Foundation Course in Complementary Medicine

The Foundation Course in Complementary Medicine provides students with an introductory perspective to the scope of CM in the overall context of today’s healthcare environment, including public health, health promotion and health behaviour.

With exposure to a wide variety of natural medicine disciplines, students will be able to develop an appreciation of their interrelationships and potential contribution in multidisciplinary and integrative health settings. A wide variety of topics allows students to build knowledge in a range of areas and may lead to interest in further study to become a practitioner.

Foundation Course Overview

The Foundation course is fully online and you can start at any time.  The course is designed to be approximately 12 weeks in total studying around 10 -12 hours per week.  However you can go at your own pace to fit in with your lifestyle.

The course is delivered in two parts (approx. 6 weeks each) which are enrolled and paid for separately.

Part 1: Understanding the range of modalities in Complementary Medicine = $495

The Foundation Course in Complementary Medicine will provide you with information on the range of complementary medicines most commonly available and an outline of the governance of these practices in New Zealand. You will also be encouraged to look at evidence supporting the effectiveness of some of these modalities and to consider the way they might be used as part of integrative health practices to improve holistic well being now and in the future.  To view the topic outline click here.

Part 2: Integration into the healthcare landscape = $495

The knowledge gained in part 1 will help you to enjoy the journey back in time to explore indigenous health practices over many times and cultures. Understanding these fundamentals gives depth of appreciation as to why complementary health is deeply ingrained in many cultures. Using this knowledge, you can then look at the development of Western public health structures with new eyes and will be encouraged to consider how we might integrate the two styles of healthcare.  To view the topic outline click here.

Who should study this course?

Potential students for this course will come from a range of backgrounds and could include (but are not limited to):

  • School leavers interested in CM but not sure in which area to specialise
  • People seeking a career change without a clear area of where they would like to specialise
  • Staff currently working in conventional (Western orthodox) medicine (medical staff and receptionists) looking for further education in CM in order to appropriately refer patients to CM practitioners or to work effectively in a multidisciplinary clinic
  • People interested in health management, policy, public or population health and looking for careers in these areas and/or to go on to degree-level study
  • People interested in CM for general knowledge and not looking for career outcomes, rather to broaden their knowledge of how to apply CM in their lives

What are the opportunities for further study?

This course will prepare students for further study in a variety of fields including health science, public health, public administration, health administration and social work or specific CM practitioner training. Further study options for graduates of this foundation course could include:

  • Certificate of Complementary Medicine
  • Bachelor of Complementary Medicine (Endeavour College of Natural Health, Australia)
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Science (at AUT, MIT or WIT)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (conventional at various polytechnics or CM at smaller providers)
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Midwifery

Auckland (Head Office & Admissions)

  • 382 – 386 Manukau Road, Epsom 1023, Auckland
  • PO Box 26145, Epsom, Auckland 1344, New Zealand
  • +64 9 630 7601


  • Suite 10, 143 Durham Street, Tauranga, 3110
  • PO Box 784, Tauranga 3140, New Zealand
  • +64 7 578 1331