Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

Course details

CRICOS course code: 077042J

Level of study: Bachelor’s Degrees


Your career in Chinese medicine

Graduate with the training and experience to practise Chinese medicine with a nationally approved qualification in an internationally accepted standard.

Why study Chinese medicine at RMIT?

You will study the leading Chinese medicine degree in Australia with a guaranteed clinical placement in China through the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine.

Global experience

During your final year, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a supervised clinical internship in China. You will apply your knowledge of Chinese medicine and western medical sciences and experience first-hand modern practice of Chinese medicine in a public hospital.

Industry leader

RMIT has led the development of Chinese medicine education in Australia and the degree was the first of its kind in Australia. Developed in close consultation with industry, it is also approved through the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.

East meets west

The degree emphasises the integration of Chinese medicine and western medical sciences. In addition to Chinese medicine subjects, other subjects include biology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and toxicology and diagnosis in western medicine.

What you will study

Combine Chinese medicine principles, diagnosis and treatment, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and more with western medical examination and diagnosis. Some core subjects include:

Chinese medicine theory and clinical Chinese medicine
Acupuncture theory and practice
Anatomy and human physiology
Pharmacology and Toxicology

Chinese medicine is the treatment of disorders and illness using medicinal substances that come from different sources such as roots, flowers, seeds and leaves of plants. It also includes other therapies such as acupuncture, cupping (applying a heated cup to the skin to create suction) and (remedial massage).

The emphasis is on the integration of Chinese medicine and western medical sciences, working together with the health community to provide the public with the best possible treatment. Advanced clinical training is provided in Australia and China to broaden your clinical experience.

Graduates will be able to practise Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture at an internationally accepted level, with the capacity to launch careers in independent practice, or working within healthcare organisations as a Chinese medicine practitioner registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


Chinese medicine practitioners work with patients to prevent and alleviate health problems using a range of treatment options including Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.

They assess patients by checking their pulse and tongue, and observing abnormalities in sleep, appetite, perspiration and body temperature. From this, they develop treatment plans.

Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, is one of the most commonly used complementary therapies in Australia and globally.

Graduates will be able to practise Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture at an internationally accepted level.

You could go on into:

independent practice
work in a multidisciplinary healthcare clinic as a registered Chinese medicine practitioner
industry and/or government in a health and medical research position

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
37,440 Per Year Feb 2024 5 years
Full time
Bundoora Campus
Plenty Road
Melbourne Victoria 3083

Entry criteria

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 70% average

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)
Melbourne City Campus
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
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