FAQ

General

Program & Course Information

What makes this school unique within Osteopathy worldwide is the long research process that went into finalizing the curriculum and content. The program was literally years in the making and was the result of many conversations with numerous different authorities in the osteopathic world.

After all those conversations, years of study and practice, it was apparent that to make a real difference in turning out state of the art practitioners – and what other programs were not doing – was teaching students to think and not follow a formula, and to not be dependent on a “guru” for their answers. The best practitioners are the ones who reason and think independently and they have to be taught to do so from day 1!

One of the major problems with many osteopathic programs is that studying health science is seen as unnecessary for a good practitioner, and as a simple “necessary evil” to pass an exam. In the end, many programs end up focusing on a formula, and teaching that osteopathy is all about good hands or developing instincts, thus robbing the student of the possibility of integrating science and art.

In the OAoPO, the goal of the program is to revolutionize the way osteopathy is taught, by artfully blending modern health science with traditional osteopathic practices, with a focus on independent thinking and an abandonment of formulaic thinking. It is our goal to create superb practitioners, who are best able to help and address their patients’ individual needs. To do this, we support our students and offer them the very best resources and curriculum available. We have world-class instructors, and at the end of the program, they will not be your gurus – they will be your peers.

Osteopathy was founded by Dr. A. T. Still. After losing his family to a meningitis outbreak, he abandoned conventional medicine and went in search of a method of healing based on utilizing the body’s own resources to bring the patient’s system back towards health.

Since his time there have been numerous contributions to the field of osteopathic study and practice, and numerous versions of technique and concept have been added to osteopathy.

Emerging in the later part of the 20th century as a way of understanding biological sciences and systems, complexity theory began to be recognized as a legitimate system of scientific thought and the most effective way to understand highly complex integrated systems.

There are various schools of research and theory within the category of complexity including chaos theory, cybernetics, systems theory, and networks theory. However, what they all have in common is they attempt to explain the relationships between systems, environment and interactions between the two.

How do we look at the vast amount of information involved in interactive biological systems and make it understandable? Why is this so important for Osteopathy?

In an Osteopathic Program a student must gain a master level knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, embryology, neurology, pathology and a host of other disciplines to understand the complexities inherent to each individual. To be able to understand and use these disciplines effectively one has to understand all this information – not as a vast amount of facts, but as part of an intricate living system of relationships. Every single person is an example of this living system, and every person deserves to be treated as an individual with his or her own specific characteristics and needs.

Front and center!

Some of the principles of complexity that are central to our curriculum include:

  • To avoid formulas and formulaic thinking at all costs
  • To study form (anatomy and related sciences like physiology)
  • To study not just the minimum, but to constantly strive to learn throughout one’s life
  • To develop as individuals within the role of being a practitioner
  • To understand and not just to imitate
  • To question and explore the concepts and make them living ideas not fixed ideological constructs.

Each course is 30 hours in length and at the end of the course you receive a certification completion. The course begins on a Thursday and ends Sunday evening.

Application is $150.

Preparatory program depends on student background and costs $250.

Costs:

Diploma Students: $1,100.00/Course

Professional Price (for those not enrolled in our diploma program): $1,300.00/Course

Miscellaneous

If you have additional questions, please contact us at info@progressiveosteopathy.ca for more information.

Prospective Students

Applying as a Diploma Student

We are looking for students with a relevant professional designation or a B.Sc., who want to learn how to think and reason, and who are willing to study, learn, and struggle with their weaknesses to become leaders in the manual therapy world.

We have an absolutely wonderful community full of truly wonderful and authentic people, and our ideal students are people who want to be a part of a very supportive and positive environment, who are always willing (maybe even eager) to work hard and take their independent study time seriously.

Please note that this curriculum is not for the faint of heart. It is challenging and rigorous, and will require you to have excellent time management skills and the willingness to face obstacles and overcome them. There will be times where you will fail a test or a quiz, but please know that we do not expect you to be perfect all of the time – we only expect that you learn and rise up to the challenge, and that when a test does not go the way you want, you take it as a learning opportunity and do better next time.

Never be afraid to ask your peers, your instructor, or the staff for extra support if you need it. That’s what we’re here for!

Yes!

Everyone is welcome to join us for our special sessions, where Eric Sanderson teaches what essentially is a mini class for for both currently enrolled students and those who are interested in the school. These sessions are held on Sunday evenings and are also treated like our open house, to give you a look and feel at what it’s like to be a student at our school. During these special sessions we highly encourage you to speak with Eric, or some of our students.

Reservations are not required, but we would appreciate a heads up that you will be attending, so that we can make sure there is a seat for you!

For more information on dates and times of our special sessions, please check out Events or contact us at info@progressiveosteopathy.ca

Absolutely! We highly encourage it. Please feel free to get in touch at info@progressiveosteopathy.ca and we will connect you to one of our student representatives.

The program is a little over 5 years and the length depends on the specialty certificate that you choose. It’s not mandatory to pick a specialty program at the end, but it’s highly recommended. Within the 5 years we are confident that you will become an independent thinker and that it will be safe for you to work with the public as an osteopathic practitioner. We are currently working on the degree that we will be giving students, and will give an update once the decision has been made.

A potential student should have a base knowledge of anatomy and physiology, as well as a ‘license to touch’. A typical example of a person with a reasonable background would be someone with a kinesiology degree, or a massage therapist. However, first and foremost, a potential student is willing to learn, study and think.

