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

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Plan: BP278HSDD - Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


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: Onshore, Bundoora Campus
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: 077042J

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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 who is eligible to be registered by the CMRB/CMBA. The Program also aims to provide you with the qualifications necessary to become a member of Chinese medicine professional associations.

The program is designed as a holistic, integrated five-year sequence, which will skill 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 employ the knowledge and skills in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine that you acquire from this program in clinical practice at the RMIT Teaching Clinic. In addition, during the internship you can experience practice in a public hospital in China and acquire skills in the management of a wide range of disorders. Fluency in the Chinese language is not a requirement for this Internship practicum.

The final year of the program prepares you for employment with capstone courses COTH2129 Supervised Clinical Practice 2 and COTH2042 Clinical Internship.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 is offered in face-to-face mode (on campus), with support for flexible learning where appropriate.


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Articulation and pathways

If you successfully complete the BP278, Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) you may be eligible to apply for the MC024, Master of Applied Science (Acupuncture),  the MC138, Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) or the Master by Research.  These awards may lead to eligibility to apply for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Speak to your course co-ordinator or look at the RMIT website for further information.


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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.

Inherent requirements

Please refer to RMIT Inherent requirements for further details:



Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


Police Check: Students must provide evidence of a successful National Police Records Check before undertaking clinical components of this course.

Working with Children Check: Students must hold a Working with Children Check 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

The Bachelor of Health Science /  Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) double degree program is designed as a primary qualifying undergraduate program in Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine that provides you with the knowledge and skills you require for entry into the Chinese medicine profession.  
Upon graduation you will be eligible to gain membership with the following Associations:

National registration of Chinese Medicine practitioners (including acupuncturists, Chinese herbal medicine practitioners and herbal medicine dispensers) was introduced in 1 July 2012.  This program is approved by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA).

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 and 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 Industry 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 you to experience clinical observation during your studies and/or undertake part of your clinical practicum.

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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 a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

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.

For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Health Sciences refer to http://rmit.libguides.com/alliedhealth For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Chinese Medicine refer to http://rmit.libguides.com/chinesemed

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services for Students

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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