Naturopathy aims to restore vitality through supporting and stimulating the body’s own healing mechanisms. Naturopathy today occupies an important and prominent role in the contemporary health-care system with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Health, from a naturopathic perspective, involves the capacity to maintain optimal order and function of the body (homeostasis) and is an outcome of a healthy mind, body, spirit and environment. A modern scientific approach is applied with the ‘power of nature’ to recognise the ability of the body to overcome disease. A SSNT trained Naturopath can clinically assess, diagnose and treat patients through the use of herbal medicine, homoeopathy, nutritional and lifestyle advice.

This four-year degree is approved by the National Australian accreditation body TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) and is the highest level of naturopathic training available in Australia and provides a holistic clinical environment, where you will be trained how to stimulate the body’s natural recuperative powers and maintain health and wellbeing.

Course Overview

Qualification Title BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCE (NATUROPATHY)
Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time On-campus or Part-time Blended Delivery Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time On-campus or Part-time Blended Delivery
Start Dates February, June, September

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Start Dates February, June, September

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Payment Options – Domestic Australian students

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

FEE-HELP

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Further information within this Course Information Sheet

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Payment Options – International students

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course study requirements Full Time: 4 years

Part Time: 8 years

Full time = 3 x 10 week trimesters (1 year), plus examinations in week 12

Part time = 6 x 10 week  trimesters (over two years)

No. of timetabled hours per week:

Full time = 4 x 3hr classes per week. Plus self-study less than  40hrs total per week.

Part time = 2 x 3hr classes per week. Plus self-study less than 20hrs total per week.

Assessment Each subject you complete includes 3 assessments on average. Assessments are mapped to specific subject learning outcomes and may include quizzes, written assignments, presentation, reflective journal, case analysis, literature review, practical exams and written exams.
Location Fitzroy Campus Melbourne, Pyrmont campus Sydney or Fortitude Valley campus Brisbane. Delivered by Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT)
Provider Think: Colleges Pty Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian university by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course code 084576J
Provider obligations Think: Colleges Pty Ltd is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA)
Course Fees        For details, refer to the website Any other fees For details, refer to the website
Admission Criteria
Applicants with higher education study ·       A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study ·       A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

Applicants with work and life experience Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

·        broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)

Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 60
English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

International Students

Equivalent IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5

Other admission options

(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)

Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

* Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions

* Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)

* Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2. For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see http://www.ssnt.edu.au/courses/course-credit

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ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in [T1 2018]

 

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds)

ATAR (OP in QLD)
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
Highest rank to receive an offer N/P
Median rank to receive an offer N/P
Lowest rank to receive an offer N/P

Notes:  * L/N – indicates low numbers if less than 5 ATAR-based offers made

# N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR-based offers made

Student profile:

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia

Applicant background Semester one / Full year intake [T1 2018]
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
21 32%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 34 52%
(C) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of
adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

10 15%
·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
0 N/P
·        Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
0 N/P
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
0 N/P
International students <5 N/P
All students 65 100.0%

Notes:       “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

Course Structure:  Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)

Year 1 Study period  1 BHS101A BHS103A CAM105A CAM101A
Anatomy & Physiology 1 Counselling & Communication Skills Herbal Medicine Manufacturing History & Philosophy of Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Study period  2 BHS104A BHS102A CAM102A CAM103A
Anatomy & Physiology 2 Bioscience Botany Nutritional Foundations 1
Study period 3 BHS106A BHS105A BHS107A CAM203A
Anatomy & Physiology 3 Biochemistry 1 Research & Evidence-Based Practice Nutritional Foundations 2
Year 2 Study period 4 BHS201A

General Pathology

BHS202A

Biochemistry 2

CAM201A

Food as Medicine

CAM202A

WHM Materia Medica 1

Study period 5 BHS203A CAM204A CAM205A CAM206A
Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 1 WHM Materia Medica 2 Nutritional Biochemistry Clinical Studies 1
Study period 6 BHS204A CAM207A CAM208A CAM209A
Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 2 WHM Pharmacology Lifespan Nutrition Homoeopathy 1
Year 3 Study period 7 BHS301A CAM301A CAM302A CAM303A
Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 3 Health Promotion Iridology Homoeopathy 2
Study period 8 CAM306A CAM307A CAM308A CAM305A
Nutritional Therapeutics 1 Health Assessment & Diagnostic Techniques Herbal Medicine Therapeutics 1 Clinical Studies 2
Study period 9 BHS302A CAM312A CAM315A CAM311A
Drug & Integrated Pharmacology Nutritional Therapeutics 2 Herbal Medicine Therapeutics 2 Clinical Studies 3
Year 4 Study period 10 BHS401A CAM401A CAM402A CAM406A
Professional Practice Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1 Advanced Herbal Medicine Flower Essence Therapy
Study period 11 CAM405A CAM403A CAM404A Elective
Integrative Complementary Medicine 1 Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 2 Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 3
Study period 12 CAM407A CAM408A CAM409A Elective
Integrative Complementary Medicine 2 Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1 Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 2

Course Rules

Each subject is worth 10 credit points, totaling 120 credit points per year of study. Each subject includes 4 hours of teaching (e.g. classroom hours, tutorials, group work, online activities) and approximately 6 hours of self-directed study per week, totaling 10 hours of study per week for each enrolled subject.

In order for a student to graduate from this course they must satisfactorily complete 48 subjects (480 credit points). A normal full-time load will see a student undertaking 120 credit points or 12 subjects per year for 4 years.  A year consists of three trimesters.   Part-time student may typically take 8 years to complete the 480 credit points.

