Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) - CB77
Study the Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) and equip yourself with skills that will kick-start your journey towards a career as a Chiropractor.
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
English (Units 3 and 4, C)
Biology, Chemistry or Physics
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 Clinical Chiropractic.
Graduation from the Master of Clinical Chiropractic course renders you eligible to apply for registration 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. You will learn the history, philosophy and principles and theories of chiropractic from a contemporary perspective.
The course has a strong focus on nutrition, rehabilitation and other lifestyle adaptations designed to optimise musculoskeletal health. Within a patient-centred learning environment, you will develop a range of patient assessment procedures and therapeutic approaches designed to manage common musculoskeletal issues.
Within a patient-centred 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.
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 so you graduate confident, competent and work-ready.
|Core Units||24||Major Units||None|
You are required to complete 24 core units. As this course provides strongly sequenced clinical learning to ensure the attainment of high-level psychomotor skills and patient-centred clinical decision making the units must be taken in the sequence in which they are offered.
For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.
CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
YOUR CHIROPRACTIC CAREER
The Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) is the first stage of a two-part study sequence. After completing this course, you can continue onto the Master of Clinical Chiropractic. You are required to complete both courses to achieve full registration as a chiropractor with the Chiropractic Board of Australia. Our industry-relevant Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) develops your capabilities in a range of spinal and patient assessment procedures, along with basic therapeutic approaches to common musculoskeletal presentations.
On successful completion, you will have the knowledge and an appreciation of basic techniques enabling you to pursue employment opportunities as an assistant in chiropractic practice. The Master of Clinical Chiropractic enables you to complete the educational requirement for accreditation as a professional chiropractor. As a professional chiropractor, you may practise in private practice, sports medicine, occupational health and safety, rehabilitation and other allied health fields.
INDUSTRY RELEVANT COURSES
The Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) and Master of Clinical Chiropractic provide you with a five-year pathway towards a career as a professional chiropractor. Accredited by the Chiropractic Board of Australia, upon completion of these two courses, you will meet the competencies required by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia to apply for registration as a chiropractor in all states and territories in Australia and New Zealand. You will learn from experienced lecturers who are accredited chiropractors or have recent practitioner experience. The diverse practising backgrounds of our teaching team provide you with a range of chiropractic perspectives that you can draw on throughout your career.
The Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) prepares you with the fundamental skills and knowledge so that you can progress into the Master of Clinical Chiropractic and begin your practical placements.
Within the Master of Clinical Chiropractic, you will complete six clinical placements, one scheduled for each term of your studies. You will have the opportunity to train with real clients in authentic scenarios. This allows you to apply your discipline knowledge to these real scenarios and clients so that you graduate work-ready.
Your clinical experience will also build your industry connections and networks. In your first year of the Master of Clinical Chiropractic, you will complete a total of 280 hours of clinical placement over your three terms of study. In your final year, you will complete more than 500 hours of clinical placement across your three terms of study. You will complete these placements in our purpose-built chiropractic labs in Brisbane and other chiropractic settings. This provides you with opportunities to work in a range of clinical settings, experience the unique ways that each clinic runs their practice and build valuable connections with industry.
As a chiropractic student at CQUniversity, your experience can be global, by choosing to participate in an international activity that will allow you to travel overseas and use your skills and knowledge to help those in need. The global experiences available to our chiropractic students do change based on the needs of the different communities that we work with. Experiences our students have recently participated in are:
- Global Peace Network participant in Tanzania as a rehabilitation clinic volunteer (2020).
- Clinical practicum in Vanuatu with Island Spirit Health (2018).
- Participation in the World Congress of Chiropractic Students forums in California (2017), Johannesburg (2018), Brisbane (2019).
|Term 1 - 2023||Brisbane|
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.
A rank threshold is the minimum competitive rank that applications will be considered for entry to this course.
The rank threshold for this course is: SR 69 | ATAR 69.0
If you would like to know more about entry scores for applicants with recent secondary education and the student profile for this course view our Course and Entry Score Profile for Term 1, 2021.
To find out about CQUniversity's Undergraduate Profile for Term 1, 2021 view our Institute Profile.
