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Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine



Course info


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). Part-time students should consult with the Registrar.

The coursework component is undertaken at the Institute’s campus located in Sydney’s CBD; students also undertake a total of 900 hours of extensive supervised clinical practice training at the Institute’s teaching clinic and at approved external clinics of registered practitioners of TCM and non-TCM professions. Students will receive approximately equal clinical training in acupuncture and in Chinese herbal medicine/dispensing.

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



Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

A$27,403.00 (14,25,537) per year

Application fee of AUD $285




Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Level 5, 25 Dixon St,



New South Wales,

2000, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirement 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 the NSW HSC and attainment of the required ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) of 70;

OR 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

Successful completion of at least one unit at the Australian Higher Education level

Mature age (applicants who are over 21 years of age, but have not completed Year 12 or equivalent studies, must demonstrate a range of attributes such as life experience, motivation and maturity)

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.

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