Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine



Delivery ModeOn campus
Duration 4F 
Intake InformationSemester 1 (Autumn)
UAC Code723570 [Campbelltown]
Entrance Rank80.00 [Campbelltown]
Fee Information

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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.



Delivery Mode On campus
Location Campbelltown
Duration 4F
Intake Information Semester 1 (Autumn)
Course Code 4710.1 089195D 
Entrance Rank

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Fee Information

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Key :  FFull time study,  P = Part time study,  A =  Accelerated full time study

Part-time refers to study load, not to timetabling of evening classes.


The Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Western Sydney University prepares practitioners with the knowledge attitudes and professional competencies required for a successful career in both the modalities of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and herb dispensing.

Western Sydney University offers a route to a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine that is a highly regarded for its emphasis on seeking and applying evidence. A Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the way to achieve your goals in this field.

The strong research base in traditional Chinese medicine and complementary medicine has given the University an international reputation, enabling the University to attract high-quality, experienced staff from around Australia and overseas, and to arrange an intensive clinical placement in China. The emphasis on evidence that is a feature of our Health Science programs also increases both the quality of graduates' work and their professional competence.

Our students can utilise complementary medicine analysis laboratories and medical school facilities, as well as library resources that span traditional Chinese, complementary and Western medicine.
The University has developed an innovative integrated suite of health science programs. The integration between the courses allows some options at the end of the first year for you to transfer between the various streams if you meet the criteria, with advanced standing for the units you have completed. 

Note that transfer places to some streams may be very limited and competitive, and transferring may extend the duration of the degree.

Practical Experience

Our students have 900 hours of clinical experience. Starting in second year, you will undertake at least 250 hours at the UniClinic, the onsite clinical training facility at University, and 250 hours of placements at external clinics, for insight into the operation of a clinic, as well as clinical experience.

A highlight of fourth year is the opportunity for 400 hours of experience at a leading hospital in China to build clinical skills and competence. Our staff make arrangements and accompany you to the hospital site, and the hospital provides experienced clinical supervisors and interpreters. You will be required to contribute financially to this placement. Alternative local arrangements are available if required in special cases.


Four years full-time. You may choose to study with a reduced load, but classes are not offered in the evening. The professional practice placements require full-time attendance.


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Career Opportunities for Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners are usually either self employed in private practice or work as a member of a team in a clinic that offers a range of therapies. They practise as acupuncturists and treat clients using Chinese herbal medications. Interdisciplinary teamwork is a feature of training at the University and these skills are carried into future careers. There are also increasing opportunities working in research institutes and companies.

The knowledge you can gain at the University opens up other opportunities in product development, management and sales roles in pharmaceutical and herbal companies, and conducting medical research. Consultancy roles are now taking advantage of the Internet, to provide healthcare advice online in such increasingly important areas as chronic diseases and ageing.

Academic Profile

Associate Professor Xiaoshu Zhu

Dr. Xiaoshu Zhu is Associate Professor, Associate Dean of School (International) and Director of Academic Program of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She is also key senior researcher in cancer field at the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) which is hosted by the University. 

Xiaoshu was member of the inaugural Chinese Medicine Board of Australia appointed by the Australian Health Workforce Mini…

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How to apply

All domestic applications for entry to Western Sydney University undergraduate courses must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens in a new window). Step by step instructions are available on the Apply Now pages.

Instructions for international applications are available on the International Admissions pages.