Careers in Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a system of health care based on the body’s innate ability to heal itself through lifestyle modification such as diet and exercise. Naturopaths are health practitioners experienced in applying natural therapies. Their role is to treat the physical and emotional wellbeing for each patient by removing barriers to good health.

Natural therapies is rapidly expanding and the demand for skilled practitioners is high. Becoming a Naturopath is the perfect career choice for those passionate about helping others through healthier and better living.


AIHM offers an Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy Course that gives students the required knowledge to become Naturopaths or Natural Therapy practitioners. This comprehensive course is nationally recognised and industry endorsed. It encompasses a range of disciplines which include:

  • Nutrition
  • Iridology
  • Herbal medicine
  • Biomedical sciences
  • Basic counselling
  • Practice management
  • Workplace health and safety

Students can elect to enrol in other short courses and specialised units to complement their studies. Students may need to complete more than one subject for a complete unit of competency. Upon meeting all course completion requirements, students receive a nationally recognised qualification.

Entry Requirements

There are certain requirements before students can enrol in Advanced Diploma courses. Students must first need to have completed Western Australian Certificate of Education (Year 12) or equivalent. Studies in Human Biology and Chemistry are recommended but not required. Mature aged students without Western Australian Certificate of Education (Year 12) or equivalent also meet the entry requirements by successfully competing the bridging courses offered by the AIHM.

AIHM offers a bridging course which is required for applicants who have not previously studied Human Biology and Chemistry or have been out of school for an extended period. The course serves as a refresher and is 5 weeks long held both on campus and online.

Clinical Training

A minimum of 450 hours of supervised clinical training are required to be completed. Clinical sessions are conducted by qualified practitioners at the clinic on campus. Students may also receive supervised training at other clinics upon approval.

Virtual campus students who have received their clinical experience outside the campus are recommended to attend their final term of clinical placement at the AIHM clinic. Assessors are able to provide supervision and identify any shortcoming.

Career Prospects

The demand for skilled practitioners is high which makes naturopathy an excellent career choice. Most of our graduates go on to set up in private practices or work in multidisciplinary clinics alongside other health professionals such as doctors and psychologists. Some work in health retreats while others choose to take their skills to become academics in the field.

Career paths are varied with numerous opportunities and job prospects for graduates. Occupational titles include:

  • Naturopath
  • Naturopathic practitioner
  • Natural medicine practitioner
  • Natural therapist

AIHM is committed to the best learning outcomes for all students. The institute provides a well balanced course curriculum that gives students the required knowledge and skills to advance their careers. Embark on a rewarding journey by pursuing education in natural therapy.

Apply today or contact us for additional details on how to become a naturopath. Our staff is here to answer your questions and provide assistance.

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