Master in Practice Diploma of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences (M. OMSc)
This 4 year diploma program leads to a professional manual osteopathic designation. Each year having a clinical and theoretical portion. It is offered in a modified attendance format offering classes over 5 consecutive days a month to minimize your away time. Class dates are fixed but practical training is flexible, allowing you to decide on a study approach that best suits your needs. Graduates are accepted for membership into the Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA) which is recognized across the board by the insurance industry in Canada
For students WITH a prior health education:
This program is designed for people with a prior background in healthcare, anatomy, or physiology. Students can earn a professional manual osteopathic designation with this engaging and intensive four year program which is structured to offer students alternating theoretical and clinical components. Many of our current students have backgrounds in: Kinesiology, Massage therapy, Paramedic services, nursing, physiotherapy, athletic therapy, personal training and many others.
For students WITHOUT a prior health education:
No problem! The CAO has a comprehensive anatomy and physiology preparatory course that is designed to provide you with every thing you need to set a strong foundation for entering into year 1 of the osteopathy program. This program is designed for people with no prior background in healthcare, anatomy, or physiology (ie; switching careers) or those with limited health care background (yoga, personal training etc).
The modified-attendance format of the program requires students to attend classes 5 days a month to minimize away time. The rest of the month is independent online/home study. This allows students to maintain employment and other personal responsibilities while taking on the program.
Semester and Start Dates
The program runs on a 12 month schedule, rotating with Winter and Summer semesters. One semester is dedicated to class work, the other for practical training. Students can begin the program in September or in March. If students choose the Fall Start, their classes will run in the winter semester, and they will complete practical training in the summer semester. If students choose a Spring Start, they will have classes in the summer and practical training in the winter. Classroom semester module dates are fixed, practical training dates are flexible. Students often choose their start date, based on which time of year is better suited personally for each component.
During the classroom semester, students come to the college for class one week per month – Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 3:45 pm daily – for a total of 6 times over the semester. Dates for classroom modules are set far in advance and attendance at all modules is mandatory. Between classroom modules students have a significant amount of online/self-study. To keep up with the course load during this semester, we recommend allotting 4+ hours of study for every single day that you are away from the college.
- Anatomy & Orthopedics
- Physiology & Pathophysiology
- Osteopathic Theory
- Osteopathic Manual Manipulation
- Sociology, Psychology, & Nutrition
In addition to using well known Anatomy, Physiology and Osteopathic textbooks, the CAO publishes its own course-wares and workbooks to assist students in their studies and knowledge retention.
During the practical semester, students are responsible for accumulating their practical hours. 1000 total practical hours required to graduate.
- Working in the CAO Student Clinic
- Mentoring Partnerships
- Shadowing Preceptors
- Table Tutoring in OMM classes
- Lecture Auditing
The CAO’s Student Clinic is a not-for-profit facility that provides free osteopathic treatment to the community of Hamilton and its surrounding areas.
Patients can come to the clinic for an initial assessment or for ongoing care. CAO students give back to the community while continuing their education process at the school and developing their clinical skills in an environment that benefits everyone. Treatment sessions are fully insured and professionally supervised by our experienced and certified teaching instructors.
The CAO does not offer or grant degrees, successful graduates obtain a college diploma. In Canada, only universities are sanctioned to grant degrees. Osteopathy is not offered in Canadian universities and osteopathic schools in Canada are private colleges.
Path to Professional Recognition
The Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA), the province’s premiere professional association for osteopathic manual practitioners, only recognizes Type 1 education for membership. They too promote TRANSPARENCY and only accept education that is DEFINED and thus MEASURABLE. This is why they are so highly regarded by the private insurance industry. Patients are in safe hands with the OOA.
CAO Graduates are:
- Eligible for membership in the OOA with their high standard education
- Equipped to successfully pass the OOA’s certification entrance exam