Subjects

Please note these subject descriptions are subject to change.

Subject details Recommended Study Pattern
Level 100 core
Subject title, descriptor Full-time Part-time
CAM101A History & Philosophy of Complementary & Alternative Medicine

This subject explores the historical and philosophical paradigm of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that underpins clinical practice and examines a range of different modalities currently practised in Australia. This subject aims to provide the clinical practitioner with a sound knowledge and understanding of the history, philosophy and science of CAM with particular emphasis on naturopathy, nutritional medicine and western herbal medicine. During the trimester students will have the opportunity to observe complementary and alternative medicine practice within the college clinic to further their understanding of how natural medicine history and philosophy under-pins current clinical practice.

Trimester 1 Trimester X
CAM105A Herbal Medicine Manufacturing

Biochemistry 1 (BHS105A) is a core subject that builds upon the basic chemistry principles covered in Bioscience (BHS102A).  It comprises an introduction to the basic biochemical compounds in the body. This subject includes the structure and function of carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids and nucleic acid, DNA and RNA.  The concept of gene expression and regulation is discussed in addition to cellular membrane structure and transport through the membrane.

This subject provides a vital foundation for the complementary healthcare practitioner in the basic macromolecules essential for life.  This knowledge will be built upon and expanded on in Biochemistry 2 (BHS202A) and further therapeutic subjects.    In the Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine), this is also built upon in Nutritional Biochemistry (CAM205A).

Trimester 1 Trimester X
BHS101A Anatomy & Physiology 1

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BHS101A) introduces the basic concepts and terminologies required to study and understand the structure and function of the human body. The interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis is covered in detail. In addition, this subject covers the structure and function of cells and epithelial tissue, the internal structural anatomy of the human body and the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems.

This subject is vital in the education of all complementary health practitioners, as it enables them to understand the structure and function of the human body as well as the importance of homeostasis and the ways in which the body maintains this balance.

Trimester 1 Trimester X
BHS103A Counselling & Communication Skills

Counselling & Communication Skills (BHS103A) encompasses counselling skills commonly needed by complementary and alternative healthcare practitioners. This subject comprises a practical approach to a variety of communication skills and strategies including promoting change, compliance, obstacles to change, transition and self-care.  Sessions facilitate the development of effective listening and responding skills, increased personal awareness and insight in order to assist the building of a therapeutic relationship.

This subject is vital in the education of all complementary healthcare practitioners, as it enables them to understand and put into use communication skills essential for building a therapeutic relationship in practice and supporting clients through change.

Trimester 1 Trimester X
CAM102A Botany

This subject builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Herbal Medicine Manufacturing CAM105A Botany introduces students to the study of plant biology. Plant nomenclature, classification and identification are discussed with special regard to relevance for the study of Western herbal medicine. Students may participate in field trips and walks to enhance their learning.

Trimester 2 Trimester X
CAM103A Nutritional Foundations 1

In this subject, students undertake a detailed and in-depth study of the macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and lipids, and how these relate to human metabolism. Each individual macronutrient is studied in regards to their composition, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake, factors contributing to excess states, and states of insufficiency and deficiency; and signs and symptoms associated with nutrient imbalances .  This subject is a foundational subject across the degrees of Nutritional Medicine, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine as it provides students with fundamental knowledge associated with human metabolism, and begins to build an understanding of the importance of nutrition in relation to human physiology and health.

Trimester 2 Trimester X
BHS102A Bioscience

Bioscience (BHS102A) provides a foundational knowledge for further studies in anatomy and physiology, clinical nutrition, biochemistry and pharmacology. It comprises the study of relevant concepts of general, physical and organic chemistry and includes atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical compound structure, nomenclature, behaviour and bonding as well as organic compounds and their basic properties and reactions.

Bioscience (BHS102A) is a crucial component of the modern healthcare practitioner’s education in order to provide the basic building blocks for structural and therapeutic knowledge.

Trimester 2 Trimester X
BHS104A Anatomy & Physiology 2

Anatomy and Physiology 2 (BHS104A) builds and expands on the information and skills learnt in Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BHS101A). This subject continues to investigate the structure and function of the human body with special attention given to the interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis. The structure and function of the respiratory, cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic and special senses systems are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body.

The study of Anatomy and Physiology 2 (BHS104A) is vital in the education of healthcare practitioners to enable them to understand the structure and function of the human body as well as the importance of homeostasis and the ways in which the body maintains balance.

Trimester 2 Trimester X
BHS105A Biochemistry 1

Biochemistry 1 (BHS105A) is a core subject that builds upon the basic chemistry principles covered in Bioscience (BHS102A).  It comprises an introduction to the basic biochemical compounds in the body. This subject includes the structure and function of carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids and nucleic acid, DNA and RNA.  The concept of gene expression and regulation is discussed in addition to cellular membrane structure and transport through the membrane.

This subject provides a vital foundation for the complementary healthcare practitioner in the basic macromolecules essential for life.  This knowledge will be built upon and expanded on in Biochemistry 2 (BHS202A) and further therapeutic subjects.    In the Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine), this is also built upon in Nutritional Biochemistry (CAM205A).

Trimester 3 Trimester X
BHS106A Anatomy & Physiology 3

Anatomy and Physiology 3 (BHS106A) builds and expands on the study of anatomy and physiological concepts introduced in Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BHS101A) & 2 (BHS104A). This subject continues to investigate the structure and function of the human body with special attention given to the interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis. The structure and function of the digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body.

