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) and by the CMBA (Chinese Medicine Board of Australia).

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.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Qualification Title BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCE (CHINESE MEDICINE)
Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time

Part-time

Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time

Part-time

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.

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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

This consists of 3 x 12 week trimesters per year including examinations.

Study load:

Full time = 4 x 3hr classes per week plus 28 self-directed study hours (40 hours  total per week).

Part time = 2 x 3hr classes per week plus 14 self-directed study hours (20 hours 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) Delivered by Southern School of Natural Therapies (SSNT)
Provider Think: Colleges Pty Ltd is registered as a self-accrediting Australian organisation by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course code 069581D
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)
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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 7.0 (Academic) with no skills band less than 6.5

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 /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)
7 37%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 8 42%
(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)

2 11%
·        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)
2 11%
International students 0 N/P
All students 19 100.0%

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:

Year 1 Study Period 1 BHS101A CHM104A BHS103A CHM101A
Anatomy & Physiology 1 Terminology & History of Chinese Medicine Counselling & Communication Skills CM Foundations
Study Period 2 BHS104A BHS102A CHM102A CHM103A
Anatomy & Physiology 2 Bioscience CM Diagnosis Musculoskeletal Anatomy
Study Period 3 BHS106A BHS105A BHS107A CHM105A
Anatomy & Physiology 3 Biochemistry 1 Research & Evidence-Based Practice Acupuncture Point Location & Theory 1
Year 2 Study Period 4 BHS201A CHM201A CHM202A CHM203A
General Pathology CM Pathology CM Pharmacology 1 Acupuncture Point Location & Theory 2
Study Period 5 BHS203A CHM205A CHM204A CHM210A
Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 1 Chinese Massage (Tui Na) CM Pharmacology 2 Acupuncture Therapeutics and Techniques 1
Study Period 6 BHS204A

Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 2

CHM209A

Acupuncture Ancillary Techniques

CHM208A

CM Formulae

CHM211A

Acupuncture Therapeutics & Techniques2

Year 3 Study Period 7 BHS301A CHM302A CHM301A CHM303A
Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 3 CM Musculoskeletal Traumatology CM Internal Medicine 1 CM Clinical Practicum 1
Study Period 8 CHM312A

Advanced CM Formulae

CHM307A

CM Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat

CHM304A

CM Internal Medicine 2

CHM306A

CM Clinical Practicum 2

Study Period 9 CHM308A

Integrated Pharmacology & CM Phytochemistry

CHM310A

CM Gynaecology/Obstetrics

CHM313A

CM Herbal       Processing & Dispensing

CHM309A CM Clinical Practicum 3
  Year 4 Study Period 10 BHS401A CHM402A CHM401A CHM403A
Professional Practice CM Classics 1 Advanced Acupuncture Techniques CM Clinical Practicum 4
Study Period 11 CHM404A CHM405A CHM407A CHM406A
CM Mental Health CM Classics 2 CM Dietary Therapy & Health Maintenance CM Clinical Practicum 5
Study Period 12 CHM408A CHM409A CHM411A CHM410A
CM Dermatology/External Medicine CM Paediatrics CM Case Conferences CM Clinical Practicum 6

Course Rules

To graduate from this course, a student needs to satisfactorily, complete 48 subjects (480 credit points).  Each subject has a value of 10 credit points.  For a normal full –time study load a student would undertake 120 credit points per year for 4 years.  A part-time student would typically complete the 480 credit points in 8 years. Each year consists  of  three trimesters.  Please refer to the table of subjects above.

Subjects

Subjects are listed below by subject code please refer to Course Structure above for delivery pattern.  Please note these subject descriptions are subject to change.

Subject details Recommended Study Pattern
Level 100 core
Subject title, descriptor Full-time Part-time
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
CHM104A Terminology & History of Chinese Medicine

This first part of this subject introduces Chinese language, with particular reference to the terms used in CM.  It provides an overview of Chinese language, specific instruction in the reading, writing and pronunciation of CM terms. The use of the pin yin system of romanisation is examined in order to enable students to accurately spell and pronounce common CM terms.  The reading and writing of characters is introduced and students learn to use the main types of dictionaries.

