for requirements and program types
NON – PRACTITIONER PROGRAM
This is a full time program that is oriented towards non-therapists who wish to graduate a program that is compliant with the standards set by the World Health Organization. The standards were revisited a few years ago and produced the CEN document on osteopathic education, an updated version of the original guidelines in the World Health Organization document.
The full time program consists of a combination of health science credits provided by an Ontario University as well as the courses involved in the practitioner program with a few additional courses to help bridge the gap between the two different groups who make up the OAoPO student body, practitioners and non-practitioners.
The Practitioner Program is open to anyone with the following backgrounds:
Chiropractic, Naturopath(*), Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy(*), Occupational therapy (*), Medical Doctor(*), Nurse (*), Massage Therapy (*), Acupuncture (*).
(*) Will require some additional training and or science credits to participate in the practitioner program.
The guidelines for required clinical hours for different backgrounds are the following:
Physiotherapy: 550 hours of clinical training.
Athletic Therapy(*): 600 hours of clinical training.
Chiropractor: 550 hours of clinical training.
Naturopath(*): 750 hours of clinical training.
Medical Doctor(*): 750 hours of clinical training.
Occupational Therapy(*): 1000 hours of clinical training.
Massage Therapy(*): 800 hours of clinical training.
Acupuncture(*): 1000 hours of clinical training.
Practitioner Program Requirements
- Attend 4 guided practice sessions/per month (*)this may vary depending on previous training
- Observation hours in an osteopathic practice 6-8 times a year.
- Completion of each osteopathic module per academic school year.
- Completion of Functional Neurology Modules 1-3 (Module 4 is optional)
- Completion of all Pathophysiology Modules
- Completion of research course and research project.