Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care
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Australia’s fourth oldest university, the University of Tasmania, is highly regarded internationally for teaching and academic excellence. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and more than 50 postgraduate programs across a range of disciplines. The university offers students a diverse range of opportunities, the chance to learn from leading experts, and excellent preparation for their future careers.
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Upon completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- Communicate using a variety of digital skills and academic conventions in the context of dementia
- Describe contemporary approaches to optimise the health and social care of people living with dementia
- Apply person-centred approaches to support people living with dementia, their families, carers, health and social care teams and the broader community
Applicants with previous higher education study.
This course does not use previous higher education study as a basis for admission.
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 VET / TAFE study
To be eligible for an offer, applicants must have completed Certificate III or above.
Work and Life
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.
The University of Tasmania grants credit and recognition of prior learning that may include formal and/or informal prior learning. More information is available here.
This Undergraduate Certificate in Dementia Care is developed and delivered by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre and is available through the College of Health and Medicine. It is a fully online program, specifically focused on understanding dementia and how to care for people with dementia.
The program provides job ready skills and the foundation for transition to further study. 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 aging with dementia will find this program particularly useful.
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. This program links the dysfunction of the nervous system in dementia with associated care needs. 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, knowledge and skills in dementia care. You will develop your communication skills and appreciation of the importance of evidence-based care in the health system.
The program 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, followed by highly supported introductory units suitable for students with limited prior exposure to Higher Education. Students are provided with a degree of practical skills that can be transferred to a workplace environment including essential communication and critical thinking skills broadly relevant to all industries and workplaces.
Articulation into further study in the Diploma of Dementia Care or Bachelor of Dementia Care is possible on completion of this Undergraduate Certificate
Recommended Study Pattern
For students undertaking full-time study the following study pattern is recommended.
Year 1. 4 subjects in the first year including
- 3 core subjects
- TAS-CAD005 - Neurospeak Online
- TAS-CAD116 - Introduction to Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia
- TAS-CAD117 - Effective Communication for Dementia Care
- 1 elective from the following
- TAS-CAD003 – Introduction to General Studies in Dementia in Australia
- TAS-CAD121 - The Global Challenge of Understanding Dementia
Satisfactory completion of 4 subjects, as required in the schedule to be eligible for this award.
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