The Diploma of Health Science allows students to undertake higher education studies equivalent to the first year of a bachelor degree for personal interest, to upgrade knowledge, to improve employability skills in health, or to allow a taste of study prior to transitioning into a full degree.

 

Students choose a specialisation from:

  • Naturopathy
  • Nutritional Medicine
  • Western Herbal Medicine

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.

 

Study includes the biological and social sciences and research studies that all healthcare practitioners must understand. They form the structure that supports the study of holistic medicine and provide integral knowledge of how the body functions in health, how to communicate effectively with clients and the role of research and evidence based practice in complementary medicine.

 

Course Overview

 

Qualification Title DIPLOMA OF HEALTH SCIENCE
Study Options – Domestic Australian students Full-time or Part-time

On campus, blended or online

Study options – International students Full time on campus
Start Dates February, June, September

For specific dates visit the website

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

Course Length Full Time: 1 year

Part Time: 2 years

Payment Options – Domestic Australian students

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

Further information within this Course Information Sheet

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

 

 
Payment Options – International students

Upfront payment

This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date.

Course study requirements Full time – one year

Part time – two years

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 Each subject you complete includes 3 assessments on average. Assessments are mapped to specific subject learning outcomes and may include quizzes, written assignments, presentation, reflective journal, case analysis, literature review, practical exams and written exams.
Location
  • Melbourne Campus
  • Flexible Online Learning
Delivered by Australian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT)
Provider Think: Colleges Pty Ltd is registered, as a self-accrediting Australian organisation by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). CRICOS Course code 084580B
Provider obligations Think: Colleges Pty Ltd is responsible for all aspects of the student experience, including the quality of course delivery, in compliance with the Higher Education Standards 2015 Accrediting body Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA)
Course Fees        For details, refer to the website Any other fees For details, refer to the website

 

Admission Criteria

 

Applicants with higher education study

 

·       A completed higher education qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 6 (Associate Degree) or above, or equivalent, from an Australian University or another accredited higher education provider

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

 

·       A completed vocational education qualification at AQF level 4 (Certificate IV) or above, or equivalent, from a registered training organisation (RTO)

OR

·       Successful completion of at least 1 EFTSL (equivalent full time student load, or one full year) of an AQF level 5 (Diploma) or above, or equivalent, at a registered training organisation (RTO)

Applicants with work and life experience

 

Demonstrated ability to undertake study at the required level:

·        broadly relevant work experience (documented e.g. CV), demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        formal, informal or non-formal study, completed or partially completed, demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success; OR

·        written submission to demonstrate reasonable prospect of success.

 

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) with ATAR or equivalent

(for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR)

 

Year 12 or equivalent with ATAR 50

 

English Language Proficiency

(applicable to international students, and in addition to academic or special entry requirements noted above)

International Students

 

 

Equivalent IELTS 5.5 (Academic) with no skills band less than 5.5

 

Other admission options

(For applicants who will be selected on a basis other than ATAR)

Special Entry:

Applicants in any category whose study, work or life experiences have been impacted by disability, illness or family disruption will be given special consideration for admission. Each application will be considered on its merit, based on the evidence supplied by the applicant attesting to the circumstances of the applicant. Applicants for special entry may need to complete written or numerical tasks to assist with assessing eligibility for admission.

Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

You may be entitled to credit for prior learning, whether formal or informal. Formal learning can include previous study in higher education, vocational education, or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience. Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

Applicants admitted based on prior higher education study may be eligible for Advanced Standing in the form of credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) under the Torrens University Australia Credit Policy.

* Students with completed subjects may be eligible for specified credit and/or elective exemptions

* Students who have completed a qualification at AQF level 5 (diploma) or above may be eligible for block credit (where a block credit agreement exists)

* Students with a mix of formal study and informal and/or non-formal learning may be eligible for recognition of prior learning in addition to any credit approved.

Credit will not be applied automatically. Applicants must apply for credit and/or RPL as early as possible prior to each study period, with applications not accepted after week 2. For further information about credit and recognition of prior learning please see http://www.acnt.edu.au/apply/course-credits

Where to get further information:

Torrens University:  Torrens University is Australia’s global university and offers courses including business, design, hospitality, education and more!

Universities Admissions Centre (UAC): Explore your options, apply for courses and receive offers for tertiary study in NSW & the ACT.

Australian Tertiary Admissions Centres (TACs): manage the usual process of student university applications and the study offer rounds on behalf of the particular universities that they cover. All TACs are independent of each other, so depending on which state or the number of universities you want to submit an application to, you may need to apply through multiple TACs. We’ve provided links below to the various TACs.

 

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT): With QILT, you can do side by side comparisons of the quality of the higher education institutions and the study areas that you’re interested in.

