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Diploma of Health Science

  • Take the first step into a career in health with the Diploma of Health Science
  • Specialise in naturopathy, nutritional medicine or western herbal medicine
  • Pay for the course later via a government loan

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Provider

Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT) (RTO 0269)
Career Opportunities
  • Primary Healthcare Administrator
  • Complementary Medicine Practitioner
Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.
Recognised by the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.

Prerequisites

Year 12 ATAR of 56 or equivalent, OR demonstrated ability/work experience

Location

NSW - Sydney

Online

QLD - Brisbane

Course length
Full-time: 1 year | Part-time: 2 years
Study mode

Online

Blended

In-class


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Written & practical assignments. Quizzes & exams.
Start date

Six start dates a year. 

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Provider
Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT) (RTO 0269)

The Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT) delivers high-quality and accredited natural health and fitness courses.

ANCT's strong emphasis on practical training gives students the opportunity to build valuable hands-on skills. 

Think: Colleges Pty Ltd (RTO 0269) trading as Australasian College of Natural Therapies

Payment options

Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

12-month interest free payment planTerms & conditions apply

Upfront payment

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Price
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The cost of a course can vary depending on a few factors, including:

  • Whether you are an Australian resident
  • How you pay for the course (via a government loan, via a payment plan, or upfront)

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Prerequisites

  • Year 12 ATAR score of 56 or equivalent, OR
  • a completed diploma level course, OR
  • demonstrated ability, including work experience, formal/informal study, or a statement of intent

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • bioscience
  • social sciences
  • naturopathy, nutritional medicine or western herbal medicine (depending on your specialist area)

Course structure

12 units

Core units

  1. Anatomy & Physiology 1


    Anatomy & Physiology 1 introduces the basic concepts and terminologies required to study and understand the structure and function of the human body. The interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis is covered in detail. In addition, this unit covers the structure and function of cells and epithelial tissue, the internal structural anatomy of the human body and the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems.

    This unit is vital in the education of all complementary health practitioners, as it enables them to understand the structure and function of the human body as well as the importance of homeostasis and the ways in which the body maintains this balance.

  2. Anatomy & Physiology 2


    Anatomy & Physiology 2 builds and expands on the information and skills learnt in Anatomy & Physiology 1. This unit continues to investigate the structure and function of the human body with special attention given to the interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis. The structure and function of the respiratory, cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic and special senses systems are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body.

    The study of Anatomy & Physiology 2 is vital in the education of healthcare practitioners to enable them to understand the structure and function of the human body as well as the importance of homeostasis and the ways in which the body maintains balance.

  3. Anatomy & Physiology 3


    Anatomy & Physiology 3 builds and expands on the study of anatomy and physiological concepts introduced in Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2. This unit continues to investigate the structure and function of the human body with special attention given to the interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis. The structure and function of the digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body.

    This unit is vital in the education of healthcare practitioners to enable them to understand the structure and function of the human body as well as the importance of homeostasis and the ways in which the body maintains balance.

  4. Biochemistry 1


    Biochemistry 1 is a core unit that builds upon the basic chemistry principles covered in Bioscience. It comprises an introduction to the basic biochemical compounds in the body. This unit includes the structure and function of carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids and nucleic acid, DNA and RNA. The concept of gene expression and regulation is discussed in addition to cellular membrane structure and transport through the membrane. This unit provides a vital foundation for the complementary healthcare practitioner in the basic macromolecules essential for life. This knowledge will be built upon and expanded on in Biochemistry 2 and further therapeutic units.

  5. Bioscience


    Bioscience provides a foundational knowledge for further studies in anatomy and physiology, clinical nutrition, biochemistry and pharmacology. It comprises the study of relevant concepts of general, physical and organic chemistry and includes atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical compound structure, nomenclature, behaviour and bonding as well as organic compounds and their basic properties and reactions.

    Bioscience is a crucial component of the modern healthcare practitioner's education in order to provide the basic building blocks for structural and therapeutic knowledge.

  6. Counselling & Communication Skills


    Counselling & Communication Skills encompasses counselling skills commonly needed by complementary and alternative healthcare practitioners. This unit comprises a practical approach to a variety of communication skills and strategies including promoting change, compliance, obstacles to change, systems, transition and self-care. Sessions facilitate the development of effective listening and responding skills, increased personal awareness and insight in order to assist the building of a therapeutic relationship.

    This unit is vital in the education of all complementary healthcare practitioners, as it enables them to understand and put into use communication skills essential for building a therapeutic relationship in practice and supporting clients through change.

  7. History & Philosophy of Complementary & Alternative Medicine


    This unit explores the historical and philosophical paradigm of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that underpins clinical practice and examines a range of different modalities currently practised in Australia.

    This unit aims to provide the clinical practitioner with a sound knowledge and understanding of the history, philosophy and science of CAM with particular emphasis on naturopathy, nutritional medicine and western herbal medicine. During the trimester you will have the opportunity to observe complementary and alternative medicine practice within the college clinic to further their understanding of how natural medicine history and philosophy under-pins current clinical practice.

