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Diploma of Health Science

The Diploma of Health Science allows students to undertake higher education studies equivalent to the first year of our Health Science bachelor degree for personal interest, to upgrade knowledge, or to allow a taste of study prior to transitioning into a full degree. To find out more, see here.

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The one-year Diploma of Health Science, approved by the national Australian accreditation body TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency), explores the foundational sciences required for higher education in complementary medicine.

Course Quick Guide

Qualification Title Diploma of Health Science

Study Options – Domestic Australian students

Full-time On-campus or Part-time, Blended Delivery.

Study options – Overseas students

Full time on Campus

Start Dates

22 February, 6 June, 19 September 2016


Mid-term intakes may be available for some courses, please contact a Course & Career Advisor for further information

Course Length

Full Time: 1year

Part Time: 2 years maximum

Entry Requirements

• Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 56
Special entry requirements
Demonstrated ability to undertake study at this level:
• work experience, and/or other formal, informal or non-formal study attempted and/or completed

For international applicants equivalent IELTS 6.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5.

Finance Options - Domestic Australian students

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Course study requirements

Full time = 3 x 10 week trimesters (1 year), plus examinations in week 12

Part time = 6 x 10 week trimesters (over two years)

No. of timetabled hours per week

Full time = 4 x 3hr classes per week. Plus self-study 40hrs total per week.

Part time = 2 x 3hr classes per week. Plus self-study 20hrs total per week.

Assessment

Usually 2-5 assessments per subject. Written assignments, learning portal activities and practical demonstrations.

Location

Sydney Campus

Brisbane Campus

Delivered by

Australasian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT)

Accrediting body

ASQA

CRICOS Course code (if applicable)

084580B

Training Package details: N/A

Not all courses are offered at every campus each intake. Please speak with a Course and Careers Advisor for more information.

Entry Requirements
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What You Will Learn

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Bioscience
  • Social sciences
  • Research studies
  • Discipline-specific studies in your chosen specialist area (naturopathy, nutritional medicine or western herbal medicine).

Career Prospects

As a graduate of ACNT’s Diploma of Health Science, you will be provided the academic and practical skills for a rewarding career in the broader complementary medicine industry, enhancing your employment prospects in retail, manufacturing and primary healthcare administration roles.

Please note these subject descriptions are subject to change.

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Course Subjects

Subject Name Subject Description

BHS101A Anatomy & Physiology 1

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BHS101A) introduces the basic concepts and terminologies required to study and understand the structure and function of the human body. The interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis is covered in detail. In addition, this subject covers the structure and function of cells and epithelial tissue, the internal structural anatomy of the human body and the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems.

This subject is vital in the education of all complementary health practitioners, as it enables them to understand the structure and function of the human body as well as the importance of homeostasis and the ways in which the body maintains this balance.

BHS102A Bioscience

Bioscience (BHS102A) provides a foundational knowledge for further studies in anatomy and physiology, clinical nutrition, biochemistry and pharmacology. It comprises the study of relevant concepts of general, physical and organic chemistry and includes atomic theory, the periodic table, chemical compound structure, nomenclature, behaviour and bonding as well as organic compounds and their basic properties and reactions.

Bioscience (BHS102A) is a crucial component of the modern healthcare practitioner’s education in order to provide the basic building blocks for structural and therapeutic knowledge.

BHS103A Counselling & Communication Skills

Counselling & Communication Skills (BHS103A) encompasses counselling skills commonly needed by complementary and alternative healthcare practitioners. This subject comprises a practical approach to a variety of communication skills and strategies including promoting change, compliance, obstacles to change, systems, transition and self-care. Sessions facilitate the development of effective listening and responding skills, increased personal awareness and insight in order to assist the building of a therapeutic relationship.

This subject is vital in the education of all complementary healthcare practitioners, as it enables them to understand and put into use communication skills essential for building a therapeutic relationship in practice and supporting clients through change.

BHS104A Anatomy & Physiology 2

Anatomy and Physiology 2 (BHS104A) builds and expands on the information and skills learnt in Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BHS101A). This subject continues to investigate the structure and function of the human body with special attention given to the interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis. The structure and function of the respiratory, cardiovascular, immune, lymphatic and special senses systems are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body.

The study of Anatomy and Physiology 2 (BHS104A) is vital in the education of healthcare practitioners to enable them to understand the structure and function of the human body as well as the importance of homeostasis and the ways in which the body maintains balance.

BHS105A Biochemistry 1

Biochemistry 1 (BHS105A) is a core subject that builds upon the basic chemistry principles covered in Bioscience (BHS102A). It comprises an introduction to the basic biochemical compounds in the body. This subject includes the structure and function of carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, lipids and nucleic acid, DNA and RNA. The concept of gene expression and regulation is discussed in addition to cellular membrane structure and transport through the membrane.