 

   ATAR profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in [T1 2018]

 

 

(ATAR-based offers only, across all offer rounds)

ATAR (OP in QLD)
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
Highest rank to receive an offer N/P
Median rank to receive an offer N/P
Lowest rank to receive an offer N/P

Notes: * L/N – indicates low numbers if less than 5 ATAR-based offers made

# N/P – indicates figure is not published if less than 25 ATAR-based offers made

 

Student profile:

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at the institution. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia

 

Applicant background Semester one / Full year intake [T1 2018]

 

Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
38 25%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 27 18%
(C) Recent secondary education:

·        Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the impact of
adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)

0 N/P
·        Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
0 N/P
·        Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
36 23%
(D) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
53 34%
International students 5 3%
All students 154 100.0%

Notes:       “<5” – the number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5       students.

 

Course Structure:  Diploma of Health Science

 

Year 1 Study Period 1 BHS101A BHS103A CAM101A Elective (from list below)
Anatomy & Physiology 1 Counselling & Communication Skills History & Philosophy of Comp & Alt Med
Study Period 2 BHS104A BHS102A CAM103A Elective (from list below)
Anatomy & Physiology 2 Bioscience Nutritional Foundations 1
Study Period 3 BHS106A BHS105A BHS107A
Anatomy & Physiology 3 Biochemistry 1 Research & Evidence-Based Practice Elective (from list below)

 

 

Elective subjects for Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine streams:

SP1                                       SP2                                      SP3

CAM102A CAM202A CAM204A
Botany WHM Materia Medica 1 WHM Material Medica 2

 

 

Elective subjects for Nutritional Medicine stream:

SP1                                                        SP2                                     SP3

CAM104A CAM106A CAM203A
Food Science, Systems & Policy Nutrition, Society & Public Health Nutritional Foundations 2

 

The above elective subject streams provide students with a progression pathway into a specific Bachelor of Health Science degree on completion of the diploma equivalent to 1 year.  However, students can choose to complete a combination of any three electives from the following list:

  • CAM102A – Botany
  • CAM203A – Nutritional Foundations 2
  • CAM202A – WHM Materia Medica 1
  • CAM204A – WHM Material Medica 2
  • CAM104A – Food Science, Systems & Policy
  • CAM106A – Nutrition, Society & Public Health

Course Rules

To graduate from this course a student needs too satisfactorily complete 12 subjects (120 credit points). Each subject represents 10 credit points.  In a normal full time study load, a student will complete the 120 credit points in 12 months.  The correct combination of core and elective subjects needs to be satisfied.  Please refer to the above table.  A part-time student might normally complete the 120 credit points in 24 months.

 

Each subject includes 4 hours of teaching (e.g. classroom hours, tutorials, group work, online activities) and approximately 6 hours of self-directed study per week, totaling 10 hours of study per week per subject enrolled in.

Subjects

Subjects are listed below by subject code please refer to Course Structure above for delivery pattern.  Please note these subject descriptions are subject to change.

 

Please Note: There are 3 intakes per year, therefore Study period 1, 2, 3 etc could be at any of the 3 Trimesters of the year as the below is referring to order of study only.

The Part Time study pattern in the below table is a guide only, please contact the college to obtain the current recommended study pattern.

 

Subject details Recommended Study Pattern
Subject title, descriptor Full-time Part-time
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.

Study Period 1 Study Period 1
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.

Study Period 1 Study Period 1
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, 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.

Study Period 1 Study Period 2
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 Nutritional Medicine, 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.

Study Period 2 Study Period 5
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.

Study Period 2 Study Period 3
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.

Study Period 2 Study Period 4
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).

Study Period 3 Study Period 6
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.

Study Period 3 Study Period 5
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.

Study Period 3 Study Period 3

 

Students can choose three elective subjects to be completed in trimester 1, 2 and 3 as indicated in the course structure.  Please note these descriptions are subject to change.

Subject details Recommended Study Pattern
Electives for Naturopathy and Western Herbal Medicine streams
Subject title, descriptor Full-time Part-time
CAM102A Botany

This subject builds on herbal medicine concepts introduced in Herbal Medicine Manufacturing CAM105A Botany 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.

Study Period 1, Study Period 2
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.

Study Period2 Study Period 4
CAM204A WHM Materia Medica 2

This subject builds on WHM Materia Medica 1 (CAM202A). It explores WHM materia medica relating to the nervous, urinary, circulatory, cardiovascular, endocrine, female and male reproductive 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.

Study Period  3 Study Period 6
Electives for Nutritional Medicine stream
CAM104A Food Science, Systems & Policy

Food, Science, Systems and Policy is the first subject in the stream of nutritional medicine and 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.

