Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)Program details
Combine Chinese medicine principles, diagnosis and treatment, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and more with western medical examination and diagnosis.
Chinese medicine is the treatment of disorders and illness using medicinal substances that come from different sources such as roots, flowers, seeds and leaves of plants. It also includes other therapies such as acupuncture, cupping (applying a heated cup to the skin to create suction) and tui na (remedial massage).
The emphasis is on the integration of Chinese medicine and western medical sciences, 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.
Graduates will be able to practise Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture at an internationally accepted level, with the capacity to launch careers in independent practice, or working within healthcare organisations as a Chinese medicine practitioner registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
How you will learn
During the final year you’ll embark on a supervised clinical internship in China to experience first-hand 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 will hone your skills by seeing approximately 30 patients a day for one semester. Your rounds will take you across various clinical departments, exposing you to around 2,000 patients and a wide range of clinical conditions. Consultations and treatment incorporate Chinese and western medicine and treatment.
Your studies begin with the basics of cell biology and Chinese medicine principles. Anatomy and physiology follow, so you understand the body's normal and abnormal states.
You will study the basic theory of acupuncture and be able to accurately locate acupuncture points. You will learn Chinese herbal medicine and formulations in detail.
You will have further study in pathology, pharmacology, toxicology and medical examination. With additional study in acupuncture techniques and preparation for clinical practice, you will understand the different clinical conditions that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can treat.
You will study a range of clinical courses covering common conditions in Chinese internal medicine, dermatology/, gynaecology and traumatology in Chinese medicine.
You will then apply this knowledge to treat patients at the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic under the supervision of experienced Chinese medicine clinicians.
You will continue studying clinical conditions covering eye, ENT and paediatrics. You will also receive advanced clinical training and undertake a clinical internship in China over one semester, with the flexibility to remain on-campus.
Jannah Jenkins was drawn to study Chinese medicine after her very first acupuncture treatment. She likes how it focuses on promoting wellbeing as well as treating diseases as they arise.
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