BP278 - Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)

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Plan: BP278HGZDD - Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)
Campus: GZUCM-RMIT Institute


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)
Award abbreviation: BHSc/BAppSc(ChinMed)
Total credit points: 480
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years Full Time
Location: GZUCM-RMIT Institute of Life Science & Bioengineering
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/health-and-biomedical-sciences/
ASCED code: 061905
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The overall objective of the Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) double degree program is to prepare you to become a professionally competent and responsible Chinese Medicine practitioner, eligible for registration and/or membership of relevant Chinese medicine professional associations.

The program is designed as a holistic, integrated five-year sequence, which will train you for entry into the Chinese Medicine profession. It is not possible to exit the program with a single three year degree in either Health or Applied Science.

You will be provided with opportunities to apply knowledge and skills in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine that you acquire from this program in clinical practice sessions and also during your internship in a teaching hospital. In combination with two prior courses (COTH2204 Supervised Clinical Practice 1 and COTH2207 Supervised Clinical Practice 2) COTH2208 Clinical Internship comprises a capstone experience - a culmination and application of all the knowledge and skills you have learnt within your program. You will consolidate, extend and holistically integrate your learning in an internship involving observation and treatment of patients with a variety of clinical conditions in a designated hospital in China. You will be supervised closely by registered staff. Your learning will focus on applying your knowledge of Chinese and western medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in a hospital setting. You will diagnose and differentiate diseases/disorders of internal medicine, gynaecology, paediatrics, traumatology/tuina, dermatology, ophthalomolgy and otorhinolaryngology according to both Chinese and Western medicine. You will formulate appropriate acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine treatment plans. The internship also includes lectures and tutorials that focus on common clinical conditions.

This combination of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, clinical experience and recognised qualifications aims to prepare you for a career in Chinese medicine which may involve independent practice, employment in a multi-discipline health care clinic, teaching and/or research.

This program requires on campus attendance at the GZUCM-RMIT Institute of Life Sciences and Bioengineering. The program is delivered full time, in face-to-face mode, supported by various blended learning activities (including on-line). English language is the medium of instruction.   

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Articulation and pathways

Students successfully completing DP013 Diploma of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) are eligible to articulate into Year 2 of BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) double degree program. Students from DP013 will gain credit as follows:

You will be guaranteed entry into the: 

BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)

If you have completed:DP013 Diploma of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)
You will get credit for:8 courses, 96 credit points
The courses for which you will get credit are:
  • BIOL2436 Biology of the Cell
  • BIOL2437 Principles of Human Biology
  • BIOL2439 Introduction to Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics
  • BIOL2442 Limb and Trunk Anatomy
  • CHEM1298 Chemistry for Health Sciences
  • COTH2193 Chinese Medicine Theory 1
  • COTH2194 Chinese Medicine Theory 2
  • OHTH2176 Research in Health Science 

If you successfully complete BP278 Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) you may be eligible to apply for MC024 Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture), MC138, Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) or a higher degree research program. Speak to your program co-ordinator or visit the RMIT website for further information.

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Entrance requirements

Entry to the BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) double Degree program at GZUCM-RMIT is via successful completion of DP013 Diploma of Health Science (Chinese Medicine). 

The Chinese equivalent for entry to the Diploma program is:
A minimum of 375 in the Gao Kao (National College Entrance Examination, NCEE) - Beijing

For students with secondary qualifications from countries other than China, the equivalent requirements for Diploma entry can be found at:

English Language Requirements 

Students entering BP278 double degree program from DP013 Diploma of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) will automatically satisfy the English language requirement for entry.

Students who wish to enter the program without having completed DP013 will need to demonstrate a minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5+, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.

For further information on English language test equivalency go to: http://www.rmit.edu.au/study-with-us/international-students/apply-to-rmit-international-students/entry-requirements/english-requirements/english-language-proficiency-tests  

Police Check: Students must provide evidence of a successful National Police Records Check or equivalent before undertaking clinical components of this course.
Working with Children Check: Students must hold a Working with Children Check or equivalent before undertaking clinical components of this course.
Failure to obtain satisfactory checks may result in students being unable to complete this course.

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External accreditation and industry links

RMIT's Discipline of Chinese Medicine has engaged in extensive consultation in the development of its programs since their inception in 1993. Senior Chinese Medicine staff at RMIT have made significant contributions to the achievement of registration for Chinese Medicine practitioners in Victoria and nationally in Australia. They have been active in the development of educational and practice guidelines following extensive consultation periods. Consultation has also been conducted through the RMIT Chinese Medicine Program Advisory Committee and major professional associations throughout the program development process.

In addition, RMIT University has established an extensive network of practitioners and public hospitals for students to experience clinical observation during their studies and/or undertake part of their Bachelors or Masters degree clinical practicum.

National registration of Chinese Medicine practitioners (including acupuncturists, Chinese herbal medicine practitioners and Chinese herbal medicine dispensers) was introduced in Australia on 1 July 2012. The Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) double degree program (BP278) is accredited by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) and is designed as a primary qualifying undergraduate program in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine that provides requisite knowledge and skills for entry into the Chinese medicine profession. Accreditation will also be sought with professional organisations in China.    

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in an RMIT University program you may access many of the extensive collections of electronic resources and services provided from the RMIT University Library in Melbourne. Resources include e-books, electronic journals and newspapers and product data. Library subject guides and web based tutorials will support your learning. Electronic resources and the online Ask a Librarian reference service are accessible on and off campus 24 hours per day.

For more information on Library resources and services from Melbourne go to: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.

Through RMIT’s online “Ask a Librarian” service Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

As a student studying outside Australia with RMIT University partner institutions, you may access online learning materials at myRMIT: www.rmit.edu.au/myrmitstudies.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University offshore partners provide resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. The range of services available will vary at each RMIT University offshore partner. Enquire locally.

Services are available online to assist you with:

  • transition to tertiary student learning,
  • study skills, academic skills including academic literacy, writing for academic purposes, research, exam preparation and much more, and
  • career development and employment.

The GZUCM-RMIT Institute has a library and a number of laboratories, to support the relevant teaching and learning activities.

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