The program offered by the Canadian College of Osteopathy is a five-year part-time study in Traditional Osteopathy. In contrast to the current American model of Osteopathy, which has a strong medical component, Traditional Osteopathy is essentially European in origin and primarily has a manual basis. Traditional Osteopathy is a comprehensive blend of osteopathic philosophy, theory, methodology, osteopathic technique, clinical application andresearch.
five years of
study consist of 34 courses and 20 days of supervised clinical
practice. Course material is presented at a pace and within a time
frame that is conducive to learning, while still allowing the student
to continue to earn his or her income. More importantly, this
professional course of study allows students the comfort of integrating
the material from each course into practice, before proceeding to the
next one. During the program the student also begins to develop their
research skills, culminating in an additional year of independent study
that is strictly devoted to a research thesis. The necessity of
completing a research component is a standard element of most
recognized osteopathic programs throughout Europe, the home of
Anyone holding a degree in the biological sciences and who is currently licensed as a health care practitioner is eligible to enroll. For candidates lacking the necessary perquisites, a supplementary program, termed pre-admissions, is available.