For entry into ACC, prospective students will need to complete a full year (120 credits) (or equivalent study) in base sciences as specified below. These units of study are a mandatory requirement for admission and must be at a minimum of AQF level 5, with a successful pass rate minimum of 50% within each subject.

ACC has been able to create a pathway agreement with Laureate International Universities to deliver a Diploma of Health Science.  At present this is delivered through the Australian College of Natural Therapies, and will soon be available through Torrens University, Adelaide. The Diploma of Health Science will provide students with a fully approved award for their prerequisite studies. To enroll in the Diploma of Health Sciences go to here and make sure you mention of your desire to attend the ACC.

The Diploma of Health Sciences is fully on line and has been reviewed by ACC’s Academic Board as a suitable part pathway for entry to ACC. At present the diploma covers all but the biophysics requirement.


Pre-requisites Units

Anatomy and Physiology (2 units required)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of body regions, cavities, anatomical planes, directional terminology, and anatomical references of the human body, including the use of appropriate anatomical terminology.
  2. Understand the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system including its protective functions and its role in maintaining homeostasis.
  3. Describe the anatomy and physiology of nerve, muscle, fascia, and bone and identify the main bones of the appendicular and axial skeleton and their parts.
  4. Know the histology of different tissues and organs including bone, muscle, and nerve and the different epithelial tissues.
  5. Have a firm understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, reproductive (including menstrual cycle), endocrine and lympho-immune systems.
  6. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the structure, function and various categories of joints, their classification, and examples of these classifications.
  7. Demonstrate and understanding of basic embryology.

Biochemistry (1 unit)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Identify the primary functional components and chemical characteristics of cell membranes. Correlate the physical properties of cell membranes and membrane proteins with their role in cell function.
  2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the basic principles and concepts of biochemistry to familiar and unfamiliar metabolic pathways.
  3. Analyse the relationship between metabolic pathways.

General Chemistry (1 unit)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Atoms, atomic properties, ionic bonding, acid-base theory, definitions of pH, calculations of pH, ionization constants, chemical reactions, energy, heat of reactions, stoichiometry, molecular structures, covalent bonding, shape and polarity of molecules, description and comparative strengths of intermolecular forces.
  2. Colligative properties, structure and isomerism in carbon compounds, functional groups, introduction to alkanes, aldehydes, alcohols, organic acids and esters.
  3. Reaction rates, reaction orders, effect of temperature and concentration on reaction rates, activation energy, effect of catalysts, thermodynamics, and the directionality of reactions.

Biophysics (1 unit)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Understand common units and measurements, errors, kinematics, and motion in 1D.
  2. Understand and demonstrate, velocity, speed, acceleration, Newton’s laws, force, mass, friction, gravitation, work energy and power.
  3. Understand and demonstrate momentum, conservation laws, simple harmonic oscillator, scalars and vectors, levers, generalization of kinematics to three dimensions.
  4. Understand the effects of force and torque on the motion of physical bodies and the various forms of energy such bodies may possess.
  5. Examine electricity and electromagnetism; production of radiation; characteristics of radiation; interaction of radiation with matter.
  6. Examine and understand atomic particles, their nature, structure and characteristics.
  7. Discuss the geometry of image formation, magnification and distortion.

Microbiology (1 unit)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Understand the major physiological microorganisms that are critical for structure, metabolism, and utilization of ecological niches.
  2. Understand the biomechanical basis of important physiological characteristics of microorganisms, including: pathogenicity, motility, and unique forms of energy production.
  3. Introduction to biological macromolecules, structure of viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa, microbial metabolism and bioenergetics, bacterial genetics, antimicrobial agents. Consequences of microbial metabolism in foods.
  4. Describe the microanatomy of a cell; identify and describe the function of each major cytoplasmic organelle.
  5. Homeostasis, the cellular environment, functions of the cell membrane, cytoskeleton and cell movement, cell signalling, specialised cells.
  6. Chromosomes, the cell cycle and mitosis

Research / Information Literacy (1 unit)

Learning Outcomes Required:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of different research communication methods and apply these methods in both written and oral assessment.
  2. Identify, retrieve and critically evaluate information pertaining to the health sciences.
  3. Describe, select, apply and interpret the results of the appropriate statistical techniques to analyse scientific data.
  4. Design scientific studies to answer simple scientific research questions.