Introduction to Clinical Practice

Unit code: HBS3005 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
HBS3604 - Clinical Skills 6; and
HBO3009 - Biomedical Science for Osteopathy 9; and
HBS3003 - Evidence Based Practice for Osteopathy 3
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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 apply a patient-centred approach, within the osteopathic scope of practice to develop evidence-based management plans. Students will also be observing, participating in and reflecting on clinical practice in the VU Teaching Clinics.

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 culturally safe screening procedures into patient management;
  3. Formulate osteopathic management plans for a diverse range of patients with a variety of health complaints, utilising Clinical Practice Guidelines where appropriate; and
  4. Develop reflective skills appropriate for a health professional.


For Melbourne campuses

The first assessment is an online test which will assess the students’ knowledge of biomedical sciences, patient examination, screening and safety considerations and patient management including clinical practice guidelines for common conditions.
The second assessment requires the students to use the observations recorded during their time in the VU Teaching Clinic, to write a reflective report and set SMART goals to assist their transition into clinical practice.
The third assessment requires the students to work in a group to complete a case study and prepare an in-class presentation in which they will discuss their clinical reasoning in developing and implementing an evidence-based management plan.
The final assessment is the Clinical Entrance Exam which is a multi-station oral examination that
assesses the student’s integration of Biomedical Sciences, Evidence-based Practice, Clinical Skills and clinical reasoning in a patient case scenario to determine their readiness to enter the VU teaching clinics as a treating practitioner.

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Online test (30mins)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 20%
Written reflection on patient observations (1000 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 20%
Case study presentation (group) (25-30mins)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 50%
Clinical entrance practical exam (30mins) (hurdle requirement)

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