Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy)

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 088781E

Level of study: Undergraduate


Study towards a rewarding and holistic healthcare career with VU's leading osteopathy program.

Our Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy), plus Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) lead to professional registration as an osteopath.

Osteopathic treatments include:

  • soft-tissue techniques
  • joint manipulation
  • joint mobilisation
  • exercise rehabilitation
  • general healthcare advice.

To prepare you for work in health care, you’ll study:

  • anatomy
  • osteopathic principles and techniques
  • physiology
  • pathology
  • population health
  • evidence-based practice.

You’ll gain work experience through extensive clinical practice. This perfect mix of scientific study and hands-on practice will have you confident and job-ready following our masters.

VU offers one of only three accredited programs in Australia.

Careers in osteopathy

You'll be qualified for a career as a practising osteopath after completing both this degree and our Master of Health Science (Osteopathy).

Osteopaths can work in a variety of healthcare settings:

  • private practice clinics
  • hospitals
  • maternal health centres
  • community organizations

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy), students will be required to complete 288 credit points of Core studies.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Critically reflect on the philosophy and position of osteopathy in the broader healthcare system;

2. Critically review scholarly literature related to osteopathic philosophy and practice, as well as the broader healthcare field/area;

3. Formulate diagnoses of musculoskeletal disorders based on interpretation of physical, neurological, orthopaedic, osteopathic examination findings and clinical evidence;

4. Synthesise biomedical science knowledge and apply to their osteopathic practice;

5. Adopt osteopathic manual techniques and clinical examinations to musculoskeletal presentations;

6. Exhibit professionalism and effective communication when interacting with the patient community, peers and colleagues;

7. Interrogate the physical, socio-economic, psychological, spiritual and cultural factors contributing to a patient's presenting complaint;

8. Integrate osteopathic principles and theoretical science concepts including researched evidence for practice to inform the rationale of osteopathic treatment;

9. Advocate wellness and preventative health in patient centred care;

10. Reflect on their identity as a developing health professional and articulate their plan for lifelong learning;

11. Engage in intra- and inter-professional education and peer review to ensure optimal patient management.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
36,700 Per Year
Read more18,350 per semester
21 Feb 2022 3 years Full time City Flinders Campus
300 Flinders Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Entry criteria

Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English (or equivalent). PLUS: A study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics or Physics. OR: Completion of an Australian Advanced Diploma or Diploma (or equivalent).

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.0 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 67 (Listening 12, Speaking 18, Reading 15, Writing 21)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 50 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 169. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 4): achieved.


Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
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