The second part of this subject looks at the development of Chinese medicine by way of exploring its historical origins and the process of enculturation which has led to the adaptation of different styles of Chinese medicine both within China and abroad. Underpinning this study will be the major historical figures and medical texts that have affected this evolution. The study of Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic) covers history, structure and scope of the book. Detailed discussions will be given to the key concepts and statements which significantly affect current CM practice.

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
CHM101A CM Foundations

This subject introduces the fundamental philosophies and principles of Chinese Medicine (CM).  It provides a solid and detailed account of the theory of Chinese medicine that can be used as a foundation for the further understanding of later subjects in the CM course. This introduction to Chinese Medicine explores the concept of yin and yang theory, wu xing theory, the functions of the organs and vital substances, as well as the causes, development and progression of diseases. The content also includes the principles of disease prevention and treatment.

Trimester 1 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
CHM102A CM Diagnosis

This area of study should provide students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills in the four diagnostic methods inherent in the traditional Chinese diagnostic system. Together these methods which include visual examination, audio- olfactory, enquiry and palpation are sophisticated methods of learning and understanding a patient’s condition. In addition, the Eight parameter (ba gang) system is introduced, and the skills of collecting, organising, analysing, and interpreting the data are examined. For each method of examination, the clinical information sought and clinical significance of this information is analysed in order to diagnose disease including identification of the disease and pattern of disharmony.

Trimester 2 Trimester X
CHM103A Musculoskeletal Anatomy

This subject covers the superficial anatomy of bones, muscles, joints and major neurovascular structures and basic functional anatomy of major joints. The content aims to provide fundamental anatomical knowledge required for Chinese Medicine students to be able to locate acupuncture points on a range of body shapes and sizes.  The subject also provides a foundation for musculoskeletal biomedical examination, and diagnosis within the Chinese medicine paradigm.

Trimester 2 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
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
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
CHM105A Acupuncture Point Location & Theory 1

This subject introduces the study of Chinese acupuncture and provides practical training in the techniques of acupuncture point location. The general concepts of acupuncture point theory are identified followed by detailed descriptions and locations of all the acupuncture points of the three hand yin channels, three hand yang channels, the three foot yin channels. Basic acupuncture channel theory and pathology is also developed in association with the therapeutic indications of the major points on these channels. This is both a theoretical and practical based subject with a major emphasis on accurate point location as a basis of further acupuncture studies.

Trimester 3 Trimester X
Level 200 core
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
CHM201A CM Pathology

This subject develops systems of differentiation of syndromes according to the Chinese medicine model as a basis for a more sophisticated method of diagnosis and treatment. The principal symptoms and disease mechanisms associated with the CM diagnostic patterns are studied and differential diagnosis by pattern discrimination is used to identify the appropriate treatment strategies and prescriptions. The Eight Parameter, six exogenous pathogen system and pattern differentiation according to Qi , Blood and Body fluids are revised and examined in conjunction with the primary focus of this subject, that is, Organ pattern differentiation. Finally an introduction to pattern differentiation according to febrile diseases is covered, as a precursor to the more extensive study of this topic in CM Classics.

Trimester 4 Trimester X
CHM202A CM Pharmacology 1

This subject introduces the study of traditional Chinese Herbal Materia Medica. The subject examines the therapeutic application of 206 Chinese medicinal substances. Note; of the 206 herbs, 145 will be studied in detail in class while the other 61 are less commonly used and therefore require self-directed learning. It is essential that students have a working knowledge of these herbs. The scope of the study includes their fundamental tastes, thermal properties, functions, key indications, channel affiliations, normal dosage range, and combination with other herbs, cautions, contraindications, preparation and administration. For some toxic herbs, their toxicity and poisoning prevention will be examined. Chinese medicinal substances affected by the Victorian Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act will be identified.

