Throughout history the relationship between diet and wellbeing has long been understood, Hippocrates proclaimed “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” in 400BC, yet dating back as far as 5000BC Egyptians were using specific foods to treat a variety of disease. Nutritional Medicine combines food as medicine traditions and dietary therapy with recent scientific advances in nutritional biochemistry and therapeutics which are now used by conventional and holistic practitioners alike.

Health and wellbeing are affected by multiple external and internal factors, some of which lead to functional disorders and chronic disease. The role of the Nutritional Medicine practitioner is to identify the cause of dysfunction, educate the patient, develop a treatment and prevention plan to re-establish and maintain wellbeing.

Nutritional Medicine practitioners understand the nutritional, dietary and lifestyle factors which impact wellbeing throughout the lifespan, during illness and disease.  Nutritional Medicine practitioners seek to educate the individual or community on the impact of food choices in the maintenance of wellbeing and management of disease.

Course Overview

Qualification Title BACHELOR OF HEALTH SCIENCE (NUTRITIONAL MEDICINE)
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.

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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: 3 years

Part Time: 6 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 <40hrs total per week.

Part time = 2 x 3hr classes per week. Plus self-study <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, 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 084577G
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 /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 32%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 11 50%
(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)

4 18%
·        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 22 100.0%

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 (Nutritional Medicine)

Year 1 Study period 1 BHS101A BHS103A CAM104A CAM101A
Anatomy & Physiology 1 Counselling & Communication Skills Food Science, Systems & Policy History & Philosophy of Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Study period 2 BHS104A BHS102A CAM103A CAM106A
Anatomy & Physiology 2 Bioscience Nutritional Foundations 1 Nutrition, Society & Public Health
Study period 3 BHS106A BHS105A CAM203A BHS107A
Anatomy & Physiology 3 Biochemistry 1 Nutritional Foundations 2 Research & Evidence-Based Practice
Year 2 Study period 4 BHS201A BHS202A CAM201A CAM206A
General Pathology Biochemistry 2 Food as Medicine Clinical Studies 1
Study period 5 BHS203A CAM205A CAM208A CAM305A
Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 1 Nutritional Biochemistry Lifespan Nutrition Clinical Studies 2
Study period 6 BHS204A CAM307A CAM306A CAM311A
Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 2 Health Assessment & Diagnostic Techniques Nutritional Therapeutics 1 Clinical Studies 3
Year 3 Study period 7 BHS301A CAM301A CAM312A CAM304A
Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 3 Health Promotion Nutritional Therapeutics 2 Nutrition Clinical Practicum 1
Study period 8 BHS302A CAM411A CAM405A CAM313A
Drug & Integrated Pharmacology Advanced Nutrition Medicine Integrative Complementary Medicine 1 Nutrition Clinical Practicum 2
Study period 9 BHS401A CAM410A CAM407A CAM314A
Professional Practice Dietary Analysis & Planning Integrative Complementary Medicine 2 Nutrition Clinical Practicum 3

Course Rules

To graduate from this course as student must satisfactorily complete 36 subjects (shown above).  Each subject is worth 10 credit points for a course total of 360 credit points.  A normal full-time study load would see a student complete 120 credit points per year.  Each year is divided into three trimesters.

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 per subject.

Subjects

Subjects are listed below by code please refer to Course Structure for delivery pattern.  Please note these subject descriptions may 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
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
CAM104A Food Science, Systems & Policy

Food, Science, Systems and Policy is the first subject in the stream of nutritional medicine and examines the way in which food is produced, processed and distributed in Australia. It provides students with an understanding of current practices and trends in primary production and food manufacturing and distribution. It also examines the laws governing food for sale and the politics of the food system.

Trimester 1 Trimester X
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
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
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
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
CAM106A Nutrition, Society & Public Health

This subject builds on basic nutritional knowledge from Food Science, Systems and Policy (CAM104A).  It aims to provide an understanding of the sociology of food, nutrition and health together with an understanding of the theory and practice of community and public health nutrition.

Trimester 2 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 5 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 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
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 6 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 6 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 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
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
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 7 Trimester X
CAM304A Nutrition Clinical Practicum 1

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) 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 Nutritional Medicine specialisation incorporates three subsequent clinical units: Nutrition Clinical Practicum 1, 2 and 3.

