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Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:

    Online

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    1 year part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Career Outcomes:

    Personal Care Assistant | Registered Nurse (RN) | Community Care Worker | Aged Care Worker | View all

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology course offered by Charles Sturt University will give you an in-depth understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of gerontology. Studying this graduate certificate program, you will learn about the major theoretical and practical issues associated with ageing.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this course, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Bachelor degree; OR
  • A TAFE diploma/certificate and/or work experience in aged services

Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.

Areas of study

In this gerontology course, the subjects you will study include: Four core subjects in either the professional practice stream:

  • Choices and options in later life
  • Ageing bodies, ageing minds
  • Ageing and professional practice
  • Issues in dementia care and communication

Or the research/policy stream:

  • Choices and options in later life
  • Ageing bodies, ageing minds
  • Human services research methods, or Research methods in the health sciences A
  • Social policy reading subject

 

Charles Sturt University One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from Charles Sturt University.

Graduates of this course will have the skills and expertise to work in aged care services promoting the health and wellbeing of older people. You will be able to work in improving the quality of life of older people while maintaining their rights and dignity.

Where could a career in health take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Community Care Worker
  • Aged Care Worker
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Residential Care Leader

Payment options & support

Finance options

Courses that are not Commonwealth support places require students to contribute the full cost of their course. You may be eligible for a loan to help pay for tuition fees through the Commonwealth Government FEE-HELP program. CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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