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The Master of Chiropractic degree granted by Macquarie University is the only graduate chiropractic program offered in Australia. It’s been accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA), a member of the Councils on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI), making it recognized by the Canadian Chiropractic Examination Board (CCEB) for the purposes of seeking to practice chiropractic in Canada.
Students wishing to gain qualifications leading to professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada must undertake a recognized 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 more than five years and are equivalent to the Doctor of Chiropractic offered at other institutions; therefore, 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. Students undertake 12 months of clinical practice at one of the university’s three chiropractic clinics prior to graduation.
Practicing in Canada
Step #1 Complete Education
Complete a graduate chiropractic program at least 4,500 hours in length approved by a CCEI member council to be considered equivalent to a Doctor of Chiropractic degree
Step #2 Canadian Chiropractic Examination Board (CCEB) Certificate
Obtain a CCEB Certificate by completing the following three exams:
- Component A – Chiropractic Knowledge
- Component B – Clinical Decision Making
- Component C – Clinical Skills Demonstration
Students typically complete the first two components in Sydney prior to graduation, and the third is taken once you’re back in Canada.
Step #3 Provincial Registration
Provide your CCEB Certificate to the regulatory board for the province you intend to practice to become licensed:
- Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors
- College of Chiropractors of British Columbia
- Manitoba Chiropractors’ Association
- New Brunswick Chiropractors’ Association
- Newfoundland and Labrador Chiropractic Board
- Board of the Nova Scotia College of Chiropractors
- College of Chiropractors of Ontario
- Prince Edward Island Chiropractic Association
- Ordre Des Chiropracticiens Du Quebec
- Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan
- Yukon Chiropractic Registry
How does OzTREKK know if my application will be competitive?
The majority of Canadians applying to full-degree programs in Australia (i.e., not study abroad courses, which usually only last a semester or two) apply through OzTREKK. They’re studying medicine, dentistry, law, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc.
Since they’re using OzTREKK’s services, this gives us a good idea of the starting point of a competitive application each year, allowing our admissions officers to help you determine which universities/programs are most likely to present you with a letter of offer!
You can get started on determining your chances by reviewing the admissions requirements on each program page. Then, visit our GPA Conversions and Eligibility pages for details and suggestions to help you get into the program of your dreams. Of course, OzTREKK is always here to help if you have questions.
What is a 5.0 GPA in Australia?
Unlike in Canada, GPAs in Australia are simple. They are standardized, so they mean the same thing to everyone.
In Australia, a 5.0 / 7.0 would roughly translate to a 2.7 / 4.0 or approximately 70% – 72%, but keep in mind all universities assess slightly differently.
Learn more on our GPA Conversions page where we list the most common Canadian GPA scales to their corresponding Australian GPA grade.
Which prerequisites do I need?
Prerequisite courses vary by university and by program. We’ve listed university- and program-specific requirements on each program’s page under “Admissions Requirements.”
What are official transcripts, and how do I send them?
Currently, our Australian universities require original transcripts in order to assess your application—certified by OzTREKK, which means we have to put our stamp on paper. Literally.
Usually, students order transcripts from their high school, college and/or university and have them mailed to our office. Alternatively, you can pick up your transcripts and mail them to OzTREKK, as long as they remain in their original, sealed envelopes.
You will need to submit final transcripts (showing your degree/diploma is completed) from every institution you have attended. We only require one copy of each transcript, even if you apply to multiple universities or programs.
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Alternatively, your high school, college and/or university can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Try sending your documents via FedEx and Purolator, especially when you need your documents to arrive at our office ASAP. If you use Canada Post’s courier Xpresspost, please don’t request a signature, as this can add unexpected delays!
As soon as your transcript arrives, we’ll let you know!
What’s the difference between a Bachelor / Master / Doctor of Chiropractic?
Students who are graduating from high school or with some college/university studies can apply to the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science as a pathway into the Master of Chiropractic. Students who complete the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science pathway are granted credit and can complete the Master of Chiropractic program in 2 years.
Macquarie’s Master of Chiropractic degree is comparable to Doctor of Chiropractic programs in Canada and in the United States. The added bonus for Canadian students is the transferability of the Australian Master of Chiropractic degree for those who wish to return home to practice in Canada.
Additionally, Macquarie University has competitive international student tuition fees in comparison to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College’s program fees.
What is the application deadline?
Applications are assessed on a rolling-admissions basis (first come, first served). Most OzTREKK students begin their applications in the spring for the following February start date.
What are the average marks for entry into the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science?
You must have a high school high school diploma with Grade 12 English and a minimum GPA of 75% to be competitive. The following subjects are recommended: mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics at the high school level.
