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Study mode

Online
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Campus locations

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Duration

0.5 year full-time, 1 year part-time
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Admission information

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CSU has a variety of pathways and admissions requirements for study. Details of the types of 'bonus points' and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants are set out in the CSU institutional admissions information and CSU's general admissions policy.

You can also view details about the applicants who commenced this course last year in the ATAR profile and See the student profile.

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Session availability

Session 1; Session 2 201830; 201860

Please note: all sessions may not be available at all locations or through all study modes. Please check the Course offerings section for more information.

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International students

  • This course is not available to international students.

Course highlights

Flexible online study

CSU's Graduate Certificate in Gerontology offers great flexibility combined with a comprehensive learning experience. You only need to complete four subjects and can study online while continuing to work, allowing you to apply your knowledge within your current role.

Hone your skills

The interdisciplinary nature of the course ensures it is suitable for people from a wide range of health professions and disciplines, including nursing, social work, physiotherapy, aged care industry, allied health and occupational therapy.

Professionals teaching you

Our academic staff is highly experienced in the fields of clinical practice and health promotion. You'll receive personal engagement and support from dedicated professional educators.

Pursue further study

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology can provide a pathway into a higher research degree, such as CSU's Master of Gerontology. On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, you'll receive credit for four subjects into the Master of Gerontology.

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Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1

Residential schools are a great way to practise what you are learning in a hands-on environment, and to meet your lecturers and classmates.

Some online courses include a residential school, where you will attend a CSU campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

The following subjects may have a residential school component:

From the early stages of your degree, you can apply for a range of international programs through CSU Global. You could take a session or two on exchange at one of CSU’s partner institutions across the world, go on a study tour during the holidays, or complete some of your practical placements in an unique location.

Are you after a unique CSU study experience? By participating in a CSU Global international study program you can gain a new perspective on where your degree can take you, and even complete your degree that little bit faster. CSU Global has many options available to fit with your course, interests and study needs.

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Career opportunities

CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Gerontology prepares you for management positions in your discipline group and senior positions in residential care, community care and assessment teams. With enhanced qualifications, you could work in hospitals, community health services, aged care services, residential care and allied health clinics. This qualification positions you at the heart of a rapidly growing industry. The federal government forecasts that the number of Australians aged 75 years or over will rise by approximately four million by 2060.

CSU’s Graduate Certificate in Gerontology prepares you for management positions in your discipline group and senior positions in residential care, community care and assessment teams. With enhanced qualifications, you could work in hospitals, community health services, aged care services, residential care and allied health clinics. This qualification positions you at the heart of a rapidly growing industry. The federal government forecasts that the number of Australians aged 75 years or over will rise by approximately four million by 2060.

Credit and pathways

Getting into uni isn’t just about your ATAR; we understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Regional Bonus Points, and Indigenous Access Program (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

More about Credit

If you’ve studied before, you may be able to fast-track your postgraduate degree with Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If you’ve completed relevant tertiary study, you could be awarded credit for your postgraduate degree. Get in touch to see if you’re eligible for credit based on your previous qualifications or industry experience.

Credit towards the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology may be possible. People who hold gerontology qualifications may be eligible for one subject credit towards the Graduate Certificate.

Check your eligibility for credit

Course offerings

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is only available to study on campus.

The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is only available to study online.

You can study the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology online or on campus.

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Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJAHG
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPPGYYNOAHG

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Check your session and application dates open_in_new

Campus locations listed for online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPOSYYNJAHG
DirectOnlineAlbury-WodongaFPPGYYNOAHG

LEGEND
CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

Kate Mitchell – Master of Gerontology

"CSU is definitely worth considering especially if you want to be an online student.  If you are looking for a university with a high standard of quality in teaching, resources and accessibility with opportunities to study a wide range of interesting subjects and assessments that are relevant to current practice, then contact CSU."

Kate Mitchell – Master of Gerontology

Subjects

For each 8 point subject you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

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The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

Subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise stated.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN GERONTOLOGY (32 points)
To graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology, students complete 4 core subjects (32 points) as follows:

GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication


GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF GERONTOLOGY (exit point only) ( 64 points)
To graduate with the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology, students complete 64 points as follows:

Core subjects (4 subjects)
GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication

PLUS 32 points from either the Professional Practice or Research/Policy strand.
 