Trimester 4 Trimester X
CHM203A Acupuncture Point Location & Theory 2

This subject continues the study of Chinese acupuncture by providing practical training in the techniques of acupuncture point location. The general concepts of acupuncture point theory are identified, followed by detailed descriptions and locations of all the acupuncture points of the three foot yang channels, Ren and Du channels, as well as principal non channel points. The functions and therapeutic indications of the major points and their combinations are examined in detail. This is both a theoretical and practical based subject with a major emphasis on accurate point location as a basis of further acupuncture studies.

Trimester 4 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
CHM204A CM Pharmacology 2

This subject continues the study of traditional Chinese materia medica introduced in CM Pharmacology 1 (CHM202A) and examines the therapeutic effects of the remaining medicinals. The depth of study may vary depending on the importance of the substance and its frequency of use.  Note: of the 207 herbs, 157 will be studied in detail in class while the other 50 are less commonly used and require self-directed learning.  The scope of the study includes their fundamental tastes, thermal properties, functions, key indications, channel affiliations, normal dosage range, and combinations with other herbs, cautions, contraindications, preparation and administration. For some toxic herbs, their toxicity and prevention of poisoning will be examined. Chinese medicinal substances affected by the Victorian Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act will be identified.

Trimester 5 Trimester X
CHM205A Chinese Massage (Tui Na)

This subject introduces the study of Chinese massage (Tui Na) and provides practical training in the techniques of Tui Na. The functions and therapeutic indications of the major techniques are studied and practised to ensure that skills required for the safe, effective application of Tui Na are developed, alongside an understanding of ethical and medico-legal responsibilities. Tui Na routines for each section of the body are developed so that by the end of this subject, competency is achieved in delivering a full body Tui Na massage.

Trimester 5 Trimester X
CHM210A Acupuncture Therapeutics and Techniques 1

This subject is primarily practical in nature and introduces students to supervised needling practice on selected acupuncture points covering all anatomical segments of the body. The logic of acupuncture point selection and prescriptions, methods of needling and further acupuncture point physiology will be covered.  Particular emphasis is placed on safety, hygiene and infection control with students working in pairs so that each student becomes aware of the acupuncture experience from both the practitioner and the client’s perspective.  Tongue and pulse diagnosis are also reviewed, practised and extended within this subject.

Trimester 5 Trimester X
CHM211A Acupuncture Therapeutics & Techniques 2

This subject is a continuation of Acupuncture Therapeutics & Techniques 1 (CHM210A). This subject is primarily practical in nature and introduces students to supervised needling practice on selected acupuncture points covering the three foot yang channels, Ren and Du channels, as well as principle non channel points. The logic of acupuncture point selection and combinations, methods of needling and further acupuncture point physiology will be covered in detail.  Particular emphasis is placed on safety, hygiene and infection control with students working in pairs so that each student becomes aware of the acupuncture experience from both the practitioner and the client’s perspective.  Tongue and pulse diagnosis are also reviewed, practised and extended within this subject.

Trimester 6 Trimester X
CHM208A CM Formulae

This subject expands and builds on the herbal disciplinary knowledge presented in Pharmacology 1 (CHM202A) and 2 (CHM204A). This subject aims to introduce theory of developing formulae and examines in detail the composition, actions and main therapeutic applications of approximately 120 major formulae. The depth of study may vary depending on the importance of the formulae and their frequency of use. Emphasis is upon the methods of preparation, administration of the herbs, principals of composition, typical modifications, actions, main therapeutic applications and any cautions or contraindications of traditional Chinese herbal formulae. Also included is an in depth study of the comparisons and contrasts relating to formulae within a similar therapeutic category and the function of herbs both singularly and as a synergistic component within the formula.

Trimester 6 Trimester X
CHM209A Acupuncture Ancillary Techniques

This subject provides instruction in the practical application of ancillary techniques to do with the clinical practice of acupuncture. The techniques introduced include Moxibustion (heat), Gua Sha (spooning), Cupping, Lancing, Dermal Hammer and Micro acupuncture. Tongue and pulse diagnosis are reviewed, practised and extended from previous foundation subjects, and students administer the above techniques in a simulated clinical setting under supervision.  Infection control, sterilization, hygiene and safety are reinforced throughout this subject.

