PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION & ACCREDITATION CRITERIA
Definition of Osteopathy
Osteopathy’s diagnostic and course of treatment are aimed at restoring and preserving the balance between structure and function within the different systems of the human body.
This specialty is defined by its global approach, which allows for an evaluation of the mechanical and functional systems as well as posture. Osteopathic treatments involve specific manual maneuvers based on the results of this assessment.
Because Osteopathy addresses the functional pathologies, it utilizes and recognizes the need for a medical evaluation to establish the eventual organicism of the existing pathology.
RITMA requires that the applicant possess an equivalence diploma or have successfully completed 1000 hours of training in osteopathic studies.
A college degree in health sciences or equivalent
A professional training of a minimum of 2000 hours, which may be defined as follows:
- Theory and practical classes (1120h)
- Clinical evaluation tools and clinical observation classes (170h)
- Various on hands supervised training periods and clinical experimentation (230h)
- Medical glossary (60h)
- Sexology (45h)
- First aid and C.P.R. training (45h)
- Ethic and deontology (30h)
- End of course Thesis or journal (300h)
The RITMA association encourages continued education for its members, who may benefit from industry improvements and new skills or techniques, in order to remain at the top of their profession. Keep in mind that every additional class or course taken in any alternative medicine discipline may be considered when tabulating your total number of hours of education.