Course summary

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences has a strong clinical focus and provides students with a comprehensive grounding in biomedical science and health. During the course, students gain the knowledge and skills required to continue their health education with a graduate course in a professional area such as osteopathy (offered by SCU).

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences has a strong clinical focus and provides students with a comprehensive grounding in biomedical science and health. During the course, students gain the knowledge and skills required to continue their health education with a graduate course in a professional area such as osteopathy (offered by SCU).

Only the following majors will be available in 2016:

Human Structure and Function (taught at Lismore only) extends knowledge through the study of advanced levels of anatomy and physiology, particularly the structure and function of the muscular and nervous systems.

Osteopathic Studies (only available as a double major with Human Structure and Function and taught at Lismore only) introduces students to the philosophical and biological underpinnings of the osteopathic concept of health. The major develops students’ foundational skills in diagnosis and technique that are utilised in osteopathic clinical practice.

General study program (taught at Lismore or Gold Coast) provides the option to complete the course without a major. Students tailor the course by choosing from a wide range of elective units.

Please note:
Students interested in the Human Structure and Function, and Osteopathic Studies majors are advised to apply to study this course at Lismore, to commence in Session 1. Students interested in the general study program can apply to study at either Lismore or Gold Coast, to commence in Session 1 or 2.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise analytical thinking, critical thinking and reasoning and problem solving skills

Creativity

Demonstrate innovative and creative responses and solutions to challenges in health-related settings

Ethical practice

Demonstrate a knowledge of, and commitment to, social responsibility, ethics and human rights in health-related settings.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an understanding of a broad and integrated body of knowledge of the concepts of human health and disease.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the physical, social, political, ecological and/or cultural influences that impact health and health-related settings

Lifelong learning

Recognise responsibility for independent and self-directed learning and reflective practice.

Manage personal responsibility for maintaining or advancing information and literacy skills for scholarly and professional practice

Communication and social skills

Communicate concisely and appropriately in an oral and written form in an academic and professional context in health-related settings.

Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of teamwork in health-related settings.

Cultural competence

Apply and integrate an understanding of social, indigenous and cultural diversity, and respect for the identity of all persons, in local and international contexts.

Students will have the opportunity to undertake a supervised professional placement. Professional placements provide students with experience in the practice of safe and effective manual therapy and the application of a wide range of treatments and management plans. Students have opportunities to work with a diverse range of patients in areas including rehabilitation, health promotion and illness prevention.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Before applying for this course, it is important that you understand what these requirements are.

For students interested in pursuing a career in osteopathy, five years of education and training is required (three-year Bachelor of Clinical Sciences majoring in Osteopathic Studies and Human Structure and Function; and a two-year Master of Osteopathic Medicine offered by Southern Cross University). In Australia, entry level training in osteopathic medicine is accredited by the Osteopathy Board of Australia and this course pathway has full accreditation. Registration in Australia gives mobility across all states and territories and New Zealand.


Course overview

Course code

3007162

Course abbreviation

BClinSc

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast Session 1 330167 059761
Lismore Session 1 335115 055111

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore Session 1 $22,880 ($2,860 per unit) 059054K

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, a candidate shall successfully complete not less than twenty-four (24) units comprising:
    1. Eight (8) units from Part A of the Schedule; and
    2. one (1) eight-unit major selected from the majors in Part B of the Schedule plus eight (8) elective units from the School of Health and Human Sciences; or
    3. two (2) eight-unit majors selected from Part B of the Schedule of Units; or
    4. sixteen (16) elective units including those from Part B of the Schedule or any unit from the School of Health and Human Sciences.
  2. To be eligible for the award of Associate Degree of Clinical Sciences a candidate shall successfully complete not less than sixteen (16) units comprising:
    1. Five (5) units from Part A of the Schedule of Units:
      - BIO00307  Human Physiology
      - BIO00101  Physiological Pathology I
      - BIO00102  Physiological Pathology II
      - NUT00214 Food and Nutrition in Health
      - BIO01302 Human Anatomy; and
    2. eleven (11) units including those from Part B of the Schedule or any university elective.
  3. A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, has successfully completed the requirements for the Associate Degree of Clinical Sciences may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Clinical Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

