Dementia Care 12-Credit Online Graduate Certificate
Caring Better for Those Living with Dementia

As populations continue to grow and age, it’s imperative that healthcare professionals are well-equipped to provide informed, effective, and compassionate care to those suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

The Dementia Care Certificate program is a 12-credit (3-course) fully online graduate certificate program offered by the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Nursing, designed to help healthcare professionals improve the care of persons living with dementia and their caregivers. Students work with experienced faculty who specialize in Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia care. Courses are all taught in a synchronous and asynchronous online seminar format to accommodate your busy schedule.  

In addition to training you on methods for dementia patient care, this specialized graduate certificate program will teach you how to guide caregivers and families of persons with dementia using a family-centered approach. This includes practical virtual simulations and case studies around effective communication with interprofessional teams and caregivers.


Check out the new 1-credit course option - NURS 5108: Contemporary Foundations of Dementia


Students in the Dementia Care Certificate Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of dementia that incorporates the implications for individuals, families, care providers, practice and policy, and society.
  • Develop a multi- and interdisciplinary understanding of dementia and approaches to dementia care.
  • Identify current and innovative models of care and support for those living with dementia.
  • Apply the philosophy and principles of person-centered care to leadership in dementia care practices and services.


The Dementia Certificate Program is designed specifically to meet the professional development needs of:

  • Nurses and other healthcare professionals interested in improving the care environments where they serve or will serve persons with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Nurses and other healthcare professionals interested in learning how to better educate staff and families on dementia care (e.g., in their care environments).
  • Health care professionals interested in improving and solving problems affecting their practice and/or discipline (e.g., healthcare administrators, physicians, social workers, physical and occupational therapists).

Note: Credits earned in UConn's Online Dementia Care Graduate Certificate Program may be transferable to UConn’s Nurse Leader, Nurse Educator, FNP, NNP, AGACNP, or AGPCNP degrees. Individual circumstances apply. 

The Dementia Care Online Graduate Certificate program accepts students in the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Please submit application materials no later than:

Fall - June 25 | Spring - November 10 | Summer - March 22

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: June 25
Spring Semester: November 10
Summer Semester: March 22

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UConn Online Dementia Care Graduate Certificate, NURS 5108
Contemporary Foundations of Dementia (NURS 5108)

1-credit, 100% online course focused on dementia care.

Dementia in America

UConn Online Dementia Care Graduate Certificate5 million Americans

Five million americans aged 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2020. 80% are age 75 or older.

UConn Online Dementia Care Graduate Certificate2/3 of Americans

Over age 65 with Alzheimer’s dementia (3.6 million) are women; and approximately one-third of dementia caregivers are daughters.

UConn Online Demential Care Graduate Certificate Program6th Leading Cause

Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., and the fifth-leading cause of death for those ages 65 and older.