Trimester 6 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
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
CHM301A CM Internal Medicine 1

This subject introduces the study of CM Internal Medicine (nei ke). The subject is comprised of two parts. The first part introduces a number of main diseases of the respiratory, vascular and digestive systems. The second part (CM Internal Medicine 2 – CHM304A) introduces some specific blood diseases, disorders of the endocrine system, connective tissue disorders, urinary system disorders and male reproductive disorders. The approach will incorporate an analysis of the above pathologies according to the CM paradigm of differentiation of syndromes (bian zheng) and also incorporate a Western medical classification of disease. For each of these conditions, the aetiology, pathology and formulation of Chinese herbal prescriptions and acupuncture and moxibustion treatments that address the specific requirements of the symptom patterns (zheng) are studied. Lifestyle and safety issues are also addressed.

Trimester 7 Trimester X
CHM302A CM Musculoskeletal Traumatology

This subject is a combination of theory and practical which covers the study of selected traumatology cases, particularly musculoskeletal conditions. The focus is on the differential diagnosis and treatment of regional disorders both from a holistic CM paradigm and a modern bio-mechanical perspective.  For each condition a complete acupuncture treatment along with common herbal formulae and lifestyle advice are analysed and studied.  Basic physical assessment and selected major orthopaedic tests for each region are also introduced.

Trimester 7 Trimester X
CHM303A CM Clinical Practicum 1

Students are required to undertake 65 hours of clinical participation (5 hours per week for thirteen weeks). This subject serves as an introduction to the operation of CM clinics from the perspective of the student practitioner. Students are required to begin to integrate all of the theoretical and practical studies undertaken throughout the course by demonstrating basic clinical skills in the Wellbeing Clinic including an understanding and appreciation of all the relevant ethical and legal responsibilities of a practitioner when treating a patient. Students are expected to be actively engaged in the management of a clinic, interaction with patients, forming a diagnosis and treatment principle, as well as engaging in the acupuncture and ancillary therapeutic processes. This will involve observing preliminary case questioning, diagnosis and performing supervised treatments such as moxibustion, cupping and basic acupuncture needling. Feedback regarding progression will be given on a weekly basis.

Trimester 7 Trimester X
CHM304A CM Internal Medicine 2

This subject continues the study of CM Internal Medicine (nei ke). This second part of this subject covers some specific blood diseases, disorders of the endocrine system, connective tissue disorders, urinary system disorders and male reproductive disorders. The approach will incorporate an analysis of the above pathologies according to the CM paradigm of differentiation of syndromes (bian zheng) and also incorporate a Western medical classification of disease. For each of these conditions, the aetiology, pathology and formulation of Chinese herbal prescriptions and acupuncture and moxibustion treatments that address the specific requirements of the symptom patterns (zheng) are studied. Lifestyle and safety issues are also addressed.

Trimester 8 Trimester X
CHM312A Advanced CM Formulae

This subject expands and builds on the herbal disciplinary knowledge presented in CM Pharmacology 1 (CHM202A), CM Pharmacology 2 (CHM204A) and CM Formulae (CHM208A) and is an advanced subject of pharmacology and formulas. This subject includes the in-depth analysis of major formulae with particular focus being given to the comprehensive and advanced combinations within herbal formulae. Emphasis is placed upon the function of herbs both singularly and as a synergistic component within the formula, herbal combination principles, which include the various combinations of tastes and natures, their functions and indications. Students will enhance their skills and knowledge of appropriate herb combination, as well as their analytical abilities to construct formulas.

