Intakes: 

2020: February

Duration: 
3 years
Location: 
Fees: 

2020: A$18,350*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

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.

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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 are the first Australian university to use a 'block' model of learning, where you study one unit at a time rather than juggling several at once.

Introduced in 2018, the VU Block Model has improved our student results and achievements, and has won awards for innovation and excellence. Initially for first-year students, it now applies to all students studying at our Melbourne campuses.

You'll study in short bursts, called blocks, of three 2-3 hour face-to-face teaching sessions per week.

Each block focuses on one unit (subject) and is only four weeks long, with up to four days between. Our two semesters have four blocks each, and there are optional blocks over winter and summer where you can catch up on a missed unit.

Some courses have labs and pracs too, and these are generally scheduled on the same days as teaching sessions. There are also workshops where you'll develop your study skills and prepare for your future career.

Find out more about the VU Block Model.

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.

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.

Entry requirements

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 (or equivalent).
PLUS:
A study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics or Physics.
OR:
Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).
PLUS:
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score or 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

Additional information

Students choosing the units, HBS3504 Clinical Skills 5 and HBS3604 Clinical Skills 6, may be required to obtain a ‘Working With Children Check’ and 'Police Check' prior to undertaking the unit.

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

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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