Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 11:43 AM on Wed, 22 September

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Duration
34 weeks part-time
1 year part-time
Location
Online
Online
Start date
January, April, August
December, April, August
Course code
1008440
Course abbreviation
GradCertAdvNatMed
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
CRICOS
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Fees
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Course overview

The complementary medicines industry in Australia is worth an estimated $4.7 billion, and globally, close to $83 billion.

Naturopathic practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills may be well-placed to support this growing field.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine provides an introduction to advanced study in naturopathic medicine. The course is ideal if you are a recent naturopathy graduate wishing to develop specialised knowledge, or a practitioner in the field looking to expand your skills, attributes and career opportunities. The course also provides a pathway for graduates wanting to undertake further postgraduate or higher degree studies.

Delivered online in flexible part-time or full-time mode, the course covers critical aspects of naturopathic philosophy, research and evidence-based practice. You'll also be able to deepen your knowledge in a specialised area of clinical practice, such as gastrointestinal health, mental health or reproductive health, through the choice of an elective.

The complementary medicines industry in Australia is worth an estimated $4.7 billion, and globally, close to $83 billion.

Naturopathic practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills may be well-placed to support this growing field.

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine provides an introduction to advanced study in naturopathic medicine. The course is ideal if you are a recent naturopathy graduate wishing to develop specialised knowledge, or a practitioner in the field looking to expand your skills, attributes and career opportunities. The course also provides a pathway for graduates wanting to undertake further postgraduate or higher degree studies.

Delivered online in flexible part-time or full-time mode, the course covers critical aspects of naturopathic philosophy, research and evidence-based practice. You'll also be able to deepen your knowledge in a specialised area of clinical practice, such as gastrointestinal health, mental health or reproductive health, through the choice of an elective.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

A Bachelor degree in Naturopathic Medicine, or equivalent.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

You will study two core units in naturopathic philosophy and research:

  • Critical Perspectives in Naturopathic Philosophy
  • Practice-Based Health Research.

You'll also choose two electives from the following units to expand your knowledge in a specialist area:

  • Cognition and the Healthy Brain
  • Integrative Mental Health
  • Integrative Gastroenterology
  • Gut Microbiome and Health
  • Integrative Women's Health
  • Integrative Reproductive Health
  • Food as Medicine.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
OnlineStudy Period  1, Study Period  3, Study Period  5

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
OnlineStudy Period  1, Study Period  3, Study Period  5$14,000 ($3,500 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Online

International students studying online or outside of Australia

Online
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Course Learning Outcome

Demonstrate critical judgement, thinking and understanding of the interplay between traditional and scientific knowledge within naturopathic medicine.

Develop innovative, creative and effective responses to the integration of traditional and scientific knowledge in professional practice of naturopathic medicine.

Develop and integrate an understanding of ethical and legal principles and apply these values to the practice of naturopathic medicine.

Explain established naturopathic theories, guiding philosophies, principles of practice and apply these to the professional practice of naturopathic medicine.

Demonstrate autonomy, well developed independent judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a learner and practitioner.

Demonstrate person-oriented care and communicate concisely and appropriately in an oral and written form in an academic, professional and health care settings.

Demonstrate an understanding of the physical, social, political, ecological and cultural influences that impact health and wellbeing in all members of society.


Assessment methods

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. Each assessment connects with the learning outcomes for each unit and the course as a whole, but also the real-world. Assessment tasks may include essays, literature reviews, journal manuscripts, case studies, online activities, examinations and presentations.

Teaching methods

Our online study option is innovative, highly interactive and engaging. It strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community among learners. An inquiry-based approach, together with the use of diverse media (e.g. interactive videos, scenario-based activities, electronic study materials, online discussion forums, virtual classes) and real-world assessments, creates an immersive and accessible learning environment that enriches the student learning experience. These methods of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Career opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine enables practitioners to extend their knowledge and skills in naturopathic medicine. Career opportunities exist as a naturopathic practitioner or in any number of roles within the complementary medicines industry. You may also choose to pursue further postgraduate studies in advanced naturopathic medicine.

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Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Naturopathic Medicine students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes

Core Units

NATM6002Critical Perspectives in Naturopathic Philosophy
NATM5001Practice-Based Health Research

Elective Units

NATM5003Integrative Gastroenterology
HLTH6001Human Microbiome and Health
NATM5006Integrative Women's Health
NATM5004Integrative Reproductive Health
NATM6005Integrative Mental Health
NATM6006Cognition and the Healthy Brain
FOOD5004Food as Medicine


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