Information on this page is for Australian residents

Start date:
25 February 2019
ATAR:
Lowest selection rank*: 64.1
*Offers made in 2018. More about ATAR
Duration: 
3 years full time
Location: 

Overview

Study towards a rewarding and holistic healthcare career with VU's leading osteopathy program.

Our Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy), plus Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) lead to professional registration as an osteopath.

Osteopathic treatments include:

  • soft-tissue techniques
  • joint manipulation
  • joint mobilisation
  • exercise rehabilitation
  • general healthcare advice.

To prepare you for work in health care, you’ll study:

  • anatomy
  • osteopathic principles and techniques
  • physiology
  • pathology
  • population health
  • evidence-based practice.

You’ll gain work experience through extensive clinical practice. This perfect mix of scientific study and hands-on practice will have you confident and job-ready following our masters.

VU offers one of only three accredited programs in Australia.

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

Treating patients at our Osteopathy Clinics at City Flinders and Werribee campuses, as well as external community clinical engagements, ensures you have a diverse clinical experience.

Our osteopathy teaching clinics operates 47 weeks of the year. As part of our masters program, you’ll attend clinical sessions on a rotational basis. You’ll gain real-world experience working with paying patients.

These clinics also run outside of semester hours, to maintain a public service and provide continuity of patient care.

When you study osteopathy at VU, you’ll be part of a bigger Health and Biomedicine college. This college supports its students with international industry contacts, world-class research centres, and a Dean’s lecture series by leaders in the health profession.

Osteopathy students study at our City Flinders Lane campus. The convenient location makes studying easier, and the surrounding laneways, cafes and restaurants add to its appeal.

Delivery mode

Face to Face, Workplace

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The Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy) offers a mix of scientific study and hands-on practice.

Careers in osteopathy

You'll be qualified for a career as a practising osteopath after completing both this degree and our Master of Health Science (Osteopathy).

Osteopaths can work in a variety of healthcare settings:

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

Become a registered osteopath

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:

Salaries

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

Course structure

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

First Year Core units

Year 2

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 3

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.

From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.

All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.

You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • group work
  • laboratory and practical work (where it applies).

You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.

Find out more about our First Year Model.

* Melbourne-based campuses only

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.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admissions

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about the University's admission requirements for all applicants, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Admission criteria

The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the last 2 years)

  • Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
  • an Australian or overseas equivalent or
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB).

Importance of ATAR for this course

ATAR+

We consider both ATAR and other criteria

NA

ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English.
PLUS:
A study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics or Physics.

ATAR profile

ATAR [and Selection Rank] profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in 2018.

  ATAR
(Excluding adjustment factors) *
Selection rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors) *
Highest rank to receive an offer 95.9 99.95
Median rank to receive an offer 75 84.9
Lowest rank to receive an offer 50.4 64.1

* “<5” – indicates less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made
N/P - No ATAR Profile available for this course due to the limited amount of data available.
RC – A range of criteria in addition to the ATAR was used for selection (e.g. test, interview).

Subject adjustments

A study score of 30 in Chemistry, any English or any Mathematics equals 5 aggregate points per study. A study score of 25 in Biology equals 5 aggregate points. Overall maximum of 20 points.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET/TAFE) study

This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent) in Health Sciences or similar.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with higher education study

This information is for people whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.

Admission criteria

Completion of at least one semester of an Australian Higher Education award (or equivalent).

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Applicants with work & life experience

This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.

Admission criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate more than two years ago.
PLUS:
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent).
AND:
A study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics or Physics.

Special admission programs

Our special admission programs cover a range of access and equity schemes that allow applicants from participating schools or disadvantaged social, economic or cultural environments to receive additional consideration. These include:

Pathways & credits

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply through VTAC

You should apply through VTAC if you:

  • are applying for more than one course
  • are completing Year 12 in 2018
  • have an existing VTAC application to study in 2019.

VTAC course code: 4300243051

VTAC late applications are due 2 November 2018.

Apply via VTAC

Special Entry Access Scheme

You can apply for consideration of your life circumstances during the application process by submitting a VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application.

Apply direct to VU

You should apply direct to VU if you are:

  • only applying for this course; and
  • not completing Year 12.

If you have already applied through VTAC you must not apply directly to VU.

Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.

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