This subject provides a vital foundation for the complementary healthcare practitioner in the basic macromolecules essential for life. This knowledge will be built upon and expanded on in Biochemistry 2 (BHS202A) and further therapeutic subjects. In the Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine), this is also built upon in Nutritional Biochemistry (CAM205A).

BHS106A Anatomy & Physiology 3

Anatomy and Physiology 3 (BHS106A) builds and expands on the study of anatomy and physiological concepts introduced in Anatomy and Physiology 1 (BHS101A) & 2 (BHS104A). This subject continues to investigate the structure and function of the human body with special attention given to the interaction between tissues, organs and systems that maintain homeostasis. The structure and function of the digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems are covered in detail including the homoeostatic control mechanisms of each system and the integration of the systems in the body.

This subject is vital in the education of healthcare practitioners to enable them to understand the structure and function of the human body as well as the importance of homeostasis and the ways in which the body maintains balance.

BHS107A Research & Evidence-Based Practice

Research & Evidence Based Practice (BHS107A) provides essential knowledge in research methods and research article evaluation for complementary medicine students. This subject introduces the fundamentals of research practice and methods for the natural therapies including research design, methodology, analysis and basic statistical skills. This subject provides the student with the proficiency to be able to appropriately read, analyse and evaluate current healthcare research.

CAM101A History & Philosophy of Complementary & Alternative Medicine

This subject explores the historical and philosophical paradigm of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that underpins clinical practice and examines a range of different modalities currently practised in Australia. This subject aims to provide the clinical practitioner with a sound knowledge and understanding of the history, philosophy and science of CAM with particular emphasis on naturopathy, nutritional medicine and western herbal medicine. During the trimester students will have the opportunity to observe complementary and alternative medicine practice within the college clinic to further their understanding of how natural medicine history and philosophy under-pins current clinical practice.

CAM103A Nutritional Foundations 1

In this subject, students undertake a detailed and in-depth study of the macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and lipids, and how these relate to human metabolism. Each individual macronutrient is studied in regards to their composition, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake, factors contributing to excess states, and states of insufficiency and deficiency; and signs and symptoms associated with nutrient imbalances . This subject is a foundational subject across the degrees of Nutrition, Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine as it provides students with fundamental knowledge associated with human metabolism, and begins to build an understanding of the importance of nutrition in relation to human physiology and health.

Elective Subjects

Students can choose three elective subjects to be completed in trimester 2 and 3 as indicated in the course structure. Please note these descriptions are subject to change.

CAM102A Botany

Botany is the first subject in the stream of herbal medicine. It introduces students to the study of plant biology. Plant nomenclature, classification and identification are discussed with special regard to relevance for the study of Western herbal medicine. Students may participate in field trips and walks to enhance their learning.

CAM104A Food Science, Systems & Policy

This subject examines the way in which food is produced, processed and distributed in Australia. It provides students with an understanding of current practices and trends in primary production and food manufacturing and distribution. It also examines the laws governing food for sale and the politics of the food system.

CAM105A Herbal Medicine Manufacturing

This subject builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Botany (CAM102A). Students are introduced to legal, manufacturing and quality issues regarding herbal medicine-making in Australia. Students are familiarised with different forms of herbal preparations exploring their definition, application, manufacturing techniques, herbs used and preservation methods. Students explore common herbs that may be applicable in different herbal formulations. This information is then applied in practice laboratory sessions where students learn to manufacture different herbal preparations using different techniques.

CAM106A Nutrition, Society & Public Health

This subject builds on basic nutritional knowledge from Nutritional foundations 1 and 2 CAM103A & CAM203A. It aims to provide an understanding of the sociology of food, nutrition and health together with an understanding of the theory and practice of community and public health nutrition.

CAM202A WHM Materia Medica 1

This subject builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Botany (CAM102A) and Herbal Medicine Manufacturing (CAM105A). It introduces the student to WHM materia medica and herbal medicine concepts. Introductory herbal medicine theories are explored including discussion of herbal medicine origins, contemporary use of herbal medicine, herbal medicine language and terminology and differences between traditional and scientific evidence based medicine. Students will explore herbal medicine materia medica relating to the digestive, integumentary, immune and respiratory systems, by learning the common name, botanical name, origin, plant family, active constituents, qualities, part used, actions, indications, preparation, dose, cautions, contraindications and interaction of each herb.

CAM203A Nutritional Foundations 2

In this subject, students undertake a detailed and in-depth study of the micronutrients which includes water- and fat-soluble vitamins and minerals and how these relate to human metabolism. This subject provides students with underpinning knowledge in relation to the correlation that exists between micronutrients and human physiology. Each individual micronutrient is studied in regards to structure, biological function, dietary sources, recommended daily intake and therapeutic doses. Also included are factors contributing to, and symptoms associated with, states of excess, insufficiency and deficiency.

For a full description of each unit please contact your Course and Career Advisor on 1300 017 267.