This subject is vital in the education of healthcare practitioners to enable them to understand the structure and function of the human body as well as the importance of homeostasis and the ways in which the body maintains balance.

Trimester 3 Trimester X
BHS107A Research & Evidence-Based Practice

Research & Evidence Based Practice (BHS107A) provides essential knowledge in research methods and research article evaluation for complementary medicine students. This subject introduces the fundamentals of research practice and methods for the natural therapies including research design, methodology, analysis and basic statistical skills. This subject provides the student with the proficiency to be able to appropriately read, analyse and evaluate current healthcare research.

Trimester 3 Trimester X
CAM203A Nutritional Foundations 2

In this subject, students undertake a detailed and in-depth study of the micronutrients which includes water- and fat-soluble vitamins and minerals and how these relate to human metabolism. This subject provides students with underpinning knowledge in relation to the correlation that exists between micronutrients and human physiology.  Each individual micronutrient is studied in regard to structure, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake and therapeutic doses.  Also included are factors contributing to, and symptoms associated with, states of excess, insufficiency and deficiency.

Trimester 3 Trimester X
Level 200 core
CAM202A WHM Materia Medica 1

This subject builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Botany (CAM102A) and Herbal Medicine Manufacturing (CAM105A). It introduces the student to WHM materia medica and herbal medicine concepts. Introductory herbal medicine theories are explored including discussion of herbal medicine origins, contemporary use of herbal medicine, herbal medicine language and terminology and differences between traditional and scientific evidence based medicine. Students will explore herbal medicine materia medica relating to the digestive, integumentary, immune and respiratory systems, by learning the common name, botanical name, origin, plant family, active constituents, qualities, part used, actions, indications, preparation, dose, cautions, contraindications and interaction of each herb.

Trimester 4 Trimester X
BHS201A General Pathology

General Pathology (BHS201A) introduces the basic pathological processes operating in the body and the ways in which disease may result from injurious stimuli. Basic pathological processes of response to injury, growth abnormalities, degenerative disorders of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, immunology, toxicology and microbiology, and their characteristic diseases are studied.

This subject is vital in the education of all complementary healthcare practitioners as it enables them to understand the nature of various disease states, and correlates these at a cellular and gross anatomical level with clinical signs and symptoms that may be seen in practice.

Trimester 4 Trimester X
BHS202A Biochemistry 2

Biochemistry 2 (BHS202A) is a core subject that builds upon the basic chemistry principles set forth in Bioscience (BHS102A) and the basic biochemical principles set forth in Biochemistry 1 (BHS105A).  This subject explains the processes of macromolecule metabolism and energy production and storage in the body. Included in this subject is the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids, the role of ATP and acetyl CoA in metabolism, oxidative phosphorylation and the electron transport chain and biosignalling and chemical communication.  The discussion of humoral and cellular immune response continues on from what is introduced in Anatomy & Physiology. Biochemistry 2 (BHS202A) provides a vital foundation for the complementary healthcare practitioner in the basic macromolecules essential for life.  This knowledge will be built upon and expanded on in Nutrition and Therapeutics subjects.

Trimester 4 Trimester X
CAM201A Food as Medicine

This subject introduces students to the concept that food can be used as a form of medicine. Historical data and current research in the field of nutritional science has provided evidence that traditional dietary combinations and certain naturally occurring constituents found in food can initiate physiological effects in humans.  This phenomenon has given rise to the term functional foods, and is now part of popular culture.  This subject therefore makes an important contribution to the education of students studying health science building their awareness of the potential therapeutic function of food.

Trimester 4 Trimester X
CAM204A WHM Materia Medica 2

This subject builds on WHM Materia Medica 1 (CAM202A). It explores WHM materia medica relating to the nervous, urinary, circulatory, cardiovascular, endocrine, female and male reproductive systems by learning the common name, botanical name, origin, plant family, active constituents, qualities, part used, actions, indications, preparation, dose, cautions, contraindications and interaction of each herb.

Trimester 5 Trimester X
BHS203A Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 1

Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 1 (BHS203A) builds upon the basic pathological principles established in General Pathology (BHS201A) and comprises the pathophysiology, symptomatology and clinical physical diagnostics for various disease states. This subject includes diseases of the gastrointestinal, neurological and cardiovascular systems. Clinical diagnostic skills for these various body systems are introduced together with laboratory diagnosis and include: examination techniques, commonly used laboratory tests and analysis and interpretation of findings.

Trimester 5 Trimester X
CAM206A Clinical Studies 1

Bachelor of Health Science (majoring in Naturopathy, Western Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Medicine) commence clinical studies with a common three subject series of Clinical Studies 1, 2 and 3 in which students observe clinical practice, develop communication and learn basic counselling skills and professional ethical practice.

Students will complete 25 hours of external observation over the trimester. In these external placements, students familiarise themselves with the day-to-day operation of naturopathic, nutritional, western herbal medicine and other health-care practices.  They will observe practitioners and clients in consultation, undertake a range of administrative tasks and observe dispensaries in action. In addition, students will be guided through the process of reflective practice, learning how to reflectively write and analysis their clinical development.

This subject serves as an introduction into the operation of complementary health clinics from the perspective of the client and the practitioner.  It provides an opportunity for the student to develop an awareness of the application of professional skills in a clinical setting.  These skills are not only to do with the practice of complementary medicine but also generic clinical skills such as interpersonal relations, legal and ethical compliance business acumen and an appreciation of the Australian health care system.

