Natural Medicine

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Key Information for Students


Diploma in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine (Level 7)

  • Level 7, 360 credits
  • Full-time for 3 year
  • 108 weeks
  • Part time within 6 academic years

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the New Zealand community with competent and professional Naturopaths that will contribute to positive healthy outcomes for all New Zealanders wanting access to alternative health care.

The graduates will benefit by gaining recognition of transferable knowledge, practical skills and behavioural attributes valued in the complementary health sector and meet registration requirements with NZAMHA and NZ Naturopath Society.

It provides skills to ensure that workers are safe to work unsupervised in clinical practice settings.


  • This course will be offered only at NZCCM Lotus Campus in Hastings.
  • It will be offered only in February 2017 and only to students who can commit to 3 years full time study from that date.
  • The programme will require a minimum of 15 students to start.
  • Applicants must note that this qualification will not meet industry/professional registration requirements after 2020.

Graduate Profile

A Graduate of this qualification will be able to:

  • Provide a description of the principles and practice of naturopathy;
  • Assess the health of their clients of all ages with skill and accuracy and to communicate this information effectively to their clients;
  • Prescribe appropriate treatments involving naturopathic modalities used in accordance with naturopathic principles;
  • Recommend traditional medicines for the purpose of treating and preventing diseases and promoting health;
  • Prepare traditional medicines in accordance with pharmacopoeia requirements and good compounding and dispensing practices;
  • Monitor, evaluate and adapt, when necessary, the naturopathic care of each client;
  • Educate both clients and the public concerning the promotion of health and the prevention of diseases; refer clients to other healthcare professionals when necessary and appropriate;
  • Practise ethically and in compliance with the codes and guidelines of the relevant professional organizations and within scope of practice.

Employment Pathway

Graduate Pathways include but are not limited to: independent or collaborative clinic practice, working with allied health professionals such as medical specialists and for District Health Boards, and Non – Government Organizations.

Graduates have gone on to work in pharmacies, wellness retreat centre’s in New Zealand and overseas, for supplement companies and health food specialists.