The Clinical Experience

All CAO students are required to complete 1000 hours of Supervised clinic training & practice before graduation. This takes place in our dedicated clinical environments that are insured and supervised by professional osteopathic manual practitioners.  This makes the CAO clinical experience one of the best in the world and an extremely valuable part of our education.

In under-year clinic, students practice their interview and intake skills as well as catching red flags, and practicing note taking and time-management.

In upper-year clinic, students treat the public and take the lead on 200 patients of their own! This makes for incredible outcomes for patients and for success after graduation.

The CAO’s FREE Student Clinic is a not-for-profit clinic that provides free osteopathic treatment to the community of Hamilton, Ontario and surrounding greater Toronto area (GTA).

We recently hit a milestone surpassing 30,000 FREE treatments. That’s 1.5 million dollars in osteopathic care given to the community!

Patients can come to the clinic for an assessment or for ongoing care. CAO students give back to the community while progressing through their education at the school and developing their clinical skills in an environment that benefits everyone.

To Book: Call (289) 246-9191 or View Online Instructions

Understanding Clinical Training – World Health Organization standards

Deciphering a school’s clinical training is about understanding KEY WORDS.  The W.H.O. document states “1000 Hours of Supervised Clinical Practice & Training”.  Supervision is the key word, clinical training that is not supervised is not applicable.  PLUS, the supervised clinical practice & training should be done in a dedicated clinical environment, supervised by professional osteopathic manual practitioners.

In the UK, this is defined further. Where upper year students must take the lead on 50 patients in the school’s student clinic. At the CAO, our Year 3 students see 100 patients in Student Clinic rotations, AND our Year 4 students see another 100 patients!  This is on top of the comprehensive clinical training in Year 1 and 2 that prepares students for these demands. The only way to ensure safe & effective clinical competency is extensive supervised clinical training!

Look for nothing less in your osteopathic education!  Come Visit us in person to learn more about our comprehensive curriculum that gets results!

Our student clinic is located on 132 Melvin Street in Hamilton, Ontario

See how Student Clinic helps our Students


As a nurse, I am fully aware of the health care system and how it functions to provide patient-centred care. I became a patient in the health care system because of a problem with my back from an injury. A conversation with a work associate led to an awareness of the CAO clinic in Hamilton.  The clinic is a Not-For-Profit student clinic overseen by qualified CAO Professors. I was pleased to understand that Osteopathy is a method of treatment that “re-aligns bones, muscles and tissue” using non-invasive techniques.
An appointment was made at the clinic and with a short wait time, I was scheduled for an initial assessment.  Despite a busy clinic, I was able to have a booked appointment within a week. The students were very professional as they gathered my health history and discussed the type of treatments that could and or would occur. This was my very first time receiving Osteopathic treatment.  Students described and explained the different principles used and the rationale and outcome of the type of treatment used.
Although my medical issues have improved (75%) without the use of medication or invasive intervention, I continue to receive treatment at the clinic as needed. I am thankful to the staff and students at CAO for their patience and caring with each visit. I would recommend seeing how the clinic works for your specific need.

“I have only positive things to say regarding the CAO!  My main issue is lower back pain.  The treatments given by the friendly students are effective and pain-free.  I honestly always feel much better!  The appointments are 30 minutes and are booked according to MY schedule, and are totally FREE!!  Thank you!!”
Lori O.

“I totally enjoy my experience with the CAO clinic every student are gentle, friendly, and help relieve the pain I experience on a daily basis. My mother made an appointment for me because she also comes for treatment! and we are both very please with the results from your clinic. Thank you for this awesome opportunity to come and be healed by these wonderful students”
Penny Casini 

“I first started going to  the CAO Student Clinic, as I had been having ongoing mid-back pain.  I had tried chiropractors, and massage therapists, and both provided little (and very short-term) relief.  Since I have been going to the CAO, I have found that I always get some relief from the treatments, and that relief lasts longer and longer between visits.  The students are terrific – very knowledgeable, and I feel very confident in the treatment I am receiving.  I would highly recommend osteopathy and the CAO Student Clinic to anyone!”
Jennifer Wilson


30,000 Treatments

On May 16th, 2018 we celebrated our 30,000 FREE Treatment! Photos coming soon!

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20,000 Treatments

On May 29th, 2017 we celebrated our 20,000 FREE Treatment!

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15,000 Treatments

On September 27th, 2016 We passed 15,000 treatments!

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10,000 Treatments

On October 27, 2015 we celebrated passing our 10,000th free treatment at our Student Clinic Lori De Angelis from CHCH TV’s Morning Live joined us to discuss Osteopathy, The Student Clinic, and the school. Robert Johnston discussed and described osteopathy and performed live diagnosis and demonstrations. Click the photo to see the full broadcast!

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How to sign up for Our FREE Student Clinic.

If you are new to the CAO Student Clinic you can signup using our online software at

Before your first appointment it is required that you fill out the ONLINE INTAKE FORM or you will not be able to receive treatment from our students. See the video for instructions. (Remember to go fullscreen)

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