Bachelor of Applied Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Approved Abbreviation: BAppSc(TCM)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4565.2

CRICOS Code: 044760G

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2007, 2008 or 2009.

Commencement Year 2002 to 2006 - 4565.1 Bachelor of Applied Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

This course prepares graduates to function as competent practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Students undertake study in acupuncture, herbal medicine and Chinese medical theory, and human medical sciences including anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, clinical examination and diagnosis. Students will participate in over 900 hours of clinical education at the University’s clinical facility and at external placement sites. Graduates will have acquired flexible skills permitting them to specialise further in a range of clinical areas.

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Study Mode
Four years full-time. Some classes will be held at the specialist outpatient clinic and anatomy facilities at Campbelltown campus as required.

Advanced standing

Students who have previously successfully completed other relevant studies of an equivalent level at a recognised tertiary institution and/or have relevant professional experience may be granted credit for units that form part of their accreditation award, as governed by the University of Western Sydney policies.

The Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA), Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA), Australian Traditional Chinese Medicine Association and the NSW Association of Chinese Medicine have accredited the Western Sydney University program and will grant recognition of our graduates.


Potential students normally apply for admission to the course through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). Other admission schemes of the University of Western Sydney are available.

International applicants should contact International Office for details on admission. Contact information for the International Office is available via the UWS website.

International Office

Special Requirements Prerequisites
Any student going on placement in NSW Health facilities will need to comply with its occupational screening and vaccination policy prior to placement. The unit 400363 - Block Clinical Practicum involves 400 hours intensive hospital-based training. It is required to be undertaken at an assigned teaching hospital in China.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 320 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

400130Human Medical Sciences 1
400346Traditional Chinese Medicine 1
400732Communication in Health

And one elective

Spring session

400347Acupuncture 1
400349Chinese Herbal Medicine 1
400256Human Medical Sciences 2
400348Traditional Chinese Medicine 2

Year 2

Autumn session

400350Acupuncture 2
400351Chinese Herbal Medicine 2
400135Clinical Pharmacology and Microbiology
400352Traditional Chinese Medicine 3

Spring session

400353Chinese Herbal Medicine 3
400262Clinical Diagnosis
400964Clinical Neurosciences
400137Introduction to Research for Health Sciences

Year 3

Autumn session

400355Classical Texts in Chinese Medicine
400138Pathophysiology 1
400354Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice 1

And one elective

Spring session

400357Chinese Internal Medicine 1
400249Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care
400267Pathophysiology 2
400356Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice 2

Year 4

Autumn session

400360Chinese Internal Medicine 2
400358Specialties in Traditional Chinese Medicine 1
400359Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice 3 (Research Project)

And one elective

Spring session

400363Block Clinical Practicum (TCM)
400361Herbal Pharmacognosy
400364Specialties in Traditional Chinese Medicine 2
400362Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice 4

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