Master of Osteopathic Medicine

2023 course information for Domestic Students
2023 course information for International Students

updated 7:06 AM on Fri, 2 December

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
1.5 years full-time; 3 years part-time

Students commencing in July will study part-time

1.5 years full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore
Gold Coast, Lismore
Start date
March
February
Course code
1207235
Course abbreviation
MOstMed
Credit points
144
Equivalent units
12
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

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 under the supervision of an experienced practitioner at Southern Cross University’s state-of-the-art Health Clinic. Graduates will be eligible to register as practitioners of osteopathic medicine.

 

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 under the supervision of an experienced practitioner at Southern Cross University’s state-of-the-art Health Clinic. Graduates will be eligible to register as practitioners of osteopathic medicine.

 

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

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

Applicants shall have:

  1. completed the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) at Southern Cross University, or
    completed an award at another institution deemed by the Course Coordinator to be equivalent to the above; and
  2. achieved:
    1. the IELTS (academic module) minimum overall score of 7 and a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components: or
    2. the PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the four communicative skills; or
    3. the TOEFL iBT with a minimum total score of 94 and the following minimum score in each section of the test: 24 listening, 24 reading, 27 writing, and 23 speaking.

Please note, Rule 2 Schedule B test scores equivalencies do not apply to this course.

Applicants with a completed award from another institution and applicants with an award completed more than twelve months previously will be required to demonstrate a commitment to and an understanding of the profession in an interview.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score7.0
Reading7.0
Writing7.0
Listening7.0
Speaking7.0

About the course

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.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Gold CoastTerm  1
LismoreTerm  1

Undergraduate education in Osteopathy is required prior to admission; i.e. Southern Cross University Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies), or an equivalent award from another institution.

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastTerm  1$30,400 ($3,800 per unit)098206J
LismoreTerm  1$30,400 ($3,800 per unit)098206J
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

Undergraduate education in Osteopathy is required prior to admission, enrolment in the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies), or an equivalent award from another Australian institution provides a direct entry pathway.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

This course is only available for application by graduates of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies). Eligible students can apply in My Enrolment by choosing Application -> Apply for a course.

Gold Coast

This course is available to graduates of the Bachelor’s degree. Please apply in My Enrolment.

Lismore

This course is available to graduates of the Bachelor’s degree. Please apply in My Enrolment.

International students studying in Australia

This course is only available for application by graduates of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies). Eligible students can apply in My Enrolment by choosing Application -> Apply for a course.

Gold Coast

This course is available to graduates of the Bachelor’s degree. Please apply in My Enrolment.

Lismore

This course is available to graduates of the Bachelor’s degree. Please apply in My Enrolment.

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Course requirements

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

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.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleNotes
OSTP6007Osteopathic Manual Therapy 6
NATM5001Practice-Based Health Research
OSTP5003Work Integrated Learning in Osteopathic Medicine 1
OSTP5004Paediatric Management in Osteopathic Practice
HLTH1003Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport
OSTP5005Work Integrated Learning in Osteopathic Medicine 2
NATM6003Health Research Project A
OSTP6008Osteopathic Manual Therapy 7
OSTP6011Work Integrated Learning in Osteopathic Medicine 3
NATM6004Health Research Project B
OSTP6010Osteopathic Integration and Transition to Practice
NATM5007Evidence Translation and Implementation in Health Care


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

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes

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
OSTP6007Osteopathic Manual Therapy 6
Term1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term1
Term1
Lismore
Term1
Term1
Pre-requisitesOSTP3005 - Osteopathic Manual Therapy 5
NATM5007Evidence Translation and Implementation in Health Care
Term2,3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term2,3,5
Term2,3,5
HLTH1003Small Business and Entrepreneurship for Allied Health, Fitness and Sport
Term3,5
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Term3,5
N/A
OSTP6008Osteopathic Manual Therapy 7
Term3
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term3
Term3
Lismore
Term3
Term3
Pre-requisitesOSTP6007 - Osteopathic Manual Therapy 6 AND Have completed or be enrolled in OSTP3004 - Osteopathic Practice in Musculoskeletal and Occupational Rehabilitation OR OSTP5002 - Osteopathic Medicine II
OSTP6010Osteopathic Integration and Transition to Practice
Term4
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Term4
Term4
Lismore
Term4
Term4
Pre-requisitesOSTP3004 - Osteopathic Practice in Musculoskeletal and Occupational Rehabilitation OR OSTP5002 - Osteopathic Medicine II;
OSTP6004 Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research IV Note 1


Notes

Note 1: Double weighted unit

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Learning outcomes

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.

Course Learning Outcome

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

Demonstrate autonomy, accountability and an understanding of the legal, professional, ethical standards, codes and guidelines of osteopathic practice and health care in Australia

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

Demonstrate knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to osteopathy and its professional practice

Communicate concisely and appropriately in an academic and professional context to develop inter-professional and intra-professional relationships within a diverse healthcare community

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


Assessment methods

Students complete a wide variety of assessments including written exams, written assignments and clinical exams such as observed long case exams and viva voces.

Teaching methods

The osteopathic medicine units use a student-centred curriculum. Problem-based activities and studies, as well as case discussion, engender independent and team-based learning.

Clinical practice is a mentored learning experience in both real and simulated patient encounters. The research component is self-directed and supervised and aims to develop critical thinkers and readers of research. Reflective practitioner skills are integrated into the curriculum to develop interpersonal and lifelong learning characteristics.

Career opportunities

The Master of Osteopathic Medicine is the second stage of a professional-entry-level program that aims to produce graduates who are eligible to register as practitioners of osteopathic medicine. The first stage is Southern Cross University's Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies), or an equivalent award from another institution.

Southern Cross University is seeking to increase the number of graduate osteopaths in order to meet community demand. Osteopathy Australia estimates a national shortage of osteopaths that will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.  

Professional placement

The Master of Osteopathic Medicine includes substantial 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.

Professional recognition

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.

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Domestic future
students

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International future
students

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Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
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