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Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc+BClinChiro)

  • B1331BACHELOR OF SCIENCE/BACHELOR OF CLINICAL CHIROPRACTIC
  • B1361BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CHIROPRACTIC SCIENCE (no direct entry)

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Title Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc+BClinChiro)
Course Code B1331; B1361
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Anthony Armson | Email: A.Armson@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2559

Academic Chair: Mr Stanley Innes | Email: S.Innes@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2841

Qualification Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chiropractic Science + Bachelor of Clinical Chiropractic (BClinChiro)
Duration 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction Enrolment is subject to restriction due to constraints on unit enrolments.
Description The Chiropractic Science major within the Bachelor of Science provides specialised knowledge enabling students to understand the fundamental elements of human anatomy, immunology, genetics, and microbiology. The major also includes a thorough understanding of chiropractic skills including physical examination, diagnosis with an emphasis on clinical orthopaedics and neurology. The major will provide skills to allow students to progress to the Bachelor of Clinical Chiropractic which prepares graduates for registration as Chiropractors within Australia and New Zealand.

The Bachelor of Clinical Chiropractic aims to build on the BSc (Chiropractic Science) to produce registrable graduates who have the evidence based practice skills to diagnose, treat and prevent pain and disability of the spine and musculoskeletal system. Graduates become proficient in manual and other therapies, physical rehabilitation and general well-being. As primary contact practitioners graduates will also be able to recognise signs and symptoms of a wide variety of other conditions and where appropriate refer to other health providers.

The Bachelor of Science (Chiropractic Science) degree is conferred following successful completion of the first three years of study. The Bachelor of Clinical Chiropractic degree is awarded following the successful completion of the final two years of study. Both degrees are essential for registration and clinical practice.
This course requires students to undertake work-based training through a compulsory work-based placement as part of their studies.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings As per normal undergraduate admission requirements. Highly recommended subjects: Physics 3A/3B, Chemistry 3A/3B, Mathematics and Human Biological Science 3A/3B.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Special Requirements Immunisation: Students should note that immunisation is required for Chiropractic according to Category A, Schedule 1 of the University policy on Immunisation seen here:
https://policy.murdoch.edu.au/docview/?docid=1536&public=true
Other vaccinations may be required when treating special populations.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Understand the structure and function of the human body and fundamentals of chiropractic practice:
* demonstrating a knowledge of the principles and concepts of evidence-based health care; (document 9.1 - In-depth knowledge of chiropractic discipline using basic and clinical science)
* recognising how the legislative framework impacts on chiropractic practice and health care; (document 5.3, 7.2 - legal responsibilities, international status of chiropractors)
* recognising the role chiropractic plays in public health; (document 6.1 - social aspects of health and disease)
* understanding the context of the profession's history and its current place in the health care system in Australia. (document 9.3 - principles and history of chiropractic profession)

SKILLS
Possess skills within a professional and ethical framework evidenced by:
* conducting a comprehensive and systematic patient assessment through collecting, recording and interpreting data and incorporating qualitative and quantitative evidence; (document 9.2 - chiropractic procedural skills involving critical problem solving and the use of Informatics)
* planning, delivering and evaluating chiropractic care in consultation with relevant individuals and groups; (document 6.2, 7.1, 9.2 - health care systems, health and disease, procedural skills involving communication and critical problem solving)
* establishing, maintaining and appropriately concluding therapeutic relationships; (document 2.1 - critical problem solving)
* delivering care that is evidence-based, customised and responsive to individual patients
* the ability to deliver care in a diverse set of health settings;
* synthesising and evaluating information from a range of sources. (document 4.1 - uses of information technology to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health care)

APPLICATION
Provide collaborative therapeutic practice by:
* working effectively with the interdisciplinary health care team to deliver quality chiropractic care; (document 1.2, 3.1, 3.3 - Communicates effectively with peers, mentors and other health professionals, social interaction with member of health care team, participate in productive relationships)
* participating in ongoing professional development of self and others; (document 1.1, 1.3, 3.2, 4.2, 8.1 - communicate effectively and appropriately with patients, families and communities, self-awareness, engages in appropriate activities to address learning needs, Interdisciplinarity)
* presenting information, articulating arguments and conclusions, in a variety of modes, to diverse audiences, and for a range of purposes that include assessment, treatment, education and research; (document 1, 2.1, 3.1, 7.2, 8.1, 9.2 - communicate effectively, demonstrate critical clinical thinking capabilities, social interaction with clients and other health care professionals to achieve desired outcomes, international perspective of chiropractic profession, professional interaction and procedure skills)
* recognising the relevant and required ethical conduct and behaviour within which chiropractic is practised; (document 5.1, 5.2 - Ethical reasoning and professional values)
* demonstrating a capacity for working independently, responsibly and safely; (document 1.1, 5.2 - communicate effectively and appropriately, professional values)
* using critical thinking and analysis skills in chiropractic practice. (document 4.3 - Effective clinical problem solving)
Professional Accreditation This course is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA). Graduates are eligible for registration with the Chiropractic Board of Australia and are also eligible for registration in New Zealand. Graduates from CCE (Council on Chiropractic Education) accredited educational institutions may be eligible to sit registration examinations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and other parts of the world in accordance with the laws and requirements of each individual country and/or jurisdiction.
Additional Academic Progress Requirements Students who fail more than two core units per level (100, 200, 300, 400, 500), as well as students who fail a core unit a second time, will be excluded from the course for a period of no less than one teaching period following the teaching period in which the unit was failed, after a mandatory interview process with the Academic Chair. They may apply for readmission to the course after this time.
Further Information Immunisation Policy
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 120 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BSC150 What is Science? - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 18 credit points

CHI109 Introduction to Chiropractic - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal

CHI168 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Human Anatomy - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BMS107 Foundations of Vertebrate Form and Function - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO152 Cell Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHI108 Human Anatomy I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Part II - 96 credit points

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BSC206 Introduction to Research Methodology and Evidence Based Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Core Units - 21 credit points

CHI255 Human Anatomy II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BMS206 Biomedical Physiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHI205 Immunology, Genetics and Microbiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

BIO247 Biochemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHI234 Human Anatomy III - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHI293 Physical Examination - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHI247 Clinical Biomechanics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Year 3 - 24 credit points

Research Skills Unit - 3 credit points

BSC306 Research and Evidence Based Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Core Units - 21 credit points

CHI391 Processes in Human Disease - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHI354 Chiropractic Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHI335 Diagnosis I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHI336 Diagnosis II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHI337 Diagnosis III - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHI338 Technique I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHI339 Technique II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Year 4 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

CHI440 Clinical Radiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHI456 Differential Diagnosis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHI459 Pharmacology and Nutrition - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHI485 Preclinical Practicum 1 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHI486 Preclinical Practicum 2 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHI457 Clinical Biomechanics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHI448 Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHI441 Radiography: Principles and Positioning - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Year 5 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

CHI449 Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHI466 Mental Health Issues in Chiropractic Care and Applied Nutrition - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHI499 Clinical Practicum - 12 points
MURDOCH: YU5-placement

CHI467 Ethics, Jurisprudence and Professional Practice Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

CHI458 Public Health and Nutrition III - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

Additional Academic Progress Requirements

Students who fail more than two core units per level (100, 200, 300, 400, 500), as well as students who fail a core unit a second time, will be excluded from the course for a period of no less than one teaching period following the teaching period in which the unit was failed, after a mandatory interview process with the Academic Chair. They may apply for readmission to the course after this time.

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