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Monday, September 25th, 2017

Be part of the most established chiropractic program in Australia

Chiropractors have the privilege of being able to positively impact people’s lives through the provision of natural and non-invasive healthcare methods. They have a deep understanding of the body’s structures and how each interacts to affect our health. Using spinal adjustments, manipulation and other physical means to improve neuromusculoskeletal function, chiropractors can help us live healthy and active lives.

Be part of the most established chiropractic program in Australia

Find out more about studying chiropractic science (Image credit: Macquarie University)

The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science degree at Macquarie University is the longest-running in Australia, and will prepare you for a rewarding career in one of the largest primary health professions. When you combine it with the Master of Chiropractic, you’ll be equipped to work in private practice, chiropractic sports medicine, allied health areas, health insurance assessment, medico-legal advising, work health and safety, rehabilitation and research.

Key Features of the Degree

  • This course offers training in a wide range of diagnostic and chiropractic manipulative skills in the context of anatomical, physiological and biomedical sciences.
  • It provides the prerequisite academic background to enable you to apply for entry into the Master of Chiropractic, which is required for professional registration.
  • The Macquarie Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Master of Chiropractic were the first professional chiropractic degrees to be offered by a public university in the world.
  • You’ll learn how to use a range of diagnostic tools, including patient interviews, physical examination and X-rays.
  • Clinical placements form part of the degree, both in university teaching clinics and in structured visits to other facilities.
  • You’ll have access to our world-class anatomy labs.

Bachelor of Chiropractic Science

Program: Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Applications close when the program is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements

High school diploma with a minimum of 65% average or higher.

Grade 12 Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics are recommended studies for chiropractic units although introductory units and bridging courses are available for students without this background. Students without Grade 12 Chemistry or Chemistry below Grade 12 will be required to take at least one additional unit at first-year level which will enable them to acquire the above recommended knowledge. Other units taken as part of a degree may require assumed knowledge, prerequisites or recommended studies.

Apply to the Macquarie University Chiropractic School!

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Find out how you can study the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science at Macquarie University! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Chiropractic Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at 1-866-698-7355 or heather@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Macquarie University offers a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science

Did you know that Macquarie University is the oldest university-based chiropractic department in Australia?

Macquarie’s Bachelor of Chiropractic Science offers students the opportunity to attain knowledge and develop a broad range of skills in the health science domain. This three-year, full-time degree program comprises the first stage of training required for professional chiropractic practice and 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.

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 three 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.

Macquarie University offers a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science

Find out how you can study chiropractic science (Image: Macquarie University)

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. Macquarie 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.

Bachelor of Chiropractic Science

Program: Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Applications close when the program is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

High school diploma with a minimum of 65% average or higher.

Grade 12 Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics are recommended studies for chiropractic units although introductory units and bridging courses are available for students without this background. Students without Grade 12 Chemistry or Chemistry below Grade 12 will be required to take at least one additional unit at first-year level which will enable them to acquire the above recommended knowledge. Other units taken as part of a degree may require assumed knowledge, prerequisites or recommended studies.

Apply to the Macquarie University Chiropractic School!

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Learn more about the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science at Macquarie University! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Chiropractic Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Australian rehabilitation sciences degrees: are you eligible to apply?

If you’re considering applying to a rehabilitation sciences degree at an Australian university, you know there can be a few items on your “how to apply” checklist that need attention. This is where OzTREKK comes in.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh specializes in programs like physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, chiropractic science and audiology, and she knows the ins and outs of the specific assessment criteria required by each university. Here are some of Krista’s tips about getting yourself prepared when you’re ready to apply!

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

If you are considering starting an application for one of our programs in rehabilitation sciences, first you will need to find out if you are eligible.

Australian rehabilitation sciences degrees: are you eligible to apply?

Find out how you can study physiotherapy (Photo: University of Melbourne)

In order to determine this, you will need to find out two main things:

  • Have you taken the necessary courses to meet the program prerequisites?
  • Is your cumulative GPA (cGPA) competitive?

If you are unsure of this, I can generally let you know after taking a quick glance at your transcript.

Proving that you know your stuff

Please keep in mind that our universities will typically first screen based only on whether or not you have taken the courses to meet their prerequisites. Some schools have a form to fill out to highlight what you have taken for the admissions team, and most schools require you to send detailed course outlines for each subject.