  8. Nutritional Foundations 1


    In this unit, you will undertake a detailed and in-depth study of the macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and lipids, and how these relate to human metabolism. Each individual macronutrient is studied in regards to their composition, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake, factors contributing to excess states, and states of insufficiency and deficiency; and signs and symptoms associated with nutrient imbalances.

    This unit is a foundational unit across the degrees of Nutrition, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine as it provides you with fundamental knowledge associated with human metabolism, and begins to build an understanding of the importance of nutrition in relation to human physiology and health.

  9. Research and Evidence-Based Practice


    Research & Evidence Based Practice provides essential knowledge in research methods and research article evaluation for complementary medicine students. This unit introduces the fundamentals of research practice and methods for the natural therapies including research design, methodology, analysis and basic statistical skills. This unit provides the you with the proficiency to be able to appropriately read, analyse and evaluate current healthcare research.

Naturopathy electives

  1. Botany


    Botany is the first unit in the stream of herbal medicine. It introduces you to the study of plant biology. Plant nomenclature, classification and identification are discussed with special regard to relevance for the study of Western herbal medicine. You may participate in field trips and walks to enhance your learning.

  2. Herbal Medicine Manufacturing


    This unit builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Botany. You will be introduced to legal, manufacturing and quality issues regarding herbal medicine-making in Australia. You will be familiarised with different forms of herbal preparations exploring their definition, application, manufacturing techniques, herbs used and preservation methods. You will explore common herbs that may be applicable in different herbal formulations. This information is then applied in practice laboratory sessions where you will learn to manufacture different herbal preparations using different techniques.

  3. Nutritional Foundations 2


    In this unit, you will undertake a detailed and in-depth study of the micronutrients which includes water- and fat-soluble vitamins and minerals and how these relate to human metabolism. This unit provides you with underpinning knowledge in relation to the correlation that exists between micronutrients and human physiology. Each individual micronutrient is studied in regards to structure, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake and therapeutic doses. Also included are factors contributing to, and symptoms associated with, states of excess, insufficiency and deficiency.

Western Herbal Medicine electives

  1. Botany


    Botany is the first unit in the stream of herbal medicine. It introduces you to the study of plant biology. Plant nomenclature, classification and identification are discussed with special regard to relevance for the study of Western herbal medicine. You may participate in field trips and walks to enhance their learning.

  2. Herbal Medicine Manufacturing


    This unit builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Botany. You will be introduced to legal, manufacturing and quality issues regarding herbal medicine-making in Australia. You will be familiarised with different forms of herbal preparations exploring their definition, application, manufacturing techniques, herbs used and preservation methods. You will explore common herbs that may be applicable in different herbal formulations. This information is then applied in practice laboratory sessions where you will learn to manufacture different herbal preparations using different techniques.

  3. WHM Materia Medica 1


    This subject builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Botany & Herbal Medicine Manufacturing. It introduces the you to WHM materia medica and herbal medicine concepts. Introductory herbal medicine theories are explored including discussion of herbal medicine origins, contemporary use of herbal medicine, herbal medicine language and terminology and differences between traditional and scientific evidence based medicine. You will explore herbal medicine materia medica relating to the digestive, integumentary, immune and respiratory systems, by learning the common name, botanical name, origin, plant family, active constituents, qualities, part used, actions, indications, preparation, dose, cautions, contraindications and interaction of each herb.

Nutritional Medicine electives

  1. Food Science, Systems & Policy


    This unit examines the way in which food is produced, processed and distributed in Australia. It provides you with an understanding of current practices and trends in primary production and food manufacturing and distribution. It also examines the laws governing food for sale and the politics of the food system.

  2. Nutrition, Society & Public Health


    This unit builds on basic nutritional knowledge from Nutritional foundations 1 and 2. It aims to provide an understanding of the sociology of food, nutrition and health together with an understanding of the theory and practice of community and public health nutrition.

  3. Nutritional Foundations 2


    In this subject, you will undertake a detailed and in-depth study of the micronutrients which includes water- and fat-soluble vitamins and minerals and how these relate to human metabolism. This subject provides you with underpinning knowledge in relation to the correlation that exists between micronutrients and human physiology. Each individual micronutrient is studied in regards to structure, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake and therapeutic doses. Also included are factors contributing to, and symptoms associated with, states of excess, insufficiency and deficiency.

An optional science bridging course is available to students who wish to refresh their skills before the course commences.

Support and delivery

When you study with the Australasian College of Natural Therapies, you will have access to:

  • the online campus portal for course materials and resources
  • teachers who are experienced academics and industry practitioners
  • students services for academic and administrative enquiries
  • free of charge counselling
  • guidance and academic support via program managers
  • study support for students new to higher education, covering study basics and academic skills
  • a pre-trimester workshop for new students who haven’t studied science before

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – FEE-HELP

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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