring
Plus
SNPG959 Tools for Practice Development* 6 Autumn, Spring
Or
Another SNPG 900-level subject selected in consultation with the Program Coordinator

*This subject is available via Flexible delivery only, which requires some on-campus attendance for study days.

Why choose this course?

The School of Nursing's multidisciplinary programs are designed to enable students to gain a postgraduate qualification while maintaining a fulltime or part-time career in health care.

We provide a dynamic environment for teaching, learning and research and aim to achieve standards of excellence in professional preparation for those wishing to enter the nursing profession and in continuing education for existing clinicians.

Close links with service providers ensure programs meet the needs of nurses and the populations they serve.