Bachelor of Health Science - Chinese Medicine

Southern School of Natural Therapies

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. This degree covers all the key areas of Chinese Medicine including acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Students discover the balancing act of Yin and Yang and how the disharmony of energy (Qi or Chi) can result in disease and poor health. Major study areas include: Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, ancillary techniques, cupping, Chinese massage (Tui Na), dietary, exercise and lifestyle advice. Students will also learn about the triggers to poor health such as environment, pathogens, dietary irregularities and stress related emotional problems and see how these influences may lead to ill health.

Course Fee:

Australian: $63,654

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; 1 science related subject is recommended: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Physical Education, Human Development or Psychology; Mature age entrants (21 years of age and over) with a minimum of Year 10 schooling plus demonstrated life/work experience in a selection interview


3 trimesters of 12 weeks (plus exams). Full-time load is 4 subjects per trimester. Subjects include: Anatomy and Physiology; Bioscience; CM Foundations; CM History and Philosophy; Biomedical Study Skills; CM Diagnosis; CM Dietary Therapy and Health Maintenance; Medical Qi Gong; CM Formulas; Acupuncture and Clinic Practicum.

Subjects you can Study:

Acupuncture; Chinese herbal medicine; Biological sciences; Chinese medicine; Research methods; Social sciences

Study Pathways:

Students who have completed appropriate prior tertiary study will be considered for credit exemptions.


AHPRA (The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency); AACMA (Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association); FCMA (Federation of Chinese Medicine Associations); ANTA (Australian Natural Therapists Association)

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00246M

Related Careers:

Chinese Medicine Practitioner,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Fitzroy No info Yes Full time 4 years
Fitzroy No info Yes Part time 8 years

 SSNT aims to produce highly trained primary contact healthcare practitioners who have a sophisticated understanding of clinical research methodology, using both scientific methods and new research models.

SSNT is particularly concerned with training practitioners who are dedicated to helping people take responsibility for their own health and promoting a balanced lifestyle in their health advice. Disease prevention and health promotion are emphasised within this holistic approach to health and the environment. Visit our  website  for more information.


SSNT is the longest-established education institution of its in Australia with over 50 years of academic excellence. Pioneered by Alfred Jacka in 1961, as the Victorian Branch of the Australian National Association of Naturopaths, Osteopaths and Chiropractors, SSNT gained its current name in 1981 with the association now known as the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA).

An international leader in education

SSNT is part of the Laureate International Universities (LIU).

LIU is a leading international network of quality, innovative institutions of higher education. The LIU network of more than 80 accredited institutions offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than one million students in 28 countries around the world. Many Laureate institutions are ranked among the top providers of higher education in their respective regions and fields, and have received international recognition for their academic quality.


The SSNT campus is located in the vibrant Melbourne neighbourhood of Fitzroy, with an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafés, boutiques and nightlife close at hand for students to experience.

SSNT is close to the Melbourne CBD with students able to choose from the multitude of accommodation options in the surrounding areas.

Campus facilities and teaching clinic

SSNT has a wide range of services available, including a student rooftop area, off-site herb garden and on-campus Wellbeing Centre.  See images of our campus  .

During your studies, the Wellbeing Centre forms an integral part of your learning. You will join a team of students and receive support from skilled supervisors, from initial observation in your first years to your final trimesters of study where you treat patients as a student practitioner.

This hands-on, practical experience forms a key part of your learning, ensuring you have the experience and confidence to enter your chosen field upon graduation. More on our services and facilities can be found  here  .


SSNT offers a variety of courses, including: Chinese medicine, clinical myotherapy, naturopathy, nutritional medicine, health science and massage. We also recognise that everybody learns differently, which is why we offer  flexible study options  to reflect this.


Our lecturers are many of the country’s leading natural health practitioners who, with their expertise and experience, deliver the highest standard of education

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