Master of Health Science (Osteopathy)

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Learn to assess the health status of patients, including physical, socio-economic and psychological aspects.

The Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) equips you with the diagnostic skills and graduate capabilities for Osteopathic practice required by primary health-care practitioners. You will also have the ability to formulate and prescribe a suitable and safe treatment program.

Graduates who successfully complete this course will be eligible for:

The Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Osteopathic Council (ANZOC). 

For further information about registration requirements for health practitioners, please visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


To qualify for admission into the Master of Health Sciences (Osteopathy) program, applicants must have satisfactorily completed the Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) (HBOP), or equivalent Bachelor degree with major in osteopathy.

Course essentials


This dual-qualification beginning with the three-year Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) 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.

Course objectives

The objectives of the course are to equip graduates with:

  • the diagnostic skills required by a primary health care practitioner;
  • the ability to assess the health status of the patient, including physical, socio-economic and psychological aspects and refer appropriately;
  • the ability to formulate and prescribe a suitable and safe treatment program;
  • a high level of understanding of the actions and interactions of the major classes of pharmaceuticals in use in Australia, with a particular emphasis on the medications commonly prescribed in musculoskeletal medicine
  • skills in a full range of osteopathic techniques;
  • an awareness of the application of osteopathic principles relevant to patient management;
  • the ability to interact with other health care providers, third party payers and advisers for the benefit of the patient, including an awareness of the need to gain informed consent;
  • communication skills related to the patient and other persons, to maintain inter-professional co-operation and respect;
  • an awareness of the cost effectiveness of osteopathic treatment;
  • an awareness of the support systems that are available and an ability to take part in a multi-practitioner research program;
  • an awareness of the need for continuing self education, with graduate committed to the principles of life-long learners
  • clinical proficiency and an ability to manage all aspects of osteopathic patient care; and
  • an awareness of their professional and personal responsibilities and an ability to effectively organise and manage their working environment.

Units and electives

Course is offered over 2 years (4 semesters) on a full-time basis only. To qualify for the award of MHlthSc (Osteopathy) a total of 192 credit points should be completed.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Admission information

  • Year 12: To qualify for admission into the Master of Health Sciences (Osteopathy) programme, applicants must have satisfactorily completed the Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) (HBOP), or equivalent, with a grade point average of 5 or greater. Applicants may also be required to attend a selection interview during which their suitability for entry into the course will be further assessed.
  • International: To qualify for admission into the Master of Health Sciences (Osteopathy) program, applicants must have satisfactorily completed the Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) (HBOP), or equivalent, with a grade point average of 5 or greater.
  • Other: National Police Certificate: Successful applicants will be required to obtain a National Police Certificate before commencing field or clinical placements. Victoria Police provide this documentation for a fee. A current National Police Certificate must provided by students enrolled in the programme on an annual basis. Prospective and continuing students should be aware that not passing relevant police checks may restrict access to clinical placements which are necessary for graduation. First Aid: At the commencement of the course students must have successfully completed a Level 2 First Aid Certificate update.

How to apply for this course

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 28 November 2014.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type). You may wish to review:

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Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as 'Advanced standing').

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Transferring between VU courses

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