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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.




3.5 years for students commencing Session 2

Gold Coast1, 2, 3
Lismore1, 2, 3


Gold Coast1

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.

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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

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

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit. Most units utilise progressive assessment with marks typically allocated across a combination of assessment tasks due at different times during the study period that often include a formal end of session examination. Assessment requirements for each unit are advised in writing to students at the commencement of each study period with clear guidelines, due dates, and the weighting for each assessment task.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. This programme has a large component of practical classes where students learn diagnostic and therapeutic techniques with close supervision and mentoring.

A number of units have the online study option which is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

This course provides a pathway into graduate entry osteopathy. The Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) together with our Master of Osteopathic Medicine provides a professional-entry-level program that produces graduates who are eligible to register as practitioners of osteopathic medicine.

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.]


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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'