Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy)

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Course essentials

Study towards a rewarding and holistic healthcare career with VU's leading osteopathy program, starting with our Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy).

To prepare you for work in healthcare, you'll study:

  • key osteopathic principles and techniques, including soft tissue techniques, joint manipulation and mobilisation, and exercise rehabilitation
  • anatomy, physiology and pathology
  • population health, to provide general healthcare advice to patients
  • evidence-based practice.

The Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy), along with our Master of Health Science (Osteopathy), leads to registration with the Osteopaths Registration Board of Australia (OBA) as an allied-health professional.

Clinical experience

VU's hands-on learning approach and extensive clinical placements are held in high regard by industry.

You'll gain valuable work experience treating real patients at our Osteopathy Clinics at St Albans, Werribee, and City Flinders campuses, as well as external community clinical engagements.

Our osteopathy teaching clinics operate 47 weeks of the year, including outside of semester hours, to maintain a public service and provide continuity of patient care.

Course information evening

We're holding an osteopathy course information evening on Thursday 7 September 2017 where we'll explain our approach to osteopathy at VU, and conduct a tour of the facilities at the City Campus used by osteopathy students. We'd love to see you there!


This degree, in combination with the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy), qualifies you for a career as a practising osteopath.

Osteopaths can work in a variety of healthcare settings, including:

  • private practice clinics
  • hospitals
  • maternal health centres
  • community organisations.


With our dual-qualification in osteopathy, including the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy), you can gain the following registrations and memberships:

  • registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia
  • registration as an osteopath in all other Australian states and in New Zealand
  • membership with Osteopathy Australia.

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

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

Please note: Students who enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) – HBOP before 2016 will need to complete the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) – HMOP.

HMOP has been superseded by the new Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) – HMHO.


The average salary of osteopaths in Australia is around A$70,000 (PayScale).

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 this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect on the philosophy and position of osteopathy in the broader healthcare system;  
  2. Critically review scholarly literature related to osteopathic philosophy and practice, as well as the broader healthcare field/area;  
  3. Formulate diagnoses of musculoskeletal disorders based on interpretation of physical, neurological, orthopaedic, osteopathic examination findings and clinical evidence;  
  4. Synthesise biomedical science knowledge and apply to their osteopathic practice;  
  5. Adopt osteopathic manual techniques and clinical examinations to musculoskeletal presentations;  
  6. Exhibit professionalism and effective communication when interacting with the patient community, peers and colleagues;  
  7. Interrogate the physical, socio-economic, psychological, spiritual and cultural factors contributing to a patient's presenting complaint;  
  8. Integrate osteopathic principles and theoretical science concepts including researched evidence for practice to inform the rationale of osteopathic treatment;  
  9. Advocate wellness and preventative health in patient centred care;  
  10. Reflect on their identity as a developing health professional and articulate their plan for lifelong learning;  
  11. Engage in intra- and inter-professional education and peer review to ensure optimal patient management.  

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy), students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units) of Core studies.

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Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Year 12: Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English; 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.
  • Mature: Academic record including GPA. Year 12 prerequisites also apply 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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