Learn your trade from one of Australia’s accredited herbal medicine schools

Paramount College of Natural Medicine provides comprehensive herbal medicine courses, both the Bachelor of Health Science Western Herbal Medicine and Western Herbal Medicine Diploma. These courses provide the graduate herbalist with the necessary skills in a range of natural therapy treatments, based on biological sciences, herbal medicine and nutrition. Contact us for herbal medicine courses from one of Australia’s accredited herbal medicine schools.

The degree in Natural Medicine ensures that herbal medicine course graduates are equipped with a broad range of knowledge and skills to be able to analyse a client’s health status, including current medical treatments. Based on this assessment graduates can formulate and negotiate compatible, highly customised treatment protocols for health management.

Nature’s medicine

Herbal medicine or herbalism is the study of plants and their use in medicinal applications. This traditional practice has risen in popularity because of the various benefits it offers including:

  • More affordable than conventional treatment
  • Easier access and availability than prescription medication
  • Proven healing properties
  • Less risk of side effects

It is equally important to note that while herbal medicine provides a wide array of benefits, the incorrect application of herbalism can have negative effects. This is why equipping yourself with an accredited qualification is vital before attempting to treat anyone, including yourself. Our team of lecturers have undergone rigorous training to understand herbal medicine in theory and practice, and have a passion for sharing that knowledge in our affordable herbal medicine courses.

Course Overview

Herbal medicine is a traditional system of healthcare that focuses on prevention and the self-healing process through the use of botanical compounds and client education. The Bachelor of Health Science (Western Herbal Medicine) is designed to educate practitioners who are competent in the implementation of herbal medicine and holistic treatment strategies that are supported by traditional knowledge as well as research drawn from peer-reviewed journals from many disciplines, including biomedical science, clinical nutrition, phytotherapy, pharmacognosy and psychology. Holistic analysis of the presenting case uses traditional herbal medicine philosophies as well as science for identifying the underlying causes of imbalance and disease, and allows graduates to formulate and negotiate compatible, highly individualised treatment protocols for health management.

Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of the herbal medicine course, the Bachelor or Herbal Medicine Diploma graduate will be equipped to practice autonomously in their own professional clinic or work with others in a natural health care centre. They will be capable of integrating specialised herbal medicine and nutrition, with eligibility to apply for recognition by peak professional associations, including the Australian Natural Therapists Association, to become eligible for professional insurances, ensuring their professional status within the industry.

Clinical Experience

Student interns of herbalist courses are required to participate in a minimum of 408 clinical practicum hours. This structured programme provides a vehicle through which the intern can apply their knowledge and skills in a supervised environment, much as other health care professionals are required to do. The supervision of qualified practitioners provides reassurance to the intern, while the experience itself builds confidence as the student prepares to graduate from the Bachelor of Health Science in Western Herbal Medicine course.

Completion of ‘Provide first aid’ (HLTAID003) is required prior to admittance into Clinical Practice (student clinic); currency must be maintained whilst in student clinic and in order to graduate. ‘Provide first aid’ (HLTAID003) must be done externally as Paramount College does not offer it as part of their study programme.

Electives

To enhance their learning and accommodate personal student preferences, all herbal medicine course students are required to complete a minimum of 2 electives from across the institution’s full range of subject offerings of 4 or more credit points. The points associated with these electives cannot be substituted for required units for this qualification, but will provide credit points towards further qualifications.

FIRST YEAR
SEMESTER 1
CREDIT POINTS
AP1-16
Anatomy & Physiology 1
4
CC1-16
Critical Thinking in Contemporary Healthcare 1
4
MT-16
Medical Terminology
4
NP-16
Natural Health Philosophy
4
NU1-16
Nutrition 1
4
PD-16
Professional Development
4
SEMESTER 2
CREDIT POINTS
AP2-16
Anatomy & Physiology 2
4
BC-16
Biochemistry
4
MP-16
Microbiology & Public Health
4
NU2-16
Nutrition 2
4
PC-16
Practical Counselling
4
CLAD-16
Clinic Administration
4
SECOND YEAR
SEMESTER 3
CREDIT POINTS
TH-16
Theory & Practice of Herbal Medicine
4
BP-16
Botany & Pharmacognosy
4
HC-16
Herbal Cultivation
4
HM1-16
Herbal Medicine 1
4
HM2-16
Herbal Medicine 2
4
PA-16
Pathology
4
CL1-16
Clinical Practice 1
2
SEMESTER 4
CREDIT POINTS
CS-16
Clinical Studies
4
BCNAT-16
Biochemistry for Naturopaths
4
HM3-16
Herbal Medicine 3
4
HM4-16
Herbal Medicine 4
4
MH-16
Manufacturing of Herbs
4
PH-16
Pharmacology
4
CL2-16
Clinical Practice 2
2
CL3-16
Clinical Practice 3
2
THIRD YEAR
SEMESTER 5
CREDIT POINTS
DD1-16
Differential Diagnosis 1
4
DD2-16
Differential Diagnosis 2
4
HM5-16
Herbal Medicine 5
4
TPHM1-16
Treatment Protocols (Herbal Medicine) 1
4
TPHM2-16
Treatment Protocols (Herbal Medicine) 2
4
CL4-16
Clinical Practice 4
2
CL5-16
Clinical Practice 5
2
SEMESTER 6
CREDIT POINTS
CC2-16
Critical Thinking in Contemporary Healthcare 2
4
PM-16
Practice Management
4
CL6-16
Clinical Practice 6
2
CL7-16
Clinical Practice 7
2
CL8-16
Clinical Practice 8
2
CSE-16
Clinical Safety in Practice / Exit Exam
4

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