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Interdisciplinary Online Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia


Key Facts

Course Code: DPCNM-DEME-1O09

Duration: One Year

Next Intake: September annually

Closing date for applications: 30th June

Location: Online

Fees: EU Non-EU
  €3,300 €6,600

 

Overview

The aim of the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia is to facilitate students to develop a comprehensive academic and evidence-based approach to their practice, to critically explore and critique dementia care service provision. The design is such that it will promote collaboration between disciplines of nursing, medicine, occupational therapy, social work and other professionals working with persons living with dementia and their families/significant others.

Graduates of this course, in applying their learning, will be enabled to promote and develop excellence in dementia care in their practice setting thus ensuring that people with dementia live a dignified and meaningful life.

Structure & Delivery

The course is delivered exclusively online over the course of one academic year. As an online student, each week a new session will be available for you to study through our online learning environment, Blackboard. The course materials will be delivered in a variety of formats, for example, podcasts discussion forums and blogs. This creates a media rich environment within which the student can engage in learning activities in a flexible manner.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia course (without compensation) are eligible to continue on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Dementia or a M.Sc. in Dementia from Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin within five years of completing the Postgraduate Certificate in Dementia.

Course Content

Students who successfully complete the online Postgraduate Certificate without compensation are eligible for direct entry to the M.Sc./P.Grad.Dip. in Dementia within a five year period of successfully completing this course.

Entry Requirement

The criteria for admission are that the candidate must:

  • a minimum of one year’s professional experience in supporting persons with dementia within the past two years;
  • for the duration of the course all applicants are required to be working in an area where dementia care is delivered;
  • normally hold an honours degree in a relevant discipline (candidates with relevant, and significant, experience as professional practitioners in the field of dementia care may be considered with a lower class degree or equivalent);
  • otherwise satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete and benefit from the course;
  • nurses or midwives undertaking this course while based in Ireland, must be currently registered on the appropriate division of the live register held by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Documentation required to complete application

  • Two Academic references
  • Copies of academic transcripts from completed educational courses
  • Copies of official awards (parchment) from completed educational courses

Nurse applicants working in Ireland are required to provide a letter of support from their Director of Nursing

Language

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

Examination

Minimum Level Required

IELTS Grade 6.5
TOEFL 230 computer-based 570 paper-based 88 internet-based
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Grade C
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English Grade C
Pearson Test of English PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)

Please note that test scores are only valid for two years.

For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.