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Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathic Studies)

UWS Course Code: 4597.2

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Naturopathy is an holistic form of health care that aims to enhance the health and wellbeing of people through the use of a variety of modalities and techniques that address the underlying causes of suboptimal health including lifestyle choices.

Naturopathy uses a broad range of techniques which aim to diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of health problems, ranging from sports injuries, disorders in children, the care of pregnant and breast-feeding women, to the management of stress and age related and chronic disorders.

Treatment is aimed at restoring function to the body through massage, herbal medicine, stress management, homoeopathy, nutritional and lifestyle guidance and counselling. Naturopathy stresses maintenance of health and prevention of disease.

The combination of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathic Studies) and the Graduate Diploma in Naturopathy is designed to prepare graduates to work competently and safely as primary health care practitioners and to meet the demands of a changing health care system.

Study Mode
Three-years full-time (HECS funded) followed by a one year full-time (full fee paying) graduate diploma in order to practice Naturopathy.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advisor
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternalVicki Mortimer

Academic Credit and advanced standing

Applications for advanced standing will be assessed in accordance with UWS policy.

The completion of both the Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathic Studies) and the Graduate Diploma in Naturopathy will provide qualifications that would lead to practitioner accreditation with professional associations and/or (in the future), statutory regulatory bodies. Students completing only the Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathic Studies) would not be eligible for practitioner membership of professional associations.


Application to the Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathic Studies) is normally through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

International applicants should contact UWS International for details on admission. Contact information for the International Office is available via the UWS website.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 240 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

400130.1Human Medical Sciences 1
400492.1Introduction to Naturopathy
400732.1Communication in Health
400491.1Remedial Massage 1

Year 1

Spring session

400493.1Biochemistry for Naturopathy
400256.1Human Medical Sciences 2
400494.1Remedial Massage 2
400496.1Homoeopathic Principles

Year 2

Autumn session

400135.1Clinical Pharmacology and Microbiology
400497.1Naturopathic Nutrition 1
400495.1Western Herbal Medicine 1

and one elective

Spring session

400262.1Clinical Diagnosis
400137.1Introduction to Research for Health Sciences
400499.1Naturopathic Nutrition 2
400498.1Western Herbal Medicine 2

Year 3

Autumn session

400501.1Naturopathic Nutrition 3
400138.1Pathophysiology 1
400500.1Western Herbal Medicine 3

And one elective

Spring session

400361.1Herbal Pharmacognosy
400502.1Naturopathic Practice
400267.1Pathophysiology 2

And one elective

Elective Units

Elective units in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Naturopathic Studies) may be chosen from any award offered by UWS, provided that unit prerequisites are met and space is available.

The following elective unit in the Naturopathy/Complementary Therapies discipline area may be offered. This unit is not listed elsewhere in the Handbook, and is open to students from across UWS provided space is available:

E1022.1Introduction to Complementary Medicine