Master of Naturopathic Medicine

The final phase of our 3+1 pathway to become a clinical naturopath

Naturopathic medicine practitioners are primary healthcare providers with the knowledge and skills to assess, plan, manage and prevent disease and dysfunction across the lifespan. Naturopathic medicine practice is underpinned by a patient-centred, holistic, integrated and evidence-based approach, with a focus on promoting health and wellbeing, avoiding harm, and addressing the underlying causes/risks of ill-health.

The Master of Naturopathic Medicine prepares graduates for entry into professional naturopathic medicine practice. Graduates develop a clear scope of practice across diverse clinical settings, a strong focus on patient-centred care, a solid understanding of the role of naturopaths within healthcare teams and the contemporary healthcare landscape, knowledge and skills in clinical reasoning, critical thinking, research methods and evidence-based practice.

Graduates of the Southern Cross University Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) will receive eight units of advanced standing into the Master of Naturopathic Medicine. The total full-time duration for this clinical training program (3-year Bachelor and 1-year Masters) is four years. Students with a degree in a health-related field who want to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine can complete the Masters degree in two years.

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This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisite national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on Faculty of Health Professional Experience, must be met prior to commencing professional experience placements. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Snapshot

FacultyDurationLocationStartsContactApplications 
National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine 1 year full-time Lismore February 2023 ncnm@scu.edu.au See course page

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods are used in this course including essays, case studies, presentations, discussion forums, portfolios and literature reviews. Each unit comprises up to three assessment items.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including tutorials, workshops, practicals, clinical placements, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may engage in a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Major areas of study

The Master of Naturopathic Medicine prepares students for practice as a clinical naturopath. The course enables students to develop knowledge and skills in naturopathic practice, with a strong focus on naturopathic philosophy, herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, lifestyle medicine, mind-body medicine, integrative health care, evidence-based practice and patient-centredness.

The 16 units of study in this course, including 15 core units and 1 elective unit, centre around three themes:

  • Profession and Principles: professional contexts in naturopathic medicine 1-3.
  • Practitioner and Practice: nutritional medicine; botanical medicine; clinical studies in naturopathic medicine 1-7; clinical naturopathic placement 1-3; fundamentals of clinical hypnosis (elective); small business and entrepreneurship for allied health, fitness and sport (elective).
  • Patient and Population: practice-based health research; health research project (elective); supporting behaviour change in mental health contexts (elective); evidence translation and implementation in health care (elective).

Graduates of the Southern Cross University Bachelor of Health Science (Health and Lifestyle) will receive 8 units of advanced standing into the Master of Naturopathic Medicine.

Career opportunities

The Master of Naturopathic Medicine is the second stage of a professional-entry-level clinical training program that enables graduates to practice as a clinical naturopath.

As a clinical naturopath, graduates will be qualified to work in private practice, as well as a range of integrative and acute healthcare settings, such as aged care, palliative care or an integrative health clinic.


Contact us for further information

National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine

T: +61 2 6626 9255

E: ncnm@scu.edu.au

Media and communications contact

T: +61 2 6620 9634

E: caitlin.zillman@scu.edu.au

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