Study Period 1, Study Period 2
CAM106A Nutrition, Society & Public Health

This subject builds on basic nutritional knowledge from Food Science, Systems and Policy (CAM104A).  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.

Study Period  2 Study Period 4
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 regard 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.

Study Period 3 Study Period 6

Career outcomes

Students completing this qualification will have improved employability skills. This is achieved through the learning of foundation studies in science, research and communication skills essential for healthcare. These foundation studies, coupled with the ability to choose electives specific to an area of interest in Health enable students to improve their overall understanding of Health. Upon completion, this course also presents students with the opportunity to use the subjects completed to springboard into further Bachelor level studies in other courses offered by the College.

What you will learn:

Anatomy and physiology, bioscience, social sciences, research studies and discipline-specific studies related to your chosen specialist area: naturopathy, nutritional medicine or western herbal medicine. Students who continue on to a Bachelor of Health Science degree in their chosen stream will also gain clinical experience working in The Wellbeing Clinic.

Assessment:

Each subject you complete includes three assessments on average. Assessments are mapped to specific subject learning outcomes and may include quizzes, written assignments, presentations, reflective journal, case analysis, literature review, practical exams and written exams.

Your study, your way: studying at ACNT:

At ACNT we offer a range of flexible options to suit you. Every ACNT subject has a range of resources available online to support your learning and allow you access to study when it best suits you. We call this a blended approach – blending self-directed study with directed quizzes and activities (online) and face-to-face teaching in one of our purpose-built teaching spaces.

All subjects are available fully online, or alternatively can be taken on-campus, in one of our specialist facilities. You can choose which one suits you.

Most of the subjects are designed around the principles of the “flipped classroom”: you learn through doing, not just through listening. The flipped classroom model provides you with the opportunity to study and absorb lecture material at your own pace before class. This might involve reading articles or texts, watching presentations or listening to podcasts.

Rather than sitting in rows and listening to a lecturer up the front for an hour or more, you’ll come to class prepared having read through or listened to the subject material. Guided by an expert in the field, you will then then find a much more interactive and collaborative environment in which to consolidate and apply the things you’ve learned.

If you choose to study some subjects online as an online student, you will be part of an active online class, with discussions, forums and activities. You will receive comprehensive learning materials (in electronic form) clearly laid out in a week by week format to make sure you cover each topic in turn. You will have access to dedicated online teachers to answers any questions you may have regarding your subjects and you’ll see them and hear them in interactive presentations online.

Campus locations

Sydney campus (ACNT)

235 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, Sydney

1300 738 243

 

Brisbane Campus (ACNT)

90 Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

07 3270 1000

 

ANCT

Campus facilities and services

All campuses are designed to provide students with professional spaces in which to learn and work. They have been planned with student study needs in mind with well equipped, accessible learning spaces as well as student breakout areas for group work and spending time with friends.

 

Facilities and Services include:

  • The Customer Service Hub – our friendly and experienced staff can give help and advice about courses, your enrolment and campus life, including all services and activities on campus.
  • Counsellors are available for students to consult with on a range of personal issues
  • Student wireless access throughout the Campus
  • Student break-out and relaxed study spaces for group work
  • Student lounge areas – most with microwaves, kitchenette facilities and vending machines
  • The Learning Hub, home to the Learning Support Team, encompasses Learning Skills Advisors, Learning Technology Advisors, and Library & Learning Skills Officers. It provides an integrated, holistic support program for students throughout the study lifecycle within a library/collaborative study environment.

The service includes:

  • Support and workshops with highly qualified staff in the areas of Academic skills, Library skills, and Technology skills, both on campus and online.
  • Physical and digital resources relevant to studies, such as books, journals, multimedia, databases
  • Self-check kiosks for library loans and print and copy facilities

Success Coaches: 

Our Success Coaches are industry and education experts who leverage your strengths to align your learning with your broader life purpose. With a focus on career goals, and trained in Gallup Strength methodologies, your Success Coach will take a strengths-based approach to helping you set your learning and career goals.

 

Partnering with you for the duration of your studies, the Success Coach is here to make sense of all of the learning experiences, including readiness for and securing of work integrated learning, placements, internships and opportunities in internal enterprises.  All of our coaches are industry professionals, which will give you that inside edge you’ll need to be successful in your chosen career.

 

Irrelevant of how you like to learn, our coaches are there for you.  Coaching can take place online, or on campus.  Our main priorities are to make sure that you are always well connected and motivated, that you are successfully completing your desired subjects, and that you gain valuable knowledge and experience through participation and engagement, whilst always aligning to your natural talents.

