Sorry, this program is not available for local students.
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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
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The program integrates Chinese medicine's principles, diagnosis and treatment (such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and other therapeutic approaches) with western medical sciences and diagnosis.
You will gain theoretical knowledge, practical skills, clinical experience and recognised qualifications in Chinese medicine.
The emphasis is on the integration of Chinese and western medicines, 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.
RMIT consulted government agencies, industries and professional associations extensively to develop its Chinese medicine programs since their inception in 1993. RMIT program development is done in consultation with the University's Chinese Medicine Program Advisory Committee and major professional associations.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Classes are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, online reading, workshop, practical and laboratory sessions. These are delivered in English.
You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
You will develop important diagnosis, communication and herbal dispensing skills by undertaking clinical observation and supervised clinical practice at the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic at University Hill, Bundoora and community clinics from the second semester of your first year.
The RMIT Health Sciences Clinic offers quality acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine services for health promotion, rehabilitation and treatment for conditions such as the common cold, hay fever, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and problem periods.
You will also undertake a one-semester clinical internship at a well-known teaching hospital in China.
Chinese medicine has been regulated in Victoria since 2000 and nationally since July 2012. Employment opportunities are expected to increase with the national mandatory registration.
Chinese medicine, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, is one of the most commonly used complementary therapies.
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
Professional recognition and accreditation
This double degree is fully accredited by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.
It is also recognised by the following major Chinese medicine Associations in Australia:
During the final year you'll embark on a supervised clinical internship in China, to experience first-hand the modern practice of Chinese medicine in a public hospital.
The Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine is one of China's busiest, and the visit is the perfect way to round out your studies. You'll hone your skills by seeing approximately 30 patients a day for one semester.
Your rounds will take you across various departments, exposing you to around 2000 patients and a wide range of clinical conditions.
Consultations incorporate Chinese and western medicine and treatment.
Program and course information
Harmonising east with west
Gain practical skills and learn to apply Chinese medicine using western medical science principles