Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How to Choose the Right Osteopathy School in Canada


Here is a quick guide on what to look for when choosing an osteopathy school for your osteopathic education: 

1-      What kind of diploma will you receive? Make sure the school offers a DOMP title (most accredited Canadian schools do. It is the most offered diploma in Canada). Most insurers in Canada accept the title of DOMP (Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice) as it is a Canadian title used exclusively in Canada. National Academy of Osteopathy (www.nationalacademyofosteopathy.com) is the copyright holder of the DOMP title in Canada, registered with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office on October 09, 2013 (registration # 1108241).

2-       Is the school affiliated with the CRMOO? The Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy in Ontario (founded in 2017) is in the process of getting the manual osteopathy profession regulated in Ontario. National Academy of Osteopathy has provided $200,000 in funding to CRMOO. If the school is not a member of CRMOO there may be a chance that its alumni may not become part of manual osteopathy regulation in Ontario once the profession is regulated. Dr Shawn Pourgol, president of National Academy of Osteopathy (founded in 2010) is the founder of the Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy in Ontario.  You should make sure the osteopathy school in Ontario you plan to attend is a member of CRMOO to assure your are included in the process of manual osteopathy regulation in Ontario.

3-      What associations can you join after graduation? You should make sure the osteopathy school you plan to enrol is accepted by associations that are approved by extended health plan insurers. While manual osteopaths in Canada can work on cash basis without joining any associations in Canada, to bill insurers for manual osteopathic care they must join associations to get license numbers for insurance billing purposes. There are many associations in Canada that are accepted by insurers and there are also some that are not. Currently almost all insurers that cover manual osteopathy, also accept associations National Academy of Osteopathy alumni can join. More alumni of National Academy of Osteopathy are presidents of associations in Canada than any other schools of osteopathy. NAO alumni are presidents of associations in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and Manitoba. The license numbers of many of these associations are accepted by almost all extended health plan providers. Currently NAO alumni who are members of selected associations are getting reimbursed by all insurers that cover manual osteopathy in Canada.

4-      Can you join OCPCC after graduation? The Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada, founded by Dr Pourgol, currently has 170 clinics and it is estimated to reach over 500 clinics by next year. It is the largest private clinic in Canada and the main provider of manual osteopathic care to Canadians. Its size allows it to market effectively to all medical doctors across Canada as well as the public. This brings many referrals to OCPCC members and they dominate the osteopathic care market. Currently OCPCC accepts only manual osteopaths from 3 schools, one of them being the National Academy of Osteopathy. NAO offers a free postgraduate fellowship program in chronic pain management to its alumni. All manual osteopaths joining OCPCC must become a chronic pain specialist by completing a postgraduate fellowship program in chronic pain management offered by NAO. OCPCC is a member of the Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy in Ontario. It is involved in the process of manual osteopathy regulation and the negotiations with the government, policy makers, third party payers & insurers. The Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (CUOMP), whose president is Dr Shawn Pourgol, offers free membership to all manual osteopaths who join the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada. This union membership allows OCPCC members to become the preferred provider of osteopathic care to union workers across Canada.

5-      How many alumni the school has? You should choose a school that has a large number of alumni. More alumni means the school has a larger say when dealing with the government, regulation, extended health plan insurers and policy makers. A successful osteopathic college generally means its alumni are also successful in their clinics & practices. The word of mouth referrals from successful happy alumni is what makes a school successful. So you should ask the osteopathy college you plan to attend how successful are they? Currently over half of the manual osteopaths in English speaking Canadian provinces are alumni of the National Academy of Osteopathy. NAO is the largest provider of manual osteopathic education in the world with alumni in 69 countries, and all Canadian provinces.  Currently all manual osteopaths in Newfoundland and Labrador, Price Edward Island, Yukon and Northwest Territories of Canada are NAO alumni.

