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Bachelor Degree TCM
Member since
Jan 2006

Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Phone 02 9119 1238
Address Level 5
25 Dixon St
Sydney NSW 2000
Servicing Areas Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Accredited Bachelor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine - Comprehensive Theory & Practice of TCM - Flexible time and practical course.

2020 enrollment: course commences: 10 February 2020 (FEE HELP)

Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (BTCM)

Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine

The course provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture, herbal medicine, biomedical sciences, and the role of a professional Chinese medicine practitioner in the Australian healthcare system.

The broad educational base of the degree 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.

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 extensive supervised clinical practice training at the Institute’s teaching clinic and in an intensive internship experience that will also be completed in the Institute’s teaching clinic. Students will receive approximately equal clinical training in acupuncture and in Chinese herbal medicine/dispensing.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the course will be registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency) and generally enter private practice as primary practitioners and will possess knowledge and understanding of a range of modalities of Chinese medicine including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

Contact us today for more information about this course and enrolment dates!


What is the scientific evidence behind cupping therapy? This research gives the answer Source: Technology Daily reporter Yong Li correspondent Zeng Li 23 February 2018. February 22, the reporter learned from Second Affiliated Hospital of Military Medical University (Chongqing Xinqiao Hospital) was informed that the Institute of PLA oncology Li Yongsheng team pioneered the use of mouse cupping model, the use of ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry established Lipid Metabolomics Platform reveals the variation of anti-inflammatory / proinflammatory lipid metabolism profile caused by cupping therapy and provides scientific support for the potential mechanism of cupping therapy. The research paper was published in the journal Cell Physiol Biochem on the 20th February 2018.

Learning and Practicing Cupping not for Athletes only!

In the Rio 2016 Olympics, the round purple coloured cupping marks on athletes’ bodies attracted significant public attention.
What were they and were the athletes really working on their sport injury? How could the ancient methods play such an important role in their achievements? Why did top international heroes choose cupping instead of other modern medical technology? It certainly reminds us of the need for further studying the true value of the ancient healing method which originated from Traditional Chinese medicine.
Every four years, thousands of athletes try their best to fulfil an Olympic medal dream. The unexpected sporting injuries often hold them back. Healing the injury, recovering from excessive physical training and maintaining high quality performance have become the main part of an athlete’s daily life.
One of the best instruments to assist them is CUPPING. The Rio 2016 Olympics have definitely drawn much more study and research attention on this ancient technique.
Learning and practicing cupping has been one of the study activities in the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (SITCM).

Global Development of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

    • Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have spread into 183 countries globally. (1)
    • China has signed 83 international agreements with the governments where would like to develop TCM in their countries. (9)
    • National TCM Act / Registration have taken effect in the countries: Australia, South Africa, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam, Hungarian and Switzerland. Many other countries will follow. (2)
    • 45 out of 50 states recognized TCM in the USA and 5 out of 10 in Canada. (2)
    • UK and Europe regulated complementary medicine. (2)
    • German established and run a TCM hospital for more than 20 years now. (2)
    • Czech set up a TCM centre in 2016 (3)
    • Spanish is going to set up a TCM centre. (4)
    • Russia set up many TCM centre and schools in recent years. (2)
    • Global TCM industry is about USD$170 billion in 2016. (5)
    • It is estimated that 300,000 TCM practitioners outside China and 40,000 medical doctors practice acupuncture. (2)
    • Nobel medicine prize was awarded to a TCM professor Tu Youyou in 2015. (6)
    • 2018 Swedish Schobery Prize (USD$ 1 million) was awarded to Dr Chen Zhu (China), Anna Dejean (France) and Hugues De The (France) for their contribution on the treatment of APL (Leukemia) with As3O2 (Arsenic), which related to The TCM literature Compendium of Materia Medica 1590AD, China. (7)
    • The Chinese government has provided Chinese medicine services to African with more than 2,000 Chinese medicine doctors sent there. (8)
    • More than 200,000 patients visit China for TCM treatments and 30,000 overseas students study TCM in China every year. (9)
    • 11,874,936 acupuncture services were provided by Australian General Practitioners from 1995-2011. (10)
    • Hong Kong is building the first TCM Hospital in history. (11)
    • President Trump initiated and signed acupuncture into USA Healthcare law. (12)
    • WHO will formally recognize TCM in 2019. (13)

 References: (1) China Congress, March 2018; (2) International TCM conference, Beijing, 29 May 2016; (3) CCTV net: 28, April 2017; (4) 8 May 2017; (5) UWS news Nov 2016; (6) Nobel committee 5 Oct 2015; (7) Swedish Schobery Prize 6 Feb 2018 (8) Xinhua News Agency, 18 August 2018 (9) phoenix TV 1 Sep 2018 (10). Acupuncture in Medicine, 2013, 0, 1-6. (11) Hongkong 6, Aug 2018; (12) 24 Oct Healthcare law, USA; (13) Nature, 26 August 2018


Traditional Medicine officially included in the 11th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)

Time: 2019-05-25 17:23:47

On May 25, 2019, the 72nd World Health Assembly reviewed and approved the Eleventh Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), which was the first to incorporate the traditional medical chapters that originated in Chinese Medicine. This is the Chinese government and Chinese medicine practitioners. The valuable achievements of the experts after more than ten years of continuous efforts.


Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (BTCM)