Trimester 8 Trimester X
CHM306A CM Clinical Practicum 2

Students are required to undertake 65 hours of clinical participation. The subject continues to build foundation skills in the operation of Chinese medicine clinics. Students are required to continue to integrate all of the theoretical and practical studies undertaken throughout the course by demonstrating basic clinical skills in both the student clinic and external clinical settings. Students are expected to be conversant with and appreciate all the relevant ethical and legal responsibilities of a practitioner when treating a patient. Students are expected to be actively engaged in the management of a clinic, interaction with patients, forming a diagnosis and treatment principle, as well as engaging in the acupuncture and ancillary therapeutic processes. This will involve observing preliminary case questioning, diagnosis and performing supervised treatments such as moxibustion, cupping and basic acupuncture needling. Feedback regarding progression will be given on a weekly basis.

Trimester 8 Trimester X
CHM307A CM Ear, Eye, Nose & Throat 

This subject aims to introduce the theory, CM diagnosis and treatment of common diseases of the eyes, ears, nose, pharynx, larynx, mouth and teeth. For each disease the aetiology, symptomatology, diagnosis, pattern differentiation and treatment strategies will be analysed. The formulation of Chinese herbal prescriptions, acupuncture/moxibustion treatments, together with life-style advice that addresses the main symptom patterns (zheng) are also examined for each disease.

Trimester 8 Trimester X
CHM308A Integrated Pharmacology & CM Phytochemistry

Integrated Pharmacology and CM Phytochemistry (CHM308A) comprises a study of basic principles of pharmacology, the pharmacokinetics of drugs commonly used in medical practice, common interactions between drugs and Chinese medicinal substances and toxicology.  Drugs for pain, inflammation, psychological functions, cancer, infection and the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, reproductive and endocrine systems are discussed including actions, uses, contraindications, adverse effects and interactions with Chinese medicinal substances, together with implications for CM prescribing. This subject also addresses the phytochemistry of Chinese herbal medicine including actions, production and function in addition to potential interactions with common western pharmaceuticals.

This subject is crucial for the modern CM practitioner to understand common medications that clients may be taking and common interactions between these medications and CM remedies as well as the chemistry and pharmacology of Chinese herbal medicines.  It 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
CHM309A CM Clinical Practicum 3

Students are required to undertake 65 hours of clinical participation. These practica extend the experience of the student in the role of practitioner, enabling them to practice independently, be able to conduct full client consultations (which include performing relevant physical examinations), consolidate case-history information, formulate treatment plans, carrying out acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping treatments, provide appropriate dietary and lifestyle advice and undertake administrative duties. Students are expected to be conversant with and understand all the relevant ethical and legal responsibilities of a practitioner when treating a patient. Feedback regarding progression will be given on a weekly basis.

Trimester 9 Trimester X
CHM310A CM Gynaecology/Obstetrics

This subject covers the study of CM gynaecology and obstetrics. It examines the features of anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system. This includes the processes of menstruation, pregnancy and birth, as well as gynaecological and obstetric disorders. The aetiology, pathogenesis, differentiation of syndromes, approaches to treatment for each of the main diseases studied will be analysed. For each disease Chinese herbal formulae and/or acupuncture, with suitable modifications for individual cases, along with lifestyle advice will be examined. A short section on male infertility will be included.

Trimester 9 Trimester X
CHM313A CM Herbal Processing & Dispensing

This subject is both a theoretical and practical based subject with a major emphasis on the safe and accurate dispensing and processing of Chinese medicinal substances. This subject provides practical training in the fundamental skills required to safely and accurately dispense and prepare a Chinese herbal prescription according to the main methods of herbal processing (pao zhi). Students will gain additional experience in the dispensing component of this subject via internal and external work integrated learning. It is expected that this placement will be undertaken within the student clinic and at external clinics. The herbal processing component of this subject covers the objectives of herbal processing  is to ensure the correct methods of preparation, alongside an understanding of the legal and ethical issues associated with dispensing herbs, with special attention to S1 herbs.

Trimester 9 Trimester X
Level 400 core
CHM401A Advanced Acupuncture Techniques

This subject introduces advanced acupuncture needling techniques. Acupuncture skills learned in previous subjects are synthesised, and focus is placed upon the safe and effective needling of high risk acupuncture points. Students are required to develop a greater knowledge of, and increased proficiency in, different needling techniques and styles. Advanced electro-acupuncture methods are taught, with an emphasis on the use of electro-acupuncture in acupuncture analgesia. Laser acupuncture theory and practice is also introduced.

