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C10186v9 Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Award(s): Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (BHlthSc)
UAC code: 607055 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 023606B
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Notes

For international students, mid-year (July/August) intake may be considered on a case-by-case basis by the faculty.


Overview
Course intended learning outcomes
Career options
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Rules and regulations
Transfer between UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine provides graduates with a professional entry level for the practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. It aims to produce professional Chinese medicine practitioners with highly adaptable and practical clinical skills accompanied by a thorough grounding in theory.

The course has a strong history of delivering skilled practitioners and researchers, and is well regarded nationally and internationally. Opportunities exist for overseas clinical internships in the final year of study in Asia, including China (Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Hong Kong Baptist University) and South Korea (Dong Eui University). In addition students may pursue a six-year combined degree with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, learning Mandarin and studying in China for a year.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 An understanding of the nature, practice and application of the chosen science discipline.
2.0 Encompasses problem solving, critical thinking and analysis attributes and an understanding of the scientific method knowledge acquisition.
3.0 The ability to acquire, develop, employ and integrate a range of technical, practical and professional skills, in appropriate and ethical ways within a professional context, autonomously and collaboratively and across a range of disciplinary and professional areas, e.g. time management skills, personal organisation skills, teamwork skills, computing skills, laboratory skills, data handling, quantitative and graphical literacy skills.
4.0 The capacity to engage in reflection and learning beyond formal educational contexts that is based on the ability to make effective judgments about one's own work. The capacity to learn in and from new disciplines to enhance the application of scientific knowledge and skills in professional contexts.
5.0 An awareness of the role of science within a global culture and willingness to contribute actively to the shaping of community views on complex issues where the methods and findings of science are relevant.
6.0 An understanding of the different forms of communication - writing, reading, speaking, listening -, including visual and graphical, within science and beyond and the ability to apply these appropriately and effectively for different audiences.
7.0 An ability to think and work creatively, including the capacity for self-starting, and the ability to apply science skills to unfamiliar applications.

Career options

Career options include self-employment in private practice or as part of an interdisciplinary clinical team. Opportunities exist in health care policy development and consultancy; research trial coordination; sales, marketing and product development for herbal and pharmaceutical companies; and community-based organisations with a health service focus.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Assumed knowledge

Any two units of English; and any two units of science.

Biology is recommended.

Course duration and attendance

This course can be completed over four years of full-time study. Students may also be able to complete the course part time, usually at the rate of two subjects a session (a 50 per cent load), taking eight years to complete. Part-time students are required to attend some classes in daytime hours. Full-time attendance involves approximately 24 hours each week at the University. This also involves students practising their skills in the UTS acupuncture and herbal medicine clinics as required during the course.

Course structure

The course comprises 192 credit points of study and consists of eight academic stages, taken over four years of full-time study.

Course completion requirements

99665 Chinese Medicine Foundations 1 6cp
99641 Point Location and Acupuncture Anatomy 6cp
92227 Communication for the Complementary Therapist 6cp
99667 Clinical Theory and Clinic Level 1 6cp
99666 Chinese Medicine Foundations 2 6cp
99567 Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine 6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology 6cp
99668 Clinic Level 2 and Acupuncture Techniques 1 6cp
99618 Chinese Diagnostic System 1 6cp
99650 Pharmacology of Chinese Herbal Medicine 6cp
99651 Chinese Herbal Formula 1 6cp
99621 Chinese Diagnostic System 2 6cp
99652 Chinese Herbal Formula 2 6cp
99584 Clinical Features of Disease 6cp
91610 Medical Classics and the History of Chinese Medicine 6cp
99646 Clinic Level 5 and Acupuncture Microsystems 6cp
99656 Disease States for Traditional Chinese Medicine 1 6cp
91611 Clinical Practicum (Therapy and Diagnosis) 6cp
99647 Clinic Level 6 6cp
99657 Disease States for Traditional Chinese Medicine 2 6cp
91614 Evaluating TCM: Theory, Practice and Research 1 6cp
99630 Clinical Practice 1 (TCM) 12cp
91613 Professional Issues in Traditional Chinese Medicine 6cp
91615 Evaluating TCM: Theory, Practice and Research 2 6cp
99631 Clinical Practice 2 (TCM) 12cp
99644 Clinic Level 3 and Acupuncture Techniques 2 6cp
99645 Clinic Level 4 and Acupuncture Techniques 3 6cp
91703 Physiological Systems 6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology 6cp
91706 Neuroscience 6cp
Total 192cp

Course program

The program is shown below.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
99665 Chinese Medicine Foundations 1   6cp
99641 Point Location and Acupuncture Anatomy   6cp
99667 Clinical Theory and Clinic Level 1   6cp
92227 Communication for the Complementary Therapist   6cp
Spring session
99567 Introduction to Chinese Herbal Medicine   6cp
99666 Chinese Medicine Foundations 2   6cp
99668 Clinic Level 2 and Acupuncture Techniques 1   6cp
91400 Human Anatomy and Physiology   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
99618 Chinese Diagnostic System 1   6cp
99644 Clinic Level 3 and Acupuncture Techniques 2   6cp
99650 Pharmacology of Chinese Herbal Medicine   6cp
91703 Physiological Systems   6cp
Spring session
99621 Chinese Diagnostic System 2   6cp
99645 Clinic Level 4 and Acupuncture Techniques 3   6cp
99651 Chinese Herbal Formula 1   6cp
91239 Human Pathophysiology   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
99584 Clinical Features of Disease   6cp
99646 Clinic Level 5 and Acupuncture Microsystems   6cp
99652 Chinese Herbal Formula 2   6cp
91706 Neuroscience   6cp
Spring session
91610 Medical Classics and the History of Chinese Medicine   6cp
91611 Clinical Practicum (Therapy and Diagnosis)   6cp
99647 Clinic Level 6   6cp
99656 Disease States for Traditional Chinese Medicine 1   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
91614 Evaluating TCM: Theory, Practice and Research 1   6cp
99657 Disease States for Traditional Chinese Medicine 2   6cp
99630 Clinical Practice 1 (TCM)   12cp
Spring session
91613 Professional Issues in Traditional Chinese Medicine   6cp
91615 Evaluating TCM: Theory, Practice and Research 2   6cp
99631 Clinical Practice 2 (TCM)   12cp

Rules and regulations

To enter the Year 4 clinic, students must have successfully completed:

  • all subjects in Years 1–3
  • all clinical hours attached to clinic level subjects 1–6
  • all WIKIs attached to the clinical hours 1–6
  • a senior first aid certificate, current through to the Year 4 clinic period
  • a police check.

Transfer between UTS courses

Students have the opportunity to transfer into the combined degree of Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (C10164). This involves an additional two years of language and culture training in Australia and China.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and graduates are eligible for general registration as a Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture practitioner, and for membership with most professional associations.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
Ask UTS