All of the following seven (7) units
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00101 - Physiological Pathology I Intermediate
BIO00102 - Physiological Pathology II Intermediate
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
Plus one (1) unit from the following
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
MWF10663 - Research and Evidence Based Practice Intermediate

Part B

Title Level of learning Note
This major must be undertaken as a double major with Human Structure and Function to meet the first stage of requirements of the Osteopaths Registration Board of Australia and to facilitate admission to the Master of Osteopathic Medicine.
HLT10118 - Clinical Studies I Intermediate
HLT10119 - Clinical Studies II Intermediate
HLT10481 - Osteopathic Studies I Introductory
HLT10482 - Osteopathic Studies II Intermediate
HLT10483 - Osteopathic Studies III Intermediate
HLT10484 - Osteopathic Studies IV Advanced
HLT10485 - Osteopathic Studies V Advanced
HLT10486 - Osteopathic Studies VI Advanced

Course progressions

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
2 electives from Part B or
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
2 electives from Part B or
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00101 - Physiological Pathology I Intermediate
MWF10663 - Research and Evidence Based Practice Intermediate Note 2
2 electives from Part B or
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00102 - Physiological Pathology II Intermediate
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory
2 electives from Part B or
Year 3, Session 1
4 electives from Part B or
Year 3, Session 2
4 electives from Part B or

Title Level of learning Note
8 electives may be substituted with another Part B major
Year 1, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
MWF10663 - Research and Evidence Based Practice Intermediate Note 2
BIO00207 - Mechanics for Movement Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
SCI10473 - Histology and Embryology Intermediate
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
1 elective from Part B or
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00101 - Physiological Pathology I Intermediate
SCI10475 - Neuroscience Intermediate
SCI10474 - Advanced Visceral Anatomy Advanced
1 unit from Human Structure and Function
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00102 - Physiological Pathology II Intermediate
BIO00326 - Exercise Biochemistry Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
1 elective from Part B or
Year 3, Session 1
HLT00274 - Clinical Diagnosis I Advanced
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology OR 1 Elective from Part B or Part C Introductory
2 electives from Part B or
Year 3, Session 2
HLT00275 - Clinical Diagnosis II Advanced
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice OR 1 Elective from Part B or Part C Introductory
2 electives from Part B or

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
3 electives from Part B or
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
2 electives from Part B or
Year 2, Session 1
BIO00101 - Physiological Pathology I Intermediate
3 electives from Part B or
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00102 - Physiological Pathology II Intermediate
3 electives from Part B or

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
CSL00231 - Counselling Theory and Practice Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO00207 - Mechanics for Movement Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
BIO00326 - Exercise Biochemistry Introductory
SCI10473 - Histology and Embryology Intermediate
BIO00209 - Biomechanics and Kinesiology Intermediate
1 elective from Part B or
Year 3, Session 1
BIO00101 - Physiological Pathology I Intermediate
SCI10474 - Advanced Visceral Anatomy Advanced
SCI10475 - Neuroscience Intermediate
1 unit from Human Structure and Function
Year 3, Session 2
BIO00102 - Physiological Pathology II Intermediate
3 electives from Part B or
Year 4, Session 1
4 electives from Part B or

Title Level of learning Note
Session 2, 2015
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MAT00330 - Research and Analysis in Health Introductory
MNG00306 - Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport Introductory
From 2016 students will transfer to the new Bachelor of Pedorthics

Notes

Note 1: Alternately, students can choose to take MWF10663 Research and Evidence Based Practice in Session 1 and complete PHA00315 Introductory Pharmacology in Session 3.
Note 2: Alternatively, students can choose to take MAT00330 Research and Analysis in Health in Session 2

Unit groups

Part C

Title Level of learning Note
Any unit available from the School of Health and Human Sciences