MASTER OF GERONTOLOGY (96 points)
To graduate with the Master of Gerontology, students complete 96 points as follows:

Core subjects (4 subjects)
GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication

Masters students then select either Professional Practice OR Research/Policy, completing one of the strands detailed below:

Professional Practice strand

Core subjects (4 subjects)
ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
GER502 End of Life and Palliative Care
GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice

Restricted electives (Professional Practice strand) (2 subjects)
HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction OR WEL508 Social Policy Reading
SWK504 Human Services Research Methods OR HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A

PLUS 2 x restricted electives from the list below:

Restricted electives (choose 2 subjects)
HSM404 Management and Leadership of Health and Aged Care Services
PAD591 Public Sector Management
SOC401 Social Inequality
WEL418 Case Management
WEL424 Loss Grief and Palliative Care
WEL429 Indigenous Australian Practice for Human Service

Students with a Registered Nurse qualification may also choose electives from the following list:

NRS421 Chronic and Complex Nursing Practice 1
NRS422 Chronic and Complex Nursing  Practice 2
NRS423 Advanced Chronic Care Nursing
NRS544 Cultural Competence in Indigenous Health Care: Implications for Nursing Practice.

Research/Policy strand

Core subjects (6 subjects / 56 points)
ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction
SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (16 points)
WEL508 Social Policy Reading

Restricted electives (1 subject)
SWK504 Human Services Research Methods OR HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A

SESSION 1 INTAKE

Year 1 - Session 1
GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds

Year 1 - Session 2
GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication

Students may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (32 points)

Professional Practice

Year 2 - Session 1 
GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction or WEL508 Social Policy Reading

Year 2 - Session 2
SWK504 Human Services Research Methods or HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A
ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention

Students may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology (64 points)

Year 3 - Session 1
GER502 End of Life and Palliative Care
Restricted elective

Year 3 - Session 2
GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
Restricted elective
 

Research/Policy

Year 2 - Session 1
GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
WEL508 Social Policy Reading

Year 2 - Session 2
ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
SWK504 Human Services Research Methods or HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A

Students may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology (64 points)

Year 3 - Session 1
HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction
SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (start)

Year 3 - Session 2
GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (finish)

Students exit with the Master of Gerontology (96 points)

SESSION 2 INTAKE

Year 1 - Session 2
GER404 Ageing and Professional Practice
GER406 Issues in Dementia Care and Communication

Year 2 - Session 1
GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds

Students may exit with the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (32 points)

Professional Practice

Year 2 - Session 2
SWK504 Human Services Research Methods or HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A
ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention

Year 3 - Session 1
GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction or WEL508 Social Policy Reading

Students may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology (64 points)

Year 3 - Session 2
GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
Restricted elective

Year 4 - Session 1
GER502 End of Life and Palliative Care
Restricted elective

Research/Policy

Year 2 - Session 2
ETH402 Vulnerability and the Ethics of Intervention
SWK504 Human Services Research Methods or HLT505 Research Methods in Health Sciences A

Year 3 - Session 1
GER501 Contemporary Issues in Gerontology
SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (start)

Students may exit with the Graduate Diploma of Gerontology (64 points)

Year 3 - Session 2
GER503 Leadership in Complex Aged Care Practice
SWK500 Social Work and Human Services Dissertation (finish)

Year 4 - Session 1
HLT502 Ageing Policy and Social Construction
WEL508 Social Policy Reading

Students exit with the Master of Gerontology (96 points)

Graduation requirements

As a CSU student, throughout your course you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 32 points.

Fees and costs

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident find out more about domestic fees. Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP government student loan system.

If you are an international student, find out more about international fees.

Additional course-related expenses you may need to consider.

  • Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
  • Textbooks (you may be able to purchase these second-hand).
  • Travel and accommodation expenses for any workplace learning, field trips or residential schools.
  • Uniforms (e.g. shirts, polo tops, scrubs or overalls).

Tax deductions: in some instances you may be able to claim a tax deduction for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice to find out if you qualify.

If you are an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about domestic fees.

