Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine)
The aim of the Bachelor of Health Science (Complementary Medicine) is to provide complementary medicine practitioners with an advanced level of knowledge, understanding and skills in the health sciences.
Wagga Wagga Campus
Normal course duration
Part-time 4.5 years (9 sessions)
The minimum entry requirement for the course is completion of a 1 year (30 weeks) full-time Diploma or Advanced Diploma with at least 200 hours of clinical practice.
Students entering the course will be required to possess an approved and government accredited qualification at the Diploma level (or higher) in Complementary Medicine in the following therapeutic modalities: naturopathy, nutritional science, homoeopathy, kinesiology, herbal medicine, aromatherapy/aromatic medicine, oriental therapies, acupuncture and remedial massage. Qualifications in sports and fitness training do not meet the entry requirement as they are not complementary medicine modalities.
Upon admission, all students are awarded a credit package of 48 points based on completion of a recognised Diploma or Advanced Diploma in a complementary medicine modality.
- Diploma of Aromatherapy (HLT5147)
- Diploma of Kinesiology (HLT5157)
- Diploma of Reflexology (HLT5177)
- Diploma of Remedial Massage (HLT5037)
- Diploma of Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies (HLT5027)
- Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine Remedial Massage (An Mo Tui Na) (HLT5017)
Students who have completed one of the following Australian National Health Training Advanced Diplomas will receive credit for BMS191 Human Bioscience 1, BMS192 Human Bioscience 2, NUT201 Food & Health, BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1, BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2 and 1 x 8 point unspecified elective.
- Advanced Diploma of Aromatic Medicine (HLT60 7)
- Advanced Diploma of Ayuveda (HLT 60707)
- Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy (HLT60 7)
- Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine (HLT6107)
- Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine (HLT 60107)
Students may be eligible for an additional 32 points based on the content of the specific program they completed. This credit will be determined based on evaluation of course documents and be listed as a standard credit package for that college/course. Students having completed other Diplomas or Advanced Diplomas will be assessed on a case by case.
To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 192 points, comprising the credit package (48 points) and 144 points completed during enrolment in the course.
*The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the course structure and enrolment pattern for the course.
While there is no formal accreditation for this course the Complementary Medicine Association and the Australian Traditional Medicine Society offer full support.
The course consists of the following components:
- 48 points credit for prior study granted on admission to the course
- 9 core subjects
- 8 restricted electives
Core subjects – 80 points
BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
BMS291 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 1
BMS292 Pathophysiology & Pharmacology 2
BMS343 Evidence Based Complementary Medicine (16 points)
IKC100 Indigenous Health
LAW304 Legal and Ethical Issues in Complementary Medicine
NUT201 Food & Health
SOC108 Sociology of Health and Health Care
Restricted electives – students complete 8 electives/64 points
BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
BMS208 Human Nutrition
BMS233 Nutritional Physiology
BMS243 Nutrition, Metabolism and Human Disease
BMS255 Neuroscience for Health Practice
BMS256 Exercise Science for Health Practice
BMS323 Infectious Microbiology and Immunology
BMS342 Medicinal and indigenous foods
BMS406 Human Reproductive Biology
GER102 Gerontology Theory and Research
GER204 Aging and Professional Practice
GER401 Choices and Options in Later Life
HIP302 Understanding Healthy Communities
LES101 Introduction to Leisure and Health
LES102 Leisure Programming with Diverse Populations
LES202 Community Leisure and Health Issues
LES302 Leisure and Social Relations
NRS235 Pain Management
NRS325 Child Health Care and Promotion
NUT220 Food Intake Analysis and Meal Planning
NUT301 Community and Public Health
POD307 Medicine 1 (Rheumatology and Musculoskel Pathology)
POD315 Medicine 3 (Mental Health, Neurol & Vascular Medicine)
PSY214 Health Psychology
RSC301 Asthma Management
SCI301 International Practical Experience
It is not possible to specify an enrolment pattern due to combination of 2 course intakes each year, subjects with multiple sessions of offering and the number of credit packages. Students would normal complete 100 level subjects during their first year of enrolment, following by 200 and then 300 or 400 level subjects. It is student’s responsibility to select subjects based on this advice, subject availability, prerequisites and co-requisites.