Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) GDCHM

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) approved and accredited

Programme Code:
Title:Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
Level: 07
Total credits:120
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 Diploma 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 Diploma equips graduates to create personalised medicines for complex clients taking into
consideration any pharmaceutical medications. 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, Trauma, Injury
and Pain in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Reproduction and Birth in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food and
Mood in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Paediatrics and Geriatrics in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

A graduate of the Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) is able to:

  1. Apply diagnostic skills to a wide range of challenging and complex client presentations and create
    personalised herbal formulae in a range of forms for internal or external administration
  2. Communicate with the wider healthcare community in specialist areas using biomedical concepts and
    language relating to diagnosis, treatment and outcomes
  3. Identify and address unmet healthcare needs, responding to the evolving landscape within health
    policy and treatment in Aotearoa New Zealand
  4. Demonstrate cultural safety in practice, recognising their role as healthcare providers and
    responsibility to meet obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and contribute equity in healthcare
    outcomes for all in Aotearoa New Zealand
  5. Comply with all legal, regulatory and professional requirements and guidelines relating to the
    prescription, manufacture and dispensing of Chinese herbal medicines.

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
CHMC-405-7Trauma, Injury and Pain in Chinese Herbal Medicine
CHMC-406-7Reproduction and Birth in Chinese Herbal Medicine
CHMC-407-7Food and Mood in Chinese Herbal Medicine
CHMC-408-7Pediatrics and Geriatrics in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Qualification completed as part of this programme

4562Graduate Diploma in Health Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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