Naturopathy works through supporting and stimulating the body's own healing mechanisms. The use of natural remedies in health care stems back thousands of years and has been a large fixture of scientific research. Trained Naturopaths can clinically assess, diagnose and treat patients through the use of herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutritional and lifestyle advice. 

Delivered by Think: Colleges Pty Ltd trading as Australasian College of Natural Therapies RTO 0269, HEP no. 4375, CRICOS 00246M

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Course Description

The Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) packages a comprehensive training and education in Naturopathy, its history, the science between natures healing properties and how to administer and monitor natural remedies. Students will also complete industry experience through two work placement components, Clinical Studies and Clinical Practicum. 

The units cover such knowledge and training as: Biological and social sciences, naturopathic and clinical studies, western herbal medicine, iridology, flower essences and homeopathy. 


Unlike distance education or correspondence courses,  the facilitated online cohort-based study model allows you to interact and network with other students, using a range of communication and collaboration tools such as discussion forums, message boards, blogs and wiki’s (editable web pages) and RSS feeds, to ensure you never feel isolated in your independent learning. Courses feature:

  • Flexible learning: online or on-campus 
  • Dedicated online lecturer who guides the learning process and provides academic support 
  • Industry placement so you graduate with experience
  • Access to a fully customised, state-of-the-art learning portal
  • Access to one of the largest online libraries in Australia, with over 70 million articles available
  • Access to a web-based job finder for job opportunities 
  • Access to Upskilled's Student Rewards Program

Course Delivery

This course is delivered over a duration of 3-6 years. You can choose from full-time or part-time delivery modes, putting you in total control of your completion date. This course is delivered at both the Brisbane and Sydney ACNT campus. For online study, each subject runs for 10 weeks and your study time commitment is approx. 10hrs (per subject) per week. Some subjects are offered online, while others must be taken on-campus, in a specialist facility. 

Industry Placement

The course work includes both clinical work and fieldwork placement, ensuring that you graduate with valuable experience and industry contacts. Students undertake up to 100 hours of practical work placement over the course of their degree, which means you graduate with not only a qualification but also invaluable professional experience - equipping you to be work ready. 


Applicants should have completed Senior High School Certificate (Year 12) or equivalent or Mature age entry with relevant work experience with an ATAR 60 or equivalent. Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level:

  • work experience, and/or other formal, informal or non-formal study attempted and/or completed

Additional course entry requirements:

  • First Aid Certificate, Working with Children and Police Check before commencing clinical subjects
  • Pass in a science subject at senior secondary level recommended
  • Pass in standard English Band 4 or above

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is available for each unit of competency based on relevant workplace experience, formal training, or other expertise. To apply for RPL, please submit documentation for evaluation by assessors. More information can be found here for course credit and here for RPL.

Unit Outline

The Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) consists of three levels of subjects, each with core units of competency and electives are chosen by students to complete each level. The course consists of 48 units of competency, including two elective units. 

Year 1 

Unit Code
Unit Name
BHS101A Anatomy & Physiology 1
 BHS103A Counselling & Communication Skills
CAM105A Herbal Medicine Manufacturing
CAM101A History & Philosophy of Complementary & Alternative Medicine
BHS104A Anatomy and Physiology 2
BHS102A Bioscience


CAM103A Nutritional Foundations 1

Anatomy & Physiology 3

BHS105A Biochemistry 1
BHS107A Research & Evidence-Based Practice
CAM203A Nutritional Foundations 2

Year 2 

Unit Code
Unit Name
BHS201A General Pathology 
BHS202A  Biochemistry 2
CAM202A WHM Materia Medica 1
CAM201A  Food as Medicine 
BHS203A Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 1
CAM206A Clinical Studies 1
CAM205A Nutritional Biochemistry 
CAM204A WHM Materia Medica 2
BHS204A Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 2
CAM209A Homeopathy 1
CAM208A Lifespan Nutrition
CAM207A WHM Pharmacology

Year 3

Unit Code
Unit Name
BHS301A Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 3
 CAM303A Homeopathy 2
CAM302A Iridology
CAM301A  Health Promotion
CAM307A Health Assessment & Diagnostic Techniques
CAM306A Nutritional Therapeutics 1
CAM308A Herbal Medicine Therapeutics 1
CAM305A Clinical Studies 2
BHS302A Drug & Integrated Pharmacology 
CAM312A Nutritional Therapeutics 2
CAM315A Herbal Medicine Therapeutics 2
CAM311A Clinical Studies 3

Year 4

Unit Code
Unit Name
BHS401A Professional Practice
CAM402A Advanced Herbal Medicine 
CAM406A Flower Essence Therapy 
CAM401A Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1
CAM405A Integrative Complementary Medicine 1
CAM403A Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 2
CAM404A Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 3
CAM407A Integrative Complementary Medicine 2
CAM408A Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 1
CAM409A Advanced Naturopathic Clinical Practicum 2
  Plus two electives. Please speak with an education manager to explore your options. 

Career Outcomes

The Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) graduates are well placed to pursue a career as a Naturopath. 

The natural medicine industry has rapidly grown of recent, mainly due to public demand.  There is a growing need for highly trained professionals able to work in a variety of settings such as medical clinics, health food stores, complementary clinics, health retreats and self-employment. In addition, many students go on to set up their own clinics, undertake postgraduate study, work overseas, publish journals and also work voluntarily to give something back to the community. This degree meets industry association requirements so you can become a member of the related professional association.


HE-FEE HELP is available for this qualification allowing you to study now, pay later. Eligible Australian students enrolled in a Think Education course may have access to the Australian Government’s FEE-HELP scheme. 

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