Trimester 5 Trimester X
CAM205A Nutritional Biochemistry

This subject builds on the introductory units of Biochemistry and Nutritional Foundations 1 & 2 (BHS105A, CAM103A & CAM203A) providing students with foundational knowledge of nutritional biochemistry, which is essential for their further studies in nutrition.  Students examine the forms, functions, mechanisms and actions of vitamins and minerals.  Metabolism is examined from a nutritional biochemistry perspective, as oxidation, inflammation, and neurotransmitter synthesis. Students will also be introduced into the growing field of nutrigenomics.

Trimester 5 Trimester X
BHS204A Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 2

Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 2 (BHS204A) is a core subject that builds upon the concepts covered in Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 1 (BHS203A). This subject is comprised of the pathophysiology, symptomatology and clinical physical diagnostics for various disease states of the hematologic, pulmonary, musculoskeletal and integumentary systems.  Clinical diagnostic skills for these various body systems are introduced together with laboratory diagnosis and include examination techniques, commonly used laboratory techniques and interpretation of findings.

Trimester 6 Trimester X
CAM207A WHM Pharmacology

This subject builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in WHM Materia Medica 1 (CAM202A), and 2 (CAM204A). It introduces the student to herbal phytochemistry and pharmacology. Herbal concepts are explored including discussion of chemical complexity, synergy of medicinal plants and factors influencing the quality of herbal medicines. Students will explore the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics related to herbal medicines, and extend their knowledge of safety issues and interactions in relation to medicinal plants.

Trimester 6 Trimester X
CAM208A Lifespan Nutrition

In this subject students will examine the range of nutritional requirements that impact people at particular life stages including pre-conception, pregnancy, during lactation, infant, toddler, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations, as well as the specific issues affecting indigenous communities.  Major non-communicable health conditions including obesity, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease will also be explored.

Trimester 6 Trimester X
CAM209A Homoeopathy 1

This subject introduces the student to the study of homeopathy and covers an introduction to homeopathic philosophy and prescribing as well as the homeopathic laws. Students are introduced to the concept of homeopathic problem definition and resolution, and introduced to case taking and principles of prescribing, case analysis and the use of homeopathic remedies. A range of acute remedies are discussed in relation to simple conditions that commonly present in a naturopathic practice.

Trimester 6 Trimester X
Level 300 core
BHS301A Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 3

Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 3 (BHS301A) is a core subject that builds upon basic concepts covered in Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 2 (BHS204A). This subject comprises the pathophysiology, symptomatology and clinical physical diagnostics for various disease states of gerontology and aging and the endocrine, renal, urological and reproductive systems.  Clinical diagnostic skills for these various body systems are introduced together with laboratory diagnosis and include examination techniques, commonly used laboratory techniques and interpretation of findings.

Trimester 7 Trimester X
CAM302A Iridology

This subject introduces the basic concepts of iridology, types of iris signs and application to the concentric zones of the iris, as well as the study of individual organ signs in the iris. Variations of structure, colour and proportion in the iris are observed, analysed and interpreted in terms of an individual’s health status, and will be used as a diagnostic aid in the formulation of a naturopathic treatment plan.

Trimester 7 Trimester X
CAM303A Homoeopathy 2

This subject refines students’ skills in acute homeopathic case taking and prescribing. The homeopathic laws of cure are reinforced and related to prognosis, recognition of recovery signs, remedy reactions and dosage considerations.  Students analyse the data obtained when receiving a homeopathic case in terms of Hahnemannian homeopathy. Knowledge of the homeopathic materia medica is expanded and the use of homeopathic complexes is examined in relation to the body systems.

Trimester 7 Trimester X
CAM301A Health Promotion

This subject provides students with the knowledge and understanding of health promotion concepts within various settings within Australia.  Students are introduced to the key theories and concepts regarding behavioural change as it relates to health status. This subject provides students with the opportunity to integrate their counselling and nutrition knowledge to devise and assess health promotion interventions.

Trimester 7 Trimester X
CAM305A Clinical Studies 2

This is the second of three Clinical Studies subjects common to Bachelor of Health Science – specialisations of Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine.

This subject provides students with the opportunity to develop their pre-clinical and case history taking skills in a workshop setting.  Students will explore a variety of case taking methods incorporating holistic, complementary and contemporary case taking methods. Students will be actively be engaged in case taking examples including the use of paper based, audio and video cases.

This subject also builds on their understanding of the clinical practice as students will be undertaking 25 hours of clinical observation in the college student clinic over the trimester. Student will become familiarised in all facets of college clinic administration and procedures.

Trimester 8 Trimester X
CAM306A Nutritional Therapeutics 1

Nutritional Therapeutics 1 (CAM306A) is the first of two units in which students begin to integrate their science and nutritional knowledge for the support and treatment of particular health conditions.  Students will examine specific body systems and associated health conditions, and develop treatment approaches in a case based learning environment.  The digestive, neurological, immune, respiratory systems will be examined as will conditions affecting the special senses including the eyes and ears.

Trimester 8 Trimester X
CAM307A Health Assessment & Diagnostic Techniques

In this subject students will use and expand on their knowledge of clinical diagnosis and nutritional assessment.  Students will explore the diverse range of assessment techniques commonly used by complementary and alternative health professionals.  They will be introduced to the functional interpretation of general pathology results and functional pathology.

