Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathic Studies) - this program is not currently offered.

Approved Abbreviation: BAppSc(NaturopSt)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4597.2

CRICOS Code: 049173G

Naturopathy is an holistic form of health care that aims to enhance the health and wellbeing of people through the use of a variety of modalities and techniques that address the underlying causes of suboptimal health including lifestyle choices.

Naturopathy uses a broad range of techniques which aim to diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health problems, ranging from sports injuries, disorders in children, the care of pregnant and breast-feeding women, to the management of stress and age related and chronic disorders.

Treatment is aimed at restoring function to the body through massage, herbal medicine, stress management, homoeopathy, nutritional and lifestyle guidance and counselling. Naturopathy stresses maintenance of health and prevention of disease.

The combination of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathic Studies) and the Graduate Diploma in Naturopathy is designed to prepare graduates to work competently and safely as primary health care practitioners and to meet the demands of a changing health care system.

Study Mode
Three-years full-time (HECS funded) followed by a one year full-time (full fee paying) graduate diploma in order to practice Naturopathy.

Advanced standing

Applications for advanced standing will be assessed in accordance with UWS policy.

The combined Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathic Studies) and Graduate Diploma in Naturopathy are accredited with the National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA) and the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS). Note: Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Naturopathic Studies) alone does not meet ATMS requirement.


Application to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathic Studies) is normally through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

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

International Office

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

400130Human Medical Sciences 1
400492Introduction to Naturopathy
400732Communication in Health
400491Remedial Massage 1

Year 1

Spring session

400493Biochemistry for Naturopathy
400256Human Medical Sciences 2
400494Remedial Massage 2
400496Homoeopathic Principles

Year 2

Autumn session

400135Clinical Pharmacology and Microbiology
400497Naturopathic Nutrition 1
400495Western Herbal Medicine 1

and one elective

Spring session

400262Clinical Diagnosis
400137Introduction to Research for Health Sciences
400499Naturopathic Nutrition 2
400498Western Herbal Medicine 2

Year 3

Autumn session

400501Naturopathic Nutrition 3
400138Pathophysiology 1
400500Western Herbal Medicine 3

And one elective

Spring session

400361Herbal Pharmacognosy
400502Naturopathic Practice
400267Pathophysiology 2

And one elective

Elective Units

Elective units in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathic Studies) may be chosen from any award offered by Western Sydney University, provided that unit prerequisites are met and space is available.

The following elective unit in the Naturopathy/Complementary Therapies discipline area may be offered. This unit is not listed elsewhere in the Handbook, and is open to students from across Western Sydney University provided space is available:

E1022Introduction to Complementary Medicine

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