COVID-19 Vaccination RequirementThe COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.
English (Units 3 & 4, C) or equivalent
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.
Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion within the last 5 years of:
- A secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
- Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA of 4.0
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United states of America, which will meet the English proficiency.
If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:
- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 7.0 with a minimum 7.0 in each subset; or
- An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBt - 94 or better overall and no score less than 24 for listening and reading, 27 for writing, and 23 for speaking; or
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 65 with no sub-score less than 65.
English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study and must appear on a single result certificate.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
Chiropractic students’ English language skills are directly aligned with the requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Available at: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx
Security RequirementsNo information available at this time.
Health RequirementsNo information available at this time.
It is recommended that potential applicants also complete either Biology or Chemistry to a Yr 12 level.
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.
This course is the ideal pathway into the Master of Clinical Chiropractic. Upon completion of the masters course you will be eligible to apply for registration to practise as a Chiropractor and describe yourself as a Chiropractor.
The course seeks accreditation from the Chiropractic Board of Australia (CBA) - All enrolled students will be registered by the Australian Health Practitioner's Registration Agency (AHPRA)
|2022 Indicative Fees|
|Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee||$8,016.00|
The indicative first year fee is an approximate cost of enrolling in this course for one academic year. It is based on a standard full-time study load (generally this is two terms of study, with four units studied per term). Your actual fees may vary, depending on the units that you select to study and the number of units you study per term. You can view unit fees in the Cost Per Unit table. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
|Fee Category||Commonwealth Supported Place|
|What is a Commonwealth Supported Place?||A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Government so that you are only required to pay a Student Contribution amount rather than tuition fees.|
|Am I eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place?||
You are eligible to be Commonwealth supported if you are:
|Fee Type||Student Contribution|
|What is a Student contribution?||As a Commonwealth supported student, you will contribute towards the cost of your education by paying a Student Contribution. The Student Contribution is calculated for each term of enrolment based on the individual units you have enrolled in, not the course you are studying.|
|What is my Student Contribution?||
Your Student Contribution fee is charged per unit of study and is dependent on the Student Contribution Band for each unit. Student Contribution Bands are categorised by study disciplines and help provide an estimate of course fees.
The majority of units within this course fall within Band 2. Some units may fall within Band 1 and/or 3.
|HECS-HELP and payment options||
HECS-HELP is the loan scheme provided the Australian Government to help eligible Commonwealth supported students pay their student contributions through a loan. Eligible students can use a HECS-HELP loan to pay for all or some of their Student Contribution amount. If you elect to use a HECS-HELP loan, this means that you will defer payment of your Student Contribution amount and repay your HECS-HELP loan when your income is above the compulsory repayment threshold.
If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, or you are required to pay your Student Contribution upfront, you will need to pay your fees no later than the census date for the term in which you are studying.
|Other Fees||You will also incur a Student Services and Amenities Fee.|
|Other study costs||You may have other study costs such as travel expenses related to residential schools or work placements if they are a requirement of your course. There are also textbooks, stationery and other sundry costs associated with studying. Incidental fees are applicable for clinical placement forfeiture and clinical placement supplementation if this occurs.|
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|Queensland||BNE: 880501; MKY: 840501|
|New South Wales||SYD: 160181|
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- Option 1: Ideal for most situations, whether you have completed high school recently or some time ago.
- Option 2: Ideal if you have previously studied with CQUni.
OPTION 1: IN MOST SITUATIONS, YOU WILL NEED TO APPLY VIA THE QUEENSLAND TERTIARY ADMISSION CENTRE
To apply for this course you will need to submit your application for this course via the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).
OPTION 2: IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY STUDIED WITH CQUNI, APPLY DIRECTAs a past CQUni student, you may be eligible to apply directly to CQUniversity for this course. Your prior study with CQUni must be a completed or partially completed CQUni course or unit such as:
- CQUni’s Skills for Tertiary Entrance Preparatory Studies (STEPS), Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP), or Start Uni Now (SUN) units.
- A CQUni certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree, bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master or research higher degree, or a unit within these courses.