Trimester 8 Trimester X
CAM308A Herbal Medicine Therapeutics 1

This subject builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in WHM Materia Medica 1 & 2 (CAM202A, CAM204A) and WHM Pharmacology (CAM207A). Students learn how to devise Western herbal therapeutic strategies and formulations for health conditions and theoretical cases. Students will explore herbal medicine therapeutic protocols relating to the digestive, biliary, immune, opthalmological, upper respiratory, lower respiratory, integumentary, musculoskeletal and circulatory systems. Students learn how to formulate herbal dosages and dosage protocols. Collaborative problem and case based workshops will apply this information to theoretical case studies.

Trimester 8 Trimester X
CAM311A Clinical Studies 3

Following on from Clinical Studies 2 (CAM305A) students will now apply their theoretical knowledge of case taking, biomedicine and therapeutics to a conduct detailed case analysis and construction of therapeutic prescriptions.  In this classroom based subject, students will work in small groups to practice and refine client consultation, case analysis and development of treatment methodology skills with ‘real’ clients.

After the introductory phase, students (under the guidance of an experienced practitioner) will participate in a simulated clinic environment, each week an assigned group will have responsibility for conducting the client consultation, there is one primary practitioner and a secondary practitioner. The class group will then have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions from the patient prior to the patient’s departure.

Facilitated by the experienced practitioner, the class will then work collaboratively to develop a detailed analysis using biomedical, holistic, CAM and naturopathic analysis techniques.  Students will proceeds through the process of summarising, prioritising, analysing, filtering, determining a therapeutic strategy, treatment plan and prescription – modality specific.   Upon case completion the leading practitioners receive one on one feedback from the supervisor at the end of the session.

Trimester 9 Trimester X
CAM312A Nutritional Therapeutics 2

Nutritional Therapeutics 2 (CAM312A) builds upon Nutritional Therapeutics 1 (CAM306A) in which students begin to integrate their science and nutritional knowledge for the support and treatment of particular health conditions.  Students will examine specific body systems and associated health conditions, and develop treatment approaches in a case based learning environment.  The endocrine, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal reproductive, genito-urinary and dermatological systems will be examined.

Trimester 9 Trimester X
CAM315A Herbal Medicine Therapeutics 2

This subject builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Herbal Therapeutics 1. Students continue to learn to devise Western herbal therapeutic strategies and formulations for health conditions and theoretical cases. Students will explore herbal medicine therapeutic protocols relating to the nervous system, endocrine system, genitourinary system, male and female reproductive systems and treatment approaches for children and the elderly.

Trimester 9 Trimester X
BHS302A Drug & Integrated Pharmacology

Drug & Integrated Pharmacology (BHS302A) comprises a study of basic principles of pharmacology, the pharmacokinetics of drugs commonly used in medical practice and common interactions between drugs and natural remedies.  Drugs for pain, inflammation, psychological functions, cancer, infection and the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive and endocrine systems are discussed.

Drug actions, uses, contraindications, adverse effects and interactions with natural remedies are discussed, together with implications for naturopathic, nutritional and western herbal medicine prescribing. This subject is crucial for the modern healthcare practitioner to understand common medications that clients may be taking and common interactions between these medications and natural remedies.  This subject also emphasizes the need for clear lines of communication and common language between doctors and complementary healthcare practitioners in order to obtain the best health outcomes for clients.

Trimester 9 Trimester X
Level 400 core
CAM402A Advanced Herbal Medicine

This subject builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Herbal Medicine Therapeutics 1 and 2 (CAM308A & CAM315A). Students continue to learn how to devise Western herbal therapeutic strategies and formulations for health conditions and theoretical cases. Students will explore herbal medicine therapeutic protocols relating to the nervous system, endocrine system, genitourinary system, male and female reproductive systems and treatment approaches for children and the elderly. Collaborative, problem based learning in workshops will apply this information to theoretical case studies.

Trimester 10 Trimester X
BHS401A Professional Practice

Drug & Integrated Pharmacology (BHS302A) comprises a study of basic principles of pharmacology, the pharmacokinetics of drugs commonly used in medical practice and common interactions between drugs and natural remedies.  Drugs for pain, inflammation, psychological functions, cancer, infection and the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive and endocrine systems are discussed.

Drug actions, uses, contraindications, adverse effects and interactions with natural remedies are discussed, together with implications for naturopathic, nutritional and western herbal medicine prescribing. This subject is crucial for the modern healthcare practitioner to understand common medications that clients may be taking and common interactions between these medications and natural remedies.  This subject also emphasizes the need for clear lines of communication and common language between doctors and complementary healthcare practitioners in order to obtain the best health outcomes for clients.

Trimester 10 Trimester X
CAM401A Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1

Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) students commence clinical studies with a common three-subject series of Clinical Studies 1, 2 and 3, in which students observe clinical practice, learn basic counselling,  case taking and analysis skills.  The Naturopathy specialisation incorporates five subsequent clinical units: Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1, 2 and 3, and Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1 and 2.

In Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1, students are required to undertake 50 hours of clinical practicum working in a public student clinic.  This is the first subject in which students undertake a practitioner role in the clinic. In this introductory subject, students are paired with another student practitioner and are introduced to the operations of the clinic. Students will begin to manage patients, records and equipment, and undertake basic patient assessment.  They will also learn how to dispense prescriptions.

In this subject students are required to begin integrating all the theoretical and practical studies undertaken throughout the course. It provides basic clinical skills for students’ future clinical practice.  For each presenting case, clinical practicum students are required to take a detailed history, conduct relevant assessment, critical analyse data the collected, to compose a Naturopathic understanding, construct therapeutic treatment aims, define mechanisms of action of selected modalities and propose a therapeutic prescription. Students are to act professionally and assure patients safety at all times.

