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Course overview

Chiropractic is a healthcare 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. This course will develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours which will enable you to deliver high levels of patient care and safety and to register with the General Chiropractic Council.

This course has General Chiropractic Council approval.

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Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Clinical Anatomy for Chiropractic Practice

You gain a foundation of functional anatomical knowledge and biomechanical principles, which underpin normal movement and the neuromusculoskeletal components of clinical chiropractic practice.

Structural anatomy of the musculoskeletal system will be introduced and related to common movement tasks and movement patterns. Clinical biomechanical principles including tissue biomechanics of ligaments tendon and fascia; arthrokinematics (joint motion) and muscle function will be presented and their impact on normal movement and function explored.

Interactive practical workshops rooted in problem-solving will introduce key themes and develop relevant practical skills. Specific theoretical underpinning will be developed through small group work; peer formative assessment tasks and self-directed study. Theoretical content will be complemented by guided by self-study resource material and use of e-learning resources e.g. Anatomy TV.

Peer and tutor feedback will be given on practical skills application during the taught sessions. Self-directed quizzes, tutor-marked short answer questions and practical skills station tasks will be utilised to help you consolidate your theoretical knowledge.

Clinical Imaging

You are introduced to the scientific theory underpinning the practice of radiography, including radiation physics, radiation protection and the theoretical aspects of producing and reviewing radiographic images of normal anatomy and the joints and spine. You explore the theoretical aspects of imaging strategies with consideration of ionising and non-ionising radiation modalities, equipment and the physical and radiation safety of all individuals in the environment, introducing the risk-benefit philosophy and principles involved in the practice of radiography.

Clinical Neuroanatomy for Chiropractic Practice

You gain a foundation of clinical neuroanatomy knowledge which underpins normal movement and the neuromusculoskeletal components of clinical chiropractic practice. Structural anatomy of the central peripheral and autonomic nervous systems will be introduced and related to normal neuromusculoskeletal function. Interactive practical workshops will be used to introduce key themes and to develop relevant practical skills. Specific theoretical underpinning will be developed through clinical problem-solving, small group work, peer formative processes and self-directed study. Theoretical content will be complemented by guided self-study resource material and use of e-learning resources.

Clinical Physiology for Chiropractic Practice

The basic processes, principles and concepts of human physiology and pathophysiology, organisation of the body and body systems relevant to clinical practice introduced and the principles underpinning maintenance of homeostasis explored. Infection, inflammation and repair processes will also be introduced with reference to clinical therapy practice. Learning activities and small group working will be utilised to encourage, promote and develop independent study skills and collaborative, active learning.

Foundations Skills for Chiropractic Practice 1

You are introduced to core clinical and professional skills which include; effective communication, working with and understanding the role of the chiropractor and other healthcare professionals. You explore professionalism, statutory requirements for practice and transition to higher education. Key information, theoretical concepts and practical skills will be introduced and developed through pre-recorded lecture materials supported by interactive practical workshops. Small group work and directed supplementary reading will be utilised and formative feedback on practical skills will be given. You undertake five practice placement days to enable you observe interaction with patients and healthcare professionals. To prepare to go out in placement you complete mandatory sessions (such as health and safety issues, risk assessment, safeguarding, conflict resolution and information governance).

Foundations Skills for Chiropractic Practice 2

This module builds upon knowledge and skills identified within the Foundation Skills for Chiropractic Practice 1 module and enables you to develop an understanding of your profession-specific role within health care. You further develop knowledge and skills and to the core clinical skills for clinical assessment and principles of basic chiropractic therapeutic interventions.

Clinical case scenarios will be used to contextualise your practical learning and facilitate the integration of theory with practice. Small group work will be utilised and formative feedback on practical skills will be given throughout the module by tutors and peer feedback will be encouraged. You consolidate and reflect upon your learning through a reflective journal. Five practice placement days enable you to gain further observational experience of the assessment and treatment that is offered to patients in healthcare practice.




 

Year 2 core modules

Chiropractic Management of the Lower Quadrant across the Lifespan

You develop knowledge understanding and skills in chiropractic manipulative and manual therapy approaches to the assessment and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions and disorders of the lower quadrant; including the lumbar spine, hip, sacro-iliac joint, foot and ankle.

You work systematically through common pathologies and management of the lumbar spine and the peripheral joints of the lower limbs. Emphasis will be placed on developing practical manual therapy assessment and treatment handling skills alongside and promoting clinical reasoning skills to enhance problem-solving skills and appraisal of evidence underpinning practice. The concepts of altered neurodynamics and muscle imbalance impacting on lower quadrant on will also be explored.

Five practice placement days enable you to gain further observational and some hands on experience of the assessment and treatment that is offered to patients in chiropractic practice.

Chiropractic Management of the Upper Quadrant across the Lifespan

You develop knowledge understanding and skills in chiropractic manipulative and manual therapy approaches to the assessment and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions and disorders of the upper quadrant; including the cervical and thoracic spine, shoulder complex, elbow, wrist and hand.

