Studying to be an Osteopath
Studying to become an osteopath in New Zealand must be done through a course accredited by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. Currently, there are two accredited providers. Unitec in Auckland has 5 year full time program, with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) leading into the Master of Osteopathy. The second course is at Ara, the institute of Canterbury in Christchurch, with a 4 year full time course
Training covers all the medical sciences, with a focus on osteopathic principles, diagnosis and treatment. During the Masters program, a research project is also undertaken. For more details on the Unitec program click here, and for more information on the Ara course click here
Working in New Zealand
All osteopaths must be registered with the Osteopathic Council of NZ and hold a current practising certificate. Registrants must have trained at an accredited course. In NZ this currently means Unitec.
Osteopaths who are registered in Australia are eligible for registration under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act.
Osteopaths from other countries may be eligible for registration via the Competent Authority Pathway Program. This involves a 12 month workplace-based assessment with mentoring. For further details, including a list of accredited courses visit the OCNZ website.