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Master of Clinical Chiropractic - CC71

Study the Master of Clinical Chiropractic and equip yourself with the knowledge and clinical skills to meet the competencies required by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA) and therefore apply for registration as a chiropractor in all states and territories in Australia and New Zealand.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

On Campus

UNITS/CREDITS

18/144

DURATION

2 years full-time

AVAILABILITY

Brisbane, Mackay

CRICOS

0101879

The Master of Clinical Chiropractic is designed as an extended (six-term) Masters to maximise clinical learning, which is largely undertaken in approved chiropractic clinics in the community and complemented by the availability of theoretical content by flexible learning.

Chiropractic training is the process of reaching a logical diagnosis, planning a patient's treatment and assessing the effectiveness of that therapeutic intervention. As a graduate of the Master of Clinical Chiropractic, you will develop knowledge, skills, values and behaviours necessary to become a primary care chiropractic practitioner in the delivery of patient-centred care.

The course emphasises evidence-based practice, which is the combination of best scientific information, clinical expertise, and patient's values and circumstances.

As primary healthcare practitioner you will:

  • gain high-level practical skills integrating assessment, diagnosis and management with the clinical sciences;
  • be taught rehabilitation and prevention of pain and disability of the spine and extremities;
  • learn how to run a private practice and operate x-ray equipment;
  • conduct supervised patient care as part of practice-integrated learning involving University teaching clinics and industry work placement;
  • deliver chiropractic care safely, competently and ethically and;
  • be able to analyse and synthesize complex information by creating and implementing a research project and articulating the outcomes.
Core Units 18 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

COURSE STRUCTURE
You are required to complete 18 core units.

UNIT INFORMATION
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 the bachelor, 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.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.  

REAL-WORLD OPPORTUNITIES
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 Mackay and 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.

GLOBAL EXPERIENCES
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).

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Brisbane, Mackay
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Clinical Practice 1CHIR20002Placement in an approved Chiropractic clinic
Clinical Practice 2CHIR20003Placement in an approved Chiropractic clinic
Clinical Practice 3CHIR20006Placement in an approved Chiropractic clinic
Clinical Practice 4CHIR20009Placement in the University Chiropractic clinic
Clinical Practice 5CHIR20011Placement in the University Chiropractic clinic
Clinical Practice 6CHIR20013Placement in the University Chiropractic clinic
This course has no residential schools.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The 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.

Entry Requirements

Successful completion of the CQUniversity Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic) CB77. Applicants who have completed an undergraduate chiropractic course from another university which has been accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA) will be considered on a case by case basis.

Students not born in Australia are required to meet an English Language prerequisite by:

  • an academic IELTS completed within the last 2 years (from the term you are applying to start) with a minimum achievement of 7.0 in each band and overall; or
  • a secondary or university qualification which is not more than 5 years old (from the term you are applying for entry in to) with a satisfactory level of achievement of at least 2 years in duration from Australia.

Security Requirements

As part of this course, students will undertake clinical placements. To participate in clinical placements, students require the following as a minimum to participate - CQUniversity Student Declaration, Blue Card (or equivalent for different states), and a Criminal Police Check. Additional checks and documentation may also be required, depending on the placement site as different organisations/placement sites may have different requirements.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge


Completion of the Master of Clinical Chiropractic will prepare you to peruse employment opportunities in fields/roles such as private practice, sports medicine, occupational health and safety, and rehabilitation. Opportunities are provided for international placement, regional and rural health engagement, and indigenous health care.

Graduates of this course will meet the competencies required by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia and will therefore be eligible to apply for registration with the Chiropractic Board of Australia (CBA).

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$8,018.00
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$28,008.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms). Your actual fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Please note that Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are only available if you enrol to CQU Mackay, if you enrol to CQU Brisbane you will pay full tuition fees.
CSPs are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay their student contributions. If eligible, you can choose to defer paying all or part of your student contribution fees. 
If you are paying full fees for your course, you may be eligible for the FEE-HELP loan which is a scheme to assist students pay part or all of their tuition fees. Learn more about paying for university

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Other study costs

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

If you have decided what you would like to study and are ready to apply, we’re here to help you along the way.  Before you apply, you will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  If you do not have a USI, creating one is quick and easy.  Simply visit usi.gov.au to create one.

Want to know more about application dates and other admission information?
View our important dates information and read about other admission considerations such as information for domestic students with overseas qualifications, indigenous support, and elite athlete, coach and performer support.

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You can study online and on campus as well as between different campuses. I really liked the flexibility I had with that. Alongside the world-class lecturers we have on offer, it really influenced my decision.

George Hannaford

Master of Clinical Chiropractic