Course summary

The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) is a pathway towards a career in osteopathy.

Providing a comprehensive grounding in anatomy and physiology, you’ll develop deep knowledge of the connections between the structure and function of your bones, joints, muscles and nerves.

With experience drawn from a clinical setting, and complemented by teaching around biomedical science and health, you’ll gather essential knowledge into how our bodies function and why, and what to do when those functions falter. The course includes the study of advanced levels of anatomy and physiology, particularly the structure and function of the muscular and nervous systems.

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. Total full-time duration for both courses (undergraduate and Masters) 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 AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Exercise analytical thinking, critical thinking and reasoning and problem solving skills in health-related settings

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 or cultural influences that impact health and health-related settings

Lifelong learning

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

Cultural competence

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 320 hours of experience at the Bachelors level and 480 hours at the Masters level 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 Southern Cross University 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. Before 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. 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.]


Course overview

Course code

3007162

Course abbreviation

BClinSc(OstSt)

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Domestic duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Gold Coast 1 N/A N/A
Lismore 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 091528C
Lismore 1 $27,600 ($3,450 per unit) 091528C

Course requirements

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

To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies), students must complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points), comprising all core units.

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with an Associate Degree of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 16 units (192 credit points), comprising any 16 core units.

Students may be eligible to exit with a Diploma of Health and Human Sciences after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising any 8 core units.

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.

Progression

Students are not permitted to have an extended period of more than 12 months between study of any two (2) units with professional experience learning.

Students 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.

Students 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

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. Students who have a disability or health condition which may impact on their ability to meet these requirements are encouraged to visit the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


Course progressions

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 1
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BHS10581 - Psychology and Sociology for Health Sciences Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO71002 - Human Physiology I Introductory
CMM71001 - Health Promotion and Wellness Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
BIO71003 - Human Physiology II Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
HLT10481 - Osteopathic Studies I Introductory
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
MAT71004 - Introduction to Evidence for Health Science Practitioners Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
SCI10475 - Neuroscience Intermediate
BIO72130 - Human Pathophysiology Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
HLT10482 - Osteopathic Studies II Intermediate
OST71005 - Osteopathic Science I Introductory
Year 4, Session 1
HLT10483 - Osteopathic Studies III Intermediate
OST71006 - Osteopathic Science II Intermediate
Year 4, Session 2
HLT10484 - Osteopathic Studies IV Advanced
OST72001 - Osteopathic Diagnosis I Intermediate
Year 5, Session 1
HLT10485 - Osteopathic Studies V Advanced
OST73002 - Osteopathic Diagnosis II Advanced
Year 5, Session 2
HLT10486 - Osteopathic Studies VI Advanced
BIO00326 - Exercise Biochemistry Introductory
Year 6, Session 1
OST82001 - Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research I Intermediate
OST81001 - Osteopathic Medicine I Introductory
Year 6, Session 2
OST82002 - Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research II Intermediate
OST82005 - Osteopathic Medicine II Intermediate

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
BIO71002 - Human Physiology I Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory
BIO71003 - Human Physiology II 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 the unit under Session 3 below and then follow the relevant Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed unit.
Session 3
BIO01302 - Human Anatomy Introductory

Notes

Note 1: AQF8
Note 2: Alternatively this can be undertaken in Session 1