Sunday, 30 November 2014
How to Choose the Right Osteopathy School
1- Tuition. Accredited European style osteopathy schools (ie manual osteopathy) range in tuition from $5000 to over $100,000. Choose a school that offers affordable tuition.
2- Location. Is there a school in your town? If not, consider a school that offers online osteopathic education.
3- Size. Choose a large popular school. Larger schools have more budget which allows them to hire better instructors.
4- Business. Choose a school that offers business, marketing, financial, accounting and management skills. You need these to become a successful manual osteopath.
5- Techniques. Choose a school that teaches more practical techniques and focuses less on theoretical aspects of osteopathy.
6- Affection. How much does the school love osteopathy? What have they done for the profession? What are they doing to elevate the profession?
7- Professors. Who are the professors? Are they well known manual osteopaths? Are they successful?
8- Success. How successful is the school? A successful school can make you a successful osteopath. If the school cannot achieve success for itself, how can it teach you to become a successful osteopath?
9- Science. Does the school teach scientific principles & techniques? Some schools teach outdated osteopathic principles that have no benefit in the current health system.
10- Regulation. What has the school done to help manual osteopathy become regulated?
11- Accreditation. Are they accredited by the Council on Manual Osteopathy Education and other accreditation agencies?
12- Promotion. Is the school actively promoting osteopathy? What type of promotion do they to celebrate World Osteopathy Day?
13- WHO. Does the school offer osteopathic education that is World Health Organization compliant?
14- Continuing Education. Does the school offer continuing education seminars to upgrade your skills after graduation?
15- Auxiliary skills. Aside from osteopathy, what other clinical skills the school teaches that can be useful in your practice? Does the school teach orthotic casting, physiotherapy modalities, kinesiological taping, orthopedic bracing, supports hose dispensing & decompression traction therapy?
16- Support. Does the school support you after graduation? Are you able to ask questions and seek help if you need after graduation?
17- Scholarships. Does the school offer scholarships? Do they have bursaries available for unemployed?
18- Reputation. Is the school well known? Is the founder well known?
19- Popularity. How popular is the school? How many members they have in their Facebook page and group? How many people read their blogs?
20- Charity. What has the school done for charity? Have they set up any charity based clinics? Do they donate regularly to charity?
21- Work schedule. Are you a working professional? If yes, you need to choose a school that offers part time education or online education so you can study at your free time.
22- Malpractice insurance. Is the school accepted by malpractice insurance providers? Can you get malpractice insurance after graduation?
23- Clinic set up. Does the school teach you what type of clinic to choose and how to set it up?
24- Program length. There are schools offering 6 months diploma programs in osteopathy and then there are schools offering 4 years degree programs. All allow you to work as manual osteopaths, however some teach medical diagnosis & radiology and others don’t. Choose a school that offers you the type of education you need or want.
25- IOA. Is the school accepted by International Osteopathic Association, the largest organization for manual osteopaths?
Dr Shahin Pourgol, MBA, DC, DOMP, DO (www.pourgol.com)
National Academy of Osteopathy (www.nationalacademyofosteopathy.com)
National University of Medical Sciences (www.numss.com)