Trimester 10 Trimester X
CHM402A CM Classics 1

This subject is designed to facilitate the exploration of the origin, historical development and clinical significance of the Shan Han Lun theory including the diagnosis of febrile diseases, the progression of disease via the six divisions and the associated symptomatology, pathogenesis, treatment principles and strategies.  Particular emphasis in this subject is directed towards the relationship between the six channels and eight guiding principles and zang fu in order to understand and analyse the clinical application of the representative formulae and associated modifications according to syndrome differentiation.

Trimester 10 Trimester X
CHM403A CM Clinical Practicum 4

Students are required to undertake 130 hours of clinical participation. This practicum extends the experience of the student in the role of practitioner, enabling them to practice independently and conduct full client consultations, which include performing relevant physical examinations, consolidating case-history information, formulating treatment plans, formulating Chinese herbal prescriptions, preparing and dispensing formulae, carrying out acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping treatments, providing appropriate dietary and lifestyle advice and undertaking administrative duties. Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate ethical behaviour when dealing with patients and to take responsibility for all legal requirements inherent in the patient practitioner relationship. This component synthesises the full range of theoretical and practical studies undertaken throughout the course. Feedback regarding progression will be given on a weekly basis.

Trimester 10 Trimester X
BHS401A Professional Practice

Professional Ethical Practice (BHS401A) comprises the basic skills needed for the operation and management of a complementary healthcare practice and provides an understanding of the legal and ethical requirements that are pertinent to the complementary healthcare practitioner. This subject explores business strategies including operating policy and procedures, marketing and networking strategies, leadership duties and administrative and financial issues.  Also included in this subject is ethical conduct, liability, legal and regulatory topics.

Trimester 10 Trimester X
CHM405A CM Classics 2

This subject is designed to facilitate the exploration of the origin and historical development of the Wen Bing theories including the diagnosis and treatment of febrile diseases and how these relate to the Shan Han Lun. The focus is upon the characteristics 4 phases (wei, qi, ying, xue) and san jiao classifications of febrile disease and includes analysing the diagnosis and treatment methods used in managing Wen Bing diseases. Particular emphasis is directed towards understanding and analysing the aetiology, symptomatology and symptom differentiation as well as the clinical application of the representative formulae and associated modifications.

Trimester 11 Trimester X
CHM406A CM Clinical Practicum 5

Students are required to undertake 130 hours of clinical participation This practicum provides the final year student with experience in the role of practitioner. Under the supervision and continuous monitoring of qualified Chinese medicine practitioners, student practitioners conduct full client consultations, which include performing relevant physical examinations, consolidating case-history information, formulating treatment plans, formulating Chinese herbal prescriptions, preparing and dispensing formulae, carrying out acupuncture, moxibustion and cupping treatments, providing appropriate dietary and lifestyle advice, and performing administrative duties. This component continues the synthesis of the full range of theoretical and practical studies undertaken throughout the course. Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate ethical behaviour when dealing with patients and to take responsibility for all legal requirements inherent in the patient practitioner relationship. Feedback regarding progression will be given on a sessional basis.

Trimester 11 Trimester X
CHM407A CM Dietary Therapy & Health Maintenance

This subject provides instruction in the Chinese medicine approach to health enhancement. The focus is on maintaining and enhancing health through lifestyle, cultivation of the mind, physical exercise and diet. The principles of physical and mental health are examined through practical training in aspects of medical Qi Gong.

