Bachelor Of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)

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This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual intending to pursue a career in sport development and coaching. Once you have become qualified you could find yourself working as a sport development officer for a national sporting body, a competition manager or a talent identification manager. You could be working in a variety of environments which could include sport facilities and schools or you may choose to continue your studies and gain a higher qualification.

Chinese Medicine is a system of primary health care that works holistically to maintain or restore balance, harmony and order in our bodies. Chinese Medicine philosophy is based on the Yin/Yang principle of balancing and harmonising conditions within the body. The origins of Chinese Medicine go back thousands of years, and work with the philosophy that balanced and free-flowing Qi (energy) results in health, while stagnant or imbalanced Qi leads to disease. Chinese Medicine is truly holistic in its approach and believes that the body, mind, spirit and emotions are all interlinked. It recommends that we as humans follow the universal laws of nature to achieve total harmony and health.

This four-year Chinese Medicine degree covers both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and is approved by the National Australian accreditation body TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency). With this degree you will gain knowledge about the balance of Yin and Yang and how the disharmony of Qi can result in poor health.

Our Bachelor of Health Science – Chinese Medicine degree is:

  • The highest level of undergraduate Chinese medicine training available in Australia (AQF level 7)
  • Recognised nationally

This course meets the professional standards of the following industry associations:

  • ANTA (Australian Natural Therapists Association)

Students may also be eligible to join:

  • AACMA (The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association)
  • FCMA (Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Societies of Australia)

Perspective Chinese medicine students please note:

Chinese medicine is now a nationally regulated profession. Any practitioner who wishes to advertise and practice as a Chines e medicine practitioner must be registered with the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Australia (CMBA). Registration is managed through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The primary purpose of registration is to protect the interests of the public.

Registration also protects the use of titles, for example, it is illegal to use any of the following titles unless they are used by a registered Chinese medicine practitioner:

  • Acupuncturist
  • Chinese Medicine practitioner
  • Chinese herbal medicine practitioner
  • Chinese herbal dispenser
  • Oriental medicine practitioner

The Southern School of Natural Therapies is held under Regulatory National Law to collect and provide student data to the AHPRA regarding all Chinese medicine students. This data is held and used for registration purposes by AHPRA, and is treated as strictly confidential. SSNT must also provide information to AHPRA to report any student with an impairment that may place the public at substantial risk of harm. Information pertaining to student registration can be found on AHPRA’s website at:

Students are eligible for registration after graduating from an approved course of study. The Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) has been granted accreditation by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) until the 12th April 2020. SSNT is currently awaiting accreditation for registration from the CMBA for the current course.

Information regarding approved courses can be found on the CMBA website at:

What you will learn

  • Biological and social sciences
  • Research
  • Chinese medicine and clinical studies

Students will also acquire practical skills to treat acute and chronic illnesses through:

  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Acupuncture and ancillary techniques (moxibustion, cupping etc.) and
  • Dietary, exercise and lifestyle recommendations.

Students will gain hands on experience under the guidance of experienced practitioners in a clinical setting treating public patients. This prepares graduates to confidently and successfully commence practice in the community.

A day in the life

Day-to-day a Chinese medicine practitioner experiences:

  • working with a variety of patients and conditions
  • taking detailed case histories
  • creating tailored patient treatment goals
  • identifying dysfunctions of organs
  • treatment: acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion and cupping
  • creation of dietary and lifestyle plans
  • conducting further research on a patient’s condition and treatment

Career prospects

Chinese medicine degree creates many career paths:

  • Private practice
  • Medical or multi-discipline clinics
  • Research and further study
  • Community health
  • Humanitarian work
  • Writing for health journals, textbooks and media

Assessment Methods

Each subject you complete includes 3 assessments on average. Assessments are mapped to specific subject learning outcomes and may include quizzes, written assignments, presentations, reflective journal, case analysis, literature review, practical exams and written exams.