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,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Katie Hawking

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7443

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.014-1

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


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):

  • PLO1 Provide patient-centred care as a competent, safe primary healthcare professional
  • PLO2 Provide osteopathic, musculo-skeletal healthcare within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO3 Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management
  • PLO4 Effectively communicate with a wide audience (i.e. patients, carers, healthcare professionals and agencies), with respect and sensitivity to socio-cultural diversity, using a variety of media
  • PLO5 Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry
  • PLO6 Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships
  • PLO7 Develop and implement strategies to meet personal and professional demands, as a primary healthcare provider
  • PLO8 Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, recognising the historical development and evolution of the profession, and how this integrates with contemporary practice

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

  1. Appreciate the influence of co-morbidies and lifestyle consequences for musculoskeletal management and health promotion
  2. 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
  3. Apply principles of patient centered care to tailor a treatment and management plan
  4. Demonstrate the skills necessary to recommend relevant and appropriate long-term management for patients with long term health conditions
  5. Demonstrate competency in managing the Osteopathic clinical encounter appreciating all aspects within our scope of practice


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 (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Overall observation with post case discussion (x2) (HURDLE)

Weighting 50% (2 x 25%)

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

Assessment Task 2: Professional Conduct (HURDLE)

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLO 5

Assessment Task 3: Interprofessional Learning Reflection

Weighting 10% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: End of Semester Clinical Practice Examination (HURDLE)

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment Task 5: Clinical consultation requirements (HURDLE)

Weighting 0%

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