Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy)

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Course essentials

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Build a career in osteopathy with the Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy). 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:

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.

NB: Students who enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) - HBOP before 2016 will need to complete the Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy) - HMOP .
HMOP has been superceded by the new Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy) - HMHO.

Clinical training

Our Osteopathy teaching clinic operates 47 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.


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 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) in total consisting of:

  • 48 credit points (equivalent to 4 units) of study per Semester, over a period of 3 years full-time.

Year 1

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 2

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 3

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Admission requirements

  • 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).

How to apply for this course

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Secondary school students

Apply via VTAC

VTAC applications due 6 November 2015.

Non-secondary school students

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Direct applications due 30 November 2015.

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