Master of Osteopathic MedicineMasters by Coursework
There is a growing demand for osteopaths as more people seek the kind of holistic and preventative approaches that are integral to this system of diagnosis and manual therapy, used to treat musculoskeletal and other functional disorders of the body.
The Master of Osteopathic Medicine is designed to develop a critical evaluation of the theory and practice of osteopathy, as well as to produce primary care health practitioners who are able to meet complex challenges and think rigorously and independently.
As a student, you will undertake substantial clinical practice of 610 hours under the supervision of an experienced practitioner at Southern Cross University’s state-of-the-art Health Clinic and in other settings. Graduates will be eligible to register as practitioners of osteopathic medicine.
|Course Learning Outcome|
GA1: Intellectual rigour
Demonstrate advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge in osteopathy consistent with global, national and regional health priorities
Develop advanced clinical reasoning and clinical reflection skills to integrate complex information and to contribute to continuous enhancement of professional practice
Demonstrate translation of research into practice drawing upon innovative and creative responses between knowledge and research generation
GA3: Ethical practice
Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and an understanding of the legal, professional, ethical standards, codes and guidelines of osteopathic practice and health care in Australia
GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
Apply knowledge and skills appropriately in professional practice reflecting osteopathic scope of practice and the wise use of healthcare resources
Demonstrate person-oriented care and communication, across the lifespan within the context of osteopathic practice
GA5: Lifelong learning
Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to osteopathy and its professional practice
GA6: Communication and social skills
Communicate concisely and appropriately in an academic and professional context to develop inter-professional and intra-professional relationships within a diverse healthcare community
GA7: Cultural competence
Apply and integrate an understanding of social and cultural diversity, cultural safety and respect for the identity and dignity of all persons
Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the biopsychosocial influences on health and disease within the applied scope of practice of osteopathy in a safe, respectful, specific and effective manner
The Master of Osteopathic Medicine includes 610 hours of supervised clinical practicums at the Southern Cross University Health Clinic (Gold Coast or Lismore campuses) and in external health clinics and services. External placements provide opportunities to experience a range of community practices and to start to build professional networks that help establish future careers.
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, as they include immunisation compliance.
Students undertake studies in osteopathic medicine, including advanced diagnosis and management of complex problems; complete clinical practice under supervision in internal and external health facilities; and engage in a research project.
|Location||Teaching period||UAC code||QTAC code|
|Gold Coast||Summer Term , Term 1||N/A||N/A|
|Lismore||Summer Term , Term 1||N/A||N/A|
The Master of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the Osteopathy Board of Australia. Graduates may apply to become a registered osteopath.
Graduates of the course are eligible for professional membership with Osteopathy Australia (OA).
Osteopathic services are recognised under all state government statutory workers compensation schemes and motor vehicle accident compensation schemes; under Medicare's Chronic Disease Management Plan items; Departments of Veterans Affairs rebates and most private health insurance schemes.
As an osteopathy student it is important to be aware of the registration standards required by the Osteopathy Board of Australia (OBA). See the details on the OBA website.
Students enrolled in the Master of Osteopathic Medicine will be registered by Southern Cross University with the Osteopathy Board of Australia as an enrolled student and will remain registered for the duration of study. Please see the AHPRA website for more details.
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
To be eligible to receive the Master of Osteopathic Medicine, students must complete the equivalent of 12 units (144 credit points), comprising all core units.
Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Equity & Disability Services 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 Equity & Disability Services website for further information and contact details.
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. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Available||Credit points||Notes|
Complete units in the following order to satisfy the Requirements of the award
|The progression listed below is for students who have completed their SCU Bachelor of Clinical Science (Osteopathic Studies) in 2022, and are commencing the Master in 2023.|
|OSTP6005 Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research III||Note 1|
|OSTP6007||Osteopathic Manual Therapy 6||
|NATM5007||Evidence Translation and Implementation in Health Care||
|HLTH1003||Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport||
|OSTP6008||Osteopathic Manual Therapy 7||
|OSTP6010||Osteopathic Integration and Transition to Practice||
|OSTP6004 Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research IV||Note 1|
Double weighted unit
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Notes|
|OSTP6007||Osteopathic Manual Therapy 6|
|NATM5001||Practice-Based Health Research|
|OSTP5003||Work Integrated Learning in Osteopathic Medicine 1|
|OSTP5004||Paediatric Management in Osteopathic Practice|
|HLTH1003||Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport|
|OSTP5005||Work Integrated Learning in Osteopathic Medicine 2|
|NATM6003||Health Research Project A|
|OSTP6008||Osteopathic Manual Therapy 7|
|OSTP6011||Work Integrated Learning in Osteopathic Medicine 3|
|NATM6004||Health Research Project B|
|OSTP6010||Osteopathic Integration and Transition to Practice|
|NATM5007||Evidence Translation and Implementation in Health Care|