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Bachelor of Chiropractic Science


Faculty of Science and Engineering
Bachelor of Chiropractic Science (BChiroSc)
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 3 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 3 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points for the degree 72
Of your 72 credit points, complete a maximum of 30 credit points at 100 level
Minimum number of credit points at 200 level or above 42
Minimum number of credit points at 300 level or above 18
Completion of a designated People unit from outside the Faculty of Science and Engineering
Completion of a designated PACE unit
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

100 level

Human Biology (3)
Foundations of Chemical and Biomolecular Sciences 1 (3)
Chiropractic Sciences 1 (3)
Chiropractic Sciences 2 (3)
Introduction to Anatomy (3)
Anatomy of Limbs and Back (3)
Introduction to Psychology I (3)

200 level

Systems Physiology (3)
Neurophysiology (3)
Biochemistry and Cell Biology (3)
Chiropractic Sciences 3 (3)
Chiropractic Sciences 4 (3)
Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Health Sciences (3)
Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Health Sciences (3)
Anatomy of Head, Neck and Trunk (3)
Neuroanatomy (3)
Principles in Health and Disease 1 (3)
Illness and Healing (3)
Contemporary Health Issues (3)

300 level

Chiropractic Science 6 (3)
Chiropractic Science 5 (3)
Foundations of Clinical Practice (3)
Radiographic Physics, Practice and Protection (3)
Radiographic Physics, Practice and Protection (3)
Principles in Health and Disease 2 (3)
Principles in Health and Disease 3 (3)

Balance of credit points required:




For their 3cp elective unit, students should choose a People unit offered by another faculty. Those offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering will not satisfy the General Requirements of the degree.

Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Units marked with a P are PACE units.

AQF Level Level 7 Bachelor Degree
CRICOS Code 028866G
Overview and Aims of the Program The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science offers students the opportunity to attain knowledge and develop a broad range of skills in the health science domain. It is a three year, full time degree program, and comprises the first stage of training required for professional chiropractic practice. The program provides students with a strong scientific foundation, leading to comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the human body, the dynamics of biological change and variability, and the exploration of human interaction with the environment in states of both health and disease.

Students study the basic sciences, anatomy, histology, physiology, bio-mechanics, microbiology, pathology, psychology, radio-graphic physics and research methodology, in addition to chiropractic diagnostic and manipulative skills.

By the conclusion of this degree, graduates will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge and skills to a broad range of relevant clinical problems, using appropriate communication skills, judgement and problem solving capabilities.

This degree is accredited by the Council of Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA).

Graduates of this program who wish to practice as an Australian registered chiropractor must also complete the 2 year Master of Chiropractic program.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the structure and function of the human body (K, T, P, C, E)
2. explain how the interaction of humans with their environment can potentially alter homeostasis, resulting in the development of disease processes (K, T, P, C)
3. interpret and communicate the principles of evidence - based health care via a range of research skills including: the ability to critically appraise relevant literature, familiarity with levels of evidence, basic bio-statistical and epidemiological analysis (K, T, P, C)
4. explain the hypotheses and scientific rationale which relate to the practice of chiropractic (K, T, C)
5. demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system and explain its clinical application (K, T, P, C)
6. relate the underlying physical principles of medical radiation science to chiropractic practice (K, T)
7. demonstrate proficiency in performing the core group of chiropractic techniques (K, C, E)
8. demonstrate attainment of psychomotor skills related to chiropractic diagnostic and management procedures to an appropriate level (K, C, E)
9. use your understanding of medical sciences to analyse clinical scenarios, determining a differential diagnosis for each situation (K, T, P, I, C, E, J)
10. demonstrate communication skills through the written and the spoken word (C)
11. apply chiropractic principles and skills to determine solutions to unfamiliar scenarios (K, T, P, I, C, E, J).
Learning and Teaching Methods During this program, you will be exposed to a number of different teaching methods which aim to facilitate your learning. These methods are not identical for each subject (called units), but essentially consist of varying combinations of lectures, practical classes and tutorials, plus set activities which you need to complete in addition to the face to face teaching sessions.
The goal of the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science is to ensure that you complete the degree having attained a set of defined competencies (known at Macquarie University as 'Graduate Capabilities'). In order to develop these, every unit you study will utilise a specific combination of teaching methods which are most appropriate for that purpose.