Students in clinical practicum 1 are guided through this process with the support and strict supervision of an experienced clinical supervisor. No diagnosis or treatment will be made until the supervisor has determined the appropriateness of diagnosis and treatment proposed.

In addition, further integration and research is undertaken through the use of targeted case study, analysis and presentation as assigned by the clinical supervisor.

Trimester 10 Trimester X
CAM406A Flower Essence Therapy

In this subject students are introduced to Bach and Australian Bush Flower Essences and how to appropriately prescribe these in the context of a naturopathic consultation.

Trimester 10 Trimester X
CAM405A Integrative Complementary Medicine 1

Each week students will review the integrative, holistic, and naturopathic approach to the treatment of specific body systems, and then apply and integrate this knowledge in the analysis of complex clinical cases. In this subject, students will be expected to integrate knowledge from the science subjects including pathology and clinical diagnosis with their, modality specific, therapeutic understanding of naturopathy, nutrition and herbal medicine to provide sound clinical decisions, derive appropriate treatment goals and suggest botanical, nutritional, diet and homoeopathic treatments.

Experienced clinicians will facilitate each case discussion, which will draw on contemporary research and clinical practicalities. This problem based learning subject covers the treatment of the nervous system, and endocrine, reproductive, renal and paediatric cases.

Trimester 11 Trimester X
 CAM403A Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 2

Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 2, students are required to undertake 50 hours of clinical practicum providing students with the opportunity to practice, consolidate and extend the fundamental client management and clinical skills acquired in Clinical Practicum 1.    In Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 2, students may continue to work in pairs under the close supervision and monitoring of an experienced practitioner.

For each presenting case, clinical practicum 2 students are required to take a detailed history, conduct relevant assessment, critical analyse data the collected, to compose a holistic diagnostic understanding, construct therapeutic treatment aims, identify interactions, define mechanisms of action of selected modality specific therapeutics and propose a prescription. Students are expected to act professionally, assure patients safety and demonstrate an awareness of practice limitations at all times.  The therapeutic process remains similar to that of clinical practicum 1, however, the expectation of the students capacity for critical case analysis, therapeutic construction and reflective practice is increasing.

No diagnosis or treatment will be made until the supervisor has determined the appropriateness of diagnosis and treatment proposed.   In addition, further integration and research is undertaken through the use of targeted case study, analysis and presentation subsequent to cases presentation to the clinical supervisor    Students continue to develop their reflective practice keeping logs/journals for each case and clinic session.

Trimester 11 Trimester X
CAM404A Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 3

In Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 3 students continue to practice and consolidate their clinical skills. Up to this subject, students have worked in pairs, however in Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 3 they may begin to work independently. They will continue to be closely monitored and supervised by the supervising practitioner.

In addition, further integration and research is undertaken through the use of targeted case study, analysis and presentation.

Trimester 11 Trimester X
CAM407A Integrative Complementary Medicine 2

Each week students will review the integrative, holistic, and naturopathic approach to the treatment of specific body systems, and then apply and integrate this knowledge in the analysis of complex clinical cases. In this subject, students will be expected to integrate knowledge from science subjects including pathology and clinical diagnosis with their, modality specific, therapeutic understanding of naturopathy, nutrition and herbal medicine, to provide sound clinical decisions, derive appropriate treatment goals and suggest botanical, nutritional, diet and homoeopathic treatments.

Experienced clinicians will facilitate each case discussion, which will draw upon contemporary research and clinical practicalities.  This problem based learning subject covers the treatment of cases involving the musculoskeletal, endocrine, reproductive, and renal systems and paediatric and cancer support cases.

Trimester 12 Trimester X
CAM408A Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1

Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1 and 2 are the two final clinical units, and build on the foundational clinical skills developed in Clinical Studies 1, 2 and 3, and consolidated into Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1, 2 and 3.  In these two final Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Practicum units, students may be expected to work more independently, and continue to develop and refine their clinical skills.

In Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1, they will begin to work with clients with a range of more complex health needs.  They will be expected to ensure their treatment approaches are informed by contemporary research, and to integrate relevant cultural, religious, gender, linguistic and social aspects of their clients into clinical decision making.

Trimester 12 Trimester X
CAM409A Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 2

This is the final clinical subject of the Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) and is the culmination of all of the theoretical and practical studies undertaken to date.

This subject will be delivered via participation in a student clinic in which students will be conducting full client consultation, detailed client assessment and treatment.  This will all be undertaken under the supervision of experienced clinicians. In the advanced Clinical practicum units, students will be expected to work more independently, and to work with clients with a range of more complex health needs.  They will be expected to ensure their treatment approaches are informed by contemporary research.

Whilst there will continue to be ongoing feedback and assessment from the supervising practitioner throughout this unit, students will undergo an objective structured clinic examination (OSCE) at the end of the trimester to assess their level of skill in the above mentioned areas.  Successful passing of the OSCE is essential to pass this final clinical unit.

Trimester 12 Trimester X

Subject details Recommended Study Pattern
Electives
Subject title, descriptor Full-time Part-time
CAM410A Dietary Analysis & Planning

This subject is a core subject for final year students in the Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) and an elective for Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) students.  It will provide the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct thorough nutritional assessment and construct therapeutic dietary interventions in clinically specific disease states.

Trimester 11 or 12 Trimester X
CAM411A Advanced Nutrition Medicine

This final year subject builds on and further integrates the concepts introduced in Nutritional Therapeutics 1 and 2 (CAM306A & CAM312A).  Students will continue to learn how to devise comprehensive nutritional therapeutic strategies with an emphasis on complex health conditions.

