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Bachelor of Dementia Care

University of Tasmania
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
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17,950 AUD

Program description

Bachelor of Dementia Care

What is the Dementia Care Program?

The Dementia Care Program offers Australia's first degree in dementia care. It is available to domestic and international students, from carers to health professionals and anyone with an interest in studying dementia. This course will develop your specialised knowledge in this field so that you can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia.

This is a fully online course with no exams, face to face study, or workplace assessment component. Dedicated Student Advisers are on-hand throughout the course, providing support and guidance throughout your studies. Our program can be studied full-time or part-time, offering you a choice to graduate with a:

  • Diploma (8 units, completed over a maximum of 3 years)
  • Associate Degree (16 units, completed over a maximum of 5 years)
  • Bachelor Degree (24 units, completed over a maximum of 7 years)

Students may study part-time (1-2 units) or full-time (3-4 units) per semester. Students are advised to approximately 10 hours of study per week per unit of study. There are no formal examinations, all assessments occur throughout the semester.

Assessments may include quizzes, assessed discussion boards, essays or reports, presentations.

Course objectives

Dementia is a neurological condition that affects tens of millions of people across the globe, posing significant challenges to people living with dementia, their families, communities and the health care sector. The Dementia Care Program provides students with a deep knowledge of dementia, the changes that occur in the brain, the behaviours and needs associated with changes, and practical strategies necessary to help care for people living with dementia.

Students will gain advanced problem-solving skills, along with an understanding of the importance of evidence-based practice. Graduates will be prepared for a range of career paths in the aged care and health sector.

Admission requirements

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Program content

Year 1

  • Introduction to General Studies in Dementia in Australia
  • Neurospeak Online
  • Introduction to Ageing, the Brain and Dementia
  • Principles of Supportive Care for People With Dementia
  • Inter-professional Education and Practice in Dementia Care
  • Health Services for an Ageing Population
  • Introduction to Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia
  • Effective Communication for Dementia Care
  • The Global Challenge of Understanding Dementia

Year 2

  • The Neurobiology of Dementia
  • Preventative and Therapeutic Approaches in Dementia Care
  • Principles of Palliative Care
  • Nutrition, Dysphagia and Dementia
  • Individual and Community Approaches to Dementia Prevention
  • Dementia Policy and Care Coordination

Year 3

  • Neuroscience Research in Dementia
  • Advanced Topics in the Neurobiology of Dementia
  • The Art and Science of Clinical Trials
  • Negotiated Project in Dementia
  • Qualitative Research in Aged and Dementia Care
  • Advanced Topics in Dementia Care
  • Translating Evidence into Dementia Care
  • Dementia Friendly Societies

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Continuing studies

As a pathway to undertaking further study in graduate health programs.

Career opportunities

Graduates from this course may find work in a range of career paths such as in the aged care industry in both the public and private sectors.

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About this institute

University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania

Tasmania is a place unlike any other.  Our island is a living laboratory where environment, industry and society are uniquely connected.  With 45% of the island being National Park or World Heritage listed it is a stunning place to get...

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Why study at University of Tasmania

Australia ranked #2 study abroad country

Australia has been ranked the #2 study abroad country in the world for 2020! With everything from the tranquility of the Gold Coast beaches to the adventure of the Australian Alps, take a trip “Down Under” and discover why Australia is a great choice for an exceptional study abroad experience.

Tasmania is unique and so are Tasmanians. We believe in our island. We embrace the unusual. And we love imagination.

From our vibrant cities to the stillness of our World Heritage-listed wilderness, our incredible island is a place of contrasts – and we embrace its character in everything we do.

We offer great courses in an extraordinary location, and our teaching is supported by world-leading research, so you know you’re getting direct access to the best expertise. We’re the only university in the state, which means you will get unparalleled access to industry connections through our institution’s partnerships.

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University of Tasmania

Private Bag 51
TAS 7001 Hobart

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