Placement

There is a requirement for students to arrange an Invigilator if electing to sit Online Exams in the 3x Anatomy & Physiology subjects (If exams are on-campus this is not required). Support is available from Success coaches to assist students in this process.

 

A positive student experience

Think: Colleges values the importance of a positive student experience, and therefore has robust processes to resolve student complaints.  The Student Complaints Policy, and associated procedures, can be access from the website.

 

Paying for your qualification

We offer two payment options for this course:

 

Upfront payment

If you want to complete your qualification debt-free you can choose to pay as you go. This means tuition fees will be invoiced each trimester and payment is required on or before the due date using EFTPOS, credit card or Flywire.

 

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is Australian Government’s loan scheme for higher education degree courses.

 

It can assist you in paying for all, or part of, your course fees. Repayments commence via the tax system once your income rises above a minimum threshold ($54,869 in 2016-17). Just like with any other debt, a FEE-HELP debt is a real debt that impacts your credit rating.

 

Further information about FEE-HELP, including eligibility, is available at:

FEE-HELP website

FEE-HELP booklets

 

Austudy and Abstudy

Students enrolled in this course may be eligible for government assistance, such as Austudy or Abstudy.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I Apply?

Complete an application form on our website and submit to us along with any academic transcripts and any additional documentation (eg. Your high school results, resume and references if applicable). Once we receive your application, our Course and Career Advisors will contact you.

Will ANCT help me find a job once I graduate?

Yes. ANCTANCT has a full-time Industry and Careers Manager who leads a program of employability and career management skills workshops and activities. Alumni of the School are assisted throughout their early career. ANCTANCT has strong relationships with the complementary medicine industry and professional associations, many of whom are invited on campus to present to students and Alumni. Potential employers, clinics and organisations regularly advertise positions to ANCT students and a job board is available to students and graduates on the Campus Portal.

What are the Employment Opportunities like?

The rapid growth of the natural medicine industry is largely due to a growing demand from the public. One reason for this growth is a strong desire from people to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing. There is a continually growing demand for highly trained practitioners who can work in various settings such as complementary clinics, medical clinics, health retreats, health food stores, research, education and self-employment.

Is Course Credit available?

Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.  This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit, or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  For further information, consult our friendly Course and Careers Advisor, or visit the website.

What kind of support will I receive?

  • MyANCT: Check your own academic records and results
  • Campus Portal: Course materials, on-line access to resources, events and activities at the campus.
  • Student Services: First point of contact for academic and administrative enquiries.
  • Counselling: Free of charge and available for all students facing personal or study issues.
  • Alf Jacka Library: One of the most extensive collections of books, journals, audio, CD-ROM’s and DVD’s on complementary medicine in Australia.
  • Program Managers: Guidance and academic support, course sequencing, credit exemptions.
  • Study Skills: Support for students new to higher education, covering study basics and academic skills.
  • Science Success: Pre-trimester bridging workshop for new students who haven’t studied science (biology and chemistry) at year 12, or who want a refresher before they start.

I haven’t studied in a long time?

It is perfectly natural to feel nervous about starting a new course.  ACNT has a proud tradition of delivering academic excellence and practical training in a nurturing and supportive environment.  The School has a diverse student community with people from all walks of life, including young adults and mature age students, as more and more people seeking an exciting career in health and complementary medicine.

Does ANCT have an orientation program?

Yes, ACNT  supports new students with a program of events, workshops, wellness classes, campus tours and course-specific classes in orientation week. Students new to health science are also invited to join the Science Success program which covers basic chemistry, mathematics for health science and medical terminology.

Are the teachers practitioners?

Yes. Many of the country’s leading practitioners are on staff at ACNT, all with substantial experience in their respective areas of expertise. We are passionate about we do, and constantly seek new and innovative ways to teach the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills needed for excellence in complementary medicine.

What are the enrolment dates for the courses?

Contact the Course and Careers Advisor now for upcoming enrolment dates and check the Southern School website for key dates in the academic calendar.

I’m not sure which course is right for me?

If you are not sure which path to follow, you can start the higher education Diploma of Health Science at ACNT. Successful completion guarantees you entry in to any of the Bachelor of Health Science programs, with varying levels of subject exemption depending on your subject choice. Contact the Course and Careers Advisor to discuss your course options and career goals.

Does ANCT have Facebook or Twitter?

Find us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our latest news, information and events – https://www.facebook.com/AustralasianCollegeofNaturalTherapies and  https://twitter.com/acnt_college

What materials and equipment will I need to provide?

There are no specialist equipment or materials required for this course.

 

Contact us

Sydney campus

235 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, Sydney

1300 738 243

 

Brisbane Campus

90 Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

07 3270 1000

Diploma of Health Science

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