Trimester 11 Trimester X
CHM404A CM Mental Health

This subject will expand on some of the basic metaphysical principles covered in earlier subjects as well as specific shen (spirit) related disorders according to Chinese medicine theory and practice. The basic Chinese medicine premise of mind and body interdependence will be expanded as it relates to spiritual resources, emotions, personality and behaviour. The framework of this discussion will be focussed on Chinese medicine five element theories as well as zang-fu, qi and blood physiology, and jing luo (meridians). This subject then expands on these preliminary concepts through a selection of mental illnesses as diagnosed by the contemporary western approach, applying Chinese medicine symptomatology, aetiology and pathogenesis. Differentiation of syndromes (bian zheng) is applied to formulate a Chinese medicine diagnosis and treatment plan, using both acupuncture and Chinese herbs.

Trimester 11 Trimester X
. CHM408A CM Dermatology/External Medicine

The subject aims to introduce learners to the study of Chinese medicine dermatology. It covers the general features of physiology, pathology and diagnosis as applied to dermatology, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of the common dermatological diseases. For each of the diseases, learners learn to formulate the prescriptions of internal and external used Chinese herbal formulae and/or select points for acupuncture and/or moxibustion. In addition, students learn to advise clients with regard to lifestyle and prevention issues. All disorders studied in this subject are introduced as pathologies from the contemporary Western diagnostic paradigm and then transposed into the Chinese medicine paradigm of differentiation of syndromes (bian zheng) for further discussion.

Trimester 12 Trimester X
CHM409A CM Paediatrics

This subject covers the general features of paediatric physiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment of selected common diseases of children and infants according to the Chinese medicine paradigm.  For each of these conditions, the formulation of Chinese herbal prescriptions, acupuncture and ancillary treatments that address the specific requirements of the symptom patterns (zheng) are studied. Lifestyle and safety issues are also addressed

Trimester 12 Trimester X
CHM410A CM Clinical Practicum 6

Students are required to undertake 130 hours of clinical participation. This practicum provides the final year student with experience in the role of practitioner. Under the supervision and continuous monitoring of qualified Chinese medicine practitioners, student practitioners conduct full client consultations. This component synthesises the full range of theoretical and practical studies undertaken throughout the course. Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate ethical behaviour when dealing with patients and to take responsibility for all legal requirements inherent in the patient practitioner relationship. Feedback regarding progression will be given on a weekly basis. On completion of this subject, students will be able to competently manage a full patient consultation and treatment, and will have acquired the skills necessary for membership of professional associations and the Chinese Medicine Registration Board. An exit examination, comprising both acupuncture and herbal medicine treatments, must be completed by each student for successful completion of this subject.

Trimester 12 Trimester X
CHM411A CM Case Conferences

This subject is conducted concurrently with CM Clinical Practicum 6 (CHM410A) and includes information and skills important to clinic operation and the role of student practitioners in the Student Clinic. Critical analysis and review of case studies from the student clinic are reviewed each week by way of student presentations incorporating relevant journal articles from both the Chinese medicine (CM) and contemporary western scientific (WSM) medical literature. A major focus of these clinical forums incorporates an integrated (CM/WSM) approach to the understanding and practice of clinical practice. These sessions are conducted to enable issues of particular importance to students to be addressed and to facilitate their personal development. This development plays an integral part in the transition from student to practitioner as the participants learn to integrate theoretical knowledge with practical clinical experience. The supervisor moderates an exchange of ideas, experiences and concerns, which are facilitated through group presentations, open discussion, peer review and group support.

Trimester 12 Trimester X

Career outcomes

Career options include:

  • Clinical Practice: in private practice (self- employment) or as part of a multi-modality clinical team.
  • Research & product development or sales & marketing for herbal, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Education Institutions.
  • Author or presenter, roles in health retreats, day spas, sports & recreational centres.
  • Roles in health care policy development and consultancy (e.g. Therapeutic Goods Administration- TGA)
  • Research clinical trial coordination.

What you will learn:

Chinese Medicine explores the history, philosophy, dietetics and diagnostic techniques of Chinese Medicine. Students learn about the meridians and particular diseases within a Chinese Medicine framework and expand on this knowledge through studies in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

Students will gain hands on experience at the Wellbeing Clinic 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Students will gain skills in the safe application and dispensing of Chinese herbal medicine.  The Chinese herbal dispensary stocks over 200 raw herbs and granules as well as a range of patent pills. Students will acquire the skills and knowledge to prescribe Chinese herbal medicines for a range of common, as well as some specific, diseases and conditions.  Students acquire the skills and knowledge to competently carry out safe and effective acupuncture treatments in the student clinic from 3rd year.

