Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)

Southern School of Natural Therapies
Southern School of Natural Therapies
  • Awarded by

    Think Colleges Pty Ltd

  • Qualification

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study Mode

    On campus

  • Payment Options

    Upfront payment

  • Duration

    3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

  • Start Date

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  • Location


  • Career Outcomes

    Holistic Wellness Coach | Homeopath | Western Herbal Medicine Practitioner | Western Herbal Medicine Researcher

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Last modified: 21 Dec 2018

In a Nutshell

Take your first step towards a rewarding career in the alternative health sector by studying this practical, people-focused Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine) course.

Designed for students seeking a career in holistic medicine, this academic course provides the foundation skills, knowledge and work experience required to thrive in this emerging profession. 

Concerned with the use of medicinal plants for therapeutic purposes, western herbal medicine is a centuries-old practice rapidly gaining mainstream modern traction as consumers seek alternative strategies to treating illness and injury and maintaining good health. 

A holistic form of medicine that treats not only the symptoms of illness, but the underlying causes, western herbal medicine is an alternative practice suited for people with open minds seeking fulfilling careers helping people achieve good holistic health. If you're interested in working in this exciting and dynamic field, this course could be your first career step. 


  • What You'll Need to Get In


    To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

    • Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 60; OR
    • Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level, comprising relevant work experience or formal or informal study or written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success. 

    Passing a science subject at high school level is recommended.

    Before undertaking clinical work students must hold a valid national police clearance and first aid certificate.

    For international students, English language proficiency to equivalent IELTS 6.5 (academic) with no skills band less than 5.5 is also required.

  • Subject Breakdown

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    In this natural therapies course, the subjects you may study include:

    • Anatomy and physiology 1
    • Bioscience
    • Counselling and communication skills
    • Anatomy and physiology 2
    • Biochemistry 1
    • Anatomy and physiology 3
    • Research and evidence-based practice
    • General pathology
    • Biochemistry 2
    • Pathophysiology and clinical diagnosis 1
    • Pathophysiology and clinical diagnosis 2
    • Pathophysiology and clinical diagnosis 3
    • Drug and integrated pharmacology
    • Professional practice
    • History and philosophy of complementary and alternative medicine
    • Botany
    • Nutritional foundations 1
    • Herbal medicine and manufacturing
    • WHM materia medica 1
    • Nutritional foundations 2
    • WHM materia medica 2
    • Clinical studies 1
    • WHM pharmacology
    • Clinical studies 2
    • Health assessment and diagnostic techniques
    • Herbal medicine therapeutics 1
    • WHM clinical practicum 1
    • WHM clinical practicum 2
    • Clinical studies 3
    • Herbal medicine therapeutics 3
    • Clinical practicum 3
    • Advanced WHM clinical practicum 1
    • Advanced WHM clinical practicum 2
    • Advanced herbal medicine
    • Integrative complementary medicine 1
    • Integrative complementary medicine 2
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  • Why Southern School of Natural Therapies?

    The Southern School of Natural Therapies is equipped with over 50 years in academic excellence; making is the longest established school of its kind. Backed by a teaching staff that includes some of Australia’s leading lectures and practitioners, SSNT is the place to be when it comes to learning about complementary and alternative medicine. Their courses in in Health Science, Naturopathy, Nutritional Medicine, Clinical Myotherapy and more will take you from student to graduate practitioner, all under the expert supervision of some of Australia’s best clinicians and trainers! The Southern School of Natural Therapies is part of Think: Education Group which includes some of Australia’s most respected and iconic specialist colleges, and together have educated over 9,500 students.

    At the start of each semester the Southern School of Natural Therapies host a detailed orientation program to help new students settle in and prepare for their new learning experience. The program includes a range of activities, social events (includes the annual rooftop party), and a showbag full of freebies and useful goodies.

    With a dedication to providing optimal wellbeing to its students, SSNT offer them full access to their Think Wellbeing Centre on the Fitzroy campus. Receive a discounted student rate and enjoy a range of professional natural therapy treatments.

    All students will also have access to the convenient online student portal, student services team and free and confidential counselling.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Where Will This Course Take You?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine) from Southern School of Natural Therapies. 

This qualification will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience required to work in a range of roles in the exciting and rewarding natural therapy industry. You may choose to seek employment in clinical practice, herbal medicine manufacturing, alternative medicine research and education, or in health writing or journalism.

You'll also be equipped with the skills and insights required to help patients achieve their health goals.

Graduates of this course may also be eligible to join:

  • PHAA (Public Health Association of Australia)
  • AIMA (Australian Integrative Medicine Association)
  • ACNEM (Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine)
  • HPAA (Health Promotion Association of Australia)
  • NA (Nutrition Australia)

Wondering where a career in natural therapy could take you? Potential job outcomes may include; Natural Therapist, Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist, Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist.

Let's Talk Price

Southern School of Natural Therapies offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants. 

Students can also pay fees upfront. Other payment options may also be available to eligible students. Enquire now to find out more!

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