Most eligible candidates have an overall average of approximately 75% or higher. Keep in mind entry is competitive and meeting minimum GPA requirements do not guarantee entry.
Your degree is more than 10 years old
Macquarie University will only accept applications for the Master of Chiropractic from students who have studied within the last 10 years. They have found that those students who are even nearing the 10-year mark since previous studies find it more difficult to assimilate back into full-time study and refresh the foundational material independently and simultaneously.
1. Apply to the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science
If your studies are close to or older than 10 years, Macquarie University recommends you apply to the 5-year Bachelor of Chiropractic Science pathway to Master of Chiropractic program. Students who complete the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science pathway are granted credit and can complete the Master of Chiropractic program in 2 years.
You don’t meet the required chiropractic prerequisites
Macquarie University’s Master of Chiropractic program requires candidates to have completed specific undergraduate subjects.
1. Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s)
Macquarie University will let students take non-award courses to make up the prerequisites they are missing. This means you can submit your application with your interim transcript and proof of enrollment in the prerequisite course. Before enrolling in any prerequisite course, we advise checking with either your admissions officer or the university to make sure the course will satisfy the prerequisite.
If you haven’t completed the prerequisite course by the time offers are issued, the university may issue a conditional offer.
Where can I practice as a graduate of Macquarie’s chiropractic degree?
Graduates of the Macquarie University Master of Chiropractic program can become accredited in Australasia, North America, and Europe upon completing the requisite board exams. Watch a webinar about studying chiropractic.
What are course outlines and how should I submit them to OzTREKK?
A course outline includes all the necessary information about a university course. It will include the course title, the year, the learning goals, the professor’s contact information, reading materials and most important, a weekly learning schedule. This will help the universities to see what you studied on a week-to-week basis and assess if you have covered the material they expect you to know.
- Year and semester date
- Faculty contact information
- Course description
- Hours of study
- Textbook information
- Detailed list of topics that are covered in the course; usually found in a detailed lecture schedule or list of chapter readings
Please note, one-paragraph course descriptions will not suffice. The university would like to see course outlines like those handed out at the beginning of the semester, which outline all topics covered within the course. If you do not have copies of these on hand, contact the faculty from which you undertook these courses, as they usually have copies on file.
These course outlines must be attached to the email in PDF format (do not send PDF links) and labelled in the following manner:
CAPS 391 Human Anatomy I UBC F2015 (COURSE CODE)(Name of Course)(University)(Semester & Year)
When you do this, it helps us be more efficient and move your application(s) at lightning speed.
What if my transcripts / documents are not in English?
If your documents are not in English, you must provide full translation of each document, either prepared by your university or by a registered translator. You must not translate the documents yourself.
Please note OzTREKK must receive the official translation directly from the university or translator in order to certify the document.
What is the competitive GPA?
A cGPA of 75% or higher is considered competitive for OzTREKK’s listed chiropractic programs. If you have lower than 70% cGPA, we would not recommend applying.
Do I need to apply to the bachelor program if I already have an undergraduate degree?
If you don’t feel you have the required studies (a strong background in human systems), you may want to consider the pathway program, Bachelor of Chiropractic Science.
Combined with the Master of Chiropractic, this will qualify graduates to practice as a chiropractor in Australia or in Canada. The total duration for the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Master of Chiropractic is 5 years and includes an internship.
Will I be able to practice as a chiropractor in Canada?
According to the Canadian Chiropractic Examining Board, a candidate must be currently attending or have graduated from a DC program that has either been accredited by a council on Chiropractic Education International (CCEI) member agency or that has been approved by a Canadian Provincial Chiropractic Regulatory Board in order to be able write the exam and apply for licensing in Canada.
Macquarie University’s program has been accredited by the CCEA in Australia, which is a member of the CCEI accreditation organization.
Students wishing to gain qualifications leading to professional registration as a chiropractor in Canada must undertake a recognized program of study of not less than 4,500 hours. Macquarie’s program structure involves completion of the Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and the Master of Chiropractic. Combined, these two degrees taken more than five years and are equivalent to the Doctor of Chiropractic offered at other institutions; therefore, 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. Students undertake 12 months of clinical practice at one of the university’s three chiropractic clinics prior to graduation.
Why does the master’s program say 2–3 years?
If students complete the Bachelor of Chiropractic at Macquarie, they would only need to do the 2-year Master of Chiropractic program. Students applying with a different undergrad degree will need to take the 3-year Master of Chiropractic program.
I don’t have all the prerequisites. Can I still apply?
Unfortunately, if you do not have the required prerequisites, you are not eligible to apply. If you are missing a course or two, you can enroll in those courses before applying and we will submit your interim transcript with your application. Otherwise, you are welcome to send in a course outline you feel covers the required content. If you’re unsure, please contact OzTREKK for details.