6-      Is business management part of the education? To become a successful manual osteopath you must become good in business management. Make sure you inquire about what type of business management courses are offered by the college of osteopathy you plan to attend. National Academy of Osteopathy has about 200 lectures on business education. Students learn about personal improvement and becoming more, marketing, promotion, public relations, tax planning, investments, financial planning, and asset protection. This is one of the main reasons why so many practices of NAO graduates become fully booked within months. And it is the reason why so many manual osteopaths who graduated from other schools join NAO to benefit from the business education provided by Professor Pourgol. Just applying the lesson on how to open a health spending account for an osteopathy clinic for example will generate over $1800 in tax saving per year for NAO alumni.

7-      Is the school accredited by CMOE? You should make sure the school is accredited by the Council on Manual Osteopathy Education (CMOE) of the International Osteopathic Association (www.internationalosteopathicassociation.org) which ensures that the school meets a certain standard in manual osteopathic education. NAO is an accredited member of CMOE. 

8-      How long is the osteopathic education? You should make sure the osteopathic education has about 2000 hours of education with 1000 hours of it being in the form of clinical education. In Canada most Council on Manual Osteopathy Education accredited schools offer education that is similar in total hours of lecture time (about 2000 hours). However most offer it in 3 to 5 years part time (one weekend a month). There is no full time manual osteopathy program in English speaking Canadian provinces that is longer than 1 year. NAO (Canada) offers a 1 year full time, a 2 years part time, and a 5 years part time DOMP program through on-campus in Toronto or online video lecture format across the world.

9-      How many professors teach in the school? You should aim to choose a school that has many instructors. This allows you to lean more diverse subjects. NAO has about 30 instructors, including more technique instructors than any other schools in Canada. Many of our faculty members have doctoral level education in osteopathy and related fields. We have more professors with a doctor of osteopathy (DO) degree than any other colleges of osteopathy. To see the list of NAO instructors click on the link below: http://www.nationalacademyofosteopathy.com/faculty.html.

10-   How dedicated is the school to osteopathy? You should choose a school that is dedicated to the profession. For us at NAO, this is our life. We live, think, and breath osteopathy. It is because of NAO that manual osteopathy is now expanded to 69 countries around the world. It is because of NAO that we now have a World Osteopathy Day (founded by NAO president Dr Pourgol in 2012) in June 22nd that is set to be recognized by the Ontario parliament as the official World Osteopathy Day. It is because of NAO that Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada, with 170 clinics, has become the main provider of osteopathic care in Canada. It is because of NAO that the Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy is funded with $200,000 to help manual osteopathy become regulated in Ontario. And it is because of NAO that the we now have Osteopathy TV (www.osteopathytv.com) which is in the process of preparing "The Last Resort", the first documentary on manual osteopathy which is going to be offered to Netflix, PBS, and the Documentary Channel to increase public awareness in the role of osteopathy in chronic pain management. This documentary explains how and why manual osteopathy is so effective in treating chronic pain. No other school has done as much for osteopathy as NAO in elevating the profession. 

11-   Is the diploma of the school accepted by universities? DOMP is a diploma level program. You may wish after graduation to further your education by enrolling in the degree level osteopathic education. If this is the case then make sure the diploma you receive is accepted by universities that offer degree level education in manual osteopathy. We are affiliated with two universities in USA and Spain where our alumni can continue their education. Both online universities are founded by NAO president,  founded by Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD. Our alumni currently receive automatic scholarships from National University of Medical Sciences in Spain (www.numss.com) allowing them to complete the bachelor of science in osteopathy or the doctor of osteopathy through online education with advanced credits at lower tuition. The National University of Medical Sciences (www.numss.us), in Naples, Florida (USA) also accepts the NAO issued diploma. NUMSS (USA) is the only US based university offering degree level manual osteopathic education.

