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Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now, for start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Think Colleges Pty Ltd

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Holistic Wellness Coach | Naturopath | Western Herbal Medicine Practitioner | Western Herbal Medicine Researcher | View all

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About this course

Join a centuries-old tradition and take your first step towards a career in health by studying this Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine) course.

A holistic form of herbal medicine derived traditional Anglo-American and European healing philosophies and practices, Western herbal medicine incorporates medicinal plants and herbs in holistic health plans.

Grounded in biological sciences and evidence-based practice, this course enables you to develop an integrated health practice within a holistic clinical environment and prepares you with the skills and knowledge required to start your own community health practise.

Responding to medical science's enthusiasm to treat the symptoms of disease and illness, Western herbal medicine focuses on the determinants of health and achieving optimised holistic health.

If you're seeking a rewarding, people-focused career with a difference and are passionate about health and wellbeing, this course may be your first step in an exciting new career.



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

  • Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 60; AND
  • Hold a current first aid certificate before completing clinical work.

For international students, English language proficiency to equivalent IELTS 6.0 (academic) with no skills band less than 5.5 is also required.

Areas of study

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

  • Materia medica 1
  • Herbal medicine manufacturing
  • Nutritional foundations 1
  • Botany
  • History and philosophy of contemporary and alternative medicine
  • Research and evidence-based practice
  • Anatomy and physiology 3
  • Biochemistry 1
  • Anatomy and physiology 2
  • Counselling and communication skills
  • Bioscience
  • Anatomy and physiology 1
  • Herbal medicine therapeutics 2
  • Herbal medicine therapeutics 1
  • Health assessment and diagnostic techniques
  • Clinical studies 2
  • WHM pharmacology
  • Materia medica 2
  • Nutritional foundations 2
  • Pathophysiology and clinical diagnosis 2
  • Pathophysiology and clinical diagnosis 1
  • Biochemistry 2
  • General pathology
  • Advanced WHM clinical practicum 1
  • Advanced WHM clinical practicum 2
  • WHM clinical practicum 1
  • WHM clinical practicum 2
  • WHM clinical practicum 3
  • Integrative complementary medicine 1
  • Integrative complementary medicine 2
  • Advanced herbal medicine
  • Clinical studies 3
  • Professional practice
  • Drug and integrated pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology and clinical diagnosis 3


Australasian College of Natural Therapies One of the largest natural therapies colleges in the world, Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT) is renowned for providing high-quality and accredited natural therapies courses!

With a strong focus on providing practical programs designed by industry leaders and trainers, ACNT offers highly regarded diplomas and degrees in naturopathy, herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, health science and more. Be confident entering the workforce after receiving quality training and valuable work experience at their Think Wellbeing Centre, where you’ll service real clients in a clinic that’s on par with commercial clinics.
The Australasian College of Natural Therapies have dedicated teams to help you get through your studies and ensure you have a truly enjoyable learning experience.

You will have access to the student portal and online student centre for news updates, course information and other resources. ACNT's online job finder service provides assistance in finding job opportunities, both local and international, by linking students with prospective employers. Plus access their academic support for practical study tips and advice, and a free and confidential counselling service via phone, Skype or face-to-face.

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
  • Victoria: Melbourne
  • Queensland: Brisbane

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine) from Australasian College of Natural Therapies.

This qualification will equip you with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of roles in the natural and holistic health industry. You may choose to seek employment as a western medical practitioner, researcher or educator, or pursue work in product manufacturing or pharmacology.

This course will also give you the opportunity to open your mind to ancient alternative health streams and allow you to connect with clients seeking unique care.


  • Holistic Wellness Coach
  • Naturopath
  • Western Herbal Medicine Practitioner
  • Western Herbal Medicine Researcher
  • Herbal Medicine Manufacturer

How Much Will It Cost?

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.

Australasian College of Natural Therapies also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Students can also pay fees upfront.

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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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