If your application does not include a biomechanics course outline (as an example), they will not know that you’ve taken it. Furthermore, if they feel that your course outlines don’t meet their standard (i.e., they lack detail), your application’s assessment will stop and you will receive an unsuccessful outcome.

Admissions will not go into your transcripts for a GPA calculation until they have determined you’ve covered the material they require.

Which transcript are they looking at?

In order to calculate your cGPA, our universities will only be looking at the transcript from your most recently completed degree. If you have taken courses that are not part of that degree, they will not be calculated in that assessment; however, in order to see a full picture of your academic background, you are required to mail us all transcripts from any previous university or college studies.

Krista’s tips for a competitive application

Apply Early – Ideally,  you will need to have all of your documents sent to me no later than a week before the deadline. The more time I have to review your documents, the more time there is for feedback. There have been a number of students who have submitted their documents on deadline day who were unsuccessful because there were problems with their documents. Keep in mind that I receive a flood of emails and documents right before the deadline and that makes it difficult for me to review everything for you properly.

Include Course Outlines (Syllabi) as soon as possible – if the program that you apply to requires you to submit course outlines. This is in fact a requirement, and not a request.

  • Please ensure that your course outlines are detailed with information about what was taught in the course. This will often appear in a lecture schedule or list of topics.
  • Textbook, faculty information, and course dates are also important! Please take a look through your course outlines to ensure that they contain relevant detail before sending them to me.
  • If you don’t have your course outlines on hand, please contact the faculty under which you took the courses to request them.
  • Ensure that your course outlines are within 2 years of when you took the course. (For example, if you took a course in 2012, the outline must come from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 or 2014. Please do not send me one from 2009 or 2015 as those are outside of the 2 years.)
  • When possible, please email the course outlines. Hard copies can delay the processing of your application.

Find out more about studying rehabilitation sciences at an Australian university

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Do you have questions about choosing the right rehabilitation sciences degree for you? Please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information about your study options!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Australia is world-renowned for its leading-edge rehabilitation sciences research and practice, and Canadians enjoy learning from Australian academics who are world leaders in their fields.

If you’re curious about studying rehab sciences in Australia, don’t miss the upcoming OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions. Enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to speak with Australian uni representatives and alumni to learn more about how you can study in Australia and practice in Canada!

OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Don't miss the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions

Join us! Don’t forget to RSVP

Simon Fraser University
Date: January 31, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Blusson Hall, Room 9655

Western University
Date: February 9, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: UCC, Room 210

Don’t forget to RSVP for the OzTREKK Rehabilitation Sciences Information Sessions.

What about admissions?

This is where OzTREKK comes in. OzTREKK’s Australian Rehab Sciences Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh will outline each program and its prerequisites. Discover more about your program entry requirements, practicals, and about how you can take your degree home to practice in Canada. Krista can answer your questions!

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Are you curious about studying rehabilitation sciences in Australia? Not sure where to start? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com for more information!

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Learning and teaching methods within the Master of Chiropractic

Students undertaking the Master of Chiropractic degree at Macquarie University will find their learning and development facilitated by a number of different teaching methods.

The variety of teaching methods are intended to meet the various learning styles students have, and in this way enable them to master the requirements of this discipline. The acquisition of knowledge and skills is discipline specific and is determined by the independent accrediting body, the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA).

Learning and teaching methods within the Master of Chiropractic

Macquarie chiropractic students (Image: Macquarie University)

The content in the Master of Chiropractic builds upon the framework that is developed in prior undergraduate studies. Lectures, tutorials and practical sessions are used to help students gain the clinical knowledge and high-level technical-skills necessary for a chiropractic practitioner. These are further enhanced through readings and online presentations. There is an emphasis on case-based scenarios which prepare students for real life clinical encounters. Equal importance is given to the theoretical and practical components in the course so that students may become proficient at operating in a clinical environment.

A large component of the final year, and a culmination of much of what students have learned in the program, is the clinical internship. Final-year students will serve as a chiropractic intern at one of the three Macquarie University Chiropractic Outpatient Clinics and Research centres. The structure of this internship is designed to hone clinical capacity in a safe and fully supervised clinical environment. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with, diagnose, and formulate management plans for the patients. Clinical placements are also arranged so that students will be exposed to a variety of patient profiles and healthcare settings. Students are encouraged to co-manage patients with other healthcare professionals, which will foster interpersonal and professional communication skills.

