How To Choose Your School

How to Choose Your School

When choosing your school, please be aware that membership in Osteopathy BC and all other associations within the umbrella of the Canadian federation require a minimum of 4 years full time or part time equivalent if you are previously trained as a health care professional. Online and distance education is not an acceptable form of training for membership.

Foreign Applicants

When we are reviewing foreign applications, we consult the local Osteopathic body (local to the region of the applicant) and align our standards with theirs. We are not in an position to evaluate every school, nor do we accredit schools.

For example, if you are applying for membership with Osteopathy BC and you were trained in Europe, we will consult the European Federation of Osteopaths. You need to be accepted for membership by the association in the region you were trained, in order to be accepted with Osteopathy BC.

Canadian Applicants

If you are applying within Canada, we rely on our sister organizations in other areas of Canada. There are competent assessment authorities in the region where the school is located.

Type I and Type II Training

Type I training programs are aimed at those with little or no prior health-care training, but who have completed high school education or equivalent. These programs typically are four-year, full-time programs. Supervised clinical training at an appropriate osteopathic clinical facility is an essential component, and students may be required to complete a thesis or project.

Type II training programs are aimed at those with prior training as health-care professionals. Type II programs have the same aims and content as the Type I programs, but the course content and length may be modified depending on the prior experience and training of individual applicants.

World Health Organization

In 2010 the WHO published Benchmarks for training in Osteopathy, setting out the minimum requirements for training. Our members meet or exceed these:

For information on the benefits of becoming a member of Osteopathy BC, click HERE.

For further resources for students and important links click HERE.