BP280 - Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)

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Plan: BP280HSDD - Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic)
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 (Chiropractic)
Award abbreviation: BHSc/BAppSc(Chiro)
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/our-education/academic-schools/health-and-biomedical-sciences/
ASCED code: 069999
CRICOS code: 077044G

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Purpose of the Program

The objectives of this program are designed to equip its graduates with the necessary skills, responsibilities and capabilities to function in global communities as registered chiropractors. The prime objective of this program is to produce RMIT graduates who are registrable as chiropractors in Australia. The key to achieving this is the maintenance and enhancement of a program that meets or exceeds the applicable Accreditation Standards.

The program is designed as a holistic, integrated five-year sequence, which will skill you for entry into the Chiropractic profession. It is not possible to exit the program with a single three year degree in either Health or Applied Science.

As an RMIT chiropractor, you will be a technologically articulate generalist healthcare worker, predictive and preventive in a holistic manner who will contribute to improving and enhancing the overall health, wellbeing and quality of life of your patients.

You will be a team-player within the health care system and highly regarded as expert in the assessment and management of functional articulation disordersof the musculoskeletal system for the specific purpose of achieving optimal function.

In promoting good mechanical health as an essential component of good general health you will engage in daily health promotion enhanced by supportive measures such as  exercise, nutrition and advice on healthy living.

The course REHA2240 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. You will undertake supervised clinical practice in a chiropractic clinic dealing with typical and atypical clinical presentations and undertake reflective case mix analysis.

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Articulation and pathways

If you successfully complete BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) you may be eligible to apply for a Master by Research award.  

These awards may subsequently lead to eligibility to apply for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Speak to your Course Co-ordinator or browse  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  hold registration as a student chiropractor with the Chiropractic Board of Australia, a current first aid certificate, and a Working with Children check. Applicants must be prepared to undergo a Police Check in year 1 and each subsequent year of the program when they are registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA) as students of Chiropractic.

International applicants with a first language other than English are required to demonstrate an IELTS of 7.0 when applying for registration as a chiropractor with the Chiropractic Board of Australia.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia Ltd (http://www.ccea.com.au/), the accrediting body for the Chiropractic Board of Australia (http://www.chiropracticboard.gov.au/).

Professional accreditation means that graduates are eligible to apply for registration in Australia (through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), New Zealand, the UK, most provinces of Canada, most states of the USA, and those other countries where the Council on Chiropractic Education International has member agencies. 

The program maintains active industry links with the Chiropractic Association of Australia (CAA), at both State and National level, and with the Chiropractic Australia (CA). The program maintains a strong Industry Advisory Committee consisting of representation from the Industry and the broader community


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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 Science, refer to http://rmit.libguides.com/alliedhealth For text and reference books, and journals relevant to Chiropractic, refer to http://rmit.libguides.com/chiropractic

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 http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/services 

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