History of SITCM

The Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine(SITCM) has a thirty-year history of providing traditional Chinese medicine(TCM) education and have been making a significant contribution to the development of traditional Chinese medicine(TCM) education in Australia and the majority of its many graduates are professional and ethical practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine(TCM)

SITCM was established in 1984 as the “NSW College of Natural Therapy”. The current trading name was registered in 1989 to provide a more direct and clear reference to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) education and to reflect SITCM’ primary purpose. The first formal TCM education program delivered by SITCM was the Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine between 1996 and 2003 and the Advanced Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ADTCM) between 2004 and 2014.

With the widening recognition of TCM in Australia and the demand for quality education in this discipline, SITCM developed and successfully obtained accreditation for Bachelor of TCM on December 2011. The delivery of the BTCM program at SITCM was commenced in February 2012. This program is a four-year undergraduate degree and the course’s learning outcomes appropriately align with Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) criteria for Level 7 (Bachelor) qualifications and with the Chinese medicine accreditation standards established by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia and the National Academic Standards Committee for TCM (NASC). The BTCM provides a comprehensive foundation in the theory and practice of traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture, herbal medicine, herbal dispensing, biomedical sciences, and the role and characteristics of a professional Chinese medicine practitioner in the Australian healthcare system.

SITCM also provides VET education. Currently the courses include HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy, HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage, and HLT52115 Diploma of Traditional Chinese Medicine Remedial Massage. These courses provide students with the skills required for competence in remedial massage practice. The practitioners at this level may be self – employed as independent practitioners or may work within a larger health service.


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