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Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)

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What is a Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)?

A Chinese Medicine course provides the understanding and practical skills needed to treat acute and chronic illnesses using Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and other techniques. The course is designed to meet all three divisions of Chinese Medicine practitioner registration including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Chinese herbal dispensing.
Throughout this four-year degree, you’ll develop your knowledge and practical skills in treating acute and chronic illnesses through Chinese medicine techniques and herbal remedies. The course is designed to meet all three divisions of Chinese Medicine practitioner registration, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Chinese herbal dispensing, and is approved by the National Australian accreditation body TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) and AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency).

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Learning outcomes

  • Learn how to safely apply acupuncture, and prescribe and dispense Chinese herbs to treat a variety of diseases.
  • Explore the relationship between the mind, body and spirit.
  • Discover the practical application of ancillary techniques for the clinical practice of acupuncture.
  • Learn to apply techniques such as cupping and moxa therapy.
Study mode
On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Melbourne
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
4 years full time, part-time options available
Start date
12 Sep 2022
20 Feb 2023
19 Jun 2023
Fees

This is an AQF Level 7 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Learn from specialists in their field
Our academics understand where the industry is heading and will guide you on your learning journey.

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The highest level of practical experience
Develop clinical skills, access the latest technology and improve client wellbeing at our student-led clinic.

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Tap into our knowledge
Our heritage with Southern School of Natural Therapies and Australasian College of Natural Therapies ensures you’re learning from decades of experience.
When you study with us, you’ll get hands-on practical experience in world-class clinics making a difference to real patients.
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Career opportunities

This course will prepare you to confidently start practising Chinese Medicine in your community.

Potential career paths

  • Chinese Medicine Practitioner
    Average salary: $41,000 - $208,000
  • Clinic Practice Manager
    Average salary: $85,000 - $110,000
  • Research and Development Officer
    Average salary: $82,000 - $111,000
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Practice is everything. During my studies I was in the dispensary surrounded by herbs and learning about them every day, with others as passionate as me.
Simon Feeney
Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)

Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

Requirements

These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Biological Foundations | BFD105A
  • Understanding Health | HWEL2002
  • Chinese Medicine Foundations | CMF101
  • Human Structure & Physiology 1 | HSP101A
  • Evidence-based Practice | EBP107A
  • Chinese Medicine Diagnosis and Pattern Differentiation | CMD102
  • Human Structure & Physiology 2 | HSP102A
  • Counselling & Communication Skills | CCS103

Requirements

These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Human Systems and Pathophysiology 1 | HSP201A
  • Channel Theory and Point Location 1 | TPL203
  • Channel Theory and Point Location 2 | TPL204
  • Human Systems and Pathophysiology 2 | HSP202A
  • Acupuncture Ancillary Techniques | AAT205
  • Acupuncture Therapeutics and Techniques 1 | ATT206
  • Acupuncture Therapeutics and Techniques 2 | ATT207
  • Chinese Medicine Pharmacology 1 | CMP208

Requirements

These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Clinical Assessment | CLA207
  • Chinese Medicine Pharmacology 2 | CMP301
  • Chinese Medicine Musculoskeletal Traumatology | CMT302
  • Integrated Pharmacology | DIP303
  • Chinese Medicine Formulae | CMF304
  • Advanced Acupuncture Techniques | AAT305
  • Chinese Medicine Internal Medicine 1 | CIM306
  • Chinese Medicine Internal Medicine 2 | CIM307

Requirements

These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Chinese Medicine Herbal Processing and Dispensing | HPD308
  • Chinese Medicine Gynaecology and Obstetrics | CGO309
  • Chinese Medicine Dermatology External Medicine | DEM310
  • Chinese Medicine Classics | CMC311
  • Critical Literature Review | CLR308A
  • Chinese Medicine Mental Health | CMH312
  • Entrepreneurship, Professionalism and Business Skills in Health | EPR307
  • Chinese Medicine Case Conference | CCC313

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Industry experience and partners

You will have the opportunity to apply for an eight-week international internship with our partner hospital in Taiwan. Work placements and Work-Integrated Learning programs provide a valuable resource for you to develop hands-on practical experience to ensure they graduate confident and job-ready.

Work placement hours

645 hours clinical placement and 100 hours of Work-Integrated Learning

Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.

FEE-HELP

Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP

Scholarships

If you are truly passionate about health, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of health scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the health industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent

Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above

OR

Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification

The below is an alternative option.
Work and life experience that demonstrates skills and knowledge gained through paid or unpaid employment, formal learning and/or non-formal learning (presented on a current resume with attached cover letter).

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

Fees

Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

Scholarships

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a international student, check that you meet all the requirements listed below.

Australian Year 12 with ATAR 60 or equivalent; AND

First Aid Certificate, Working with Children and Police Check before commencing clinical subjects; AND

Pass in a science subject at a senior secondary level recommended; AND
Academic IELTS 7.0 (no band less than 6.5) or equivalent
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply for a course?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?
  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

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