To see Think Education’s policies in relation to refunds, deferment, suspension and cancellation of enrolment, please refer to our website: http://www.think.edu.au/studying-at-think/policies-and-procedures

Campus locations

This course is delivered at the Fitzroy campus, Melbourne.

Campus facilities and services

Each campus is designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with each 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.

Clinic Placement

Clinic placement begins as early as 1st year where students undertake 100 hours of clinical observation so they can gain an understanding and an appreciation of how a clinic operates. Clinic hours are scaffolded through the course and the responsibilities of the students increase as they progress through the course to ensure they graduate employment ready.

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?

Mature-age students: Can apply directly with the school by contacting the college and requesting an application pack. To apply students are required to submit their application along with the required documents to meet the entry criteria. When applying under the special entry scheme, an interview can be arranged with the Course and Career Advisors by contacting the college on 03 9415 3333.

School Leavers: For entry to Trimester 1, school leavers must apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) by listing the Southern School of Natural Therapies in their preferences. For more information please visit the VTAC website – www.vtac.edu.au  If the VTAC deadline has passed or you are applying for the mid-year intake recent school leavers can apply directly with the college. The VTAC preference code is 9250192562.

Entrance Requirements

Entry to Higher Education (undergraduate) courses

Applicants are eligible to be considered for a place in a THINK higher education (undergraduate) course if they have provided evidence of completion of:

  • an Australian secondary education qualification or equivalent overseas and ATAR score or its equivalent above 60, or
  • a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or
  • at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load) of a qualification at AQF level 6 (associate degree) or above, or
  • a foundation studies or preparatory program recognised for admission purposes by another Australian higher education provider, or
  • provided evidence of informal and/or non-formal learning that satisfies the criteria for Special Entry into THINK

Please note: International applicants must have an IELTS 7.0 with no skills band less than 6.5.

Special Entry Scheme:

THINK’s Special Entry Scheme (SES) is designed to help students who do not have a completed Australian secondary education qualification or equivalent (as described previously) to access THINK undergraduate courses.

Applicants seeking admission to undergraduate courses via Special Entry will be assessed by a variety of means which may include submission of written statements, referees reports, portfolios, auditions or interviews and non-formal learning qualifications. The Special Entry scheme aims to provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate that they are able to undertake study at their desired level, and each application is assessed against course-specific criteria.

Are SSNT qualifications recognised?

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) and the CMBA (Chinese Medicine Board of Australia).

Students may also be eligible to join:

  • AACMA- Australian Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Association
  • FCMA- Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Societies of Australia
  • ANTA- Australian Natural Therapists Association

Will SSNT help me find a job once I graduate?

Yes.. 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. A strong desire from people to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing has led to greater opportunities within the health-care industry. 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.

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.

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.
  • Success Coaches: Guidance and academic support, course sequencing, credit exemptions.
  • Study Skills: Support for students new to higher education, covering study basics and academic skills.
  • Science Success 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.
  • Student Representative Council: The SRC (Student Representative Council) at the Southern School of Natural Therapies is  a forum for students across all modalities to work together and create a greater sense of community on campus

I haven’t studied in a long time?

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. A range of workshops are conducted throughout the year to ensure students develop solid academic skills and study habits.

Does SSNT have an orientation program?

Yes, Southern School of Natural Therapies supports new students with a program of events, workshops, presentations, campus tours and course-specific classes in orientation week. Students new to health science are also invited to join the Science Success 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?

You can contact the Course and Career Advisors to discuss your course options and career goals. If you are unsure about commencing with the degree, another great option is to consider is the 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.

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

What materials and equipment will I need to provide?

No special equipment needed.

Contact Us

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Date of Publication: September 2016

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Phone: 03 9415 3333

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