If you feel you need a refresher on subjects such as anatomy, biology, and physics, or you’re looking into a career change to osteopathy/health care, please ask us about our self-paced preparatory program! We will help you build a solid foundation to start off your first year in OAoPO and succeed in our program.

In general, there are 9 courses per school year and you will likely attend one a month (some months may have 2) between August and the following June.

We also have some online course material and lots of online resources for your perusal.

Live courses are usually held on Thursdays through Sundays for about 8 hours each day.

If you need to take the program on a part-time basis (5 or less courses per year), we can certainly accommodate you. However, please be prepared to practice efficient time management in terms of studying and class participation, and expect that it will likely take longer than 5 years to complete the entire program.

Yes, and some students will be traveling in from abroad, so there will be a mixture of resident Canadians and people who don’t live in Canada.

Great! We’re so excited that you have decided to join us!

Please fill out an application form and submit it to the Academy.

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A $150 application processing fee will be required along with your application.

After receipt, a telephone interview will be scheduled to determine enrollment eligibility, and to discuss the program and answer any questions you may have for us.

We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Now, and don’t hesitate! A lifetime of hesitation is connected to a lifetime of regret.

Unfortunately, no.

We recommend taking out a loan or student line of credit, if necessary.

Applying as a Professional

Please fill out an application form and submit it to the Academy.

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A $150 CAD course deposit will be required along with your application.

Please note that our application only includes courses for the current school year. If there is a known future course that you would like to register for, please contact us at info@progressiveosteopathy.ca

For professionals not enrolled in the diploma program, we have a few courses each year that are eligible to be taken. If you would like to attend a course, please be sure to register in advance, as space fills up quickly.

If you have questions about specific courses you can take, please contact us at info@progressiveosteopathy.ca

The course price is $1,300 CAD each for professionals.

After your registration deposit, it will be $1,150 CAD to attend the course.

Payment can be made before class starts. We accept Visa, Mastercard, debit, cheque, and Interac e-Transfer.

The closest hotel is The Roehampton Hotel.

It is about a 10 minute walk from us on Mount Pleasant Road, and there is bus service along the route (#74 from St Clair Station), if needed.

Current Students

Payment

At the beginning of the first semester, each student will be given a tuition statement with the total owing tuition for the school year and a breakdown of costs. It is an official document with a corporate seal, and should be sufficient for those who need to apply for a student line of credit.

We highly recommend applying for a student line of credit or a loan for the school year!

Payments can be made upfront for the school year, on a monthly basis, or on the first day of each individual course.

Typically, an average yearly tuition cost for a diploma program student would be $9,900. This includes only the base courses for the school year, and not any additional or optional courses.

If you decide to pay on a monthly basis, this would work out to about $1,100 per month, for the 9 month school year for diploma students. Paying course-by-course can work out to a similar breakdown, however, there are occasionally two courses in a month.

We accept payment via Interac e-Transfer, Visa, Mastercard, debit, and cheque.

Unfortunately, we are not eligible for OSAP.

Payment plans are handled on a case-by-case basis, and are typically a compassionate last resort option, should other funding not be able to be secured. They are only available to diploma students.

We recommend applying for a student line of credit or a student loan first, if possible.

In general, a payment plan will break your payments up into 12 monthly payments, instead of 9, for a typical school year. The full amount of tuition is still due before the next school year.

Students on a payment plan are responsible for adhering to the monthly due dates outlined in their individual plans and paying the agreed upon payment amount each time. Failure to do so can result in late fees, ineligibility for future payment plans, inability to enroll in future classes, and withholding of certificates/diplomas until full payment is made.

If you are having difficulty securing a student line of credit or a loan, please contact the Registrar to discuss payment plan options.

We want you to succeed and will do our best to help accommodate your needs.

Courses

Before the school year starts, you will be given your course calendar as well as access to our Google Calendar to keep track of specific dates.

In general, our courses start on Thursday and end on Sunday. Typically, you will attend one course per month, but some months may have more than one.

Times:

  • Thursday + Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday + Sunday: 9am-5pm

You will, of course, be given breaks, including meal breaks, throughout the day.

If you struggled with a course or simply need a refresher, you’re more than welcome to retake it!

Retaking a full course will cost $400 CAD, payable before the start of class.

If you simply need a one-day refresher of a certain technique or subject, you’re welcome to audit the course for a day, free of charge. Just please contact us at info@progressiveosteopathy with the course you wish to audit, the day you wish to come, and the times you plan to be there.

Of course!

We admire the fact that you took the course again so that you could gain a better grasp of the material. Kudos to you for being so proactive!

General

Of course!

We have a refrigerator and toaster oven that you are welcome to use. Please note, we do not have a microwave, so plan accordingly.

Yes! There are so many great places nearby.

Here is a Google Map link with most of the cafes, restaurants, convenience stores, and grocery stores within walking distance: Nearby Cafe & Restaurant Guide

If you have a food allergy or specific dietary restrictions, you may wish to bring your own lunch (and please let us know if you have nut allergies or anything that could compromise your well-being during the courses, so we can take precautions for your safety!). However, there are some places nearby that offer gluten-free options, such as Riz, and many offer vegetarian or vegan options.

You’re also more than welcome to order delivery. There are lots of options on DoorDash, UberEats, SkiptheDishes, Foodora, etc. If you pick delivery, you may wish to pre-order for lunch break, as delivery sometimes takes 45-60 minutes, depending on the restaurant and the driver.