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New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
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Bachelor of Health Science (Acupuncture)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine



  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Biomedicine
  • Clinical
  • General

The aim of the BHSc (Acupuncture) is to prepare graduates to be competent entry-level acupuncturists eligible for membership of an acupuncture professional body, and able to operate their own clinic or be employed as an acupuncturist in the allied health field.

On completion of the BHSc (Acupuncture), graduates will have acupuncture knowledge and skills within the traditional Chinese Medicine worldview, at the level of a competent acupuncturist able to practise at an entry-level within professional boundaries, together with the ability to learn new skills and keep abreast with new developments.


Graduates of BHSc (Acupuncture) will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theories, principles, and clinical application of acupuncture and TCM in the diagnosis and design of treatments and management of a range of patients and health conditions;
  • Exercise critical thinking in appraising modern and traditional literature, make informed judgments in identifying health problems, planning, and applying acupuncture and appropriate TCM treatments;
  • Critically review, analyze, consolidate, and synthesize relevant acupuncture/TCM knowledge, ethics, and professional standards, and apply in a clinical environment;
  • Deploy knowledge, understanding, skills, and personal qualities with a high level of professional judgment and awareness; and
  • Manage a clinical caseload, including the treatment of patients, making appropriate referrals when required.


Graduates of our bachelor’s 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 criteria

For applicants under the general category, entry requirements are the achievement of NCEA level 3 (60 credits at level 3 or higher and 20 credits at level 2 or higher), including

  • A minimum of 14 credits at level 3 or higher in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects
  • A minimum of 10 credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
  • A minimum of 10 credits at level 1 or above in numeracy, made up of achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or unit standards – package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required), or
  • Any qualification (New Zealand or overseas) recognised by NZQA as being equivalent to the achievement of NCEA level 3
  • A qualification considered to be equivalent to the above.

An applicant with equivalent experience who does not meet all of the entry requirements, may be granted entry at the discretion of the Academic Committee where it is considered that the applicant has a reasonable chance of succeeding in the qualification.


The applicant is expected to have a level of English sufficient to enable study at the level of the programme. International learners whose first language is not English must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band) issued within the last two years, or equivalent.

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