The Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture) consists of 12 courses and incorporates Chinese medicine philosophy in the first year and clinical studies in the final two years.
Clinical studies focus on using acupuncture and acupuncture-related modalities, including cupping, moxibustion, tuina, electroacupuncture, scalp acupuncture and ear acupuncture for a variety of clinical conditions and specialty areas such as:
- internal medicine
- external conditions
The Australian healthcare system, professional issues, research and acupuncture neurophysiology are also covered.
You'll need to complete clinical requirement and clinical capabilities from second year clinical courses. Although the program does not specify the number hours you are required to complete, it is recommended you set aside 4-8 hours each week from year 2 to complete your clinical requirements.
Prior to commencing clinical practice, you must pass the clinical entrance exam.
You must be supervised by an AHPRA-registered acupuncturist with a minimum of five years’ experience for supervised clinical practice.
If you're based in Melbourne you can access RMIT's Health Sciences Clinic for observation or practice.
Interstate students can choose a AHPRA-registered practitioner to supervise clinical practice. A list of previous practitioners who have supervised students throughout Australia is available.
The following is an example of courses offered:
- Acupuncture Neurophysiology and Techniques
- Acupuncture Theory and Practice
- Chinese Medicine Theory
- Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine and Clinical Conference (Acupuncture)
- Clinical Chinese Medicine
- Supervised Clinical Practice
- Professional Issues and Australian Health Care System
- Research Project