12-   Does the school offer clinical internship? You should ensure the school you are interested in offers a teaching clinic for students to see clients. NAO offers a teaching clinic in Toronto for its campus based students. Our campus based students receive 1000 hours of supervised clinical education which makes our program World Health Organization (WHO) compliant. Online NAO students who wish to enrol in the optional 1000 hours Osteopathy Clinical Internship Program, have the option of doing supervised clinical training under NAO clinicians in different cities which includes seeing 200 patients, completing 12 clinical rounds, handing in 12 clinical case reports, doing treatments on NAO clinicians, getting treatments by NAO clinicians, a thesis suitable for publication, and on-site practical and written exams.

13-   Did you speak with a few alumni? You should contact alumni of the school you are interested in and ask them about the quality of education they received. Our alumni love NAO! Here are some testimonials from them:  https://www.facebook.com/studenttestimonial/

14-   Did you get an osteopathic treatment from an intern or alumni? Make sure you receive some free treatments by interns of the school you wish to attend to see if their style of practice is interesting to you. We recommend everyone to contact admissions@nationalacademyofosteopathy.com to book appointments for free hour long osteopathic care with NAO interns. If you do not live near Toronto, visit one of our alumni for osteopathic care. Come see why we are the best!

15-   Is the school accredited in the States? If you plan to practice manual osteopathy in the states (the profession is known as osteopathic manual practice in US) make sure the school is accredited by the US Council on Osteopathic Manual Practice Education (COMPE). Only graduates of schools accredited by COMPE are permitted to sit for the board exams administered by the American Osteopathic Manual Practice Examining Board (AOMPEB). Successful completion of these board exams allows you to join the American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practice (AAOMP). Upon joining AAOMP you will be awarded with the title of COMP (Certified Osteopathic Manual Practitioner). AAOMP has copyrighted the title of COMP and only its members are permitted to use this title. National Academy of Osteopathy is an accredited member of COMPE. Our alumni are permitted to sit for the board exams of AOMPEB and to join AAOMP upon graduation. Most osteopathic manual practitioners in the states are alumni of our three schools.


Osteopathy is an amazing profession and you would love it! It does wonders in treating chronic pain. Financially and emotionally it offers many rewards. Manual osteopaths have 98% job satisfaction rate (the highest among all health professionals in Canada). They also have the highest patient loyalty of all health professions (over 95%). On average they charge $80 to $140 per hour. However we have alumni in Toronto (Ontario) charging about $275 per hour of osteopathic care.

Most osteopathic schools in Canada offer amazing education. However we strongly believe that National Academy of Osteopathy offers the best osteopathic education possible because it focuses on unique, innovative, and practical education that alumni can use in their practices. We have more alumni in Canada than any other school of osteopathy.

Our alumni made us the leader in osteopathic education and we are proud of them. They are some of the most distinguished manual osteopaths in the world. Presidents of many osteopathy organizations have studied osteopathy with us including the following: 

American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners,
Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners,
American Osteopathic Manual Practice Examining Board,
Council on Osteopathic Manual Practice Education (USA),
European Osteopathic Association,
Caribbean Osteopathic Association,
Canadian Manual Osteopathy Examining Board,
International Osteopathy Examining Board,
Ontario College of Osteopathic Rehabilitation Sciences,
British Columbia Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners,
College of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners of Ontario,
Nova Scotia Osteopathic Association,
Newfoundland and Labrador Osteopathic Association,
L’Alliance Canadienne de M├ędecine Alternative,
National Osteopathic Practitioners Association,
Council on Manual Osteopathy Education,
Manitoba Osteopathic Association,
College des osteopathes canadiens,
Iranian Osteopathic Association,
African Osteopathic Association,
Osteopathy Association of Asia and
International Osteopathic Association.

We do hope you choose us for your osteopathic education. We love osteopathy, we are passionate about osteopathy and we are sure you would love osteopathy as well.

To receive our information package about how to enrol at National Academy osteopathy please send an email to admissions@nationalacademyofosteopathy.com. You can also visit our website at www.nationalacademyofosteopathy.com for more information. 




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