In order to develop an evidence-based approach to the profession, there is an emphasis on research methodology and research development, culminating in a fifth-year research project. Exposure to the appraisal of research papers throughout this program develops the skills necessary for students to comprehend and appraise clinical research and incorporate this into  clinical practice.

Macquarie University Master of Chiropractic

Program: Master of Chiropractic
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 – 3 years (dependent upon candidate’s background)
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Applications close when the program is filled. The sooner you apply the better.

Apply to the Macquarie Master of Chiropractic!

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Learn more about studying at Macquarie Chiropractic School. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Chiropractic Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Rehabilitation sciences career options? Come to the Western University Health Sciences fair!

OzTREKK at Western University’s Health Sciences Fair

Rehabilitation sciences career options? Come to the Western University Heath Sciences fair!

Meet Rehab Sciences Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at the upcoming Western Health Sciences career fair!

Do you attend Western University? Are you interested in audiology, occupational therapy, chiropractic science, physiotherapy, or speech pathology?

You can meet OzTREKK at Western University on Wednesday, Nov. 9 and speak with OzTREKK Director Jaime Notman and Australian Rehabilitation Sciences Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh to explore your options!

This will be a great opportunity for you to find out about

  • Australian universities that offer rehab sciences;
  • admissions requirements;
  • accreditation process—so you can take your degree home;
  • when and how to apply;
  • and much more!

Western University Career Directions Fair
Date: Nov. 9, 2016
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Great Hall, Somerville House

OzTREKK Information session: 5:30 p.m.

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To find out more about this career fair and about rehabilitation science degrees in Australia, please contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

How are Macquarie Bachelor of Chiropractic Science students assessed?

The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science at Macquarie University is a three-year, full-time degree program, which covers a range of chiropractic diagnostic and manipulative skills on a background of anatomical, physiological and biomedical science studies. It is a prescribed program which provides a strong scientific foundation and includes units in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, histology and pathology.

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.

How are Macquarie Bachelor of Chiropractic Science students assessed?

Study chiropractic science at Macquarie (Image: Macquarie University)

Graduates will have attained a wide variety of skills based on Macquarie’s assessment process. There are two major assessment processes: formative assessment and summative assessment.

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:

1. they facilitate your learning; and
2. 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 written and practical examinations are one type of summative assessment that the chiropractic department uses.

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.

Feedback is a fundamental part of the assessment process, 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 staff 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.

Bachelor of Chiropractic

The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science is a three-year, full-time degree program, which covers a range of chiropractic diagnostic and manipulative skills on a background of anatomical, physiological and biomedical science studies. It is a prescribed program which provides a strong scientific foundation and includes units in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, histology and pathology.

Program: Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Entry requirements: High school diploma with a minimum of 65% average or higher.

Grade 12 Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics are recommended studies for Chiropractic units although introductory units and bridging courses are available for students without this background. Students without Grade 12 Chemistry or Chemistry below Grade 12 will be required to take at least one additional unit at first-year level which will enable them to acquire the above recommended knowledge. Other units taken as part of a degree may require assumed knowledge, prerequisites or recommended studies.

Apply to the Macquarie University Chiropractic School!

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Find out more about studying chiropractic science at Macquarie University! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Chiropractic Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Macquarie chiropractic graduate practicing in Canada

Here’s a story from an Australian university graduate who agrees with us wholeheartedly about the value of international study. He is living proof that you can study in Australia, and practice in Canada!

Meet Dr Ryan Coster, a licensed chiropractor working in New Brunswick. Dr Coster chose to pursue his chiropractic degree at Macquarie in New South Wales. His praise of the university, its world-class chiropractic education, and his success of coming back to Canada to practice is encouraging for future students considering studying in Australia. Here is his story:

Macquarie chiropractic graduate practicing in Canada

Macquarie chiropractic graduate Dr Ryan Coster, DC MChir BSc BSBA

When deciding to pursue a career in chiropractic, there were many decisions to be made regarding which university to attend. In the end, I decided to accept an international student position at Macquarie University’s Department of Chiropractic, where I would spend four years attaining a postgraduate chiropractic degree.

The main reason I chose to study at Macquarie University, besides for the amazing international experience, was because studying at a publicly funded university with access to world-class cadaver dissection labs was of utmost importance. I wanted to be trained at the highest possible level regarding anatomy training and coursework. The program was fabulous, staffed with experienced clinicians and knowledgeable professors. Facilities were state-of-the-art and housed new equipment for proper training. The entire experience was extremely positive and I highly recommend the program.

