Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences)

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Course essentials

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    This course is based at City Campus (Flinders Lane), but students are required to attend St Albans campus one day a week to attend Anatomy laboratories.

  • Delivery mode:
    On campus and Working in the Workplace
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  • Duration:
    3 years
  • Study mode:
    Full Time
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This information is for Australian residents. View the international version of this course

Build a career in osteopathy with the Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences). Osteopaths are allied health professionals registered with the Osteopaths Registration Board of Australia (OBA).

To register as an osteopath you will need to complete the following double degree program:

  • Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences)
  • Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy).

VU offers one of only three of these accredited double degree programs in Australia. Core studies include anatomy, osteopathic science, physiology and biochemistry. Students undertake fieldwork and clinical practice to prepare them for their osteopathy career.

Clinical training

Our Osteopathy teaching clinic operates 50 weeks of the year and prepares students with real-world experience. As part of this program you are required to attend clinical sessions on a rotation basis including outside of semester hours to maintain a public service and provide continuity of patient care.


This degree, which pathways into the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy), will enable you to pursue a range of careers in osteopathy. VU is held in extremely high regard in the industry for its hands-on approach and extensive clinical placements.


With the dual-qualification in osteopathy, you can gain:

  • registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia
  • registration as an Osteopath in all other Australian states and in New Zealand
  • membership with the Australian Osteopathic Association

For further information about registration requirements, visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Organisations employing osteopathy graduates

Osteopaths can work in private clinics or a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, maternal health centres and community organisations.


The average salary of osteopaths in Australia is A$73,315 (PayScale).

Employment rates

Osteopathy was rated as the fastest growing health discipline in Australia in 2012. The number of people choosing to visit an osteopath has increased by 48 per cent over the past two years (Private Health Insurance Administration Council).


Treating clients at our Osteopathy Clinics at St Albans and City Flinders Campuses ensures you have extensive clinical experience with patients, including babies and children through our paediatric specialist services.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of HBOP students will be able to:

  1. Critically review, consolidate and synthesise broad and coherent knowledge in the areas of biology, anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, medicine, psychology and sociology to inform future professional clinical practice in diverse contexts.
  2. Apply both this knowledge base and their developing practical skills to the analysis of both simulated and authentic scenarios in the clinical sciences (osteopathy) which reflect the multi-faceted nature of individuals’ lived experience of health, well-being and disease.
  3. Exhibit intellectual independence in their judgement of evidence based methods and technologies to propose solutions to contemporary and emerging issues in future clinical management (osteopathy).
  4. Communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences (but particularly patients) in a clinical setting using established protocols related to osteopathic clinical care and management.
  5. Conceptually map key ethical, legal and professional development components of their planned career trajectory within the domain of osteopathy.
  6. Undertake postgraduate level study to pursue professional practice (osteopathy) or further scholarship.

Units and electives

Course is offered over 3 years (6 semesters) on a full-time basis only. To qualify for the award of BSc (Clinical Sciences) a total of 288 credit points should be completed.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

Admission information

  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology or Chemistry; and a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or Physics. SEAS: Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to submit a SEAS application. Subject Bonus: A study score of 30 in Chemistry, any English or any Mathematics equals 5 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in Biology equals 5 aggregate points. Overall maximum of 20 points.
  • International: Applicants are expected to have: obtained an IELTS (academic module) result of 6.5 (no band less than 6) or equivalent; completed a secondary school qualification equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification; completed studies (as part of this qualification) in the field of Biology or Chemistry, and in Physics or Mathematics. In addition you also need to provide a National Police Check from your usual country of residence prior to commencing practical placements.
  • Mature: Academic record including GPA, VTAC Pi form. Year 12 prerequisites or equivalent studies also applies for non-school leavers.
  • Other: Some applicants may be required to attend an interview (an alternative may be provided if you cannot physically attend an interview).

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