Eligible students can defer these fees through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government student loan system.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

If you are not an Australian or New Zealand permanent resident, find out more about international fees.

Additional costs you may need to consider include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self-education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

Already studied with CSU? Our 10 per cent Alumni discount applies to this course.

Online students receive one free textbook per subject.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When you study with CSU, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a CSU student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At CSU, we’re with you every step of the way.

We have a wide range of scholarships available to help you with the costs of studying at CSU. There are scholarships based on academic performance or your personal circumstances. Other scholarships and grants cover specific costs like accommodation and textbooks, and some offer funds that you can use in any way to enhance your university experience. Find a scholarship to suit your needs and apply now.

Indigenous students can access the Indigenous Academic Success Program (IASP). This free program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at CSU. It gives you one-on-one access to tutors to help you with your assessments and prepare you for exams.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with CSU at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

You can also study accounting, business and information technology courses at a CSU Study Centre in Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney.

Browse through the tabs below for more information or visit our International website to discover more about an Australian university experience like no other.

Please note: if you choose to study online with CSU, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

There are minimum Academic and English Language requirements for admission to CSU courses. These requirements ensure that our students have the best chance for success. Minimum requirements can vary from country to country, so please take some time to review our entry requirements  before starting your application. If you cannot find the requirements for your country please contact us.

At CSU, we understand that you are making a financial investment in your future and we want to make sure that you receive the best value for money for your education. That’s why our students enjoy more affordable course tuition fees than other Australian universities, while still receiving a high standard of education.

Tuition fees are set for the duration of your course and don’t go up each year.

CSU Alumni receive a discount on fee-paying postgraduate courses – so if you study your bachelor’s degree with us, and decide to continue your studies at CSU, you could save 10 per cent off your postgraduate tuition.

Please note: whether you study on campus or online, textbooks and other items that you may be required to purchase during your study are not included in the tuition fees.

More information on tuition and other fees.

More information on fees for on-campus study in Australia.

Aside from course tuition fees, all students who choose to study on campus incur other fees such as accommodation, Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and other living expenses.

If you choose to study online, some subjects may require you to attend compulsory residential schools in Australia. Residential schools are held on campus in Australia for up to five days during certain sessions.

Please check the residential schools tab in the Course highlights section above (or your offer of admission if your application is successful) for more information on which subjects may have a residential school component.

Online courses for international students do not meet the requirement for an Australian Student Visa, therefore you will need to check that you can obtain an appropriate visa for any residential school session. For more information about visas, visit the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection. More information about residential schools can be found on our Future Students Hub.

CSU campuses offer a uniquely Australian living experience. Most of our campuses have accommodation on-site with many of the buildings nestled among gum trees with native wildlife like kangaroos and kookaburras sharing the space. Off-campus accommodation options can also be arranged.

Few universities in Australia can match the range of accommodation available at CSU’s campuses. Campus life offers all the facilities of a small village with community spirit, helping you to meet lots of new friends while living in a safe and secure environment.

Find out more about CSU’s accommodation options.

Whether you choose to study online or on campus, our international support services can make all the difference. From managing visa requirements to study support, and career advice, we’ve got you covered and our friendly staff will help make your university experience one you will never forget.

At CSU, we work with trained international recruitment agents in more than 40 countries to help you find the course and study option that is right for you. Our agents can assist you to apply for study either on campus in Australia or online. Depending on your country of citizenship you may be required to apply to CSU via an agent. Visit our International agents page for more information.

How to apply

Applying to CSU is easy. Choose how you want to apply below, or get in touch with CSU and we can help you with your application.

Universities Admissions Centre
(UAC)

Are you a school leaver wanting to study on campus?

Important dates

30 Sep 2017
UAC on time applications close

Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre
(VTAC)

Want to study at Albury-Wodonga Campus and don’t live in NSW or ACT?

Important dates

28 Sep 2017
VTAC on time applications close

10 Oct 2017
VTAC special consideration (SEAS) applications close

16 Jan 2018
VTAC first round offers released

Charles Sturt University
(CSU)

Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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Are you a non-school leaver or do you want to study online?

Important dates

29 Sep 2017
2017 Session 3 Late Application date

30 Oct 2017
2018 Session 1 Application closing date

23 Feb 2018
2018 Session 2 Applications open

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