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Key details

Duration

0.5 year/s full-time
1 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1

Locations

Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

40

Course code

UDEMS1
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

Our Graduate Certificate of Dementia Studies is an innovative course that will build on knowledge gained through your previous health studies and/or work experience. This online course will assist you to develop a deeper understanding of dementia care.

This course is relevant to all health professionals who wish to undertake postgraduate education in dementia care settings (including residential, inpatient and community settings).

This flexible course will prepare you to work within this growing area of specialty care.

On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Dementia Studies you may progress to the Master of Nursing and apply for advanced standing for study you have already completed.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

This 40-credit point course consists of four core units.

Course structure



A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(4 units)
40cp

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points as per the list of units detailed below:

HEA596 Socio-Political Issues and Leadership in Dementia Care
HEA597 Psychosocial Supports and Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia Patients and Families
HEA598 Neurobiology and Pathophysiology of Dementia
HEA599 Advancements in Dementia Care
 

 40cpTotal Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
 

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
HEA596 Socio-Political Issues and Leadership in Dementia CareCO  
HEA597 Psychosocial Supports and Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia Patients and FamiliesCO  
HEA598 Neurobiology and Pathophysiology of DementiaCO  
HEA599 Advancements in Dementia Care (external only)CO  

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
HEA596 Socio-Political Issues and Leadership in Dementia CareCOHEA598 Neurobiology and Pathophysiology of DementiaCO
HEA597 Psychosocial Supports and Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia Patients and FamiliesCOHEA599 Advancements in Dementia Care (external only)CO

 

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plans provided below are suitable for students commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time or part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Full-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  HEA596 Socio-Political Issues and Leadership in Dementia CareCO
  HEA597 Psychosocial Supports and Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia Patients and FamiliesCO
  HEA598 Neurobiology and Pathophysiology of DementiaCO
  HEA599 Advancements in Dementia Care (external only)CO

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  HEA596 Socio-Political Issues and Leadership in Dementia CareCO
  HEA597 Psychosocial Supports and Therapeutic Approaches for Dementia Patients and FamiliesCO
Year 2
HEA598 Neurobiology and Pathophysiology of DementiaCO  
HEA599 Advancements in Dementia Care (external only)CO  

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

  • Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree in a related field such as nursing, allied health, or behavioural or social sciences; and
  • Applicants are required to provide a curriculum vitae (CV) clearly documenting one-year post degree work experience and professional development portfolio in a dementia care setting with their application.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Graduate Certificate of Dementia Studies
Faculty/College
College of Nursing and Midwifery
Sector
HE
Area of study
Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
Online (FF)
1GC549
871302
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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