Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Approved Abbreviation: BHlthSc/MTCM

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4660.2

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 070915K

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This course version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2012 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2007 to 2009 - 4565.2 Bachelor of Applied Science (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Commencement Year 2010 to 2011 - 4660.1 Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine

This course prepares graduates for careers as practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners are usually either self-employed in private practice or work as a member of a team in a clinic that offers a range of therapies. They practice as acupuncturists and treating clients using Chinese herbal medications. There are also opportunities in medical research, product development, management and sales roles in pharmaceutical and herbal companies.

The course in Traditional Chinese Medicine is offered as a combined Bachelor of Health Science/Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The first three years of the program combine studies in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with a broad understanding of biomedicine and various health science fields to develop the professional competencies important for ethical and safe practice and high quality care and the skills to work in multidisciplinary teams. The progression to the Master’s component of the combined degree is seamless and the final year focuses predominately on practical experience and specialised areas. Part of the clinical experience can be taken through an intensive clinical placement in China. Evidence-based practice is one of the most important trends in healthcare today and a strong feature of the program.

Study Mode
Four years full-time

This course has been approved by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia. Students who have successfully completed the course are eligible to apply for national general registration. The national Chinese medicine registration commences from 1 July 2012.


For local students admission is through UAC. Assumed knowledge, Any 2 units of Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) English.

Recommended studies, Biology.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office. International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
In order to enrol in Second Year Autumn units, all students must have: 1. NSW Health National Criminal Record Check, 2. Prohibited Employment Declaration Form. In order to enrol in Second Year Spring units, all students must have a First Aid Certificate. To be eligible to undertake fieldwork placements in public hospitals, students must comply with vaccination requirements and be prepared to submit a completed Adult Immunisation Card to placement institutions. Details of necessary vaccinations are available from NSW Health.

Course Structure

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

Recommended sequence

Year 1

Autumn session

400346Traditional Chinese Medicine 1
400868Human Anatomy and Physiology 1
400866Culture, Diversity and Health
400871Professional Health Competencies

Spring session

400348Traditional Chinese Medicine 2
400869Human Anatomy and Physiology 2
400732Communication in Health
300816Cell Biology

Year 2

Autumn session

400352Traditional Chinese Medicine 3
400138Pathophysiology 1
400874Channels and Points 1
400876Chinese Materia Medica 1

Spring session

400863Foundations of Research and Evidence-Based Practice
400267Pathophysiology 2
400875Channels and Points 2
400877Chinese Materia Medica 2

Year 3

Autumn session

400864Research Methods (Quantitative and Qualitative)
400878Chinese Medicinal Formulas
400873Acupuncture Techniques
400354Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice 1

Spring session

400865Evidence-Based Practice

From 2023 400865 is replaced by 401384 Evidence in Professional Reasoning

401384Evidence in Professional Reasoning
400879Clinical Assessment Methods
400356Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice 2

At this point, students may exit with the Bachelor of Health Science.

Year 4

Autumn session

400918Chinese Internal Medicine 1 (PG)
400919Specialities in Traditional Chinese Medicine 1 (PG)
400969Classical Texts in Chinese Medicine (PG)
400920Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice 3 (PG)

Spring session

400922Chinese Internal Medicine 2 (PG)
400923Specialities in Traditional Chinese Medicine 2 (PG)
400927Block Clinical Practicum (PG)
400924Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice 4 (PG)

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