Bachelor of Health Science

New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine Limited

Subject area

Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of 42 credits at level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, including a minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of two subjects from the approved NZQA subject list, a further 14 credits at level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework or approved subjects; plus a minimum of 14 credits at level 1 or higher in mathematics on the NQF; plus a minimum of 8 credits at level 2 or higher on the NQF in English, 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; plus a minimum of 12 credits at NQF level 2 or higher in one of the following, biology, chemistry, physics or science; plus (International Students) completion of an equivalent international secondary school qualification; and/or be 18 years or older and have competency to a minimum level of 6.0 on the IELTS academic scale or equivalent with no band less than 5.5.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Graduates of the Bachelor of Health Science will be able to: demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theory and application and the traditional and contemporary uses of Acupuncture and/or Chinese Herbal Medicine (including tuina); demonstrate competence in understanding and communicating health issues from the perspective of Western Medical Science; demonstrate skill in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that can benefit from Acupuncture and/or Chinese Herbal Medicine, in the identification of contraindications and in the referral to other health practitioners where these are identified; be able to communicate and provide advice to clients on lifestyle and health care and maintenance; demonstrate a range of critical thinking, analytical and research methods appropriate to the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and to maintaining and increasing professional competence.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Complementary Therapies at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (09) 580 2376
Fax: (09) 580 2379

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