The module is structured to work systematically through common pathologies and management of the cervical and thoracic spine and the peripheral joints of the upper limbs. Emphasis will be placed on developing practical manual therapy assessment and treatment handling skills alongside and promoting clinical reasoning skills to enhance problem-solving skills and appraisal of evidence underpinning practice. The concepts of altered neurodynamics and muscle imbalance impacting on upper quadrant on will also be explored.

Five practice placement days enable you to gain further observational and some hands on experience of the assessment and treatment that is offered to patients in chiropractic practice.

Clinical Neurology for Chiropractic Practice

You build on the knowledge developed in the Neuroanatomy for Chiropractic Practice module, and examine neurological impairment and dysfunction. You will contribute to subjective and objective chiropractic neurological assessment and subsequent management.

Weekly interactive seminars will develop critical knowledge of clinical skills in relation to the therapeutic management of neurological conditions. Formative feedback from peers and tutors will run throughout the module providing an opportunity for you to reflect and receive constructive feedback.

Evidence-based Concepts for Contemporary Chiropractic Practice

This module will introduce the differing research approaches and methodologies underpinning the evidence supporting practice and practice development. You gain an overview of qualitative and quantitative research methods and facilitate the development of skills in interpretation of data and basic critical analysis of individual research studies. You explore how evaluation and integration of relevant scientific and clinical evidence enhances application of evidence-based practice to treatment and management rationales in chiropractic practice.

Health Wellbeing and Lifestyle Issues in Chiropractic Practice

You develop knowledge and understanding of health, wellbeing, and lifestyle issues for patient-centred chiropractic practice. You also develop knowledge and understanding of biopsychosocial and behavioural science theories which underpin and contribute to the health and wellbeing of the individual. You explore shared decision-making, client education and lifestyle changes to health and health initiatives across the lifespan continuum.

The module considers the role of chiropractic practice within multidisciplinary approaches to health and wellbeing initiatives and lifestyle choices. You develop an understanding of the individual person and their lived experience to enable their unique needs, preferences and values to be respected and autonomy and independence to be facilitated. Service users, carers and practitioners will contribute where appropriate to add the lived experience to the theoretical underpinning.

You will be challenged to look beyond a medicalised approach to health and to explore the multifactorial issues impacting on health including psychosocial, sociocultural and environmental factors.

Pathology for Chiropractic Practice

You develop knowledge of pathology and explore clinical reasoning required for diagnostics and therapeutics. The module explores pathology principles to support clinical assessment and differential diagnostic analysis and will focus on disease processes at cellular, tissue, organ and multi-system levels, this will enhance chiropractors understanding of disease processes. It also explores pathology and key mechanisms of disease offering the scientific knowledge a chiropractor needs to refine diagnosis and to make treatment decisions.

 

Year 3 core modules

Chiropractic Case Management in Special Populations

You enhance clinical skills and expand on clinical reasoning skills and abilities in specialist populations with specific focus on paediatric management and chiropractic in sport injury management. You build on the assessment, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation skills developed through the earlier modules to develop and justify your management approaches. Specific clinical conditions will be discussed and patient management strategies considered. Current evidence underpinning the principles of condition-specific therapeutic treatment approaches and protocols will be explored. You evaluate the challenges of implementing an evidence-based approach to chiropractic practice.

Complex Case Management in Chiropractic Practice

You enhance clinical skills and expand on clinical reasoning skills and abilities, and build on the assessment, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation skills developed through the earlier modules to develop management approaches to clients with problems of increasing complexity. Complex clinical conditions will be discussed and patient management strategies considered. Current evidence underpinning the principles of condition specific therapeutic treatment approaches and protocols will be explored. You evaluate the challenges of implementing an evidence-based approach to chiropractic practice. The module will draw on your ability to retrieve and synthesise material previously learned in the course and integrate it with new information, knowledge and skills.

Current Approaches to Pain Management

The contemporary understanding of pain science and current approaches to pain assessment and management are introduced in this module. You cover principles of pain assessment and management in chiropractic practice from a holistic perspective by exploring the meaning and consequences of pain to the individual (the psychological, social, physical and spiritual dimensions of pain) and its impact on patients and their families.

Designing Research Projects in Chiropractic Practice

You gain the necessary knowledge and skills to design and manage a primary or secondary research that is relevant to chiropractic practice. You develop skills in project design and management; primary and secondary research methods. You also cover research governance and ethics to prepare you for applying for ethical approval/release.

Functional Movement and Exercise in Chiropractic Practice

You build on the clinical management approaches available to chiropractors in the holistic management of movement and movement dysfunction. You explore the current approaches in the design and prescription of functional movement activities and exercise for the maintenance and improvement of function and health. The physiological effects of exercise on the main body will be considered in relation to exercise prescription in the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction as a result of disease, trauma and overuse disuse.

Leading and Managing in Chiropractic Practice

This module will assist you to lead and manage within post-qualifying contemporary health care practice. You consider the current challenges and drivers within contemporary chiropractic practice, issues associated with leadership, business and practice management and explore the behaviours and skills that enable effective service delivery and inter-professional working.

The module will use a masterclass approach related to business and practice management skills. Through online and directed learning you explore the contemporary drivers and challenges facing the chiropractic profession. You analyse leadership and quality improvement skills and behaviours that enable high quality, continually improving practice, thus enhancing the reputation of the profession.



