Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Osteopathic Clinical Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Chelsea De Marco

Course Coordinator Phone: .

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: .

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)

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

Osteopathic Clinical Practice is the integrative focus of your learning experience at this stage of the program. While it has been divided into semesters, the courses are continued all year and your progression is determined by year-long performance. The clinical practice component requires 36 weeks clinical attendance per year at 18 weeks per half year.

This course includes a Work Integrated Learning 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 is a clinical placement Work Integrated Learning experience with the placement occurring in the teaching clinic at Bundoora.

  •  Semi-Autonomous practice: You will see patients on a rostered clinic shift under supervision

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability you should contact the Program Coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services 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.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the Program Learning Outcomes for BP279 (Osteopathy):

  • PLO 1 Provide patient-centred care as a competent, safe primary healthcare professional
  • PLO 2 Provide osteopathic, musculo-skeletal healthcare within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework
  • PLO 3 Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management
  • PLO 4 Effectively communicate with a wide audience (i.e. patients, carers, healthcare professionals and agencies), with respect and sensitivity to socio-cultural diversity, using a variety of media
  • PLO 5 Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving health-care industry
  • PLO 6 Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships
  • PLO 7 Develop and implement strategies to meet personal and professional demands, as a primary healthcare provider

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

  1. Discuss the role of osteopathy in various inter-professional clinical care scenarios
  2. Complete a systematic, comprehensive examination to reduce a likely working diagnosis from differential diagnoses
  3. Interpret relevant health information using a clinical reasoning framework and formulate an individualised examination plan
  4. Defend your working diagnosis formulated from your case history and examination
  5. Identify and explore the development of clinical practice guidelines and contribution to osteopathic practice.
  6. Present a concise patient narrative to a supervising clinician

Overview of Learning Activities

Attendance in your allocated clinic shift every week is required in both teaching and non-teaching periods Your attendance at clinic is compulsory, students must attend 80% of all clinic sessions.

Attend online or view recorded tutorials.

In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study

Overview of Learning Resources

Course notes and online resources are available through myRMIT Studies (

All students must read the current clinic manual available on My RMIT Studies Program (BP279) site and be aware of the processes and procedures describe therein. This manual is regularly updated and should be reviewed every semester.

All students should be aware of their obligations under the codes of practice described on the Osteopathy Board of Australia website

The Library has specialised Subject guides at

RMIT will provide you with 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 Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Mini Clinical Examinations (Mini CEx)
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Clinical Presentation
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2,3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: End of Semester Clinical Practice Examination (HURDLE Requirement)
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Professional Conduction and Attendance Requirement (Hurdle Requirement) 0%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6