Chinese Medicine Qualifications

In 2022, we will be introducing three new Chinese medicine qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture Therapies) – BHSc(AcuTh)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) – BHSc(CM)
  • Diploma of Health Science (Chinese Remedial Massage) – DipHSc(CRM)

The College has developed these courses to improve our students' learning experience and support a greater range of career and employment opportunities for our graduates. These new courses cater to the evolving needs of the Chinese medicine profession which has developed significantly since the creation of the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA). We have listened carefully to feedback from current and past students to develop these new offerings and have sought input from various professional groups and subject matter experts. We are confident that these new offerings not only match other Higher Education providers but provide a leading edge offering for the Chinese medicine industry.

Find out more about each of these courses below or contact us for more information.

Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture Therapies)

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that stimulates specific points on the body to regulate the flow of Qi (vital energy) to restore health and balance the functions of the body, mind and spirit. Acupuncture therapies combines Chinese medicine theory (philosophy and principles) with Chinese manual therapy practices including acupuncture, moxibustion, medical Qi Gong, and Chinese remedial massage (tui na), supported by Chinese dietary therapy and prepared Chinese herbs.

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture Therapies) is a 3-year degree qualification that specifically focuses on the practice of acupuncture, and will supersede our existing Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) qualification. As this is an entirely new degree qualification, the College will go through the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia’s two-year registration process to obtain accreditation. This process is a CMBA requirement for all new Higher Education courses.

Career Opportunities

Acupuncturists may practice independently as a sole trader, or provide treatment in a multidisciplinary setting. Acupuncturists often work alongside other allied health practitioners such as medical doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and naturopaths. Practitioners may choose to focus on particular areas of interest such as women’s health, sports medicine, men’s health, chronic disease or other areas. Graduates are eligible to articulate into the Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) with up to 92 credit points of advanced standing, as well as master degree programs in a variety of related areas.

Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)

What is Chinese medicine?

Chinese medicine is a whole medical system that seeks to balance the functions of the body, mind and spirit and restore health. It combines theory (philosophies and principles) and practices including acupuncture, moxibustion, medical Qi Gong, Chinese remedial massage (tui na), Chinese herbal prescribing and dispensing, and Chinese dietary therapy.

Course offerings

The Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) is a 4-year degree qualification that includes the practices of acupuncture, Chinese herbalism and Chinese herbal dispensing. It extends students’ knowledge into individualised herbal prescribing and formula modifications using a range of dispensing methods, as well as the manufacturing, dispensing and research into herbal therapies role in contemporary Chinese medicine practice.

As this is an entirely new degree qualification, a process of approximately two years is required to obtain accreditation with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA). Students can enter this course from 2022.

Career Opportunities

Chinese medicine practitioners may practice independently as a sole trader, or provide treatment in a multidisciplinary setting. They often work alongside other allied health practitioners such as medical doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and naturopaths. Practitioners may choose to focus on particular areas of interest such as women’s health, sports medicine, men’s health, chronic disease or other areas. Graduates may be eligible for master degree programs in a variety of related areas.

Diploma of Health Science (Chinese Remedial Massage)

What is Chinese remedial massage?

Chinese remedial massage utilises a range of manual therapy techniques developed within Chinese medicine to assess and support conditions commonly experienced within the community. Techniques including tui na (Chinese remedial massage), acupressure, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, topical herbal applications and medical Qi Gong are utilised to holistically support clients across the lifespan with special emphasis on clinical and musculoskeletal conditions.

The Diploma of Health Science (Chinese Remedial Massage) provides students an option to specialise in the application of tui na and auxiliary therapies for both musculoskeletal conditions and in the management and support of a wide variety of internal medicine conditions and across the stages of the life cycle.

Career Opportunities

Chinese remedial massage practitioners may practice independently as a sole trader, or provide treatment in a multidisciplinary setting. Practitioners often work alongside other allied health practitioners such as acupuncturists, Chinese herbalists, medical doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and naturopaths. They may choose to focus on particular areas of interest such as sports medicine, musculoskeletal health, massage or retreat centres, health maintenance, or holistic care. Graduates are eligible to articulate into the Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture Therapies) or Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) with up to 34 credit points of advanced standing. Graduates may also articulate into other health qualifications in a variety of related areas.

"We are excited to announce our next major investment into the profession and our students’ career opportunities with these three new qualifications." Greg Cope, Head of Department – Chinese Medicine

Online learning

We offer the flexibility to study some of your subjects online. With the support of an online tutor and a robust Learning Management System that can be accessed at any time of the day, you can fit study around your work and personal commitments.

Online study offers:

  • Flexibility of study in both time and location
  • All course material is available online
  • Dedicated online tutor
  • Ability to book one-on-one consultations

Check out the course brochures above to see which subjects are available online.