 

Final-year core modules

Final Project for Chiropractic Studies

This module runs over two semesters and is your opportunity to carry out a piece of research and complete a research paper. You are also required to defend your area of research through an oral defence of a poster. You demonstrate advanced capabilities in retrieving, critically appraising and developing knowledge and understanding in a topic related to your area of practice. You develop skills in the consideration of ethical issues pertaining to your research and facilitate demonstration of advanced skills in presentation of research.

Leading and Managing in Chiropractic Practice

This module will assist you to lead and manage within post-qualifying contemporary health care practice. You consider the current challenges and drivers within contemporary chiropractic practice, issues associated with leadership, business and practice management and explore the behaviours and skills that enable effective service delivery and inter-professional working.

The module will use a masterclass approach related to business and practice management skills. Through online and directed learning you explore the contemporary drivers and challenges facing the chiropractic profession. You analyse leadership and quality improvement skills and behaviours that enable high quality, continually improving practice, thus enhancing the reputation of the profession.



Major Project for Chiropractic Studies

This module runs over two semesters and is your opportunity to carry out a piece of research and complete a research paper. You are also required to defend your area of research through an oral defence of a poster. You demonstrate advanced capabilities in retrieving, critically appraising and developing knowledge and understanding in a topic related to your area of practice. You develop skills in the consideration of ethical issues pertaining to your research and facilitate demonstration of advanced skills in presentation of research.

Professional Chiropractic Practice

You consolidate and develop your clinical reasoning and practical skills in the skills laboratory and in a practice environment. The module offers and new educational challenges as you encounter patients across the lifespan, with a range of health care problems within the University's in-house Chiropractic Clinic. Masterclasses led by external experts in the field will be used to add richness to the your final year experience. You will be partners in the design of the module content and will be asked to decide on the topic areas covered in the masterclasses.

 

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You are expected to have:
• recent Level 3 academic study within the last three years.
• a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English language, maths and science. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number can be accepted in place of English and maths GCSE. Please note these are not required if you are doing an Access course – however, you must have English and maths as listed below.*

Plus any of the following qualifications:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
128 points from three A levels including 40 points from a science or social science subject, excluding general studies or critical thinking. If you are studying an Advanced Double Award (ADA) you need 88 points from a combination of ADA and one additional A level (40 points must be from a science or social science subject) excluding general studies or critical thinking.

AS Level
These are only acceptable when combined with other qualifications but must be at least a grade B (16 points) and must be studied concurrently with other qualifications.

Access course
A pass in a QAA-recognised Access course in a science or health subject including 27 Level 3 credits at distinction and the remainder at merit with a minimum of 125 points.
*We can accept Level 2 Access units in communication and maths in place of English and maths GCSEs.

BTEC QCF Extended Diploma
144 points (DDD) in a science or health-related subject. Sport (performance and excellence), sport and exercise science, sport coaching and fitness, and sport subjects are acceptable.

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
144 points (A) in health and social care.

Irish Leaving Certificate
128 points from five Highers/Honours subjects including 24 points from a science or social science subject.

NVQ
Not acceptable.

Open University
Level 2 modules in biology, science, social science or health are acceptable as evidence of recent study if all other academic requirements have been met.

Scottish Highers
128 points from five Highers including 27 points in a science or social science subject.

Advanced Scottish Highers
128 points from three Advanced Highers including 48 points in a science or social science subject.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Employability

Work placement

Across the four years, placement hours are built into specific modules. In Year 1 you will be offered observational placement in a chiropractic setting and in a range of non-chiropractic settings, where you will work alongside chiropractors and other health care professionals. During this placement you will focus on the development of your professional skills, demonstrating the importance of confidentiality, consent, record keeping and other ethical practice. You will develop your communication skills through your interaction with health professionals and patients. In Year 2 you will work with a chiropractor across the year and will develop your objective and assessment skills. In practice you will observe initially but then will be expected to undertake a patient assessment.

In Year 3 you will be exposed to more practice hours and will continue to demonstrate your professional and assessment skills but will also be expected to offer a differential diagnosis and plan care for patients. At the end of Semester 1, you will have completed an assessment and will be signed off as safe to begin to commence treatments under the supervision of a chiropractor whilst working in the onsite chiropractic clinic in Semester 2. Across Year 1 to 3, you will work in more than one chiropractic practice under the supervision of a registered chiropractor. This will ensure that you gain exposure to chiropractors who may have differing philosophies and/or approaches. For the second and third semester you will undertake all clinical work in the onsite chiropractic clinic.

In Year 4, you will be expected to work two days a week in the onsite chiropractic clinic. Under the supervision of a clinical tutor, you will manage a patient caseload and undertake the first visit assessment, provide a differential diagnosis, implement a plan of care and evaluate the patient’s progression and discharge. Over the last semester of Year 3 and during Year 4, you will see 40 new patient cases.

Practice placements across years 1 to 3 will take place across the North East of England. You will be expected to travel independently to these placement sites and you cover your own cost of travel. You will be provided with a uniform.

 

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Full-time

Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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£13,000 a year

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