Lectures in this degree largely aim to provide a framework upon which you can build further knowledge and skills. Tutorials usually provide the opportunity to enhance your understanding of specific topics, as well as allowing you to communicate with your peers, share opinions, and develop more complex ways of thinking. Practicals have many functions, depending on the subject area. Essentially, they will require that you apply your knowledge in a practical setting, and complement your 'thinking' with 'doing'.

Anatomical sciences are studied in the 3 years of the program, incorporating lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. The practical sessions use a variety of resources, including anatomical models, skeletons, X-rays and cadavers. Learning human anatomy by seeing it in three dimensions is highly effective. Having the opportunity to 'feel' anatomical structures on living subjects is another invaluable method used in the teaching of these units.

Chiropractic Science units include lectures and practical classes. Much importance is placed on the latter, as it is here where you will develop your psychomotor skills, preparing you for higher level clinical training in the Master of Chiropractic degree. We also will provide you with specific times during each session during which you can practice your skills in a safe and supervised environment.

In some subjects, you will have the opportunity to become involved in 'peer assisted learning' programs, in which students who have recently completed a unit help current students with any problems that they may have in understanding the subject material.

What you do 'outside' the formal classes, such as completing selected readings, completing specific exercises, and researching for assignments, is just as important. It is here that you develop your ability to acquire information from reliable sources, develop organisational and critical thinking skills, allow for self-reflection, and become a responsible learner, an essential requirement for life as a future health professional.
Assessment Assessment in the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science program has a number of purposes. For you, the student, it is fundamentally about helping you with your learning. This includes helping you to learn what is required in each individual subject (unit), but also in the bachelor program as a whole. By successfully completing the various assessment tasks you will have satisfied the requirements of the course.

When you complete the degree, you will have attained a wide variety of skills. The reason we can say this with confidence, is because of the assessment process. There are two major processes at work here, known as formative assessment and summative assessment. Both are important. Formative assessment aims to improve your learning, determining where you are having problems, and generally how to fix them. Examples of this type of assessment used in the program include quizzes, homework activities, assignments etc. The assessments in the course serve two functions; A) they facilitate your learning and B) after the successful completion assessments represent evidence that you have learnt the course content.

Summative assessment allows the teaching staff - and ultimately you - to determine if you have achieved the learning outcomes for each unit. It assesses whether learning has taken place. Final examinations – written and practical - are one type of summative assessment that we use.
The chiropractic program utilises a wide variety of assessment methodologies. Apart from the ‘usual’ types such as written assignments, class tests, laboratory reports and final examinations, there is also special attention given to tasks which assess your chiropractic technique. These tasks are distributed throughout each session, with different weighting assigned to them depending on whether they are used for formative or summative purposes. In anatomy, you will be given ‘spot tests’, which require you to identify structures on bones, models and cadavers.

A part of the assessment process which is fundamental to your learning is feedback. This is where you are given information about your performance in your assessment tasks, and highlights topic areas on which you need to improve. It aims to help you achieve the competencies required in your studies. Feedback may be formal or informal, written or oral, individual or group based.
As you progress through the program, assessment tasks require you to demonstrate progressive levels of competency. They are devised so we can determine how well you can apply your knowledge, analyse clinical scenarios, and demonstrate the acquisition of psycho-motor skills which can be used in the appropriate clinical context in future years.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

In addition, the B.Chir Sc is subject to regular review by the Council of Chiropractic Education Australia (CCEA), which is the professional accrediting body for chiropractic education in Australasia.
Graduate Destinations and Employability Most graduates of this degree continue their studies in order to complete the requirements for professional chiropractic registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulating Agency (AHPRA). This requires completion of the 2 year FTE Master of Chiropractic. However, as the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the medical sciences, graduates who do not wish to practice as a chiropractor have a number of options which they can take. These include:
• applying for postgraduate medicine or physiotherapy
• enrolling in the Master of Research
• working as a chiropractic assistant
• employment in a diverse range of health related settings.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.
The Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia.
Last inspection completed August 2013.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

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2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148