If you intend to return to Canada after graduation, you must write and pass the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board exams to obtain licensure in any Canadian province to practice chiropractic. My advice is to write Parts A and B as quickly as possible, while still studying as a student, then Part C once returning to Canada. This way avoids unnecessary wait times and procrastination for registration in Canada. Once you pass the board exams, you can then obtain your chiropractic license and insurance in any Canadian province or territory.

At this time, I am now practicing full time in New Brunswick and often find myself reflecting on the positive student experience I had at Macquarie University. Anyone fortunate enough to study at this fabulous institution will not only receive an excellent education, but also an amazing cultural experience of living in Australia.

Macquarie University Chiropractic Degrees

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 other institutions. Students undertake 12 months of clinical practice at one of the university’s three chiropractic clinics prior to graduation.

Bachelor of Chiropractic

Program: Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. The sooner you apply the better.

Master of Chiropractic

Program: Master of Chiropractic
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 – 3 years (dependent upon candidate’s background)
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. The sooner you apply the better.

Apply to the Macquarie University Chiropractic School!

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Would you like more information about Macquarie Chiropractic School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Chiropractic Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Macquarie chiropractic student balances study, work and fun

Like Canada, few post-secondary institutions in Australia offer chiropractic programs. Macquarie University is the only OzTREKK university that offers a program in this area. The Macquarie Bachelor of Chiropractic Science—the longest-running in Australia—will prepare students for a rewarding career in one of the largest primary health professions. When combined with the Master of Chiropractic, graduates will be equipped to work in private practice, chiropractic sports-medicine, allied health areas, health insurance assessment, medico-legal advising, work health and safety, rehabilitation and research.

Former OzTREKK student Kevin Fong began his Australian education journey in 2013 when he decided to undertake the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science at Macquarie University. He is now in his first year of the Master of Chiropractic program. This is his story!

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Bachelor of Chiropractic Science graduate, Kevin Fong!

Why did you choose to study chiropractic, and why did you choose to study in Australia?

I was first introduced to chiropractic by my uncle who now practices in Indonesia. While I was doing my first degree, I also played Ultimate Frisbee where I was injured quite often. I tried many different types of treatment but eventually found that chiropractic treatments worked the best for me. I was fortunate enough to be offered a job working for a chiropractor and was able to learn more about the profession. I loved the idea of being able to be actively part of a patient’s recovery without resorting to medication. I decided to pursue chiropractic studies.

I chose Macquarie University in Australia because it is a great country to visit and explore. My parents brought me to Australia many times when I was young as we have family here. Also, Australia was able to offer me the lifestyle and travel opportunities that other programs in Canada and the States did not. Spending time with family over here is also a great plus.

Are you enjoying the program?

I am loving my program, but I would be lying if I didn’t say it has become quite a challenge, especially in the Master’s program. The Bachelor’s program is a great way to build a solid foundation of scientific knowledge. One surprise was that at the very beginning, we went straight into “hands on” practical learning. It is a very sharp learning curve at first and can really shock you if unprepared. Having said that, if you love to learn, then you’re in for a treat. Another surprise was that by second semester, we were at the hospital labs working with cadavers to learn anatomy. Nothing is particularly easy, but if you are interested in what you are doing, then it never seems hard, but rather enjoyable.

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Enjoying the scenery at Bundeena Wedding Cake Rock, south of Sydney

One of the challenges that I have had to face is finding a good balance of study, work and fun. For myself, studying has always been the priority because that is what I am here to do. The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science is not an easy program but if you are focused, there is no reason why you cannot make it through. So while I have focused on class, I have still managed my share of fun.

How would you describe the facilities?

Macquarie is a large university and I can say that I don’t even know all of the buildings on campus. Some of the buildings are a bit old though and some lecture theaters could use a renovation as desks and chairs are needing repair; however, buildings are being upgraded and gets better each year. Finding study space on campus is quite a challenge as space or power points are limited. The campus hub offers a large selection of food and if the options don’t suit you, Macquarie Food Court is a short walk. The campus has a gym, hospital and the campus bar, which makes the only thing you might really need to do off campus is grocery shop. On a nice day, enjoying the campus bar on the upper patio overlooking the lake is the best, especially after final exams.

What are you enjoying most about your time in Australia?

