Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
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Join Australia's most established and respected chiropractic school. The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science offers fundamental health science training, teaching a wide range of diagnostic and chiropractic manipulative skills in the context of anatomical, physiological and biomedical sciences.
It provides the prerequisite academic background to enable you to apply for entry into the Master of Chiropractic, which is required for professional registration within Australia.
Chiropractic is one of the largest primary health professions today. Chiropractors recognise the importance of body structures and how they affect our health. They use a range of diagnostic tools including patient interviews, physical examination and X-rays. Using spinal adjustments, manipulation and other physical means, chiropractors aim to improve neuromusculoskeletal function and reduce associated pain.
- Designed to allow you entry into the Master of Chiropractic, which will fulfil your professional registration as a chiropractor
- Put your skills into practice with clinical placements during your degree
- The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Master of Chiropractic were the first professional chiropractic degrees to be offered by any public university in the world
- Students learn the practical aspects of chiropractic, such as how to interact with and examine patients
Minimum course duration
3 years full-time
North Ryde (Sydney)
If you're interested in science and health and are looking to enter the Masters in Chiropractic in order to work as an accredited Chiropractor. Or if you are interested in other health care fields which utilise scientific and diagnostic knowledge.
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)
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- Recommended: Good knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics (HSC Mathematics, HSC Chemistry, HSC Biology and HSC Physics; or international equivalents)
Introductory units and bridging courses are available for students without the recommended prior knowledge.
English Language Requirements
All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification
The proposed transfer of Macquarie University’s chiropractic program to another institution is under consideration and an announcement will be made about the future ownership and management of this program in the coming months. Students that enrol in Semester 1, 2014 are guaranteed the opportunity to graduate with a Macquarie University qualification (including Masters degree).
What you will study
|General requirements||Credit Points|
|Minimum number of credit points for the degree||72|
|Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above||48|
|Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above||18|
|Completion of a designated People unit from outside the Faculty of Science|
|Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below|
Specific minimum requirements:
The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this degree
|100 level||Credit Points|
|Required||BIOL115||The Thread of Life||3|
|Required||CBMS103||Organic and Biological Chemistry - The Chemistry of Life||3|
|Required||CHIR113||Chiropractic Sciences 1||3|
|Required||CHIR114||Chiropractic Sciences 2||3|
|Required||HLTH108||Introduction to Anatomy||3|
|Required||HLTH109||Anatomy of Limbs and Back||3|
|200 level||Credit Points|
|Required||CHIR213||Chiropractic Sciences 3||3|
|Required||CHIR214||Chiropractic Sciences 4||3|
|Required||HLTH213||Anatomy of Head, Neck and Trunk||3|
|Required||HLTH215||Principles in Health and Disease 1||3|
|Required||either||ANTH202||Illness and Healing|
|or||HLTH200||Contemporary Health Issues||3|
|300 level||Credit Points|
|Required||CHIR316||C||Chiropractic Science 6||3|
|Required||CHIR315||Chiropractic Science 5||3|
|Required||HLTH304||Radiographic Physics, Practice and Protection||3|
|Required||HLTH306||Research Methods for Health Sciences||3|
|Required||HLTH316||Principles in Health and Disease 2||3|
|Required||HLTH317||Principles in Health and Disease 3||3|
|Balance of credit points required (Electives)||3|
|Total credit points required to satisfy this degree||72|
To practise within Australia, graduates are required to be registered with the National Registration Board. For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science at Maquarie University, the Master of Chiropractic (two years full-time) will also need to be completed. Once both degrees are completed then graduates can obtain a licence to practise as a chiropractic practitioner. The combined program has national and international recognition.
The majority of chiropractors are self employed in private practice. Other opportunities include positions in teaching and research in health care related fields.
Michael Swain, Lecturer in Chiropractic
Before his appointment as a lecturer in Chiropractic, Michael was a Chiropractor in private practice and a Master of Philosophy candidate at the University. His area of research at Macquarie is sports injury epidemiology. In addition to lecturing, Michael also works with a community based Rugby Union Club where he observes sports injury trends with the intention of mitigating sports injury risks.
Macquarie University chiropractic laboratories
Take a tour of the cutting-edge chiropractic laboratories at Macquarie University. With state-of-the-art facilities, our chiropractic teaching labs are the best on offer at a university in the Asia-Pacific region.