2 years
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 29,699
NZD 44,500
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

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 to the benefit of the patient. Highlights include:

  • Emphasis on clinical practice, critical thinking and research.
  • Programme accredited by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.
  • The only programme in New Zealand that allows graduates to apply for registration with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand, and to enter practice as an osteopath.
  • 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.
  • Guest lecturers from other healthcare disciplines.
  • 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.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    • Completion of one of the following qualifications:
      • NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
      • Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
    • Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher  under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
    • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.