Trimester 11 or 12 Trimester X
CAM412A Critical Literature Review

In this subject students write a literature review on a topic of their choice, which must examine a clinical aspect of their speciality. The emphasis is on presenting and critically evaluating current literature by searching for and appraising the literature, and writing a clear and fully referenced literature review. Students will be expected to present a proposal early in the trimester, and a full literature review by the end of the trimester.  The in class experience is practical in nature where the students are provided a collaborative environment to cover the process of writing a literature review, ask questions and receive feedback on their own projects.

Trimester 11 or 12 Trimester X
CAM413A Advanced Iridology

This elective is for those students who wish to further their study in iridology. This subject continues the study of iridology and introduces the student to the identification and interpretation of more complex iris signs including those in relation to the digestive system, the circulatory system, the elimination system and the nervous system.  Students examine and interpret the different constitutions as shown in the iris.

Trimester 11 or 12 Trimester X
CAM414A Homoeopathy Materia Medica and Principles

Students who wish to further their study in homeopathy may take this elective. Further study of the underlying philosophy and principles of homeopathy including the writing of Hahneman and the provings are examined. This subject expands on acute prescribing and introduces deep acting remedies and their use. Case based study of approximately forty remedies is undertaken. Cases are examined in a holistic manner taking into account all facets of the patient’s presentation. The remedies are examined within the different classifications, minerals, animals and plants, with plants further broken down into plant families. Students further their understanding and skills in repertorisation and posology.

Trimester 11 or 12 Trimester X
CAM415A Constitutional Homeopathy

This subject introduces and elaborates on the classical and constitutional approach to homeopathic prescribing. The materia medica is further expanded, particularly with regard to deep acting, constitutional remedies, together with expansion of organ and system approaches. Cases are reviewed for each remedy.

Trimester 11 or 12 Trimester X

Career outcomes

An SSNT Naturopathy degree creates many career paths:

  • Private practice
  • Complementary and multi-modality clinics
  • Community programs
  • Health retreats and day spas
  • Education
  • Consultancy
  • Research
  • Health promotion
  • Product development
  • Corporate health consultancy
  • Writing for health journals, textbooks and media

What you will learn:

Biological and social sciences, research, naturopathic and clinical studies, alongside study in nutritional medicine, western herbal medicine, iridology, flower essences and homeopathy. Students will gain hands on experience at the Wellbeing Clinic under the guidance of experienced naturopaths in a clinical setting treating public patients. This prepares graduates to confidently and successfully commence practice in the community.

SSNT has a student clinic, The Wellbeing Clinic, on campus, where students can observe and treat patients in a clinical setting under the supervision of expert practitioners.    Students commence clinical studies with a common three-subject series of Clinical Studies 1, 2 and 3, in which students observe clinical practice, learn basic counselling,  case taking and analysis skills.  The Naturopathy specialisation incorporates five subsequent clinical units: Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1, 2 and 3, and Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1 and 2.

Assessment:

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.

Your study, your way: degrees at SSNT:

At SSNT we offer a range of flexible options to suit you. Every SSNT subject has a range of resources available online to support your learning and allow you access to study when it best suits you. We call this a blended approach – blending self-directed study with directed quizzes and activities (online) and face-to-face teaching in one of our purpose-built teaching spaces.

Some subjects are available fully online, while other subjects must be taken on-campus, in one of our specialist facilities. Other subjects are offered in both modes, and you can choose which one suits you.

Most of the subjects are designed around the principles of the “flipped classroom”: you learn through doing, not just through listening. The flipped classroom model provides you with the opportunity to study and absorb lecture material at your own pace before class. This might involve reading articles or texts, watching presentations or listening to podcasts.

Rather than sitting in rows and listening to a lecturer up the front for an hour or more, you’ll come to class prepared having read through or listened to the subject material. Guided by an expert in the field, you will then then find a much more interactive and collaborative environment in which to consolidate and apply the things you’ve learned.

If you choose to study some subjects online as an online student, you will be part of an active online class, with discussions, forums and activities. You will receive comprehensive learning materials (in electronic form) clearly laid out in a week by week format to make sure you cover each topic in turn. You will have access to dedicated online teachers to answers any questions you may have regarding your subjects and you’ll see them and hear them in interactive presentations online.

Students enrol at SSNT because they want to become expert practitioners and The Wellbeing Clinic at Fitzroy campus provides the perfect hands on teaching environment to hone your craft. The Clinic is a real-life, multi-modality clinic serving the needs of the surrounding communities.  You’ll treat real patients, and work with a professional clinic team, gaining experience in all aspects of working in, and running your own clinical practice, engaging with real clients in a safe and supervised environment. In the year or more you’ll spend in clinic you’ll undergo a transformation from theoretical student to graduate practitioner, all under the expert supervision of some of Australia’s best clinicians.

Campus locations

This  course is delivered at the Fitzroy (Melbourne) campus, the Pyrmont(Sydney) campus and the Fortitude Valley (Brisbane) campus.

Campus facilities and services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well-equipped accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

Facilities and Services include:

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities and vending machines
  • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.

The service includes:

  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities

Success Coaches: 

Our Success Coaches are industry and education experts who leverage your strengths to align your learning with your broader life purpose. With a focus on career goals, and trained in Gallup Strength methodologies, your Success Coach will take a strengths-based approach to helping you set your learning and career goals.

