Status of Osteopathy In the Developed World

COUNTRYOSTEOPATHIC BILL TRAINING
United KingdomYes- Osteopaths Act 1993

BSc  + MA

Those qualified before 1992 have a Diploma in Osteopathy

(D.O)

(4 years full time and

5 years part time)

European

Union

Yes – European Qualifications (Health & Social Care Professions) Regulations 2004, No.1947

Varies per country:

Germany: Osteopathic manipulative therapy medicine curriculum to residency

trained physicians (MD practicing manual medicine)

Belgium;Netherlands:

BSc (4 and 5 years full time)

Switzerland:

BSc + MA (4 and 5 years full time)

France, Italy, Spain & Latvia

Training varies in schools: BSc + DO

(4 years full- time; 6 year part time programs)

Australia and 

New Zealand

Yes – Chiropractic & Osteopathic Bill (Australia)
Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (New Zealand)

BSc + MA
(4 and 5 years full time)
CanadaN/AD.O. (4 years full time)
United States of America (USA)Yes –

D.O.s (Doctor of Osteopathy) are licensed for the full practice of medicine and surgery in all 50 states.  Each State determines the tests and procedures for licensing its physicians.

BSc + MA + Phd

( 4 and 5 years full time after bachelors degree)

Here is information about the current status of osteopathy in the below mentioned countries. It mentions the qualification and whether there is a governmental osteopathic bill and therefore governmental regulation of the osteopathic profession:

United Kingdom (UK) : Qualification: B.Sc. (4 years full time and 5 years part- time) 4000 hours +1500 hours clinic) + M.A.
(Those qualified before 1992 have a Diploma in Osteopathy (D.O) . Same number of hours of study as B.Sc.)
Governmental Bill: Yes: Osteopaths Bill 1993 חקיקה ממשלתי

Australia: Qualification: B.Sc. (4 and 5 years full time)+ M.A.
Governmental Bill:
Yes : Chiropractic & Osteopathic Bill

New Zealand : Qualification: B.Sc. (4 and 5 years full time)+ M.A.
Governmental Bill:
Yes: Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

United States of America (USA) : Qualification: D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy)
Governmental Bill:
American D.O.s are licensed for the full practice of medicine and surgery in all 50 states. Each State determines the tests and procedures for licensing its osteopathic physicians. The level of osteopathic manipulative skill varies between practitioners.

France, Italy, Spain Training varies in schools: BSc or Diploma in Osteopathy (D.O.)
(4 years full- time (approx 4000 hours; 6 years part time programs)

Belgium; Netherlands: B.Sc. (4 and 5 years full time)

Switzerland: BSc + MA (4 and 5 years full time)

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