Probably the lifestyle that I’ve managed to maintain and the friends that I’ve made. There are always new mountain trails to hike, like the Blue Mountains, or other wineries to try, such as the Hunter valley. Most are reachable by train or by finding a Groupon deal for great prices. Flights are unbelievably cheap in Australia and you can almost go anywhere for $150–$200 round trip if you time it right. If I’m ever homesick, there are plenty of Canadians studying here, too, all the while working and studying the profession of my choice. I also manage to sneak in playing Ultimate Frisbee when I can and have even managed to play in the Australian Uni Games. And of course, having family here that I don’t see nearly enough makes Australia pretty great.

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Kevin’s Ultimate Frisbee team competed at the Australian University Games in 2014

“Nothing is particularly easy, but if you are interested in what you are doing, then it never seems hard, but rather enjoyable.”

How did you find accommodation?

When I first got here it was a nightmare. I have family here and so for the first while I stayed with them. Getting accommodation after that was a challenge. I was used to paying about $600 per month in Canada and that’s with all your utilities, internet and some furniture in a basement suite. That wasn’t the case here and the prices are all listed in per week rather than monthly. I originally lived in Carlingford ($130 per week), which turned sour when I realized it took over 40 minutes to bus even though it was a 15-minute drive to the university.

Since then I’ve moved from Epping, to Marsfield, to Epping again. I paid approximately $180 per week when I was renting from someone with everything included, but now pay $190 plus utilities per week because I rent with friends. Utilities are about $30 per month paid quarterly if you don’t go overboard and then another $45 for internet split between my roommates.

A month of living here can be about $765 if you’re interested in saving. This compared to the approximate $1100 if you live at the university housing. There are sacrifices, such as distance—it takes me 20 minutes to get to campus, and the social life. You can bring rent down dramatically if you’re willing to commute, but when you have an 8 a.m. class almost every day, location matters. If you’re looking for accommodations off campus, consider looking at Gumtree.

How can future students better prepare for moving to/studying in Australia?

Take advantage of all the services offered to you as an international student. OzTREKK makes the application process unbelievably easy and once you’re in Australia, utilize the international services as they know exactly how you’re feeling and can help sort out any administrative problems. Other than that, connecting with other international students who are studying in Australia as they are in the same boat you are in and should be able to help you with studying.

Make sure you make the most of your time. My program is five years in total and I can’t believe how fast it has gone by so far and there’s still tons I want to do!

Bachelor of Chiropractic

Program: Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. The sooner you apply the better.

Master of Chiropractic

Program: Master of Chiropractic
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 – 3 years (dependent upon candidate’s background)
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. The sooner you apply the better.

Apply to the Macquarie University Chiropractic School!

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Would you like more information about Macquarie Chiropractic School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Chiropractic Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Gaining professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada

Like Canada, few post-secondary institutions in Australia offer chiropractic programs. Macquarie University is the only OzTREKK university that offers a program in this area.

The Master of Chiropractic degree offered at the Macquarie Chiropractic School is comparable to Doctor of Chiropractic programs at chiropractic schools in Canada and in the United States.

Macquarie University Chiropractic School

Study chiropractic science at Macquarie University

Located in Sydney, New South Wales, Macquarie University offers a professional chiropractic program that attracts a number of Canadian students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a related field.

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 University’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 three Macquarie Chiropractic Clinics prior to graduation.

Graduates of the university’s Master of Chiropractic degree are recognized internationally. Canadian students who wish to practice as a chiropractor upon their return to Canada should visit the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board’s website for accreditation information: http://www.cceb.ca. Graduates will be eligible to write the Board’s licensing exam, which is required in order to be granted a licence to practice in Canada.

Bachelor of Chiropractic

The Bachelor of Chiropractic Science is a three-year, full-time degree program, which covers a range of chiropractic diagnostic and manipulative skills on a background of anatomical, physiological and biomedical science studies. It is a prescribed program which provides a strong scientific foundation and includes units in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, histology and pathology.

Program: Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Rolling admissions. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

High school diploma with a minimum of 65% average or higher.

Grade 12 Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics are recommended studies for Chiropractic units although introductory units and bridging courses are available for students without this background. Students without Grade 12 Chemistry or Chemistry below Grade 12 will be required to take at least one additional unit at first-year level which will enable them to acquire the above recommended knowledge. Other units taken as part of a degree may require assumed knowledge, prerequisites or recommended studies.

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Find out more about studying chiropractic science at Macquarie! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Chiropractic Schools Admissions Officer Krista McVeigh at krista@oztrekk.com.