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

RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)

Course details

CRICOS course code: 077043G

Level of study: Bachelor’s Degrees


Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the musculoskeletal system and related disorders.

RMIT’s osteopathy degree was the first of its kind in Australia. Osteopaths are trained in diagnosis, management, and treatment of musculoskeletal pain disorders. They combine conventional medical testing procedures and skills of palpation and motion testing to inform their clinical rationale for treating a patient's condition.

You will be trained in musculoskeletal diagnosis, clinical procedures in performing conventional medical tests, physical examination techniques, and motion testing in order to assist in diagnosis of a patient’s condition.

Osteopaths make treatment decisions that depend on the patient as well as their condition. They might give advice on posture, exercise, lifting procedures, nutrition and other areas.

You will begin work-integrated learning in first year, with clinical observations in the RMIT Health Clinic.

In the final two years, you will conduct safe, skilled evaluation, diagnosis, and management of a wide-range of musculoskeletal complaints under the supervision of qualified and nationally registered osteopaths, over a period of 38 weeks per year.

There is also an opportunity to complete a work placement in an Australian osteopathic clinic.


Osteopaths treat complaints such as backache, general joint problems, sports injuries, arthritis, stress and repetitive strain injuries, and a wide range of general medical complaints.

They diagnose patient complaints using information from case histories, physical examinations, observations of body structure and mobility, medical imaging, and laboratory tests.

After diagnosing issues, osteopaths treat patients using manual techniques such as soft tissue stretching, muscle relaxation, and gentle mobilisation or manipulation.

Osteopaths are primarily employed or self-employed in private osteopathic clinics or multidisciplinary clinics.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
37,440 Per Year Feb 2024 5 years
Full time
Bundoora Campus
Plenty Road
Melbourne Victoria 3083

Entry criteria

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 70% average

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


RMIT University (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University)
Melbourne City Campus
124 La Trobe Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
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