Osteopath Program Overview

Osteopathic Programs at the Loyola College are specifically designed to provide the most comprehensive and interactive learning experience. Our programs and courses offer students a challenging and rigorous schooling experience combining theory and an application-based learning approach to classic osteopathic principles.

The Loyola College’s mission is ensuring graduates leave with the problem-solving skills and hands-on clinical expertise required to successfully diagnose and treat a diverse range of physiologic problems they will encounter in future practice. Our osteopathy programs are designed with flexibility in mind and this allows students who are enrolled to continue working full-time while studying at our college campus in Toronto.

Our osteopathic manual practice training program is based on the Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy developed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

For Students Without Medical Education Background

The program will be a total of 4300 hours including at least 1000 hours of supervised, hands-on training in palpation from a skilled, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.

This is a 4-year diploma program leads to a professional osteopathic manual practitioner designation. Each year having a clinical and theoretical portion. It is offered in a modified attendance format offering classes three days per week to minimize your away time.

Modules of study include Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Nutrition, Principles of Osteopathy, Osteopathic Technique, Soft-Tissue Techniques, Clinical Biomechanics, Orthopedic Diagnosis, Osteopathic Diagnosis, Therapeutic Exercise, Practice Management, Emergency & First Care, Safety & Professional Ethics, among others.

For Students With Medical Education Background

Students with a prior education in the healthcare field can transfer their education credits in basic medical courses such as anatomy, physiotherapy, pathology, nutrition, bacteriology, biochemistry, biomechanics and kinetics, etc., and professional courses such as physical and clinical examination, orthopaedic diagnosis, radiology, emergency and first-aid care, remedial exercises, etc. They earn a professional osteopathic manual practitioner designation with this engaging and intensive osteopathy program which is structured to offer students alternating theoretical and clinical components.

The program may be less than a total of 4300 hours but still should include minimum 1000 hours of supervised, hands-on training in palpation from a skilled, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.

Admission and Qualifications

  • This is a year-round program with start date options of September or February.
  • If you choose a fall start date, classroom modules will run over the winter semester and practical training will be completed in the summer semester.
  • If a spring start date is chosen, classroom modules will run over the summer semester and practical training will be completed in the winter semester.
  • Class dates are fixed but practical training is flexible, allowing you to decide on a study approach that best suits your needs.

We offer a variety of flexible payment options to benefit students. Tuition includes all classroom modules, practical training, manuals, uniform and group tutorials. Please contact us for more details.


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