Graduate Diploma in Dementia Studies Nursing (G.Dip.)
Become a leader in the development and delivery of specialty care for individuals affected by dementia.
This program will capitalize on your experience as a registered nurse and provide you with the expertise needed to care for people living with dementia while advancing the practice of dementia care in your community. As the demographics of our population change, the number of people living with dementia will grow, requiring more experts who can provide leadership in managing their care. Designed to be a flexible university program that fits with the schedules of working registered nurses, this program will help you take a step towards advanced practice in the specialty of dementia studies nursing.
As a program built for working nurses, four of the five courses will be theory-based, with readings, discussions, and assignments delivered primarily online. These courses will also have applied components, such as workshops, and utilize Trent/Fleming School of Nursing’s clinical simulation resources. A fifth, practicum course will allow you to solidify that theoretical knowledge in a clinical placement setting where you will complete 150 hours of hands-on dementia care. The program is delivered over five semesters and can be completed in as little as 28 months.
Graduates of this program will be awarded a graduate diploma in Dementia Studies.
- Earn a post-baccalaureate level graduate diploma in an area of nursing with an increasing need for expert care. Develop practical, in-depth knowledge and evidence-based nursing skills.
- Ready yourself for employment in a variety of care settings that require leadership in dementia care.
Next Intake Fall 2023
- Graduate Diploma
- Part-time studies
- Course-based program and practicum
- 28 months part-time to complete (final semester of study is a 150-hour practicum)
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing, or Bachelor of Nursing Science, from an accredited university, with a GPA of 77%.
- Registered Nurse (in good standing) in the province of Ontario or active practicing license in any other Canadian province.
- Registered Nurses without a baccalaureate degree, or with a baccalaureate degree in another discipline, are encouraged to apply for admission and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Post-secondary transcripts and graduation certificates (where applicable) of all previous undergraduate and graduate work are required. This includes transcripts for courses taken on a Letter of Permission, for transfer credit, or on an exchange program. Transcripts must show all course work completed and grades received. If applicable, evidence of degree completion is required. Transcript must include a grading scale or transcript legend.
Please note: Transcripts are not required to be official and final when applying to the School of Graduate Studies. Official transcripts are only required to be submitted if an applicant receives an offer of admission.
Previous or current Trent University students do not need to submit a transcript for degree and course work completed at Trent University. Transcripts must be submitted for any course work completed at another institution – i.e.) study abroad, letter of permission, transfer credit.
Proof of English Language Proficiency
Proficiency in English usage, both written and oral, is essential to pursue graduate studies at Trent University. It Is required for applicants to demonstrate an adequate level of English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. Applicants who completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university in Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the USA are exempt from this requirement. If you have completed two or more years of post-secondary education at a university where the primary language of instruction is English, the School of Graduate Studies is prepared to consider alternate proof of English language proficiency. For detailed information about English Language Proficiency requirements, see International Applications.
Two Letters of Reference
Academic references are preferred; however, professional references will be accepted. Links for your referees to submit an online reference will be sent directly to the referees you have provided on your application. We recommend you contact your referees prior to submitting an application to confirm their availability and contact information. If your referee does not receive the link, you can suggest that your referee check their junk email folder and email setting. The email may have unintentionally been blocked by their email server.
Detailed Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Proof of Citizenship (ie. copy of passport or birth certificate) will be requested, only if an offer of admission is made.