Master of Osteopathic Medicine

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 11:43 AM on Wed, 22 September

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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Duration
1.5 years full-time; 3 years 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.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) who commenced the undergraduate course from 2017 onwards will receive four units of advanced standing into the Master of Osteopathic Medicine. The full-time duration for both courses (undergraduate and Masters) is four years.

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.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) who commenced the undergraduate course from 2017 onwards will receive four units of advanced standing into the Master of Osteopathic Medicine. The full-time duration for both courses (undergraduate and Masters) is four years.

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. demonstrated in an interview, commitment to and an understanding of the profession; and
  3. 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.

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 CoastSession  1
LismoreSession  1

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold CoastSession  1$29,600 ($3,700 per unit)098206J
LismoreSession  1$29,600 ($3,700 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.

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

Gold Coast
Lismore

International students studying in Australia

Gold Coast
Lismore
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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

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

Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts in osteopathic practice

Develop innovative and creative responses to health problems and challenges within area of research and/or professional practice

Develop innovative and creative responses to health problems and challenges within osteopathic practice

Develop an understanding of health practice informed by ethical and legal principles

Apply knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability to fulfil primary health care responsibilities

Apply osteopathic knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative in professional practice in a way that reflects osteopathic philosophy and scope of practice

Communicate and demonstrate technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences

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

Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge, an extended understanding of recent developments in osteopathy and its professional practice, and reflect critically on personal and professional osteopathic practice

Demonstrate person-oriented care and communication

Demonstrate professional relationships and behaviour with health care professionals from all disciplines

Apply an understanding of health care provision that is informed by cultural awareness and cultural competence, an international perspective and respect for the rights of all persons

Demonstrate an understanding of the physical, social, political, ecological and cultural influences on health and disease that impact health


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 the Southern Cross University Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (with the double major Osteopathic Studies/Human Structure and Function), or the 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.

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


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
Core Units
OSTP6001Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research I
OSTP5001Osteopathic Medicine I
OSTP6002Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research II
OSTP5002Osteopathic Medicine II
OSTP6005Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research III Note 1
OSTP6007Osteopathic Studies VII
OSTP6010Osteopathic Medicine III
OSTP6004Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research IV Note 1
OSTP6008Osteopathic Studies VIII
OSTP6009Translating Research into Practice


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
This progression for graduates of the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) where AS of the four units common to both awards has been applied.
Year 4, Session 1
OSTP6007Osteopathic Studies VII
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesOSTP3001 - Osteopathic Studies VI
OSTP6010Osteopathic Medicine III
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesOSTP5002 - Osteopathic Medicine II AND OSTP6002 - Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research II
OSTP6005Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research III
Session1
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesOST03325 - Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research II
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements
Year 4, Session 2
OSTP6008Osteopathic Studies VIII
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesOSTP6007 - Osteopathic Studies VII AND have completed or be enrolled in OST03324 - Osteopathic Medicine IIOST03325 - Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research II
OSTP6009Translating Research into Practice
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesOSTP6005 - Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research III
OSTP6004Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research IV
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesOST03328 Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research III
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableNotes
Year 4, Session 1
OSTP6001Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research I
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesOSTP2006 - Osteopathic Studies IV AND OSTP2003 - Osteopathic Diagnosis I
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements
OSTP5001Osteopathic Medicine I
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesHBIO2005 - Human Pathophysiology AND OSTP2003 - Osteopathic Diagnosis I AND have completed or be enrolled in OSTP2008 - Osteopathic Diagnosis II
Year 4, Session 2
OSTP6002Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research II
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesOSTP6001 - Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research I AND OSTP2008 - Osteopathic Diagnosis II AND OSTP2007 - Osteopathic Studies V
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements
OSTP5002Osteopathic Medicine II
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesOSTP5001 - Osteopathic Medicine I
Year 5, Session 1
OSTP6007Osteopathic Studies VII
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesOSTP3001 - Osteopathic Studies VI
OSTP6010Osteopathic Medicine III
Session1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesOSTP5002 - Osteopathic Medicine II AND OSTP6002 - Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research II
OSTP6005Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research III
Session1
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session1
Session1
Lismore
Session1
Session1
Pre-requisitesOST03325 - Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research II
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements
Year 5, Session 2
OSTP6008Osteopathic Studies VIII
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesOSTP6007 - Osteopathic Studies VII AND have completed or be enrolled in OST03324 - Osteopathic Medicine IIOST03325 - Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research II
OSTP6009Translating Research into Practice
Session2
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesOSTP6005 - Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research III
OSTP6004Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research IV
Session2
Note 1
LocationDomesticInternational
Gold Coast
Session2
Session2
Lismore
Session2
Session2
Pre-requisitesOST03328 Osteopathic Clinical Practice and Research III
Enrolment informationThis unit contains laboratory activities and/or professional experience learning that require students to fulfil certain vaccination and compliance requirements prior to attending. As some of these can take up to 5 months to complete, you must prepare now. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in you being unable to undertake the stipulated Laboratory Activity and/or Professional Experience Learning which may result in failure of the unit. Full details are available at www.scu.edu.au/healthplacements


Notes

Note 1: Double-weighted

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