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Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic)

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) is an evidence-based degree that will provide you with a skills-set that qualifies you to apply to enter the professional qualification, the Master of Chiropractic Science. Graduation from the Master program is the qualification that allows registration and practice as a chiropractor in Australia and overseas.

In this degree you will develop clinical skills 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 presentations such as low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, and headache.

You will learn to manage patients from a wellness perspective to help them achieve their optimal well-being and will incorporate nutrition, movement such as walking and exercise, and other lifestyle adaptations. You will learn the history, philosophy, principles and theories of chiropractic and relevant chiropractic psychomotor skills integrated with a knowledge of basic science.

Your practical skills will be developed within Australia's newest, state-of-the-art chiropractic learning environment, supported by work-integrated learning each term in approved clinics Australia wide. You may also enrich your learning with optional overseas mini-study tours.

Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) **

Duration 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Intake Dates February
Mode of Study On-Campus
Domestic Availability  BrisbaneSydneyMackay
International Availability  BrisbaneSydneyMackay
Work Integrated Learning Yes
Recommended Study English and one of either Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Rank*  OP: 10    SR: 80    ATAR: 79.8
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 in the first year of the program are available to study by distance education.

What am I studying?

Chiropractic is an evidence-based study area in which you will develop clinical skills in the diagnosis and management of patients presenting for care with common musculoskeletal presentations such as low back pain, neck and shoulder pain and headache. Chiropractors also work with their patients from a wellness perspective incorporating nutrition, movement and other lifestyle adaptations into their treatment plan.

Why Study Health at CQUniversity

CQUniversity’s health and medical sciences programs have been developed to meet the ever-increasing needs of our communities both in Australia and internationally.

Our programs are constantly being reviewed and updated in consultation with industry and other stakeholders to ensure they are relevant and up to date.

Many programs feature work integrated learning, or learning on the job. You are 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.

Quality on-campus facilities ensure learning is delivered in context, taught in a similar setting to real-world situations. 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.

CQUniversity’s health and medical sciences academic staff are at the forefront of their respective fields, often still contributing to the community and working within industry. Lecturers have a strong teaching and learning ethos and are committed to delivering quality learning experiences.

Study one of the many exciting health and medical sciences programs at CQUniversity and help make a real difference to community health and wellbeing.

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

Completion of the Bachelor program alone does not confer any eligibility to apply for registration, to practice chiropractic, or for the graduate to describe themselves as a chiropractor. Knowledge gained and appreciation of basic techniques will support employment as an assistant in chiropractic practice, but this program is principally designed to prepare students for the masters program and subsequent professional registration as a chiropractor.

Work Integrated Learning

Chiropractic courses comprise work integrated learning in a range of forms including activities in chiropractic clinics, other health clinics, and mini study tours to overseas countries.

Program Structure

To be awarded the Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) you must complete 24 courses totalling 144 units of credit. On completion of 16 courses, totalling 96 units of credit you may exit the program and be awarded the Associate Degree in Chiropractic Studies. As these programs provide 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 13CQUni 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 via distance, you may be required to attend compulsory residential schools.

Professional Recognition

Professional recognition is gained on completion of the full five year chiropractic program (Bachelor and Master). You will be eligible to apply for registration as a chiropractor with the Chiropractors’ Board of Australia (CBA). Students commencing the Bachelor are automatically recognised by the CBA as Registered Student Chiropractors. You will also be eligible for membership of the peak professional body, the Chiropractors’ Association of Australia (CAA). Students commencing the Bachelor are 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 accredited status.