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Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    4 years full-time; 8 years part-time

  • Start date:

    3 intake dates each year – enquire now!

  • Awarded by:

    Australasian College of Natural Therapies (RTO 0269) at Torrens University

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

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

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What you'll learn

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About this course


Passionate about helping people find the healthiest version of themselves? Fascinated by natural medicine and its ability to heal and complement other forms of therapy? Then a career as a naturopath might be just the fit for you!

Whether you're looking to start a new career, or simply need to formalise your experience with an undergraduate degree, this Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) course is the perfect starting point.

Offered through a blend of online study and on-campus classes by the Australasian College of Natural Therapies at Torrens University Australia, the course covers the following core areas:

  • Nutritional and dietary therapy
  • Western herbal medicine
  • Naturopathic diagnostic techniques

You'll also get the opportunity to put your theoretical studies into practice with hands-on experience at the Think Wellbeing Centre. While you're there, trained naturopaths will guide you as you treat patients, and help you build your skills and confidence to practise in the community.


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

  • Quizzes
  • Written assessments
  • Oral and video presentations
  • Clinical case analysis
  • Literature review
  • 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
  • A pass in a science subject at a senior secondary level is also recommended

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you hold any of the below qualifications you will be eligible for credit points and be able to reduce the number of subjects you must complete to graduate with the Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy).


Subject credited

HLT61012 or HLT61007 Advanced Diploma of Nutritional Medicine

24 of 48

HLT60512 or HLT60502 Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy

36 of 48

HLT60112 or HLT60107 Advanced Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine

24 of 48

Areas of study

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

Core subjects:

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


  • Environmental medicine
  • Psychology
  • Constitutional homoeopathy
  • Homeopathy 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:

  • New South Wales: Sydney (Pyrmont)
  • Victoria: Melbourne (Fitzroy)
  • Queensland: Brisbane (Fortitude Valley)

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 Australasian College of Natural Therapies at Torrens University Australia.

This nationally recognised qualification will reflect your high-level of training and help you find employment in the fields of naturopathy and complementary medicine.

  • 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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