Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Osteopathy
Postgraduate degree for medical professionals
Program release date: April 1, 2020
This postgraduate study intended for physiotherapists, chiropractors, and physicians interested in building an osteopathy-based healthcare practice. Graduates of the program gain the academic credentials and practical skills required to qualify as a manual osteopath internationally and use a professional designation M.Sc.O (Master of Science in Osteopathy).
Graduates of the LCO’s Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) are eligible for direct admission into the M.Sc. in Osteopathy.
Solidify student’s understanding of osteopathic philosophy, principles, and concepts of health and disease; advance student’s knowledge of functional anatomy, biomechanics, and the pathophysiological processes that determine changes in health and function; gain proficiency in observation, palpation and diagnostic skills; record patient’s case history, taking into account the nature of their presentation; develop clinical reasoning and technical skills to deliver safe and effective osteopathic care.
Graduates of the program are awarded a Master of Science in Osteopathy degree (M.Sc.O ) and receive the qualification of an Osteopath. Holders of the master’s degree may join a professional osteopathic association in the country of their residence and practice osteopathy as autonomous health care practitioners.
Completion time – 12 months
The estimated duration of the study is one year. However, as the program is partially offered in an online format, dedicated students may complete their studies within a shorter period.
The M.Sc. in Osteopathy program is delivered in a blended learning format:
- Module I – Preclinical Studies / Online
- Module II – Hands-on Clinical Training
- Module III – Osteopathic Research/Thesis
Online textbooks, recorded lectures, downloadable lecture slides, video tutorials, handouts/readings.
Each course requires completion of 3 quizzes and a Final exam. Passing grade is 75%.
Module I – Preclinical Studies
The preclinical module is an immersive online experience with global reach. Here, students acquire the core osteopathic knowledge essential to any osteopath. Students access the online curriculum courses via LCO’s e-learning platform www.studyosteopathyonline.com
|FAB01||Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics for Osteopaths I|
|FAB02||Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics for Osteopaths II|
|PMS||Pathophysiology of Musculoskeletal System|
|OMD||Osteopathic Models of Health and Disease|
|OTT||Osteopathic Treatment Techniques|
|OAD||Osteopathic Assessment and Diagnosis|
|IOT||Integrated Osteopathic Treatment|
Module II – Hands-on Clinical Training
Supervised Clinical Training is a pivotal part of the study and enables students to put into practice theoretical knowledge they have acquired ni Module I. take place in Barcelona, Spain or Toronto, Canada in April and November annually.
The teaching clinic is an intensive learning event lead by experienced osteopaths passionate about teaching future osteopaths. Students practice on real patients of all age groups and presenting a broad spectrum of health conditions commonly encountered in osteopathic practice. Upon completion of the clinical, students learn how to perform an osteopathic assessment, identify a somatic dysfunction, formulate an appropriate treatment plan, and perform an osteopathic treatment using the most effective osteopathic techniques.
A low student-to-teacher ratio allows for a personalized approach to each participant. Through individual tutoring sessions and open discussions, students begin developing treatment styles relevant to the specifics of their practice.
Module III – Osteopathic Research
The submission of osteopathic research relevant to a student’s occupational specialization is an essential component of the M.Sc.O program. In their graduate thesis, students generate and argue an original osteopathic thesis that sparks their professional interest. A dedicated academic advisor supports and mentors students through their research.
For more information, please refer to the program outline available for download on this page.