Specialist Diploma in Gerontology (Mental Health)

Becoming a professional who is able to apply personhood perspective to aged care practices to effectively support, initiate and manage high quality psychological support to older people with complex needs.

Experience Collaborative Learning in Healthcare

PROGRAMMES OVERVIEW

The Specialist Diploma in Gerontology (Mental Health) has been specially designed to:

  • To educate the learner to apply a personhood perspective to aged care practices to effectively support, initiate and manage high quality psychological support to older people with complex needs
  • Provide learners with a specialised, theoretical, evidence-based, and practice-informed professional knowledge.


Learners will be able to critically evaluate a range of health sector research, strategies, theories, models, and approaches that underpin practice. They will develop evaluative thinking capabilities through a comprehensive and integrated exploration of the complex mental health requirements of older people.

Nurture yourself to become an Elderly Care Professional

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Analyse current service delivery from a historical political, legal and societal perspective, including changing demographics.
  • Examine research and philosophical underpinnings of aged care and psychosocial support.
  • Analyse concepts of the health professionals rile and apply specialist skills of communication, cultural safety and ethics from a personhood and multidisciplinary approach.
  • Apply the theoretical and practical understanding required to provide appropriate direct care to older people with complex psychosocial and physical health needs.
  • Using reflection demonstrate a personal awareness of attitudes towards ageing and ageism as it informs clinical practice.

PROGRAMME MODULES

The Specialist Diploma consists of 120 credits and students are required to complete 7 modules, including an Industrial Attachment.

  • Culture, Society and Policy (15 credits)
  • Attitudes Toward Ageing (15 credits)
  • Body and Self in Ageing (15 credits)
  • Practice Preparation (15 credits)
  • Ethics and Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Communication in Support Practice (15 credits)
  • Fieldwork Practice – Industrial Attachment (30 credits)

Industrial Placement

The industrial placement comprises of 160 placement hours during the academic semester. Students who are currently employed in the healthcare sector may be exempted from the internship but will need to complete assessments associated with this module based on their current employment.

The average student- to – lecturer ratio is 1: 30.

Assessment Methods

All modules within the Specialist Diploma are assessed through assignments.

Award

Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded a Specialist Diploma in Gerontology (Mental Health) by RHA Academy Pte Ltd.

UPCOMING INTAKE

24th Feb 2020

  • To be eligible for admission to the program, applicants must meet academic and English language entry requirements.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (Including Nursing, Allied Health, Teaching , Psychology, Counselling, Social Work, and Life Science disciplines)
  • Diploma from recognised local polytechnics or pathway programmes from other Private Education Institutions AND a minimum of 2 years work experience in the Healthcare industry.
  • Mature Candidates (30 years old and above) with a minimum 8 years of working experience.

The applicant is required to demonstrate their proficiency in English in one of the following ways:

  • At least a C6 pass for English at GCE ‘O’ Level; OR
  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent (with a minimum of 5.0 in each element) OR
  • TOEFL score of 453 or equivalent

Application Fee: S $107
Tuition Fee: S $13,696

*Note:

  • All fees quoted above are inclusive of the prevailing GST
  • Tuition fees are payable in installments and subject to review every year
  • A minimum of 10 students is required to start a class

Who should undertake this programme?

This programme is suited to those already working in the healthcare, mental health or aged care sectors or those who have an interest in gaining knowledge in the field of aged care.

COURSE INFORMATION

Programme Duration

The program can be completed within 8 months on a full-time basis, and 12 months on a part-time basis. 

Career Prospects

Graduates of this programme have a diverse array of employment opportunities spanning the healthcare industry, specifically in the fields of elderly care and mental health awareness. 

Gerontology graduates are well suited for careers in nursing homes, elderly day care centers, respite facilities, long term care facilities and community agencies related to the planning and provision of the direct care of the elderly.

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