In Nutrition Clinical Practicum 1, students required to undertake 50 hours of clinical practicum working in a public student clinic.  In this first Nutritional clinical practicum, 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 and will learn how to safely dispense nutritional prescriptions.

In this practicum students are required to begin integrating all the theoretical and practical studies undertaken throughout the course in a public student clinic setting.  This clinical experience provides the basic clinical framework for professional 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 holistic diagnostic understanding, construct therapeutic treatment aims, identify interactions, define mechanisms of action of selected nutritionals and propose a therapeutic prescription. Students are expected to act professionally, assure patients safety and demonstrate an awareness of practice limitations at all times.

Students in clinical practicum 1 are guided through this process under the strict direct 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 subsequent to cases presentation to the clinical supervisOR    Students continue to develop their reflective practice keeping logs/journals for each case and clinic session.

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

Trimester 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 Trimester X
CAM313A Nutrition Clinical Practicum 2

Nutrition Clinical Practicum 2, students are required to undertake 100 hours of clinical practicum providing students with the opportunity to practice, consolidate and extend the fundamental client management and clinical skills acquired in Nutritional Clinical Practicum 1.  In addition, students are required to focus upon their time management and clinic promotion skills.

Students are enabled to work more independently during the critical case analysis phase, however, will continue to be closely monitored and supervised by the supervising practitioner.

For each presenting case, Nutrition 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 nutritionals and propose a therapeutic 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 Nutrition Clinical Practicum 1, however, the expectation of the students capacity for critical case analysis, therapeutic construction and reflective practice has increased significantly.

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 8 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 9 Trimester X
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 9 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.

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CAM314A Nutrition Clinical Practicum 3

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

In this final Nutrition Clinical Practicum unit, students are required to undertake 100 hours of clinical practicum.  Students are expected to operate independently, and demonstrate the capacity to work with clients with a range of more complex health needs with limited guidance.  Nutrition Clinical Practicum 3 students are expected to ensure their treatment approaches are informed by contemporary research and integrate relevant cultural, religious, gender, linguistic and social aspects of their clients into clinical decision making to ensure optimal client outcomes.

Students in Nutrition Clinical Practicum 3 are required to consistently demonstrate critical thinking, reflective practice and communicate clearly their insights to the clinical supervisor

Whilst there will continue to be ongoing feedback and assessment from the supervising practitioner throughout this unit, students will undergo an 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 9 Trimester X

This three-year degree in Nutritional Medicine is approved by the National Australian accreditation body TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) and is ideal for those who want a career that involves nutrition science, clinical nutrition, public health and health promotion in order to develop effective nutritional treatment plans for communities or individuals.

Career outcomes

As a graduate of the bachelor of nutritional medicine Health Science degree, there are a number of career opportunities available to you. There is a continually growing demand for skilled practitioners to work as a Clinical Nutritionist in a number of settings such as:

  • Private practice
  • Complementary and Medical clinics
  • Sporting clubs and gyms
  • Health retreats
  • Research and education
  • and Self-employment.

Furthermore many students have gone on to set up their own successful clinics, undertaken post-graduate 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 and with private health insurance providers.

What you will learn:

Biological and social sciences, research, nutritional and clinical studies, alongside study in human nutrition, nutritional science, food packaging, public health nutrition. 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, 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 currently offered at the following locations:

  • Fitzroy campus Melbourne
  • Pyrmont campus Sydney
  • Fortitude Valley campus Brisbane.

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.

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 Codes for Trimester 1, full time study

Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine): 9259257

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, school leaver’s 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 (Nutritional Medicine) degree is nationally and government recognised, designed to meet the professional requirements of the following industry organisations:

  • Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)

Students may also be eligible to join:

  • AIMA (Australian Integrative Medicine Association)
  • ACNEM (Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine)
  • HPAA (Health Promotion Association of Australia)
  • NA (Nutrition Australia)
  • NSA (Nutrition Society of Australia)
  • PHAA (Public Health Association of 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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Date of Publication: October 2014

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