Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)
Formulate herbal prescriptions using medicinal plants
Explore where herbal medicine fits in with health science and pharmacology. You’ll practice clinical skills and provide lifestyle advice in a student-led clinic. Deep dive into the quality and safety of herbal medicine in different forms and doses.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
Online & on-campus
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At Torrens University Australia you can tailor your study to suit your lifestyle. Thanks to their innovative digital learning system you’ll gain the ultimate in flexibility, and still receive personalised guidance from academics and access to work placement, mentorship and internship opportunities. Online you can attend live classes or view recorded sessions, connect with lecturers and fellow students, and access content on-demand 24/7.
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During this course you will:
- Explore herbal history, philosophy and principles of practice.
- Discover the role of research and evidence in determining the most effective treatments.
- Learn the innate properties of herbs and herbal pharmacology.
- Work with the different forms of herbal medicines, such as liquid extracts, infusions and external preparations like ointments and lotions.
This course will prepare you to confidently start practising Western herbal medicine in your community, with employment opportunities in a range of healthcare settings that require Western herbal medicine specialisation. Join a healthcare practice or start your own, develop cutting-edge Western Herbal Medicine products, or work in a corporate role within the growing complementary medicine health care sector. Potential career paths include:
- Western Herbal Practitioner
- Product Developer
- Health Educator
ANTA recognised credentials
On graduation, you are eligible to register with the Australian Natural Therapists Association.
Torrens University Australia offers flexible entry options and study pathways, whether you’re finishing school, pursuing career progression or looking for a change. Entry requirements for this course includes:
- Successful completion of a Higher Education qualification.
- Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent.
- Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above.
Work and Life
- Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.
English Proficiency Requirements
Standard English language requirements apply.
Don’t meet the entry requirements? We have numerous pathway programs to get you started. Contact our Future Student Advisors to learn about alternative entry options.
During your degree, you’ll undertake 460 hours Work-Integrated Learning at The Practice Wellbeing Centre and over 100 hours of compulsory class attendance.
Mandatory Residential School attendance will be required for the below subjects:
- BHM106A Botany & Herbal Manufacturing
- PCS207A Pre-Clinical Studies 1
- CLA207A Clinical Assessment
- PCS209A Pre-Clinical Studies 2
During this course, you will learn about health science, clinical assessment, pharmacology, herbal synergy, quality and safety issues affecting prescribing decisions.
As a part of your Western Herbal course practice, you will also learn how to provide basic dietary and lifestyle advice to your clients for a holistic approach to healthcare.
You will gain hands-on experience at The Practice Wellbeing Centre consulting with members of the public under the guidance of experienced Western herbal medicine practitioners.
Tailor your study to your lifestyle thanks to our innovative digital learning system, accessible from anywhere with 24/7 personalised support. With all your course materials online, and the option to study full or part time, on-campus, online or a blend of both it's all about flexibility.
Course duration: 3 years full time, approximately 6 years part time