Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care (Online Delivery available)

Course summary

A postgraduate qualification in dementia care will provide you 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 is a clinically-based program that prepares practitioners for advanced professional practice in the specialist field of dementia. You will use work-based learning to enhance client care and service delivery in the multidisciplinary environment.

This degree prepares you 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 other roles in aged and dementia care.

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

Course information

Study area

Health & Medicine

Campus

Wollongong, UOW Online

Course Code

1176

Duration

1 year (2 sessions) part-time

Delivery

Distance, Flexible

Cricos

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

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 FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

Flexible

$13,248 (2019)

$13,248 (2019)

UOW Online

Distance

$13,248 (2019)

$13,248 (2019)

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

This program is not available to international applicants.


CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING

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

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

UOW Online

Distance

$14,688 (2019)

$14,688 (2019)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2018.

Applicant background

2018 intake

2018 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2018

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2019 Autumn

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 26 - 28 February 2019
Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 January 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants.

2019 Autumn

UOW Online

Session: 4 March – 27 June 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 31 January 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants.

2019 Spring

Wollongong

Enrolment and Orientation: 22 July 2019
Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: 12 July 2019. Late applications may be considered.

2019 Spring

UOW Online

Session: 29 July – 21 November 2019

Applications Close

  • Domestic Applicants (Direct): 30 June 2019. Late applications may be considered.
  • International Applicants: This course is not available to international applicants.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
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 Critical thinking and evaluation to develop and develop new understanding.
5 Communicating 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

To qualify for award of the degree, the Graduate Certificate in Dementia Care, a candidate must successfully complete at least 24 credit points in accordance with the table below. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(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

Please click the subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject at different locations. For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

Health Care and Social Assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs within Australia and is projected to make the largest contribution of 14.9% to employment growth from 2018 to 2023. With this brings exciting employment opportunities and career options. (Source: Employment Projections)

UOW's multi-disciplinary nursing and health programs are designed to enable you to gain a postgraduate qualification while maintaining a full-time 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.

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