Course Code: 084577G

Nutritional Medicine focuses on the relationship between health and diet. With recent developments around biochemistry, Nutritional Medicine is being used in conjunction with dietary changes for therapeutic relief of disease and illness. Nutritional Medicine Practitioners work to ensure the dietary and lifestyle factors of a patient positively impact their health and well-being - especially during periods of recovery. 

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

  • Studying online
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  • Nationally Recognised
  • Rolling Start Dates
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  • Student Reward Program
  • Government Funding Available
Course structure

This course covers 36 units of competency

Study Mode

Blended Delivery (online & on campus) or On Campus delivery in Sydney and Brisbane

Locations & Dates

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  • Course Description

    The Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) equips students with the knowledge and practices required to facilitate Nutritional Medicine consultations with patients and provide the best outcomes depending on the patients dietary and lifestyle requirements.

    The 36 units cover such knowledge and training as: Biological and social sciences, nutritional and clinical studies, human nutrition, nutritional science, food packaging and public health nutrition.

    Students will also complete industry experience through two work placement components, Clinical Studies and Clinical Practicum. 


    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 to complete each level. The course consists of 36 units of competency. 

    Year 1 

    Unit Code  Name
    BHS101A Anatomy & Physiology 1
    BHS103A Counselling & Communication Skills
    CAM104A Food Science, Systems & Policy 
    CAM101A History & Philosophy of Complementary & Alternative Medicine 
    BHS104A Anatomy & Physiology 2
    BHS102A Bioscience
    CAM106A Nutrition, Society & Public Health
    CAM103A Nutritional Foundations 1
    BHS106A Anatomy & Physiology 3
    BHS105A Biochemistry 1
    BHS107A Research & Evidence-Based Practice
    CAM203A Nutritional Foundations 2

    Year 2 

    Unit Code  Name
    BHS201A General Pathology 
    BHS202A Biochemistry 2
    CAM201A Food as Medicine 
    CAM206A Clinical Studies 1
    BHS203A Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 1 
    CAM205A Nutritional Biochemistry 
    CAM208A Lifespan Nutrition
    CAM305A Clinical Studies 2
    BHS204A Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 2
    CAM307A Health Assessment & Diagnostic Techniques 
    CAM306A Nutritional Therapeutics 1
    CAM311A Clinical Studies 

    Year 3

    Unit Code  Name
    BHS301A Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 3
    CAM301A Health Promotion
    CAM312A Nutritional Therapeutics 2
    CAM304A Nutrition Clinical Practicum 1
    BHS302A Drug & Integrated Pharmacology
    CAM411A Advanced Nutrition Medicine 
    CAM405A Integrative Complementary Medicine 1
    CAM313A Nutrition Clinical Practicum 2
    BHS401A Professional Practice 
    CAM410A Dietary Analysis & Planning 
    CAM407A Integrative Complementary Medicine 2 
    CAM314A Nutrition Clinical Practicum 3 
  • Career Outcomes

     The Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional Medicine) graduates are well placed to pursue a career as Nutritionalist. Nutritionalists are able to work in a number of settings:

    • Private practice 
    • Community Programs
    • Food industry
    • Research
    • Product development
    • Retail and Sales
    • Education
    • Complementary clinics

    Students gain valuable practical experience at The Wellbeing Clinic under the supervision of experienced naturopaths, in a clinical setting treating public patients.  Graduates will be confident in their abilities once they enter the workforce.


    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. 

    Think: Colleges Pty Ltd is a recognised Higher Education Provider.

    For more information on FEE-HELP visit the following:

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