Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies)

Southern Cross University

* Duration for students commencing in July is 3.5 years full-time or 7 years part-time.


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This degree has a strong clinical focus and provides students with a comprehensive grounding in biomedical science and health. Students gain knowledge and skills required to undertake postgraduate studies in osteopathic medicine, which is required for registration as an osteopath.

Areas of study: Human anatomy and physiology, structure and function of the muscular and nervous systems.

Career opportunities: Osteopath after further postgraduate study and practical training.

Professional recognition: Osteopathy Board of Australia. To become a registered osteopath, students need to successfully complete both the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies) and the Southern Cross University Master of Osteopathic Medicine. Total duration of both courses is four years.

Practical experience: Approximately 320 hours of supervised professional placement.

Fees and charges: Refer to Southern Cross University current fee information.

Pattern of attendance: Duration for students commencing in July is 3.5 years full-time or 7 years part-time.

Essential requirements for admission

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Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Recommended studies: Biology plus Chemistry or Mathematics Advanced.

Other applicants

Refer to Southern Cross University general admission criteria.

Student profile

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ATAR profile table

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2019)


  1. Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2020 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.
  2. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in 2016 to 2018) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites by publishing:
    • separate data for 2018 Year 12 students and 2016/17 Year 12 students
    • data relating to an entire year's intake (eg all offers made in 2019 – semesters 1 and 2).
  3. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  4. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria