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

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Plan: BP279HSDD - Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy)
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy)
Award abbreviation: BHSc/BAppSc(Osteo)
Total credit points: 480
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years Full Time
Location: Onshore, Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/health-and-biomedical-sciences
ASCED code: 069999
CRICOS code: 077043G

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Purpose of the Program

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with the foundation knowledge and clinical skills to safely and competently undertake general osteopathic practice. It is designed to integrate foundation and clinical sciences with clinical skills and application in a five-year, sequenced course structure. The program also provides a basis for further education and research in health related fields. 

You will be exposed to both real life and simulated clinical scenarios through the program, allowing you the opportunity to explore, integrate, and apply academic and practical knowledge. This activity is facilitated, supervised, and assessed by AHPRA registered practitioners.  Work integrated learning opportunities are provided via the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic and/or similar clinical facilities. 

The capstone course REHA2225 - Osteopathic Practice Portfolio, undertaken in Semester 2 of your final year of study, prepares you for your transition to professional life, and is a culmination of prior osteopathic academic, clinical, and professional learning and experience.

Courses within the program utilise multi-modal delivery methods such as face-to-face, online, and blended delivery. While most courses in the program are delivered on campus, others are delivered online.  Overall, the program requires on campus attendance. Enrolment is full-time only. There are no options for part-time enrolment. The integrated nature of the program means that it is not possible to exit with a single three year degree in either Health or Applied Science.

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Articulation and pathways

If you successfully complete the BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) you may be eligible to apply for a Master by Research program.  These awards may lead to eligibility to apply for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Speak to your Program Manager or access the RMIT website for further information.


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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page.


Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

English language requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


Applicants must undertake a Working With Children check in first year. 

Applicants must be prepared to undergo a Police Check in year 1 when they are registered as osteopathic students with the Osteopaths Board of Australia.

All students will be registered as osteopathic students with the Osteopaths Board of Australia.

International applicants should note that to be registered as an osteopath in Australia you must have an IELTS score of 7 in all categories, achieved within the two years prior to applying for registration.

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External accreditation and industry links

This program is accredited by the Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (AOAC), the accrediting body for the Osteopathy Board of Australia. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are entitled to apply to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Osteopathy Board of Australia for registration to practice as an Osteopath in Australia, and to the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ) to practice in New Zealand.

This program has an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) comprised of external members drawn from a diverse external industry base and institutions. These provide opportunities for networking and are a useful link in ensuring that the teaching material and student capabilities remain close to the needs to future employers. In addition, the academic area of Osteopathy has a number of industry contacts, relationships and adjunct professors who can help you in your study as well as offer advice on professional careers. These contacts are made initially through your university lecturers and program manager. 

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library Resources and Services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Health and Biomedical Sciences refer to https://rmit.libguides.com/biomedical-health-and-nursing.   For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Osteopathy refer to http://rmit.libguides.com/osteopathy

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

Services for students

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
You can find more information at https://www.rmit.edu.au/students

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