Intakes: 

2020: February, July

Duration: 
1.5 years
Location: 
Fees: 

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

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

Overview

Become a skilled healthcare professional, eligible to practise and register as an osteopath, with a Master of Health Science from VU.

This course will equip you with the knowledge and diagnostic skills to confidently begin your osteopathy career.

VU offers one of only three accredited osteopathy programs in Australia. This masters follows on from the Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy). Together, the courses provide eligibility for registration to practice as an osteopath.

Our highly regarded course has an extensive work-experience program, with hands-on practice at our professional clinics.

You’ll graduate skilled in formulating suitable and safe treatment programs, including soft-tissue techniques, joint mobilisation and exercise rehabilitation. You’ll have the diagnostic skills and graduate capabilities for osteopathic practice required by primary healthcare practitioners.

VU is held in high regard in the industry for our hands-on approach and extensive clinical placements.

Treating patients at our Osteopathy Clinics at St Albans, Werribee and City Flinders 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.

This course, in combination with the Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy), is one of only three Osteopathy dual-qualification programs accredited by the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC).

The AOAC is an independent organisation that assesses and accredits osteopathic education programs. Accreditation from the AOAC allows graduates to register as an osteopath in Australia.

Our course meets the AOAC accreditation standards. This ensures that the knowledge, skills and professional attributes we teach match best-practice national healthcare expectations.

With our dual-qualification in osteopathy, including the Bachelor of 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.

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.

To qualify for admission into the Master of Health Sciences (Osteopathy) program, applicants must have satisfactorily completed the Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy) (HBSO), or equivalent Bachelor degree with major in osteopathy.

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Gain real-world experience treating patients at our Osteopathy Clinics.

Careers in osteopathy

Our Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy) qualifies you to register as a practising osteopath.

Many osteopaths have their own private practice. Osteopaths can work in a variety of healthcare settings:

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

Osteopathy was the fastest growing health discipline in Australia in 2012 and trends suggest this will continue (OsteopathicInfo).

Salaries

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

Course structure

To attain the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy), students will be required to complete 144 credit points in total consisting of Core Studies.

Year 1

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Year 2

Semester 1:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Justify their philosophical position as an osteopath within the profession and broader Australian healthcare system;  
  2. Critically appraise and apply scholarly literature related to osteopathic philosophy and practice, as well as the broader healthcare field/area;  
  3. Design a patient-specific and evidence informed management plan based on the interpretation of physical, neurological, orthopaedic and osteopathic examination findings and clinical experience;  
  4. Resolve patient concerns as a flexible, reflective and consultative practitioner;  
  5. Implement osteopathic manual techniques to specialised patient populations (E.G. elderly, adolescents, athletes) as well as patient groups with specific cultural and religious needs;  
  6. Engage patients and the community by promoting health through effective communication, education and appropriate management based on evidence from osteopathic and public health principles;  
  7. Evaluate patient progress using standardised outcome measures, and modify treatment accordingly considering current available evidence and when indicated, explore new treatment approaches;  
  8. Design a research project relevant to their own professional practice, drawing on current evidence and study design protocols;  
  9. Critically reflect on theoretical concepts, practical activities and personal and clinical experiences to inform practice and embrace lifelong learning as an osteopath.  

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.

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.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree in Osteopathy.
PLUS
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 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.

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.

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.

Additional information

First Aid: Before enrolling in this degree students must have successfully completed a Level 2 First Aid Certificate update.
Working with Children (WWC): Before enrolling in this degree students must have a current working with children check.
Applicants may also be required to attend a selection interview during which their suitability for entry into the course will be further assessed.

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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