Partnering with you for the duration of your studies, the Success Coach is here to make sense of all of the learning experiences, including readiness for and securing of work integrated learning, placements, internships and opportunities in internal enterprises.  All of our coaches are industry professionals, which will give you that inside edge you’ll need to be successful in your chosen career.

Irrelevant of how you like to learn, our coaches are there for you.  Coaching can take place online, or on campus.  Our main priorities are to make sure that you are always well connected and motivated, that you are successfully completing your desired subjects, and that you gain valuable knowledge and experience through participation and engagement, whilst always aligning to your natural talents.

Work Placement

A positive student experience

Think: Colleges values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be access from the website.

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

 

Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

FEE-HELP website

FEE-HELP booklets

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I Apply?

Trimester 1 intake (February), full time study

For entry to Trimester 1, school leavers and mature-age students who intend to study full-time must apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) by listing the Southern School of Natural Therapies in their preferences. VTAC applications forms are in the VTAC guide available from schools, newsagents and on the internet (www.vtac.edu.au). If the VTAC deadline has passed, prospective students can apply directly to the school.

VTAC Preference Code for Trimester 1, full time study

Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy): 9259250

Trimester 2 (May/June) and Trimester 3 (Sept) intakes, and part time study (all intakes)

Apply directly to the School by contacting the Course and Careers Advisor for more information.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for entry into the Bachelor Degree, applicants are required to:

  • Have successfully completed the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent and obtain a minimum ATAR of 60 or equivalent

Special Consideration

To be eligible for entry into the Bachelor Degree, applicants are required to:

  • Undertake an admission interview to demonstrate life experiences, an interest in, and commitment to complementary medicine; and
  • Provide an updated resume or Curriculum Vitae showing related work experiences.

Are SSNT qualifications recognised?

Our Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) degree is nationally and government recognised, designed to meet the professional requirements of the following industry organisations:

  • ANTA (Australian Natural Therapists Association)
  • NHAA (National Herbalists Association of Australia)

Students may also be eligible to join:

  • PHAA (Public Health Association of Australia)
  • AIMA (Australian Integrative Medicine Association)
  • ACNEM (Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine)
  • HPAA (Health Promotion Association of Australia)
  • NA (Nutrition Australia)

Is Course Credit available?

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.  This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.

Will SSNT help me find a job once I graduate?

Yes. SSNT has a full-time Industry and Careers Manager who leads a program of employability and career management skills workshops and activities. Alumni of the School are assisted throughout their early career. SSNT has strong relationships with the complementary medicine industry and professional associations, many of whom are invited on campus to present to students and Alumni. Potential employers, clinics and organisations regularly advertise positions to SSNT students and a job board is available to students and graduates on the Campus Portal.

What are the Employment Opportunities like?

The rapid growth of the natural medicine industry is largely due to a growing demand from the public, with reportedly more than 50% of Australians using herbal or complementary medicines. One reason for this growth is a strong desire from people to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing. There is a continually growing demand for highly trained practitioners who can work in various settings such as complementary clinics, medical clinics, health retreats, health food stores, research, education and self-employment. Furthermore many students have gone on to set up their own successful clinics, undertaken postgraduate study, worked overseas, published journals and books, and worked voluntarily to give something back to the community. All of our degrees meet industry association requirements in their chosen areas, so students can register to become a member of professional associations.

What kind of support will I receive?

  • MySSNT: Check your own academic records and results
  • Campus Portal: Course materials, on-line access to resources, events and activities at the campus.
  • Students Services: First point of contact for academic and administrative enquiries.
  • Counselling: Free of charge and available for all students facing personal or study issues.
  • Alf Jacka Library: One of the most extensive collections of books, journals, audio, CD-ROM’s and DVD’s on complementary medicine in Australia.
  • Program Managers: Guidance and academic support, course sequencing, credit exemptions.
  • Study Skills: Support for students new to higher education, covering study basics and academic skills.
  • New Scientist: Pre-trimester workshop for new students who haven’t studied science (biology and chemistry) at year 12, or who want a refresher before they start.

I haven’t studied in a long time?

It is perfectly natural to feel nervous about starting a new course. The Southern School has a proud tradition of delivering academic excellence and practical training in a nurturing and supportive environment.  The School has a diverse student community with people from all walks of life, including young adults and mature age students, as more and more people seeking an exciting career in health and complementary medicine.

Does SSNT have an orientation program?

Yes, Southern School of Natural Therapies supports new students with a program of events, workshops, wellness classes, campus tours and course-specific classes in orientation week. Students new to health science are also invited to join the New Scientists program which covers basic chemistry, mathematics for health science and medical terminology.

Are the teachers practitioners?

Yes. Many of the country’s leading practitioners are on staff at SSNT, all with substantial experience in their respective areas of expertise. We are passionate about we do, and constantly seek new and innovative ways to teach the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills needed for excellence in complementary medicine.

What are the enrolment dates for the courses?

Contact the Course and Careers Advisor now for upcoming enrolment dates and check the Southern School website for key dates in the academic calendar.

I’m not sure which course is right for me?

If you are not sure which path to follow, you can start the higher education Diploma of Health Science at SSNT. Successful completion guarantees you entry in to any of the Bachelor of Health Science programs, with varying levels of subject exemption depending on your subject choice. Contact the Course and Careers Advisor to discuss your course options and career goals.

Does SSNT have Facebook or Twitter?

Find us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our latest news, information and events – www.facebook.com/southernschool and www.twitter.com/Southern_School

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