Chiropractic Health and medical sciences

Chiropractic Health and medical sciences

Chiropractors use non-invasive healthcare methods to help keep our bodies functioning at their best so we can live healthy, active and physically optimum lives.

Local

Undergraduate Courses

Degree 2015 ATAR
Bachelor of Chiropractic Science 80.00

Postgraduate Courses

Degree
Master of Chiropractic

International

Undergraduate Courses

Degree 2015 ATAR
Bachelor of Chiropractic Science 80.00

Postgraduate Courses

Degree
Master of Chiropractic

We are the oldest university-based chiropractic department in Australia!

Chiropractic is a health profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustment and other joint and soft-tissue manipulation.

Ever wondered what a typical week looks like for a chiropractic student at Macquarie? Check out our short video for a quick insight into what we get up to.

Accreditation

The degrees offered at Macquarie University in Chiropractic are accredited and internationally recognised. Professional accreditation under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requires the completion of an accredited 5-year chiropractic program conducted at a University within Australia, or the completion of an accredited program overseas that satisfies the requirements as set by The Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia Inc (CCEA).

Through Macquarie University the pathway to gain registration as a chiropractor in Australia and New Zealand is the successful completion of both the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and the Master of Chiropractic (minimum of 5 years full time study) programs at our University.

Graduate outcomes

Sarah Somerset

Bachelor of Chiropractic Science

“Macquarie’s tutors are kind, approachable and have fantastic skills which they willingly share with the students to encourage them to get the most from each subject, to do their best and to become the best practitioners they can for the future. After I graduate from the Master in Chiropractic I plan to work and travel around the world before opening my own practice, where I aim to make a difference to every patient I treat.”

Derek Page

Master of Chiropractic

“I chose to study at Macquarie University because it is an internationally recognised degree and the graduates of this program are known to be skilled and knowledgeable practitioners. I have found the program to be interesting and intellectually stimulating, and I have made many great friends from all over the world in the process of getting my degree.”

Scholarships and prizes

The Department of Chiropractic recognises merit and excellence in students through the award of scholarships and prizes. It works with various professional bodies to attract scholarships and prizes for its students. Individuals and organisations have generously donated funds for these awards.

Chiropractic and Osteopathy Education Trust (COET) Scholarship 2016

The Chiropractic and Osteopathy Education Trust of South Australia is offering financial scholarships to students originating from South Australia, who are entering their final year in Chiropractic/Osteopathy study in 2016.  Read more about it at COET 2016 Scholarships and click here for the Application Form COET 2016.

Applications close Friday 1 APRIL 2016.

James Maxwell Scholarship 2016

This scholarship consists of $10,000 payable over the final two years of the program. It is for students entering the fourth year of the Chiropractic Program. Closing date 30 April 2016. 

(Please note the cut off date is usually the end of March but it has been extended to end April this year so as to give students an opportunity to apply.)

Please visit their website for more information the application forms process http://www.nswcstf.com.au/Scholarships.htm

CAA NSW Loans Scheme

The fund makes loans to chiropractic students to assist them to complete their course.
Applicants must be able to show financial need. Preference is given to students in the final two years of a chiropractic programme. Debtors must practice in NSW until such time as the loan is repaid. Applicants must be student members of the CAA (NSW) and retain membership on completion of their course until the loan is repaid.
The maximum loan is $5000.00. There have been instances where a student has been granted two loans, one for each of the final two years of the course.
http://www.nswcstf.com.au/Scholarships.htm

Macquarie International

Visit the Scholarships page of Macquarie International for more information on a range of scholarships for overseas students.

COCA Research Grants

Visit the website of the Chiropractic & Osteopathic College of Australia for information on their research scholarships and grants.

Macquarie University Scholarships

Macquarie University offers a wide range of scholarships that not only generously reward students who have demonstrated academic excellence, there are also a wide range of equity scholarships. Each year Macquarie University awards over $2 million in scholarships. In addition to the University scholarships many faculties also provide scholarships for students.

Comprehensive information on university scholarships for undergraduate students can be found on the Macquarie Scholarships page.

Our facilities

Chiropractic Laboratories

The Department of Chiropractic now has state-of-the-art facilities to enable teaching of manual therapy and patient assessment. Purpose built rooms for radiology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and case management complete the space.

The new teaching laboratory space occupies the whole of the 3rd floor in Building E5A. The space was operational beginning Semester 2, 2011.

Enhancement to the audio visual equipment has been made to allow for the recording and presentation of chiropractic and other procedures for presentation during practical class. Remote video playback by students is possible enhancing the learning process. Multiple camera angles and mixed media presentations are used.

Tutorial rooms are large enough to comfortably accommodate the increasing demand for enrolment in the Chiropractic program. The ecologically friendly design maximizes use of natural light and minimises energy wastage by use of computer-controlled air conditioning and lighting.

The students have been afforded a sense of pride with the look and feel of the new learning space. Additionally, the staff find it a more pleasant space in which to teach.

The Department would like to thank the Faculty of Science and Engineering and Property for making this refurbishment a priority.

Chiropractic Labs

Radiology

The Radiographic Positioning laboratory contains actual x-ray equipment that allows the student to simulate radiographic positioning and image capture without exposing student on to ionizing radiation.

Students play-act, simulating radiographic procedures both from the patient’s perspective and also the operators perspective on one of four different x-ray machines.

Once they have established competencies in radiographic positioning they move into the Outpatient Clinics where, under supervision, they assist in the taking of patient radiographs.

The Radiographic Learning laboratory provides an x-ray reading library with viewing stations so that students may improve their diagnostic skills and report writing.

