Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 3

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Kylie Spencer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6582

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.072-2

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)


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

Osteopathic Clinical Practice 1-4 is the integrative focus of your learning experience at this stage of your BP279 program. It comprises the sequential courses REHA 2232, REHA 2214, REHA2216, and REHA2219.  Each clinical practice component requires 36 weeks clinical attendance per year (18 weeks per half year). Although the courses are divided into semesters, your progression is determined by year-long performance.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/or community is integral to your experience. It involves a clinical placement at the osteopathy teaching clinic at Bundoora. Components include:

  • Structured Clinical Practice: Pre teaching period, in small groups (3 to 4 students) under direct supervision you will deliver a complete treatment to a patient presenting to the teaching clinic. Each student in the group will take responsibility for a particular patient while the remainder observe. The responsibility for patients is rotated through the group.
  • Semi-Autonomous Practice: You will see patients on a rostered clinic shift under close supervision

This course will enable you to become familiar with supervised clinical practice in small groups and then move to individual practice in a supported environment.

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 BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):

  •  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 specialised 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
  • PLO8 understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

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

  1. Formulate patient-centered treatment and management plans with reference to cultural, social, financial and environmental factors.
  2. Demonstrate the use of appropriate and professional communication skills to convey effective treatment and management plans.
  3. Construct treatment and management plans with reference to health promotion and disease prevention.
  4. Adhere to documentation requirements from industry and regulatory standards.
  5. Develop treatment and management plans that reflect current guidelines and literature.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course involves on-site clinical training within the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic environment where you will work in a semi-autonomous environment to develop the ability to take responsibility for patient care under close clinical supervision.  Students will be able to apply the knowledge learnt to real life situations where they are able to develop their treatment and management skills.

The learning activities include:

  • Self-directed learning
  • Private study working through clinical problems as presented in the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic
  • Lectorials focused on the development of treatment and management plans

Total hours of Study: Four hours of clinic attendance per week is required in both teaching and non-teaching periods for a minimum of 72 hours.  Your attendance at clinic is compulsory.  Absence without 48 hours notice, or a medical certificate or other accepted documentation (see Special Consideration guidelines) will earn demerit points.


Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and online resources are available through myRMIT Studies (

You are required to be aware of all processes and procedures of the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic.  The manual is available on the BP279 CANVAS site.  An easy summary of the manual is available via the following Google site  The manual and website is regularly updated and should be reviewed every semester.

You will need to be aware of all obligations under the codes of practice described on the Osteopathy Board of Australia website

The Osteopathy subject guides provide useful references and information on the study of this Program.

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

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-focused professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Ongoing Tasks: Mini Clinical Examinations (Mini CeX)

Weighting 20% (2 x 10%) 

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

Assessment Task 2: Overall observation with post case discussion

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 3: Interprofessional Learning (HURDLE)

Weighting 0% (Competency based Y/N)

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Professional Conduct (HURDLE)

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 5: Presentation of Patient Management Plan to Clinician

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 6: Competency based Assessment - Treatment and management documentation

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 7: End of Semester Clinical Practice Examination (HURDLE)

Viva Voce demonstrating treatment and management clinical reasoning skills

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 5