The Training of an Osteopath

Anatomy, physiology and pathology are all studied and the pre-clinical course, similar to that at orthodox medical schools, teaches students to examine all the systems of the body in order to make a conventional clinical diagnosis.

The osteopathic student receives advanced training in the detailed examination of the musculo-skeletal system and in the mechanics of the body and then develops the manual skills necessary for diagnosis and treatment.

Osteopathic training is demanding and lengthy, and a recognised qualification is only available from osteopathic educational institutions accredited by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Trainee osteopaths study anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics and clinical methods during a four or five year honours degree programme. Such wide-ranging medical training gives osteopaths the skills to diagnose conditions when osteopathic treatment is not advisable, and the patient must be referred to a GP for further investigation.

Osteopaths are committed to a programme of continuing professional development.

“The osteopathic student receives more training in the musculo-skeletal system than medical students.”