Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture)



New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Approved and Accredited

PC9792__ Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture)
Level: 7
Credits: 480
Duration: 4 years full-time study and part-time study
Intake: February 2016
Location: Wellington and Auckland
Delivery: In-house and online supported study (blended learning)

This level 7, four year 480 credit qualification was the first programme of its kind for New Zealand in 2007. It offers hands on training in acupuncture as well as moxa, cupping and gua sha. Developed to meet the continuing educational needs of the large number of acupuncture diploma holders and people who want to become acupuncturists. It enhances the acupuncture knowledge base and informs clinical practice enabling high quality, first contact, primary-care providers as well as providing the pathway to pursue postgraduate Masters and PhD studies.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Bachelor degree trend toward establishing private practices of their own, join or establish multidisciplinary practices or take advantage of flexible working hour opportunities as locums in existing practices.

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum of age 18 at start of course
  • NCEA 2 for domestic students or international equivalent
  • For international students if English is not the first language:
    • Level 7 Degree, IELTS academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5.

Course Programme

Year one
Semester one Semester two     
BSC-RES-101: Academic writing                         BSC-CLN-102: Introduction to clinic              
BSC-TCMP-101: TCM practical   BSC-TCMP-102: TCM practical
BSC-TCMT-101: TCM theory  BSC-TCMT-102: TCM theory
BSC-WMS-101: Anatomy, physiology  BSC-WMS-102: Anatomy, physiology
BSC-WMS-111: Basic microbiology   BSC-WMS-112: Human development
Year two
Semester one                                          Semester two
BSC-CLN-201: Clinical assistant BSC-CLN-202: Clinical assistant
BSC-TCMP-201: TCM practical BSC-TCMP-202: TCM practical
BSC-TCMT-201: TCM theory BSC-TCMP-212: Musculoskeletal assessment
BSC-TCMT-211: Acupuncture point functions     BSC-TCMT-202: TCM theory
BSC-WMS-201: Biomedical pathology BSC-WMS-202: Biomedical pathology
Year three
Semester one Semester two
BSC-CLN-301: Student clinic BSC-CLN-302: Student clinic
BSC-DDX-301: Differential diagnosis BSC-DDX-302: Differential diagnosis             
BSC-TCMP-301: Musculoskeletal treatment        BSC-TCMP-302: Tuina
BSC-TCMT-301: Clinical patterns BSC-TCMT-302: Clinical patterns
BSC-WMS-301: Diagnosis, referral BSC-WMS-302: Pharmacology
Year four
Semester one Semester two
BSC-CLN-401: Student clinic BSC-CLN-402: Student clinic
BSC-DDX-401: Differential diagnosis BSC-DDX-402: Differential diagnosis
BSC-PROF-401: Professional issues BSC-RES-402: Research methods
BSC-RES-401: Research principles BSC-SBM-402: Clinic management
BSC-TCMT-401: Major Chinese classics             BSC-TCMT-402: Chinese medical specialties