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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 26 Feb 2018
Mode of delivery

Combination of Online and Face to Face


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.

UON program code: 40069

Study integrated care in ageing at UON

Further your career enriching the lives of older people. They'll enrich your life right back.

The Australian population is ageing and this is predicted to rise. The number of people working with older Australians is expected to triple if Australia is to meet the demand for future services.

The World Health Organisation has called for a well-trained and diverse workforce that can provide a continuum of care for people as they age, from community to residential care, and one that can link appropriate services to those who need them.

The two-year Associate Degree of Integrated Care in Ageing will help you gain specialised knowledge and critical skills needed for a successful career working with older people.

Why study with us?

  • Hands-on learning -  this associate degree is a work-based qualification, meaning you will apply what you learn to your workplace.
  • Flexible study - the qualification will be offered through a combination of online instruction and intensive face-to-face teaching sessions, meaning study can be based around your work commitments.
  • Growing industry, with strong future employment prospects. Our ageing population means into the future there is a higher incidence of chronic diseases and a greater need for home care and community support services.

    What you will study

    When you study Integrated Care in Ageing at UON, you will work with highly qualified academic staff and learn about the ageing process from a social, physical, environmental, psychological, medical and cultural perspective.

    The qualification will be offered through a combination of online instruction and intensive face-to-face teaching sessions, delivered at a number of sites, including our campuses at Newcastle, Central Coast and Port Macquarie as well as rural locations in NSW. This means that students are able to continue their current employment while studying.

    The blended online learning environment with face-to-face teaching sessions has been specifically developed to meet the needs of working students. You will meet your lecturers and fellow students at the workshops and get a chance to ask questions before going away to complete your lessons online.

    Areas of study within the Associate Degree of Integrated Care in Ageing include:

    • physiological function and the ageing life cycle
    • health assessment
    • health service delivery
    • leadership and management

    Advanced study options

    The Associate Degree is a qualification specifically for those wanting to work with older people and could also be a bridge to further studies in nursing, allied health and medicine. Download the pathways PDF.

    Program plans

    Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

    These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

    View the full course list

    Career opportunities

    Aged Care

    As an aged care worker you may find yourself working in a number of roles and settings, from community worker to residential team leader. With a qualification in integrated care in ageing, you will have the opportunity to work with, and advocate for, older people and assist in the navigation of the evolving health services environment.

    Practical experience

    Practical experience

    aged care

    Extensive industry consultation for the Associate Degree has highlighted the importance of learning being situated in and relevant to the context of a work environment – one that allows the student to learn as much as possible 'on-the-job'.

    Integrated Care in Ageing is a work-based qualification that encourages students to learn in their own workplaces. It is a requirement that students undertaking the Associate Degree of Integrated Care in Ageing be employed in paid or voluntary work in a field relevant to older people.

    Students are able to continue their current employment while studying. This also provides an integrated learning experience where students build skills relevant to their workplace.