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Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full time; max 10 years part time

  • Start date:

    3 intake dates each year – enquire now!

  • Awarded by:

    Southern School of Natural Therapies at Torrens University Australia

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Naturopath | Health Researcher | Health Educator | Product Developer | View all

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What you'll learn

Here’s why naturopathy student Rhea Beilharz chose to study with SSNT

About this course

Passionate about the power of nature and how it can help the body fight disease? Want a career that's meaningful and improves the lives of others? Then a career as a naturopath is perfect for you!

Whether you're looking to start a new career, or need to formalise your experience with an undergraduate degree, this Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) program is the ideal course for you, and is the highest level of naturopathic training available in Australia.

Delivered by the Southern School of Natural Therapies at Torrens University Australia, the course meets the professional standards of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) and the National Herbalists Association of Australia (NHAA), and covers the foundational aspects of naturopathy.

By studying the principles of herbal medicine, homoeopathy and nutrition, you will learn to:

  • Clinically assess, diagnose and treat patients
  • Work in a holistic clinical environment
  • Treat a range of patients with different case histories and conditions
  • Dispense herbal, nutritional and homoeopathic remedies

You'll get the opportunity to put your theoretical studies into practice with hands-on experience at the Think Wellbeing Centre.

Workload and assessment

To succeed at this course, it is expected that full-time students complete a total of 40 hours of study per week, while part-time students complete 20 hours per week during each trimester.

Assessments for this course may take a variety of forms, including:

  • Quizzes
  • Written assessments
  • Presentations
  • Reflective journal
  • Case analysis
  • Literature reviews
  • Practical and written exams


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Year 12 with a minimum ATAR of 60, or equivalent; AND
  • Have passed Standard English with a Band 4 or above; AND
  • Having a pass in a science subject at a senior secondary level is also recommended
  • Demonstrate you have the ability to succeed at this course through work experience and/or other formal or informal study

All students are also required to demonstrate sufficient competency in English.

Prior to commencing the clinical component of your studies, you will also be required to hold a current first aid certificate, working with children's and police check.

Areas of study

In this naturopathy course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects:

  • Anatomy and physiology 1
  • Bioscience
  • Counselling and communication skills
  • Anatomy and physiology 2
  • Biochemistry 1
  • Anatomy and physiology 3
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • General pathology
  • Biochemistry 2
  • Pathophysiology and clinical diagnosis 1
  • Pathophysiology and clinical diagnosis 2
  • Pathophysiology and clinical diagnosis 3
  • Drugs and integrated pharmacology
  • Professional practice
  • History and philosophy of complementary and alternative medicine
  • Botany
  • Nutritional foundations 1
  • Herbal medicine manufacturing
  • Food as medicine
  • Nutritional foundations 2
  • WHM material medica 1
  • WHM material medica 2
  • Nutritional biochemistry
  • Clinical studies 1
  • WHM pharmacology
  • Lifespan nutrition
  • Homoeopathy 1
  • Health promotion
  • Iridology
  • Homoeopathy 2
  • Clinical studies 2
  • Nutritional therapeutics 1
  • Health assessment and diagnostic techniques
  • Herbal medicine therapeutics 1
  • Clinical studies 3
  • Herbal medicine therapeutics 2
  • Naturopathic clinical practicum 1
  • Advanced herbal medicine
  • Naturopathic clinical practicum 2
  • Integrative complementary medicine 1
  • Flower essence therapy
  • Integrative complementary medicine 2
  • Advanced naturopathic clinical practicum 1
  • Advanced naturopathic clinical practicum 2


  • Environmental medicine
  • Psychology
  • Constitutional homeopathy
  • Homoeopathy material medica and principles
  • Advanced iridology
  • Critical literature review
  • Advanced nutrition medicine
  • Dietary analysis and planning
Torrens University Australia Torrens University Australia brings together some of the country’s most regarded tertiary institutes across industries like business, design, public health, hospitality, and sports management.

Studying with Torrens means learning from the industry’s best and brightest minds through cutting-edge syllabuses and small classroom environments. By becoming a Torrens student, you will not only have access to Torrens’ state-of-the-art campuses across the nation, you’ll also get to leverage Torrens status as a Laureate International University, and be able to access a global network of over 70 universities across 25 countries.

Torrens schools include; APM College of Business and Communication, Australasian College of Natural Therapies, Chifley Business School, Media Design School, Real Madrid Graduate School, Southern School of Natural Therapies and William Blue College of Hospitality.
Torrens Dynamic Online Learning mode means you can study at your own pace. By providing you with on-demand access to course materials and content, you can study when you want, where you want.

Torrens also runs Touch-Point weekend sessions that allow you to hear from industry professionals, chat to lecturers and expand your network.

Torrens students will also have access to Torrens Success Coaches, who will help you align your strengths and learning with your goals. From the moment you are admitted to your course, a Success Coach will be available to help you successfully navigate the educational landscape and build your personal and professional skills.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • Victoria: Melbourne (Fitzroy)

You can also choose to study this course online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) from the Southern School of Natural Therapies at Torrens University Australia.

This nationally recognised qualification will reflect your high-level of training and help you find work in a range of healthcare settings such as private practices, complementary health clinics and community programs.

  • Naturopath
  • Health Researcher
  • Health Educator
  • Product Developer
  • Practitioner Consultant

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Torrens also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants, including the Vice Chancellor Scholarship and the Regional/Remote Access and Indigenous Access Scholarship.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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