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What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (BTCM) is a four-year undergraduate degree in the discipline of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The course provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese herbal dispensing, biomedical sciences, and the role of a professional Chinese medicine practitioner in the Australian healthcare system.

The broad educational base of the degree, strong clinical practice focus and the development of analytical skills offered within it will equip graduates to be life-long learners and will encourage them to develop a wider professional role in healthcare.

This course is approved by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia (CMBA) in all three divisions of registration: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Chinese Herbal Dispensing.

Graduate Outcomes

The course has been aligned to the characteristics of learning outcomes at Australian Qualification Framework Level 7 and to the professional capabilities of Chinese medicine accreditation standards. Accordingly, at the conclusion of the Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the theories and principles of Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Chinese herbal dispensing.
  2. Critically review and analyse, consolidate, and synthesise relevant Chinese Medicine knowledge, ethics, and professional standards.
  3. Apply and adapt knowledge and skills appropriate to the delivery of Chinese medicine.
  4. Exercise critical thinking and informed judgment in identifying health problems, planning, and applying appropriate Chinese medicine treatments.
  5. Utilise appropriate and effective communication skills when engaging with clients, and other healthcare professionals.
  6. Demonstrate capacity for continuing professional development as a Chinese Medicine practitioner.

Course Duration and Delivery

The duration of BTCM is 4 years full-time. Students may choose to complete the course on a part-time basis for a maximum duration of 10 years (part-time study is not available to international students).

Course Overview

The BTCM consists of six subject areas that are described below:

  • Theoretical Paradigms
  • Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Clinical Studies
  • Clinical Training
  • Professional and Practice Issues

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the course will generally enter private practice as primary practitioners and will possess knowledge and understanding of a range of modalities of Chinese medicine including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

The Institute expects that some graduates will become TCM practitioners either self-employed in private practice or as a member of a team in a clinic that offers a range of therapies, some may undertake Chinese medicine research, become involved in education, product development, management and sales roles in pharmaceutical and herbal companies, provide healthcare advice and consultancy online, and some may practice in hospitals, community health centres, and other healthcare agencies.



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (15,77,802) per year
Tuition: AUD $116,000 for the entire course; Application fee (non-refundable): AUD $285
Start date

1 August 2022, 13 February 2023


Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Level 5, 25 Dixon Street,



New South Wales,

2000, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a successful completion of the NSW HSC and successful completion of an equivalent secondary qualification either interstate or overseas and attainment of the required entrance standard. English Language Requirements: TOFEL(Test of English as a Foreign Language):obtain a paper-based score of 575 (min. 4.5 in TWE), or internet-based score of 90 (min. 21 in writing); IELTS(International English Language Testing System): achieve an overall score of 6.5 or higher with no sub-score less than 6.0; PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic: achieve an overall score of 54 ( with a min. 59 in all communicative skills); CCPE(Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): obtain a grade of B pass

For international students

For admission to the Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (BTCM) applicants must:

Be 18 years of age or over at the time they commence the course

Completion of secondary studies

Successful completion of an equivalent secondary qualification, either interstate or overseas, and attainment of the required entrance standard.

Completion of post-secondary studies

Successful completion of accredited vocational (Certificate IV level or above) or higher education studies under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or overseas equivalent; OR

Satisfactory completion of an accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or a Foundation Studies Program offered by an Australian university that would enable students to gain entry to an Australian university.

English Language Requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT): 575 overall (min. 4.5 in TWE); TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 90 overall (min. 21 in writing); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 58 overall (min. 50 in all communicative skills); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAE): 176 overall; Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice: 155 in the verbal (critical) reasoning component.