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Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic)

At a Glance

Study the Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) and equip yourself with skills that will kick-start your journey towards a career as a Chiropractor.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) is an evidence-based degree designed to provide you with the qualification needed to apply to enter the professional qualification, the Master of Chiropractic Science. Graduation from this Master program allows you to register and practise as a Chiropractor in Australia and overseas.

During your studies you will develop clinical skills to become confident in the diagnosis and management of patients presenting for care.

Within a patient-centered learning environment you will develop a range of spinal and patient assessment procedures and basic therapeutic approaches to common musculoskeletal issues such as low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, and headache.

The program has a strong focus on nutrition, movement and other lifestyle adaptations to ensure you graduate work ready. 

In addition you will learn the history, philosophy and principles and theories of chiropractic.

Learn within Australia's newest state-of-the-art chiropractic learning environment and undertake work integrated learning in clinics to further enhance your practical experience and employability.

Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) **

Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Intake Dates March
Mode of Study On-Campus
Domestic Availability  BrisbaneSydneyMackay
International Availability  BrisbaneSydneyMackay
Work Integrated Learning Yes
Recommended Study Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Rank*  OP: 14    SR: 69    ATAR: 65.25
QTAC Code BNE: 880501 MKY: 840501
UAC Code 160181
CRICOS 075757A

BNE - Brisbane, MKY - Mackay,

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page should be used as a guide only, please check with the respective Admission Centre for the latest information,,

 International students residing in Australia on a student visa must study full-time on-campus.

  • Some courses within this program are only available to study by distance education.

Why Study Health at CQUniversity

Our Health programs and courses have been developed to meet the ever-increasing needs of our communities both in Australia and internationally. 

Broad range of options
Whether you are currently working in the industry seeking to advance your skills, or looking to kick start a new career in health, our broad and ever-growing range of health programs and courses give you the choice to be what you want to be. Choose from the key areas of allied health, medical and exercise sciences, community and health services, and transport and safety sciences.

Study your way
A number of our health programs and courses provide allow you to choose between on-campus or distance education, while some provide a mix of on-campus and online delivery methods. CQUniversity is an established provider of distance education and is able to offer a number programs and courses in this mode that have not traditionally been available, such as nursing, medical science, exercise and sport sciences, accident forensics, paramedic science and more.

Up-to-date and industry relevant
Our programs and courses are constantly being reviewed and updated in consultation with industry, accrediting bodies and other stakeholders to ensure they are relevant and up-to-date. In fact, our offerings are a response to industry demand for people with specialised industry expertise.

Work integrated learning
CQUniversity's health programs and courses feature work integrated learning, or learning on the job. For some programs this may be referred to as clinical placement.

You may be required to complete course undertakings in real-life workplaces, allowing you to put learning directly into practice. This hands-on, project-based learning is one reason CQUniversity graduates are in such high demand by employers.

Purpose-built facilities
Quality facilities ensure learning is delivered in context, taught in a similar setting to real-world situations including exceptional simulation environments. New facilities including state-of-the-art technology for fitness and body function testing offer exercise and sport sciences students sophisticated training. Nursing students have access to fully equipped labs replicating a real hospital ward, while medical imaging and medical sonography are taught from new purpose-built multi-million dollar labs. The new CQUniversity Health Clinic at CQUniversity Rockhampton also provides clinical learning experiences to students.

English Requirements

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or program you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.

Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) provides you with knowledge and an appreciation of basic techniques enabling you to pursue employment opportunities as an Assistant in chiropractic practice.

The program is the ideal pathway into the Master of Chiropractic Science. Upon completion of the masters program you will be eligible to apply for registration to practise as a Chiropractor and describe yourself as a Chiropractor.

Work Integrated Learning

You are required to undertake work integrated learning in a range of forms including activities in chiropractic clinics, other health clinics and optional mini study tours overseas.

Program Structure

You are required to complete 24 core courses. As this program provides strongly sequenced clinical learning to ensure the attainment of high level psychomotor skills and patient-centred clinical decision making the courses must be taken in the sequence in which they are offered.

Course Information

For example courses you could study as part of the Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) program please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note courses are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of course availability for your study. Please call 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding course information regarding your specific application.

Residential School and Study Requirements

If you choose to study some courses by distance education you may be required to attend compulsory residential schools.

Professional Recognition

Upon completion of the full five-year program, which includes both the Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) and Masters of Chiropractic Science, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Chiropractor with the Chiropractors' Board of Australia (CBA).

Upon commencing the Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) you will automatically be recognised by the CBA as a Registered Student Chiropractor. You will also be eligible for membership with the Chiropractors' Association of Australia (CAA). During your studies you will be eligible for student membership of the CAA.Professional accreditation is granted by the CBA on recommendation of the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA). At the appropriate time CQUniversity will become an Applicant Institution for full accredited status.