Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 3

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Navine Haworth

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6657

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.59

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

 You are required to have successfully completed the courses Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 2 (REHA2186) and Diagnostic Imaging 1 (MEDS2123).

 To successfully complete this course, you should have the ability to:

  • know and understand basic and clinical science principles underlying health care;
  • apply their knowledge of diagnostic procedures;
  • apply their knowledge of specified therapeutic procedures;
  • develop a knowledge and understanding of basic health strategies required to produce positive health outcomes;
  • build on a basis for understanding the scientific literature in manual medicine and related fields and demonstrate the ability to put this understanding to effective use;
  • be information literate; locating, evaluating, managing and using a range of information;
  • adopt appropriate behaviours including socially and ethnically sensitive communications skills and empathy;
  • engage personally with a body of knowledge by ongoing learning, reflection and analysis;
  • work independently or as part of a team;
  • demonstrate consistent ethical professional behaviour; and understand the principles involved in due duty of care to patients. 

Course Description

 This course is designed to promote and further develop critical thinking and analysis of issues related to the diagnosis and management of the chiropractic patient. You will develop and refine therapeutic communication skills, and engage in appropriate clinical assessment and management in the chiropractic clinical environment.

a Work Integrated Learning experience is included  in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry via supervising clinicians is integral to your experience’.

This course is related to prior clinical courses of REHA2185, REHA2186. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC143 Master of Clinical Chiropractic:

  •  PLO1 Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred,evidence-based framework;
  •  PLO2 Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment;
  •  PLO3 Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner;
  •  PLO4 Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialized health care;
  •  PLO5 Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals);
  •  PLO6 Work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships

  • On completion of this course you should be able to:

    CLO1:Demonstrate effective communication skills in the chiropractic patient care environment.

    CLO2: Undertake appropriate clinical assessment of the chiropractic patient.

    CLO3: Review chiropractic management skills in the patient care

    CLO4: Demonstrate chiropractic therapeutic techniques in the clinic setting.

    CLO5: Review the role of diagnostic imaging in the therapeutic environment for effective chiropractic treatment.

    CLO6: Argue the importance and use of outcome measures in clinical chiropractic practice. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practicals, Work Integrated learning and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving core aspects covered in the course.

  • Lectures support the practical experience and will provide you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core concepts.
  • On site clinical training within the RMIT Chiropractic teaching clinic environment where you begin to take more responsibility for patient care under clinical supervision
  • Private study, working through clinical problems as presented in RMIT teaching clinics
  • Attendance at lectures for instruction in the research proposal and ethical considerations for the research project for the Research and Scholarship Portfolio
  • Clinical training in private practitioner clinics approved by the Discipline for students meeting M-PIL requirements
  • Self Directed Learning in Biostatistics


Teacher Guided Hours: 12 lecture hours per semester; approximately 200 clinical hours

Learner Directed Hours: 60 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the recommended readings. However, they do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. All selected material will be digitally available to you.

Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources.

Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities and the Chiropractic clinic.

RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A subject Library Guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

 A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Each assessment task is a hurdle and must be satisfactorily completed to complete REHA2187.


Early Assessment Task:  File Audit/Chart Review (HURDLE)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,6

All your new patient files at the RMIT Bundoora Outpatient Clinic are to be Peer Audited, and completed.

Feedback is provided to students through clinical supervisor engagement


Assessment Task 2: Mini CEX  (HURDLE)

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1,2,3,4,5,6.

There is a requirement for two (2) Mini Clinical Evaluations/Mini CEX to be completed by the Clinical Coordinator in the outpatient teaching clinic.  Feedback is provided to students at the completion of the assessment


Assessment Task 3: Clinical Skills and Management Exam (HURDLE)