Bachelor Of Health Science (Acupuncture)

The School will be applying to NZQA for a new Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture), hopefully in time to be offered from July 2021. It is likely that you will be transitioned to the new degree in July 2021, with the credits gained in semester one 2021 cross-credited to the new degree.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Approved & Accredited

Duration4 years full-time study
IntakeFebruary and July
DeliveryClassroom based, online delivery (blended learning)

Programme Content

  • TCM theory
  • TCM practical
  • Biomedical health sciences
  • Professional studies
  • Clinical practice
  • Research  

The first and second years of study provide the foundation in the required biological, clinical, professional knowledge and skill base. This is enhanced through clinical observation and assisting in the clinic.

The third and fourth years are the clinical years of study where student clinicians offer consultation and treatment services to patients under the supervision of qualified, experienced staff acupuncture practitioners. They are also introduced to research principles and methodologies in year four.

Pathway to Further Education

This level 7, four-year 480 credit qualification was the first programme of its kind for New Zealand in 2007. It offers hands on training in acupuncture as well as moxa, cupping and gua sha. Developed to meet the educational needs of people who want to become acupuncturists, it provides acupuncture knowledge base as well as clinical practice for future practitioners. It also offers a pathway for students to pursue further studies into postgraduate and masters’ degree programme offered by our School.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our bachelor’s degree trend toward establishing private practices of their own, join or establish multidisciplinary practices, or take advantage of flexible working hour opportunities as locums in existing practices.

Entry Requirements

  • Proof of NZ citizenship or permanent residency
  • Students must be 18 years or older
  • Meet literacy standards for tertiary entrance NZ students
  • Must have obtained 42 credits in NCEA L3 (or equivalent)
  • International students must have achieved an academic IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5

Programme Structure

Year 1

Semester OneSemester Two
BSC-RES-101: Academic writing
BSC-TCMP-101: TCM practical
BSC-TCMT-101: TCM theory
BSC-WMS-101: Anatomy, physiology
BSC-WMS-111: Basic microbiology
BSC-CLN-102: Introduction to clinic
BSC-TCMP-102: TCM practical
BSC-TCMT-102: TCM theory
BSC-WMS-102: Anatomy, physiology
BSC-WMS-112: Human development

Year 2

Semester OneSemester Two
BSC-CLN-201: Clinical assistant
BSC-TCMP-201: TCM practical
BSC-TCMT-201: TCM theory
BSC-TCMT-211: Acupuncture point functions
BSC-WMS-201: Biomedical pathology
BSC-CLN-202: Clinical assistant
BSC-TCMP-202: TCM practical
BSC-TCMP-212: Musculoskeletal assessment
BSC-TCMT-202: TCM theory
BSC-WMS-202: Biomedical pathology

Year 3

Semester OneSemester Two
BSC-CLN-301: Student clinic
BSC-DDX-301: Differential diagnosis
BSC-TCMP-301: Musculoskeletal treatment
BSC-TCMT-301: Clinical patterns
BSC-WMS-301: Diagnosis, referral
BSC-CLN-302: Student clinic
BSC-DDX-302: Differential diagnosis
BSC-TCMP-302: Tuina
BSC-TCMT-302: Clinical patterns
BSC-WMS-302: Pharmacology

Year 4

Semester OneSemester Two
BSC-CLN-401: Student clinic
BSC-DDX-401: Differential diagnosis
BSC-PROF-401: Professional issues
BSC-RES-401: Research principles
BSC-TCMT-401: Major Chinese classics
BSC-CLN-402: Student clinic
BSC-DDX-402: Differential diagnosis
BSC-RES-402: Research methods
BSC-SBM-402: Clinic management
BSC-TCMT-402: Chinese medical specialties

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