The laboratory contains over 1200 pathological cases that allow students to develop further pattern recognition and problem solving.

All Outpatient’s Clinics are equipped with modern high-frequency X-Ray facilities. The X-Ray Unit at the Epping Clinic also contains teaching facilities for 15 students at a time to receive practical training in spinal and peripheral radiography as well as darkroom experience.

Anatomy Teaching

The Department runs introductory anatomy and histology units at Macquarie. We utilise the wet lab facilities at the Macquarie University School of Advanced Medicine where second and third year students do further study in anatomy in wet labs with cadavers.

Microbiology/Chemistry Laboratories

The Department has access to Microbiology Laboratories in the Department of Biological Science as well as Chemistry Laboratories in the Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Sciences. The department has also acquired laboratories for Higher Degree Research Students in the Animal Laboratories to be utilised for research in spinal studies.

Chiropractic Teaching Clinics

Our Clinics play an important role in the teaching and research activities of the Chiropractic component of the Department. These Clinics are also an important part of the Department’s community outreach and visibility. Students, staff and the general public are encouraged to utilise these facilities and receive chiropractic care from our final year Masters students.

Currently, the Department maintains three Chiropractic Clinics. These are located at Summer Hill, Eastwood and on Campus in the EMC building. These Clinics are designed to provide clinical intern training for Masters of Chiropractic students. Find out more information about our Clinics.

Why study Chiropractic in Australia?

Macquarie University, located in Sydney Australia, offers students an opportunity to undertake internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Chiropractic. As one of the few Universities worldwide offering chiropractic education up to PhD level, students can be assured of the highest standard of quality. With exceptional equipment and clinical facilities, internationally recognised staff and a student satisfaction rating second to none, choosing Macquarie is made simple.

Download the 2017 Chiropractic undergraduate and postgraduate course guide

Chiropractic program overview

Students wishing to gain registration as a chiropractor in Australia and New Zealand must complete a minimum five years of tertiary education at an accredited provider. Macquarie's program structure involves completion of the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and completion of the Master of Chiropractic. Combined, these two degrees, taken over five years, are equivalent to the Doctor of Chiropractic offered at overseas institutions. Students undertake 12 months of clinical practice at one of our three chiropractic clinics prior to graduation.

Students wishing to practice in other countries such as the UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden, US or Asia will need in most cases to undertake additional theory and practical examinations to demonstrate proficiency in their knowledge of chiropractic.

How do I apply?

  • For the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science or the Master of Chiropractic contact Macquarie International.
  • For students completing the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science, the Master of Chiropractic will be of two years duration. Students wishing to gain direct entry to the Master of Chiropractic require previous study of anatomy and physiology. The duration of the Master degree for direct applicants will be three years. Contact the Department of Chiropractic or Macquarie International.

Scholarships

Macquarie University has one of the most generous scholarship programs in the country, and provides opportunities each year to many students to undertake studies at Macquarie University. Macquarie University has two separate scholarship schemes for international undergraduate and postgraduate students. Visit the Macquarie University Scholarships page to find out more.

The Department of Chiropractic also has scholarships that are awarded by the profession.

Making the Leap

To aid students, we have developed specific details on some countries that we have students from.

Swedish Students

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Students wishing to gain qualifications leading to professional registration as a Chiropractor in Sweden must undertake a recognised program of study of not less than 4,500 hours. Macquarie’s program structure involves completion of the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science AND completion of the Master of Chiropractic. Combined, these two degrees, taken over five years, are equivalent to the North American Doctor of Chiropractic. The final year includes extensive clinical practice under supervision at one of our three Clinics .

Students wishing to practice in Sweden must after the completion of the Master of Chiropractic undertake a one year internship which consists of 3 months training at a hospital and 9 months training with a chiropractor before being able to apply for licence to practice in Sweden.

Whilst students do need to organise their internship on their own, assistance may be sought from the Swedish Chiropractic Association

After I graduate, what do I have to do in order to be eligible to practise in Sweden?

Students are required to complete an additional internship upon their return to Sweden, these are organised through Swedish Chiropractic Association.

Useful Swedish Links

Canadian Students

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Students wishing to gain qualifications leading to professional registration as a Chiropractor in Canada must undertake a recognised program of study of not less than 4,500 hours. Macquarie’s program structure involves completion of the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and completion of the Master of Chiropractic. Combined, these two degrees, taken over five years, are equivalent to the Doctor of Chiropractic offered at Canadian institutions. Students undertake 12 months of clinical practice at one of our three Chiropractic Clinics prior to graduation.

After I graduate, what do I have to do in order to be eligible to practise in Canada?

The Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board requires completion of three examinations prior to gaining licensure to practice in Canada. Contact the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board for examination details. Macquarie graduates arrange to take all examinations on their return to Canada. For information on requirements specific to each state or province contact the relevant licensing boards.

Canadian students can obtain information on financial assistance through CANLEARN

Canadian agents

Useful Canadian Links

Norwegian Students

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Students wishing to gain qualifications leading to professional registration as a Chiropractor in Norway must undertake a recognised program of study of not less than 4,500 hours. Macquarie’s program structure involves completion of the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science AND completion of the Master of Chiropractic. Combined, these two degrees, taken over five years, are equivalent to the North American Doctor of Chiropractic. The final year includes extensive clinical practice under supervision at one of our three Clinics.

After I graduate, what do I have to do in order to be eligible to practise in Norway?

Students are required to complete an additional internship upon their return to Norway, these are organised through Norwegian Chiropractic Association.

For Norwegian students who hold a completed Bachelor of Physiology approved by the Norwegian Physiotherapist Association, Students may apply into the 3 year Master of Chiropractic program.

Useful Norwegian Links

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