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Duration: 
3 years full time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Workplace

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time

Overview

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.

To register with the Osteopaths Registration Board of Australia (OBA) as an allied-health professional, you need to complete both the Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy) and our Master of Health Science (Osteopathy).

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 City Flinders and Werribee 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 Wednesday 6 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!

[Supp. Desc. Info] Practical learning massage and osteo

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, including:

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

Registration

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.

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.

Admission & pathways

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.

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 degree. 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

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