Bachelor Of Health Science (Acupuncture)

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under section 439 of the Education Act 2020, and Acupuncture Associates Limited is accredited to provide it under section 441 of the Act.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Approved & Accredited (PC4462)

Duration3 years full-time study, 6 years part-time study
IntakeFebruary and July
DeliveryClassroom-based, online delivery (blended learning)

Programme Content

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Biomedicine
  • Clinical
  • General

The aim of the BHSc (Acupuncture) is to prepare graduates to be competent entry-level acupuncturists eligible for membership of an acupuncture professional body, and able to operate their own clinic or be employed as an acupuncturist in the allied health field.

On completion of the BHSc (Acupuncture), graduates will have acupuncture knowledge and skills within the traditional Chinese Medicine worldview, at the level of a competent acupuncturist able to practise at an entry-level within professional boundaries, together with the ability to learn new skills and keep abreast with new developments.

Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of BHSc (Acupuncture) will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theories, principles, and clinical application of acupuncture and TCM in the diagnosis and design of treatments and management of a range of patients and health conditions;
  • Exercise critical thinking in appraising modern and traditional literature, make informed judgments in identifying health problems, planning, and applying acupuncture and appropriate TCM treatments;
  • Critically review, analyze, consolidate, and synthesize relevant acupuncture/TCM knowledge, ethics, and professional standards, and apply in a clinical environment;
  • Deploy knowledge, understanding, skills, and personal qualities with a high level of professional judgment and awareness; and
  • Manage a clinical caseload, including the treatment of patients, making appropriate referrals when required.

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

  • Meet literacy standards for tertiary entrance NZ students
  • Must have obtained 42 credits in NCEA L3 or equivalent
  • Local students must show proof of NZ citizenship or residency
  • 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
ACUP-100-5: Acupuncture channel theory & fundamental acupoints
TCMT-100-5: Foundations of TCM
BIOM-100-5: Human body: anatomy & physiology
COMM-100-5: Communication & counselling for health professionals
ACUP-101-5: Acupuncture: supplementary points & fundamental techniques
TCMT-101-5: Causes of disease within TCM
BIOM-101-5: Surface anatomy of the human body
CLN-100-5: Introduction to clinic & professional practice

Year 2

Semester OneSemester Two
ACUP-200-6: Acupuncture: complex & supplementary techniques
TCMT-200-6: Differential diagnosis within TCM (1)
BIOM-200-6: Applied biomedicine: when to refer
CLN-200-6: Applied professional practice (1)
ACUP-201-6: Acupuncture therapeutics for musculoskeletal & common biomedical conditions
TCMT-201-6: Differential diagnosis within TCM (2)
TUN-200-6: Foundations of Tuina & Maori bodywork practices
CLN-201-6: Applied professional practice (2)

Year 3

Semester OneSemester Two
ACUP-300-7: Acupuncture therapeutics for biomedical specialties
TCMT-300-7: TCM differential diagnosis from clinical practice
RESM-300-7: Research literacy for acupuncture practice
CLN-300-7: Applied professional practice (3)
ACUP-301-7: Acupuncture classical techniques & contemporary development
PROF-300-7: Professional issues, ethics & cultural safety for acupuncture/TCM practice
CLN-301-7: Applied professional practice for entry-level acupuncturists


If you want to learn more about this programme, please contact:

Ms Doreen Cheung, Phone/Whatspp: +64 27 2019 177

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