Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Dein Vindigni

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7311

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.77

Course Coordinator Availability: Appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students are required to have successfully completed the following courses before commencing this course:

  • MEDS2124 Diagnostic Imaging 2,
  • REHA2187 Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 3 and
  • REHA2190 Clinical Chiropractic 2

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. 

Work Integrated Learning:

Students enrolled in this course will be required to undertake placement as part of the assessment of the course.  A number of requirements must be met by students to ensure eligibility for placement.  Further details on each of these are available in Part B of the Course Guide and on MyRMIT.

  • National Police check
  • Working with Children Check
  • First Aid Certificate


There is no flexibility with these requirements.  It is your responsibility to ensure THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE COMPLETED.  Any student who has not provided this information will not be able to attend placement and will receive a fail grade for the placement course.

Course Description

This course is designed to promote and enhance critical thinking and analysis of issues related to the evidence based 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 skills and knowledge will be applied and assessed in a workplace context and where feedback from industry via supervising and mentoring clinicians is integral to your experience.

This course is related to prior clinical courses of REHA2185, REHA2186, REHA2187. This course builds upon capabilities achieved during Clinical Practicum 1, 2 and 3 where the student continues to take increasing responsibility for patient care under clinical supervision. The goal of this course is to continue development of your problem-solving abilities by taking on further responsibility for patient care in RMIT Chiropractic Teaching Clinics.  In addition you are expected to act as a student supervisor for REHA2212 students entering the clinic.

This course involves a local and global mobility experience with WIL engagement in regional, interstate and international clinical engagements as arranged by the Discipline.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit for further advice. Students need to be able to meet the inherent requirements of the program.

At any time prior to or during your placement if there are concerns raised related to your fitness to practice the clinical coordinator can request that you gain full medical clearance to continue your placement.

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 environment.
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

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • on-site clinical training within the RMIT Chiropractic Teaching Clinic environment where the student continues to take increased responsibility for patient care under clinical supervision;
  • Clinical Field Placement (CFP)
  • attendance at small group tutorial sessions for completion of tasks associated with Research and Scholarship portfolio; and
  • private study, working through clinical problems as presented in the RMIT Chiropractic Teaching Clinics.
  • lecture material
  • seminars and workshops


Small group tutorial and clinical site tutorials will support your understanding of, and familiarity with, the core content associated with the particular topics covered in the lectures. Self-directed learning is encouraged and will enable you to better develop your independent learning skills  and support the material covered in the clinical environment .

Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course. Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers, staff and clinical supervisors/mentors.


Teacher Guided Hours: 150 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 150 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

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 Clinical Facilities.

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

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 and Value (All hurdle requirements) A pass is required on all assessment tasks for successful completion of this course. 


Early Assessment Task:  Mini CEX (HURDLE) 

Assessment in the clinical setting on clinical skills in patient encounters. 

Feedback is provided to students through clinical supervisor engagement.

Weighting 30%

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


Assessment Task 2:  Written Assessment Critical Self Reflection  (HURDLE)

Weighting 20%

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


Assessment Task 3: Professional Entrance Exam (HURDLE)

Viva voce examination of a clinical case in front of a panel of assessors

Weighting 50%

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


Assessment Task 4: Completion of Clinical Requirements (HURDLE)

Weighting Pass/Fail with an exit interview.

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

Feedback is provided to student by the clinical supervisors in an ongoing formal and informal manner