Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 4

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Kylie Spencer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7666

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the following prerequisites, or equivalent capabilities, before you commence this course:

  • REHA2224 Osteopathic Principles & Introduction to Osteopathic Clinical Practice

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c 

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 is the integrative focus of your learning experience at this stage of the program. While it has been divided into semesters, the courses are continued all year and your progression is determined by year-long performance. The clinical practice component requires 36 weeks clinical attendance per year at 18 weeks per half year.

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.

This course is a clinical placement Work Integrated Learning experience with the placement occurring in the teaching clinic at Bundoora.

  • 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 practice as an individual 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).

 This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes in the following way:

  • 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
  • PLO7 - function as an autonomous practitioner, with sound business management skills
  • PLO8 - understand the historical development of the profession, its ethos, organisation and philosophical foundations.

 On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO1: demonstrate the use of an appropriate and professional communication ability relevant to osteopathic professional practice, including verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • CLO2: integrate medical neuromusculoskeletal diagnoses with osteopathic diagnoses and technique, in order to achieve a positive outcome for a suitable real-world patient in a supervised clinical environment, consistent with osteopathic principles and practice
  • CLO3: record structured summaries of observation of clinical encounters
  • CLO4: display willingness to accept responsibility for the patient’s welfare
  • CLO5: develop satisfactory relationships with patients and be able to competently communicate with the general public
  • CLO6: recognise situations in which a patient should be referred, and exercise judgement in deciding on appropriate care

Overview of Learning Activities

Treatments and observations in the osteopathic teaching clinic and on voluntary external placement under direct supervision.
Group discussion during classes will encourage independent opinion and provide shared experiences from which you and your fellow students can learn.

Teacher Guided Hours: 72 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 48 per semester

Clinic Attendance: Clinic attendance is required in both teaching and non-teaching periods for the minimum of 72 hours;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 (                     

All students must read the current clinic manual available on My RMIT Studies Program (BP279) site and be aware of the processes and procedures describe therein. This manual is regularly updated and should be reviewed every semester.

All students should be aware of their obligations under the codes of practice described on the Osteopathy Board of Australia website

The Library has specialised Subject guides at
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 (Leaning & Teaching).


Assessment Tasks 1: Ongoing (HURDLE)

Mini Clinical Examinations (Mini CEx) (3 x10%)  

Mini CEx in each of Case History taking, Examination and Treatment

Weighting 30% (3x10%)

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

Assessment Task 2:Overall observation with post case discussion (HURDLE)

Clinicians observe in entirety a patient consultations (New or return) on the Long case assessment with a post case clinical reasoning discussion.

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 3: Interprofessional learning (hurdle)

 Weighting 0% (Competency based Y/N)

This assessment task supports CLO 1,4,6

Assessment Task 4: Professional Conduct (HURDLE)

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLO 1,4,5

Assessment Task 5: Evidence Based report

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLO 1,2,3

Assessment Task 6: End of Semester Clinical Practice Examination (HURDLE)

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 1,2,3,6

Assessment Task 7: Portfolio (ongoing)

Weighting 0%

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