Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science - Osteopathy

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

Osteopathy is a form of musculoskeletal therapy that considers the patient's overall presentation and health when addressing their chief clinical complaint. Osteopaths use hands on manual treatment techniques in addition to exercise, nutrition, health advice, and other interventional practices to treat musculoskeletal conditions. You'll be trained in musculoskeletal diagnosis, clinical procedures like performing conventional medical tests, physical examination techniques, and motion testing in order to assist in diagnosis of a patient's condition. You'll begin work-integrated learning in first year, with clinical observations in the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic. In the final two years, you will conduct safe, skilled evaluation, diagnosis, and management of a wide-range of musculoskeletal complaints. You'll treat under supervision in the teaching clinic over a period of 38 weeks per year. There is also an opportunity to complete a work placement in an Australian osteopathic clinic.


Year 1 - You'll learn to demonstrate fundamental techniques, describe the structure and function of the human body and develop diagnostic palpation skills. Year 2 - You'll expand your range of techniques, learning musculoskeletal diagnosis and refining your palpation skills. You will also expand your knowledge of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, immunology and genetics, as a foundation for clinical practice. Year 3 - You will focus on formulating working diagnoses, developing your techniques, and studying in-clinic neuro-musculoskeletal patient treatment. Your will also study advanced soft tissue techniques, simulated clinical practicum and tutorials, high-velocity/low-amplitude techniques, exercise and rehabilitation, nutrition, and osteopathic research. Years 4 and 5 - The final two years have a clinical practice focus. Most training will occur at the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic at University Hill, Bundoora, and via the final-year external placement.


  • Clinical studies, Health sciences, Natural medicine, Osteopathic science.

Standard entry requirements

Current Year 12 prerequisites units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 25 in any English (except EAL) or at least 30 in English (EAL).


The program is fully accredited with the Osteopathy Board of Australia. Subject to continuing accreditation, graduates can apply to the Osteopathy Board of Australia for national registration.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Bundoora International: $177,600
  • ATAR: 60.60

Further information

The type of careers this qualification leads to may include Osteopathy

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