“It’s amazing to have knowledge and techniques that can help transform the lives of people who live with pain."

Bec Woods

Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, Master of Osteopathic Medicine

Study Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a holistic and preventative approach of diagnosis and manual therapy used to treat musculoskeletal problems and other functional disorders of the body. In Australia, osteopaths are registered as primary care practitioners.

Careers in Osteopathy are as diverse as the range of patients you will treat, including injury and illness prevention and management, rehabilitation and health promotion.

You will intimately learn how the human body works and responds. Core units include the study of advanced levels of anatomy and physiology, particularly the structure and function of the muscular and nervous systems.

Clinical practice-based learning under the supervision of a qualified practitioner is undertaken at the Southern Cross University Health Clinic, located at the Lismore and Gold Coast campuses.

We offer a two-step pathway towards professional registration as an Osteopath. The first component is the three-year Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) and the second is our 18-month Master of Osteopathic Medicine. Graduates of the Bachelor receive four units of advanced standing into the Master of Osteopathic Medicine making the full-time duration for both courses (Bachelor and Masters) four years.

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Why choose Osteopathy with Southern Cross?

Exclusive to Southern Cross

We're one of only three universities in Australia to offer Osteo – the only university in QLD and NSW and course outside of Melbourne

Professional accreditation

By successfully completing our Bachelor and Masters courses graduates are fully accredited with the Osteopathy Board of Australia

Valuable professional placement

You'll undertake clinical practice under the supervision of an experienced practitioner at Southern Cross’s on-campus Health Clinic

Further information

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How to apply

Ready to take the next step in your higher education journey? Find out how you can apply.

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Entry pathways

There are many ways to get into Southern Cross University. Discover your options with an entry pathway.

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The University offers a wide range of scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Future students (domestic)

T: 1800 626 481

E: Domestic enquiry

Current Students

T: 1800 005 687

T: +61 2 6620 3666

E: enquiry@scu.edu.au

Future students (international)

T: +61 2 6620 3876

E: international@scu.edu.au

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