Bachelor of Health Science (Chiropractic)


  • Program code: BP187
  • Campus: Bundoora campus

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Please note: this program is no longer available to first year students; instead you should consider the Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic).

This program is available for third year students with advanced standing.

Advanced standing will be conferred if you’ve completed at least two year of study in a Chiropractic program accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia or an international equivalent.

Our program has been a leader in the chiropractic industry since 1975. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and manage patients who present for care.

The chiropractic philosophy describes the relationship between the spine and nervous system and how this impacts the entire body, restoring and preserving optimal wellbeing.

Chiropractors perform appropriate patient assessment procedures and then use their highly developed manual skills to treat the patient. Patient management often includes advice on nutrition, exercise, posture and other lifestyle adaptations. It may also include referring patients to other health care providers.

RMIT is the only university in Victoria and one of only 3 in Australia that offer a chiropractic degree program.

Graduates can go on to the Master of Clinical Chiropractic program in order to qualify as chiropractors.


3 years full-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

There are many opportunities to gain hands-on practice and to observe clinical practice both on and off campus.

Our Chiropractic Teaching Clinics provide treatment for a wide range of conditions, including muscle and joint problems and sport injuries, as well as more general health concerns.

Classes are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, online reading, workshop, practical and laboratory sessions. These are primarily in English.

You'll have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.

Program structure

Year 1

The science component of this year includes the study of the structure and function of the human body. You’ll also be introduced to relevant technology and the philosophy, history and principles of chiropractic practice. Hands-on experiences are provided in chiropractic diagnosis and management and human anatomy.

Year 2

You’ll deepen your study of chiropractic psychomotor skills, principles and biomechanics and be introduced to the physical assessment of patients.

Year 3

Heavy emphasis is placed on chiropractic diagnosis and management. By the end of third year, you’ll understand the structure and function of humans in health and disease. Diagnosis uses basic science information in the rational study of holistic approaches. The study of radiology includes normal radiographic anatomy and principles of recognising and interpreting normal and abnormal anatomy.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.


Opportunities are plentiful in Australasia and in certain overseas locations for either private, self-employed chiropractic practice or practice in a multidisciplinary setting.

RMIT chiropractic graduates are leaders in the profession in Australia and are well represented in other countries, including New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, England, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Japan.

Professional recognition and accreditation

RMIT is a member institution of the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (Inc), which accredits the bachelor and the 2-year master programs. To become a registered chiropractor you’ll need to finish this 3-year undergraduate program and the 2-year master.

Graduates are eligible for membership with the New Zealand Chiropractors Registration Board, the General Chiropractic Council (Britain) and various state and provincial jurisdictions in the USA, Canada and Hong Kong.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

Program entry requirements

This program is not available to commencing first year students. It’s is only available for entry into third year for students with advanced standing.

Commencing students: Commencing students must apply for Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic). Current Year 12 prerequisite units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

Advanced standing: In order to be considered on the basis of advanced standing, applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of two year of study within a Chiropractic program accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia or an international equivalent.



Selection tasks

Form: All applicants must complete and submit a VTAC Personal Statement online.

All students will be required to provide a police and Working with Children check at the beginning of each academic year.

You must also obtain registration with the Chiropractors Registration Board of Australia as a student chiropractor.

How to apply

Equity access

If circumstances have interrupted or disadvantaged your access to education, RMIT offers equity access schemes that allow selection officers to give applicants extra consideration, which may improve your prospects of studying at RMIT.


Tuition fees vary according to program and are adjusted annually.

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government - if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer your tuition fees through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.


Graduates can go on to the Master of Clinical Chiropractic program in order to qualify as chiropractors.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

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Contact details

Info Corner
330 Swanston Street (cnr La Trobe Street)
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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Program Coordinator
School of Health Sciences
Building 201, Level 4, Room 23
Bundoora campus west
Tel. +61 3 9925 7376
Fax: +61 3 9925 7503

View PDF brochure for this program.


Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.