Course Code: 084578G

Western Herbal Medicine is one of the oldest forms of medicine and involves the use of medicinal plants for therapautic purposes. Herbal medicine is a holistic form of medicine which not only treats the symptoms but addresses the underlying causes of the condition. The Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine) educates students to identify individual properties of different herbs, how to prepare them and how to prescribe them. 

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

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  • Government Funding Available
Course structure

The 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 (Western Herbal Medicine) is ideal for those seeking an education in incorporating herbal medicine practice as part of a holistic and scientifically based health plan to help meet patients needs. 

    The 36 units cover such knowledge and training as: biological and social sciences, western herbal medicine and clinical studies, properties of herbs and herbal pharmacology and the history and philosophy of herbal medicine.

    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 around 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 (Western Herbal Medicine) 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 36 units of competency.

    Year 1 

    Unit Code  Name
    BHS101A  Anatomy & Physiology 1
    BHS103A Counselling & Communication Skills
    CAM105A Herbal Medicine Manufacturing
    CAM101A History & Philosophy of Complementary & Alternative Medicine
    BHS104A Anatomy & Physiology 2
    BHS102A Bioscience 
    CAM102A Botany 
    CAM103A Nutritional Foundations 1
    BHS106A Anatomy & Physiology 3
    BHS105A Biochemistry 1
    BHS107A  Research & Evidence-Based Practice
    CAM202A WHM Materia Medica 1

    Year 2 

    Unit Code  Name
    BHS201A General Pathology
    BHS202A Biochemistry 2
    CAM203A Nutritional Foundations 2
    CAM204A WHM Materia Medica 2
    BHS203A  Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 1
    CAM207A WHM Pharmacology
    CAM308A  Herbal Medicine Therapeutics 1
    CAM206A Clinical Studies 1 
    BHS204A Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 2
    CAM307A  Health Assessment & Diagnostic Techniques
    CAM315A Herbal Medicine Therapeutics 2
    CAM305A Clinical Studies 2

    Year 3

    Unit Code  Name
    BHS301A Pathophysiology & Clinical Diagnosis 3
    CAM402A Advanced Herbal Medicine
    BHS401A Professional Practice
    CAM311A Clinical Studies 3
    CAM405A Integrative Complementary Medicine 1
    BHS302A Drug & Integrated Pharmacology
    CAM309A WHM Clinical Practicum 1
    CAM310A WHM Clinical Practicum 2
    CAM407A Integrative Complementary Medicine 2
    CAM316A WHM Clinical Practicum 3
    CAM317A Advanced WHM Clinical Practicum 1
    CAM318A Advanced WHM Clinical Practicum 2
  • Career Outcomes

    The Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine) graduates are well placed to pursue a career as a herbal medicine practitioner. 

    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 associaation 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. 

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

    For more information on FEE-HELP visit the following:

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