Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practice 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chiropractic Clinical Practice 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Sandra Gason

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7611

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.04.063

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)


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.

You should have satisfactorily completed the courses in Years 1-3, inclusive, of the BP280 program before you commence this course.

Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enroll in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course.

For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c

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

This course is designed to promote and further develop critical thinking and analysis of issues related to the diagnosis and management of the chiropractic patient. You will develop and refine therapeutic communication skills, and engage in appropriate clinical assessment and management in the chiropractic clinical environment.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry via supervising clinicians is integral to your experience’.

In this course, a simulated environment is used with role-play using industry processes.


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 specialized 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 completion of this course you should be able to :

  1. Demonstrate effective communication skills in the chiropractic patient care environment
  2. Undertake appropriate clinical assessment of the chiropractic patient.
  3. Review and integrate chiropractic management skills in the patient care environment.
  4. Demonstrate chiropractic therapeutic techniques in the clinic setting.
  5. Review the role of diagnostic imaging in the therapeutic environment for effective chiropractic treatment.
  6. Argue the importance and use of outcome measures in clinical chiropractic practice.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practicals and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving core aspects covered in the course.

Lectures support the practical experience and will provide you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of the core concepts.

Practicals will support your understanding of, and familiarity with, the core content associated with the particular topics covered in the lectures. There will also be the opportunity to discuss the practicals in relation to the underlying physiological principles.

Self-directed learning is encouraged and will enable you to better develop independent learning and support the material covered in the practical sessions.

Assessments are designed to require you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course. Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.


Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are 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. All material to be chosen will be digitally available to you.

Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources.

Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways including simulated learning activities and real clinical encounters within the RMIT Health Sciences Clinic.

RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A subject Library Guide is available at:

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).

A hurdle requirement is necessary in order to demonstrate to the accrediting body that students are competent and are being sufficiently assessed against practice-focussed professional standards throughout the course of their program.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Intra-semester written

Weighting 30%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 3, 5 & 6

Assessment 2: Mid-semester written assessment

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4

Assessment 3: End of semester clinical proficiency exam HURDLE

Weighting 50%

OSCE type clinical proficiency skills exam on diagnostic and therapeutic  procedures

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3,4 


This examination is considered to be a clinical skills practical examination. In a course containing a clinical skills practical examination, the following will apply.

Students who are unsuccessful in their first attempt at a clinical skills practical examination will be offered a second attempt prior to Course Assessment Committee.  If the student passes the second attempt, they will be awarded a maximum score of 50 percent for the clinical skills practical examination component.   If the student does not pass the second attempt, a NH grade will be awarded for the course.