Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practice 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practice 4

Credit Points: 24.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Sandra Gason

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7611

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.035

Course Coordinator Availability: E-mail is preferred contact method

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


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.

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.

Course Description

This course is designed to promote and further develop critical thinking and analysis of issues related to the evidence based assessment and management of the chiropractic patient. You will further develop your therapeutic communication skills and engage in appropriate clinical assessment and management in the chiropractic clinical environment. You will be expected to undertake supervised clinical practice in a chiropractic clinical setting and identify, assess and manage typical and atypical presentations of the chiropractic patient.

This course REHA 2240 Chiropractic Clinical Practice 4 is a capstone experience in which you will integrate and apply all your prior skills and knowledge as you make the transition from student to work-ready graduate.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) 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 also includes a module on mental health issues in chiropractic care, which will address the more common mental health conditions that may present to a chiropractor. This module provides the student with the basic skill sets to identify those patients that may require referral for professional psychological care. This module is in no way designed to equip a student to manage mental health issues themselves.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the BP280 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.

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

  1. Demonstrate effective chiropractic management, treatment and therapeutic communication in the chiropractic patient care environment;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to undertake evidence - based clinical assessment and management of the chiropractic patient;
  3. Demonstrate your engagement in evidence based practice designed to stimulate a sense of critical enquiry into the practice of health care;
  4. Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner;
  5. Demonstrate an ability to work independently and in teams, specifically to lead and contribute to inter-professional care partnerships;
  6. Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in the provision of specialised health care;
  7. Review the role of diagnostic imaging in the therapeutic environment for effective chiropractic treatment.

Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities included in this course are:

  • On-site clinical training within the RMIT chiropractic clinic environment where the student continues to take increased responsibility for patient care under clinical supervision;
  • External WIL placement (EWIL);
  • Private study, working through clinical problems as presented in the RMIT Chiropractic Teaching Clinics;
  • Lectures;
  • Seminars and workshops;
  • Undertaking an Self-directed learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

Course material is typically presented in both online and face-to-face format. The reading material provided is 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, in addition a series of presentations will be held at the end of the semester outlining student experiences whilst on clinical placement.

Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities and chiropractic clinics.

RMIT will provide you with additional 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 item 1: Completed clinical workbook

Weighting: HURDLE

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7

Assessment item 2: Multiple Mini-CEX (clinical exams)


This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment item 3: E portfolio 


This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

 Assessment item 4: End of semester presentation and peer review 


This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment item 5: End of semester clinical safety and proficiency practical exam 

Weighting:30% HURDLE

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment item 6: End of semester written exam - related to online psychology module 


This assessment task supports CLO 6