The Australian Chiropractic College (ACC) was established by a passionate group of practitioners who believe there is a better way to deliver optimal health for people through chiropractic and educate better ‘practice ready’ graduates.
The ACC program has been designed to provide a holistic, ‘job ready’ focus on chiropractic education. Students will graduate well prepared – and appropriately skilled – for long term careers dedicated to chiropractic.
ACC is committed to ensuring that future generations – our children, grandchildren and beyond- have access to excellent, dedicated, chiropractic care.
What’s so special about ACC?
We’re about people, not numbers.
Small class sizes offer our students greater engagement with our academics, experts, and each other – with lots of opportunities for hands-on learning.
Our campus is intimate, friendly and easy to get to. We’re based in the heart of the beautiful city of Adelaide and surrounded by outstanding cafes, restaurants, popular bars and city life.
Our program has a strong focus on industry experience plus we teach you all the skills you need to run your own practice and enjoy a flexible career with independence and impact.
Graduate practice-ready and build lasting professional relationships with committed and visionary chiropractors.
At the Australian Chiropractic College, you are part of our dynamic tribe from day one.
We’re the first (and only) in SA
The Australian Chiropractic College offers the only TEQSA accredited Bachelor of Chiropractic Degree in South Australia.
ACC was established by practising chiropractors who are passionate about the profession and who want to ensure that chiropractic philosophy and practice are integrated in studies from day one.
We are a new institution - innovation, energy and commitment are at our core.
Our aim is to provide the very best in chiropractic education.
As a TEQSA-registered higher education institution, the College draws on the expertise of a variety of skill sets and experience.
We deliver a TEQSA-accredited Bachelor of Chiropractic degree over a four-year program.
Academics, practitioners, health and higher education professionals and business experts have come together to ensure an outstanding curriculum and outstanding education experience for our students.
These experts contribute in a number of ways to making the student experience at ACC both outstanding and unique: from providing professional advice and consultancy at the Advisory Board level, through to quality control for curriculum and teaching standards, we made sure that we selected the very best people in their fields.
Find out more about our people and the expertise they bring to the Australian Chiropractic College.
Thinking of chiropractic as a career? Great choice!
You will be able to act on your passion for helping others and enjoy a flexible and personally rewarding career.
Do you have the qualities we’re looking for?
Enjoy health sciences and related allied health areas?
Have great interpersonal skills? Do you enjoy listening and speaking with people and helping?
Have a knack for attention to detail?
Have the ability to perform fine manual tasks?
Enjoy thinking and working independently?
Have excellent analytical skills?
Job opportunities for chiropractors
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook website currently projects growth in the chiropractic employment prospects between 2019 – 2024. **
There are many opportunities to work both part time and full time and the average age in the profession is 38 years (compared to average )40 years.
Approximately 44% of chiropractic workers in Australia are female (compared to the average of 48%).
** Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.
Many chiropractors start their own practices and set their own hours, allowing you to enjoy a great work life balance.
Who supports the ACC?
The Australian Chiropractic College has been established through the generous support of our chiropractic community and donors who believe in the ACC’s quality curriculum, philosophy and practical application of theory.
We would like to thank our many supporters who have brought us to this point.
We would especially like to acknowledge the following organisations with whom we have valued professional associations:
Charles Darwin University – CDU’s Diploma of Health Science is offered in conjunction with the Australian Chiropractic College and presents both a standalone qualification and course pathway for students to transition into chiropractic studies.
Australian Spinal Research Foundation – complementary research and partnership
Endeavour College of Natural Health – higher education benchmarking partner
College of Chiropractic Paediatrics – complementary expertise and partnership
Hands On Health – charity and education partner
What do you need to apply?
High School Students
If you are currently studying year 11 or 12, you will need to plan a pre-entry pathway to apply for ACC.
You will need to complete a full year in base sciences as specified below. These units of study are a mandatory requirement for admission and must be at a minimum of AQF level 5, with a successful pass rate minimum of 50% and good academic standing within each subject.
Our Academic Registrar can help you with more detailed information on pre-requisites.
Anatomy and Physiology
University students/ Post-Graduates
Are you currently studying science or health science degree and looking for a career path into a field that cares for people and offers independence and flexibility?
Considering chiropractic as a profession?
You may Already have a number (if not all) of the pre-requisites for entry to ACC.
There are a number of options for you to consider when choosing a pathway to ACC.
Australian Chiropractic College - Charles Darwin University Diploma of Health Sciences
This course is offered both internally at CDU, Casuarina Campus, Darwin or fully online allowing students flexibility in their studies. Students enrolled have full access to all CDU student services and resources as well as being supported by staff from the Australian Chiropractic College.
Straighterline is an accredited provider of all ACC pre-requisites and offers online, self-paced courses. You can enrol independently and complete required courses in your own time.
Most universities with a health science program may have the required content.
A. The Australian Chiropractic College offers a four-year Bachelor of Chiropractic degree program.
Q. What do I need to be considered for enrolment?
A. You must complete your prerequisites in specific health science courses in order to gain entry into the College. You must submit your application form with the required documentation, along with your essay and finally, complete a successful interview.
Q. Can I study my prerequisite courses at any university worldwide?
A. Most universities with a health science program should have the required content. Please contact our Academic Registrar for advice to ensure all courses meet our prerequisite requirements.
There are other Admission Pathways to ACC for you to explore.
There is more information on our site on the Admission Pathways page.If you have more questions, please contact our Academic Registrar to discuss your situation.
Q. What grades do I need to achieve in my prerequisite year?
A. Enrolment at ACC is a competitive process and is offered based on admission scores. Admission scores are calculated from the essay, your academic results, and the ACC interview.
Also, you need to have passed all pre-requisites with a minimum of 50% and good academic standing in each course.
Q. Is the ACC accredited?
A. The College has achieved registration as a Higher Education Provider by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and offers a Bachelor of Chiropractic degree which has also been accredited by TEQSA and approved for commencement in 2020.
The ACC has applied for accreditation with the Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia.
Q. What are the tuition fees?
A. The current domestic fees for a full-time first year student are $ AUD 26,000 per year. Students will incur extra costs for student services fee and course-related costs.
New Zealand students are treated as domestic students for tuition costs.
Q. Can I get a student loan to cover my fees?
A. The Australian Chiropractic College has applied for FEE-HELP and is waiting for a decision from the federal government regarding the College’s eligibility for this program.
Please note: FEE-HELP is currently not available at ACC.
Q. What if I need financial or other help?
A. Applicants demonstrating genuine financial or personal hardship are encouraged to contact us at [email protected] All inquiries will be treated confidentially.
ONE OF ACC’S INAUGURAL STUDENTS
“The ACC program is unique in Australia...It’s designed to blend and integrate basic sciences (in particular the neurosciences), with the traditional concepts of chiropractic philosophy using a vitalistic mode of delivery. The human body is an integrated system and we mirror this in our curriculum”.
Professor Sharyn Eaton. OAM, Ph.D, D.C, Academic Dean ACC
“I have learned more in the first couple of weeks at the ACC than I could have imagined. The ACC is the challenge that I was looking for in my studies. The support of the teachers and small class size has made for a really great culture at the College. So glad I made the move to ACC!”