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Master of Osteopathy

Further your understanding of osteopathic treatment techniques, develop clinical problem-solving skills, and work with real patients in a programme which qualifies its graduates to apply for registration with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.

Level
9
Credits
240 (2.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February
Duration
Full-time for two years

Programme overview

This programme is only available to students who have successfully completed the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology), or have successfully completed a degree in a closely related field such as physiotherapy. If you'd like more information, please contact us.

Gain the skills to become a safe and competent osteopathic practitioner who can provide patient management and care within a multi-cultural environment.

Improve your understanding of osteopathic treatment techniques, and learn to embrace and distinguish between a variety of healthcare paradigms. Further your ability to engage in critical reflective practice, scholarly debate, and research, and learn to critically assess your own performance.

You'll also find out how to locate and integrate healthcare information for the benefit of the patient.

Highlights

  • Emphasis on clinical practice, critical thinking, and research.
  • This programme is accredited by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.
  • Work with real patients each week in Unitec's on-campus Osteopathic Clinic, under the supervision of professional osteopaths.
  • Highly qualified lecturers who are experts in their field, with many also engaged in private practice. Staff have active relationships with diverse health services, which enables the programme to reflect many of the complexities of real life.
  • Visiting industry experts and guest lecturers will give you a real feel for the career opportunities available.
  • Positive relationships with professional bodies in New Zealand and Australia, and close links with osteopathic schools in Australia and Britain.
  • Students undertake a research thesis in an area of interest, which involves one-to-one research supervision with experienced research supervisors.
  • Helps you develop a commitment to lifelong learning and personal development.

What next?

Once you've successfully completed the Master of Osteopathy, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) with a B grade average in your final year, or an Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ) recognised equivalent

2. Complete a self-declaration of criminal convictions and medical conditions form

3. Demonstrate clinical and professional aptitude

4. Consent to a Safety Check which meets the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 including:

  • Provide two forms of ID and evidence of any name changes
  • Consent to a police vet check
  • Provide the names of two referees who Unitec or your placement provider can contact
  • If required, participate in an interview
  • If required, provide a chronological summary of your work history for the past 5 years and the name of any professional organisations, licensing authorities and registration authorities that you have been or are a current member

5. If English is not your first language and you haven't completed the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) or an OCNZ recognised equivalent, you will need to have an IELTS band score of no less than 7.0 in each band test.

Don't meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission

For information, download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2019; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Patient Management and Clinical Reasoning 1 (Sem A) (HEAL8308-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enhance the student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills in evaluating relevant factors, formulating hypotheses, synthesising solutions and applying a range of psychomotor and other therapeutic skills to the management of patients and their disorders.
Patient Management Clinical Reasoning 1 (Sem B) (HEAL8308-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enhance the student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills in evaluating relevant factors, formulating hypotheses, synthesising solutions and applying a range of psychomotor and other therapeutic skills to the management of patients and their disorders.
Patient Management Clinical Reasoning 2 (Sem A) (HEAL8309-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enhance the student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills in evaluating relevant factors, formulating hypotheses, synthesising solutions and applying a range of psychomotor and other therapeutic skills to the management of patients and their disorders.
Patient Management and Clinical Reasoning 2 (Sem B) (HEAL8309-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) To enhance the student’s ability to integrate knowledge and skills in evaluating relevant factors, formulating hypotheses, synthesising solutions and applying a range of psychomotor and other therapeutic skills to the management of patients and their disorders.
Clinical Science (Sem A) (HEAL8312-SA) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) Acquire and integrate knowledge of a range of disorders and explore their clinical relevance to osteopathic practice
Clinical Science (Sem B) (HEAL8312-SB) 7.5 credits (0.063 EFTS) Acquire and integrate knowledge of a range of disorders and explore their clinical relevance to osteopathic practice
Clinical Osteopathy 1 (Sem A) (HEAL8313-SA) 22.5 credits (0.188 EFTS) Integrate and apply knowledge and skills to develop proficiency in clinical investigation and management. Gain an understanding of therapeutic principles and how they lead to the formulation and application of treatment plans. Develop critical self-reflection while taking increasing responsibility for therapeutic encounters within a carefully managed clinical environment.
Clinical Osteopathy 1 (Sem B) (HEAL8313-SB) 22.5 credits (0.188 EFTS) Integrate and apply knowledge and skills to develop proficiency in clinical investigation and management. Gain an understanding of therapeutic principles and how they lead to the formulation and application of treatment plans. Develop critical self-reflection while taking increasing responsibility for therapeutic encounters within a carefully managed clinical environment.
Clinical Osteopathy 2 (Sem A) (HEAL8314-SA) 22.5 credits (0.188 EFTS) Further integrate and apply skills to develop a high level of proficiency in clinical investigation and management. Further deepen existing understanding of therapeutic principles and their relationship to prognosis and anticipated outcomes. Refine and extend the capacity for critical self-reflection while moving towards the role of autonomous clinical practitioners within a carefully managed clinical environment.
Clinical Osteopathy 2 (Sem B) (HEAL8314-SB) 22.5 credits (0.188 EFTS) Further integrate and apply skills to develop a high level of proficiency in clinical investigation and management. Further deepen existing understanding of therapeutic principles and their relationship to prognosis and anticipated outcomes. Refine and extend the capacity for critical self-reflection while moving towards the role of autonomous clinical practitioners within a carefully managed clinical environment.

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The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.



Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirementsInfo Icon: A Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) with grade average requirements or a recognised equivalent, plus English requirements with additional information to meet requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act. Special admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

2 YearsInfo Icon

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $8,393Info Icon $16,786Info Icon
Government tuition subsidy:  $11,603Info Icon $23,207Info Icon
Total: $19,997Info Icon $39,993Info Icon

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $59,155Info Icon
Earnings range $45,299 - $79,717Info Icon
In employment 88%Info Icon
In further study 8%Info Icon
On a benefit N/AInfo Icon

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.