Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practicum 3

Credit Points: 22.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Frank Donnoli

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7631

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Completion of all years 1-4 courses is expected. You must notify Dr. Donnoli before the commencement of week 3 Semester 1 if you have not successfully completed all years 1-4 courses

Course Description

The overall goal of this course is to continue the development of a student’s clinical and problem-solving abilities through taking on further responsibility for patient care in RMIT Chiropractic’s Teaching Clinics. This course builds upon capabilities achieved during Clinical Practicum 1 and 2. The student will be required to demonstrate continuing knowledge regarding issues surrounding appropriate chiropractic care, and the policies and procedures of the Teaching Clinic, as well as demonstrate the skills considered necessary to provide safe clinical care in a moderately supervised clinical environment. In addition, the student is also required to act with skill and responsibility in a tutoring role to incoming Year 4 students. All information contained in this document is to be read in conjunction with the clinic manual and class notes.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

As related to Learning Outcomes below

The following Learning Outcomes will be addressed in this course:1. Demonstrate the ability to perform an appropriate patient-centred clinical assessment, in an efficient and effective manner, within a controlled clinical environment, under moderate supervision2. Demonstrate the ability to generate an appropriate list of differential diagnoses for a specific patient complaint, and then select an appropriate working diagnosis from the list of differentials, with appropriate justification, with moderate feedback and supervision3. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize patient information and diagnosis to generate an appropriate treatment plan, including selection of specific treatment modalities and scheduling, and taking into account how prognostic factors may impact on a patient’s progress, under moderate clinical supervision and feedback, and using evidence-based practice.4. Demonstrate the ability to identify the need for a patient to receive emergency care and/or referral to another health care professional, and to complete the appropriate course of care, under moderate supervision and feedback5. Demonstrate the ability to apply health prevention and promotion principles to an individual patient’s management plan, under moderate supervision/feedback.6. Demonstrate the ability to reflect upon individual weaknesses in professional knowledge, and develop a plan to address these weaknesses.7. Demonstrate effective communication skills, including communicating a diagnosis and treatment plan to a patient, and producing written professional reports, under moderate clinical supervision. This includes demonstrating behaviour during all patient interactions that is congruent with culturally-sensitive practices.8. Demonstrate behaviour that is congruent with the duty of care of a primary contact health care practitioner and the elements of the chiropractic code of conduct, with moderate clinical supervision.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course offers two different learning opportunities, in-class lectures and on-site clinical training within the RMIT Chiropractic Teaching Clinics environments.The in-class lectures begin Week 1, and run throughout the course. Attendance at REHA 1039 classes is compulsory. The lectures address advanced clinical topics and contemporary issues in chiropractic practice. PowerPoint lectures, on-line materials and learning objects will be available for further study from the DLS. Students continue in their practice within RMIT Teaching Clinic environment throughout the course and examination period. Students are expected to attend for a minimum of 8 hours per week (attendance is compulsory). During this time, students will be required to provide chiropractic care to the public under moderate supervision. Students are encouraged to take advantage of our community clinics, where care is provided to marginalized groups.Students will be expected to continue attending clinic through the Semester 1 examinations but are entitled to one-week holidays, to be organised with clinical educators and clinic reception staff. Clinic coverage will dictate the distribution of holidays.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is a Clinic Practicum Manual and Workbook available for each student.

Overview of Assessment

The assessment in REHA 1039 consists of the following:(1) Continued completion of quota requirements: pass/fail(2) Written clinical notes: 15%(3) Clinical task assessments: 40%(4) File Review Assignment: 30%(5) Progress Examination: 15%(6) Clinic Proficiency hurdle: pass/fail