Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) GCCHM

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) approved and accredited

Programme Code:
Title:Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
Level: 07
Total credits:60
Delivery mode type:Blended
Delivery method:Face-to-face lectures, online delivery, block delivery, guided reading, practical
demonstrations, clinical observation, participation in on-line or class activities
(such as forums and quizzes) and specialist guest lectures
Assessment method:Reflective learning portfolio, case study/report, observed practice

The aim of the Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) is to prepare registered
acupuncturists, with a Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture) or equivalent, to be able to extend the
scope of their practice in the field of Chinese Herbal Medicine.
On completion of the programme, graduates will have the knowledge and skills, within the traditional
Chinese medicine worldview to practise within safe, lawful and professional boundaries in a manner that
is culturally appropriate in Aotearoa New Zealand.
They will have an enhanced ability to acquire relevant new skills in a rapidly changing healthcare
environment. Graduates will have the ability to expand their scope of practice as a Kaiwero Ngira Hauora
to encompass Chinese Herbal Medicine and the academic base required for further tertiary study in a
variety of health and/or policy fields (education outcome) dependant on the requirements of each
educational institute.
Graduates of this programme will be able to include herbal medicine as a stand-alone or adjunct therapy.
This allows patients to be treated without face-to-face sessions, increasing the availability of treatment to
clients in remote locations. It can be used in combination with acupuncture for faster, enduring changes.
The Certificate equips graduates to use pre-made patent formulae. These qualifications may appeal to
learners who want to extend the scope of conditions treated and to provide treatment in a remote context.

Fundamentals of Chinese Herbal Medicine, Health context in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Biomedicine in
Chinese Herbal Medicine, Professional Practice for Chinese Herbal Medicine in Aotearoa.


  1. Safely and effectively prescribe patent herbal medicines, understand their origins in classic formulae,
    as an adjunct to acupuncture practice or as a stand-alone treatment modality
  2. Communicate with the wider healthcare community using biomedical concepts and language relating
    to diagnosis, treatment and outcomes
  3. Demonstrate cultural safety in practice, recognising their role as healthcare providers and obligations
    under Te Tiriti o Waitangi whilst being responsive to the needs of all cultures built on reflective
    practices and knowledge of the historical, political and social context of health for all populations in
    Aotearoa New Zealand
  4. Apply knowledge of all legal, regulatory and professional requirements relating to Mäori health equity
    (including He Korowai Oranga: Mäori Health Strategy) to their practice.

Entry requirements
The pre-requisite to the Graduate Programmes is registration as an acupuncturist and the Bachelor of
Health Science (Acupuncture) or equivalent to ensure the required knowledge and understanding of
Chinese medicine to extend their scope of practice to Tuina massage therapy and/Chinese herbal
Learners/äkonga will preferably be currently practising upon enrolment so there is access to clients for
the clinical component of the relevant graduate programme.
An applicant must be registered with a professional body being Acupuncture NZ or New Zealand
Acupuncture Standards Authority Inc., who will have assessed or recognised their education and/or
training to be equivalent to the undergraduate education required in Aotearoa.
Learners/äkonga must have a valid first-aid certificate for the duration of their study in the graduate

English language requirements
An applicant is expected to have a level of English sufficient to enable study at the level of the programme.
International learners/äkonga whose first language is not English must have an international English
Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.5 (with at least 6 in each band)
issued within the last two years, or equivalent


CHMC-401 -7Fundamentals of Chinese Herbal Medicine
CHMC-402-7Health Context in Chinese Medicine in Aotearoa
CHMC-403-7Biomedicine in Chinese Herbal Medicine
CHMC-404-7Professional Practice for Chinese Herbal Medicine in Aotearoa

Qualification completed as part of this programme

4563Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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