Course Description

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.

Tuition Fees

International Students: $16,950 per year full-time


3 years full time,

Starting dates

February, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Nursing undergraduate courses at University of Tasmania rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 67.1% (national average 58.8%)
Improved skills: 81.1% (national average 82.6%)
Overall satisfaction: 85.3% (national average 78.6%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of Tasmania. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Nursing undergraduate courses at University of Tasmania had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 82.3% (national average 80.1%)
Studying full time: 6.8% (national average 4.0%)
Median full time salary: $62,600 (national average $58,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

University of Tasmania Code: M3S

Entry Requirements

Applications are considered on a case by case basis. We consider applicants from a broad range of life experiences and backgrounds, those with professional learning or formal study qualifications and skills and those entering University study as a mature age student with little previous formal qualifications and/ or experience in this field, and year 12 leavers.

There are no formal pre-requisites, however a good level of computer competency and willingness to engage in online learning is highly recommended.

Additional requirements for international students

You may need to provide evidence of your