How are osteopaths trained?

When Nigel Hole trained in 1983 the fulltime course lasted 4 yrs, each year made up of 45 weeks; 3 x 12 week terms with 9 weeks clinic.  Anatomy and physiology comprising lower extremity, upper extremity, abdomen, thorax and head and neck, took up the first 18 months. Osteology (study of bones), Arthrology (study of joints) and Myology (study of muscles) were also studied followed by pathology, which lasted until the end of the course, as did all the osteopathic technique classes.

Orthopaedics / Rheumatology, Cardiovascular system / Respiratory, Gastroenterology / Urology, Obstetrics / Gynaecology, Endocrinology, Neurology, Dermatology, Oncology, Special senses (eyes, ears and smell), Immunology were all studied as were the Principles of Osteopathy, Biomechanics and Clinical Methods. Some 2000 clinical hours were completed.

The course is similar today.


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