This unit aims to prepare students to be ready as a treating practitioner under supervision in the VU Teaching Clinics for the Clinical Practice units of the HMHO Masters. It aims to integrate the skills and knowledge developed in the previous Clinical Skills, Biomedical Science for Osteopathy, Evidence Based Practice for Osteopathy, and Patient & Health System units using Case Based Learning and patient simulation. Students will also be observing and reflecting on clinical practice in the VU Teaching Clinics.

Unit details

Study level:
Credit points:
Unit code:


HBS3604 - Clinical Skills 6 and

HBO3009 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 9 and

HBS3003 - Evidence Based Practice for Osteopathy 3 and

HBS3004 - Patient and Health System 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Exhibit clinical reasoning for patient management that draws on an understanding of clinical skills, evidence for practice, biomedical sciences and the biopsychosocial factors influencing a case presentation;  
  2. Appraise biopsychosocial determinants of health and pain experience to integrate suitable screening procedures into patient management; and  
  3. Formulate osteopathic management plans for patients with a variety of health complaints, utilising Clinical Practice Guidelines where appropriate.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Case-based learning worksheet and presentation (group work) (1500 words) 20%
Test Online test (30mins) 10%
Practicum Clinical entrance practical exam (30mins) (hurdle requirement) 50%
Report Written reflection on patient observations (1000 words) 20%
80% attendance is required in units with practical and workshop classes in the osteopathic program as part of AOAC accreditation requirements. This unit requires 40 hours of clinical observation in the College Teaching Clinics undertaken over the calendar year. A Clinical Placement Workbook will be completed throughout the year as clinical placements are undertaken and will include placement hours, patient observations and written clinical activities. There will be two check points for this ungraded hurdle requirement prior to commencement of the unit delivery.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.