The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) 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 postgraduate studies in osteopathic medicine.
To become a registered osteopath, successful completion of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) and the Southern Cross University Master of Osteopathic Medicine is required.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) who commence the course from 2017 onwards, will receive four units of advanced standing into the Master of Osteopathic Studies. Total full-time duration for both courses (undergraduate and Master) is four years.
Students are introduced to the philosophical and biological underpinnings of the osteopathic concept of health. They develop foundational skills in diagnosis and technique that are utilised in osteopathic clinical practice. The course includes the study of advanced levels of anatomy and physiology, particularly the structure and function of the muscular and nervous systems.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Exercise analytical thinking, critical thinking and reasoning and problem solving skills in health-related settings
Demonstrate innovative and creative responses and solutions to challenges in health-related settings
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 or cultural influences that impact health and health-related settings
Integrate responsibility for independent, 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 care
Apply and integrate an understanding of social, indigenous and cultural diversity, a local and international perspective, and respect for the identity of all persons
Professional placements provide students with about 800 hours (made up of 320 hours at the Bachelors level and 480 hours at the Masters level) of experience in the practice of safe and effective manual therapy and the application of a wide range of treatment and management plans. Students have opportunities to work with a diverse range of patients in areas including injury and illness prevention and management, rehabilitation and health promotion. Clinical practice-based learning is also undertaken at the SCU Health Clinic, located at the Lismore and Gold Coast campuses
Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements. Prior to applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.
In Australia, entry level training in osteopathic medicine is accredited by the Osteopathy Board of Australia. This course is fully accredited with the Board for the purposes of registration in the osteopathy profession. Registration in Australia gives mobility across all states and territories and New Zealand.
[Please note: In order to register to practice, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA]’s standards for English language must be met. See the AHPRA web site for further information.]
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
3 years full-time
|Location||Session||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Lismore||1||$25,200 ($3,150 per unit)||091528C|
See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) a candidate shall successfully complete the equivalent of twenty four (24) units (288 credit points) comprising all units listed in the Schedule of Units.
A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies), has successfully completed sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising any 16 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies).
A candidate who, while enrolled in the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies), has successfully completed eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising any 8 units from the units listed in the Schedule attached to these Rules may elect to be awarded the Diploma of Health and Human Sciences following withdrawal from the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies).
Professional Experience Learning
This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.
Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.
Candidates are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of a theory unit that relates specifically to a particular unit with professional experience learning.
Subsequent to the above, candidates who have an interrupted study sequence of more than 12 months will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and may be required to undertake a specified supported professional experience placement to ensure professional experience currency prior to continuation of the course.
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.
Schedule of units
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment
|Title||Level of learning||Note|
|Year 1, Session 2|
|BIO00307 - Human Physiology||Introductory Note 2||Note 2|
|MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners||Introductory|
|Year 1, Session 3|
|BIO01302 - Human Anatomy||Introductory|
|Year 2, Session 1|
|Follow the Session 1 Commencement from Year 1, Session 1 excluding the units already completed|
|Title||Level of learning||Note|
|Complete one or both of the units under Session 3 below and then follow the relevant Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed unit/s|
|BIO01302 - Human Anatomy||Introductory|
|Note 2:||2018 is the last time this unit will be offered. See information on the School of Health and Human Science website (https://www.scu.edu.au/school-of-health-and-human-sciences/pages/human-physiology-2019/#d.en.205492) for more information regarding changes from 2019|
|Note 3:||Alternatively this can be undertaken in Session 1|