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Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)

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Health courses and degrees | Bachelor of Health Science Naturopathy

What is a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)? 

A Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) teaches you to use natural remedies to help the body heal itself. In this naturopathy degree, you learn the foundations of health science, clinical assessment, and herbal and nutritional medicine therapeutics. The course delivers a patient-centred approach incorporating biomedical science, research and traditional knowledge to teach safe and effective prescribing.

As a naturopathic healthcare student, you will gain hands-on experience at our custom-built student-led clinic, The Practice Wellbeing Centre, consulting with members of the public under the guidance of experienced naturopaths. This will prepare you to confidently start practising in the community. Please note that some coursework must be completed face to face to meet industry requirements.

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Learning outcomes

  • Work within a collaborative health environment to achieve best client/patient care.
  • Explore an array of traditional healing methods from across human history.
  • Consider the role of naturopathy within a community context.
  • Consult with the public under the guidance of experienced naturopaths.

ATMS accredited

This course is accredited by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

NHAA accredited

This course is accredited by the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia.

ANTA recognised credentials

On graduation, you are eligible to register with the Australian Natural Therapists Association.

WNF peak body membership

We are a proud member of the World Naturopathic Federation (WNF), the global peak body for naturopaths.

CMA recognised qualification

Upon completion, you’re eligible to attain membership with the Complementary Medicine Association (CMA).

Study mode
On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
Full-time: 4 year Part-time: approximately 8 years
Start date
20 Feb 2023
05 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.
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Career opportunities

This course will prepare you to confidently start practising naturopathy in your community. You’ll have the opportunity to start your career in a health clinic with naturopathic specialisation, promote your naturopathic knowledge as a health writer, join the growing complementary medicine industry in an exciting corporate role, or research naturopathy practices.

Potential career paths

  • Naturopath
    Average salary: $54,000 - $110,000
  • Health Writer
    Average salary: $72,000 - $124,000
  • Research and Development Officer
    Average salary: $82,000 - $111,000
  • Health Educator
    Average salary: $99,000 - $119,000
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Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study. Some subjects include compulsory attendance in class, at Torrens approved external practitioner placement and work integrated learning placements at The Practice Wellbeing Centre.

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

Requirements

These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Biological Foundations | BFD105A
  • Complementary Medicine Foundations | CMF105
  • Human Nutrition 1 | NUTR2001A
  • Human Structure & Physiology 1 | HSP101A
  • Botany & Herbal Manufacturing | BHM106
  • Human Nutrition 2 | NUTR2002A
  • Human Structure & Physiology 2 | HSP102A
  • Evidence-based Practice | EBP107A

Requirements

These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Human Systems and Pathophysiology 1 | HSP201A
  • Herbal Materia Medica 1 | HMM204
  • Human Biochemistry | HBC205A
  • Human Systems and Pathophysiology 2 | HSP202A
  • Herbal Materia Medica 2 | HMM205
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Human Metabolism | SCIE2006A
  • Clinical Assessment | CLA207A
  • Pre-Clinical Studies 1 | PCS207A

Requirements

These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Herbal Pharmacology | HBP206
  • Herbal Therapeutics 1 | HBT208
  • Nutritional Therapeutics 1 | NUT208A
  • Herbal Therapeutics 2 | HBT302
  • Pre-Clinical Studies 2 | PCS209A
  • Lifespan Nutrition | NUTR2005A
  • Integrated Pharmacology | DIP303A
  • Nutritional Therapeutics 2 | NUT301

Requirements

These five core subjects must be completed. Additionally you're required to select three electives from the electives tab. 

Core subjects

  • Advanced Herbal Therapeutics | AHT303
  • Critical Literature Review | CLR308A
  • Integrative Clinical Studies 1 | ICS401
  • Entrepreneurship, Professionalism and Business Skills in Health | EPR307
  • Integrative Clinical Studies 2 | ICS402

Requirements

Choose three elective subjects below in year four.

Elective subjects

  • Dietary Counselling and Planning | DCP409A
  • Mediation and Conflict Management | SOC201A
  • Foundations of Public Health | PUBH2000
  • Functional Clinical Nutrition | FNM408

  • Iridology | IRD302
  • Homoeopathic Foundations | HPF209
  • Applied Homoeopathy | HFA303
  • Flower Essences | FLE405

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 partners and work placements

Work-Integrated Learning and Clinical Practicum Experience are embedded throughout the course and are incorporated into theory subjects. You will complete most clinic requirements in our custom-built student-led clinic - The Practice Wellbeing Centre. You will gain hands-on experience by consulting with members of the public under the guidance of experienced practitioners.
Work placement hours

During your degree, you'll undertake 460 hours Work-Integrated Learning at The Practice Wellbeing Centre and over 200 hours of compulsory class attendance.

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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.

Australian Year 12 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).

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

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 the requirements listed below.

Australian Year 12 or equivalent
AND Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 5.5) 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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