Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Western Sydney University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00917K

This course prepares graduates for careers as practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners are usually either self-employed in private practice or work as a member of a team in a clinic that offers a range of therapies. They practice as acupuncturists and treating clients using Chinese herbal medications. There are also opportunities in medical research, product development, management and sales roles in pharmaceutical and herbal companies. The course in Traditional Chinese Medicine is offered as a 4-year degree. The first three years of the program combine studies in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with a broad understanding of biomedicine and various health science fields to develop the professional competencies important for ethical and safe practice and high quality care and the skills to work in multidisciplinary teams. The final year focuses predominately on practical experience and specialised areas. Part of the clinical experience can be taken through an intensive clinical placement in China. Evidence-based practice is one of the most important trends in healthcare today and a strong feature of the program.


  • 320 credit points
  • a total of 900 hours of clinical experience is required. Minor studies: Human medical sciences including anatomy
  • pathophysiology and physiology.


  • Chinese herbal medicine
  • Chinese medical theory
  • Clinical assessment
  • Traditional Chinese medicine studies cover acupuncture

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • Any 2 units of English
  • Recommended: Biology. National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Student declaration
  • First Aid certificate (including cardiopulmonary resuscitation)


Chinese Medical Board of Australia.

Study pathways

Honours available to meritorious students.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Campbelltown International: $121,920 No
  • Full-time : 4 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Campbelltown.

Students contribute financially to the Year 4 placement in China.

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