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Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)

CRICOS 099641D
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What is a Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)?

The Bachelor of Health Science in Western Herbal Medicine offers specialised knowledge and application of Western Herbal Medicine, as well as a foundational understanding of nutrition. Learn to formulate herbal prescriptions using medicinal plants from around the world and how to consult with clients.

During your studies, you will learn about biomedical health science including pathophysiology, clinical assessment and pharmacology. You will learn the profile of over 150 herbal medicines from around the world, herbal pharmacognosy, synergy, quality and sustainability issues affecting prescribing decisions. Student practitioners learn to provide basic diet and lifestyle advice to optimise health outcomes. Work-Integrated Learning and Clinical Practicum require compulsory on campus attendance and are embedded throughout the course. You will gain hands-on experience at The Practice Wellbeing Centre, consulting with members of the public, under the guidance of experienced Western herbal medicine practitioners. Your study as a Western Herbal Medicine practitioner prepares you for a career in private practice and your skills are transferrable to community health settings and technical roles in the growing complementary medicine industry.

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Learning outcomes and Work-Integrated Learning

  • Explore herbal history, philosophy and principles of practice.
  • Discover the role of research and evidence in determining the most effective treatments.
  • Learn the innate properties of herbs and herbal pharmacology.
  • Work with the different forms of herbal medicines, such as liquid extracts, infusions and external preparations like ointments and lotions.
  • This course has a requirement of 460 hours of work-integrated learning.
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ANTA recognised credentials

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

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ATMS accredited

This course is accredited by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

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CMA membership

On graduation, you are eligible to attain Associate Membership with the Complementary Medicine Association.

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NHAA accredited

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

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ARONAH registered

Upon completion, you’re eligible to join The Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists.

Study mode
On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
3 years full time, approximately 6 years part time
Start date
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
17 Feb 2025
02 Jun 2025
15 Sep 2025
Fees & scholarships

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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Access specialised courses
Torrens University is the only one in Australia that offers a bachelor’s degree in Western Herbal Medicine, which gives you an edge in the natural therapy field.

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The highest level of practical experience
Develop your skills and access the latest technology at our student-led clinic with real clients. Graduate with confidence and experience.

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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 Western herbal medicine in your community, with employment opportunities in a range of healthcare settings that require Western herbal medicine specialisation. Join a healthcare practice or start your own, develop cutting-edge Western Herbal Medicine products, or work in a corporate role within the growing complementary medicine health care sector.

Potential career paths

  • Western Herbal Practitioner
    Average salary: $71,000 - $123,000
  • Product Developer
    Average salary: $97,504 - $182,500
  • Health Educator
    Average salary: $99,460 - $122,572
Madison Dohnt - Bachelor of Health Science Naturopathy student testimonial
I know exactly where I want to go and Torrens University has been amazing in doing whatever it takes to get me to my desired career outcomes. The first thing that drew me to studying at Torrens University was how accommodating they were with helping me to gain subject credits from my science degree.
Madison Dohnt
Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)

Subjects and units

Delivered both on campus and online, this course comprises 10 core, 12 specialisations and 2 electives, each subject requiring 10 hours of study per week; three hours facilitated and seven self-directed. Assessments are through activity based tasks or quizzes, with no exams

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Electives

Requirements

These eight core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Biological Foundations | BFD105A
  • Complementary Medicine Foundations | CMF105A
  • 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 | HMM204A
  • Human Biochemistry | HBC205A
  • Human Systems and Pathophysiology 2 | HSP202A
  • Pre-Clinical Studies 1 | PCS207A
  • Herbal Materia Medica 2 | HMM205
  • Herbal Pharmacology | HBP206
  • Herbal Therapeutics 1 | HBT208

Requirements

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

Core subjects

  • Clinical Assessment | CLA207A
  • Pre-Clinical Studies 2 | PCS209A
  • Integrated Pharmacology | DIP303A
  • Herbal Therapeutics 2 | HBT302
  • Entrepreneurship, Professionalism and Business Skills in Health | EPR307
  • Advanced Herbal Therapeutics | AHT303

Requirements

Choose two elective subjects from the below in year three.

Elective subjects

  • Mediation and Conflict Management | SOC201A
  • Food as Medicine | FAM203
  • Iridology | IRD302
  • Flower Essences | FLE405
  • Critical Literature Review | CLR308A

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. 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.

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

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Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.

Postgraduate

  • Graduate Certificate courses ( 2 options )
    • Graduate Certificate of Counselling

      Domestic students only

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      Complete just four subjects to expand your knowledge in a specific area, or take the first step towards your Masters.

    • Graduate Certificate of Public Health

      CRICOS 097405K

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      Complete just four subjects to expand your knowledge in a specific area, or take the first step towards your Masters.

  • Graduate Diploma courses ( 2 options )
    • Graduate Diploma of Counselling

      Domestic students only

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      Complete four more subjects to expand or deepen your knowledge in a specific area.

    • Graduate Diploma of Public Health

      CRICOS 097406J

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      Complete four more subjects to expand or deepen your knowledge in a specific area.

  • Master courses ( 2 options )
    • Master of Counselling

      Domestic students only

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

    • Master of Public Health

      CRICOS 097404M

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      Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

Industry partners and Work‑Integrated Learning

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-Integrated Learning Hours

This course has a requirement of 460 hours of work-integrated learning.

Work-Integrated Learning and clinical practice hours require 100% attendance. On campus clinical subjects require compulsory weekly attendance with online study mode offering intensive workshop attendance. Student practitioner clinic placement hours are conducted on a weekly basis during the 12 week trimester. Clinical placement is attended over several trimesters as this allows students to build practice competence. Students are advised to review the attendance requirements as described in the detailed subject and units descriptions.

You can source Work-Integrated Learning opportunities, including placements, through our Careers Connect database, all vetted for quality and relevance by Torrens University’s Learning Facilitators.

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NHAA - professional association representing herbalists
CMA - Complementary Medicine Association
ARONAH - Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists

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

OR

Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above

OR

Successful completion of at least 0.5 EFTSL at AQF level 5, 0.25 EFTSL at AQF level 6 or above, or equivalent

The below is an alternative option.
Successful completion of Year 10 or equivalent, and a minimum three years of full time relevant work 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 or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. 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.

Successful completion of at least 0.5 EFTSL at AQF level 5, 0.25 EFTSL at AQF level 6 or above, or equivalent

OR

Australian secondary school certificate, or equivalent Senior Secondary qualification, or Baccalaureate Diploma

Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 5.5) or equivalent
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Alternative entry may include assessment and approval of prior study, or successful completion of a readiness assessment. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • 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?
  • 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?

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