Training and classes in Osteopathy


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Training and classes in Osteopathy

Training and classes in Osteopathy



To meet RITMA's eligibility criteria, every osteopathic school or educational institute must offer a comprehensive training program.

Several osteopathy courses are offered in Quebec. The college or academy that offers training in osteopathy must integrate hours of practical and theoretical training as well as knowledge of the administrative sector such as professional ethics, deontology and management.

The osteopathic study includes a component of touch techniques, but also the in-depth study of the anatomy and functioning of the entire human body.

We invite you to discuss at length with the managers before choosing your training center.

The curriculum is important, but so is the vision and the school of thought.


RITMA's criteria are based on those of the World Health Organization.



The public network, under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sport (MELS) in Quebec, does not offer training in osteopathy, so there is no public program for the training of this profession. The programs to become an osteopath are offered by private schools, colleges or professional training centers in osteopathy.

Vigilance is required for online osteopathy courses, distance training or correspondence, given the type of skills to be developed in manual technique maneuvers. The osteopathy courses include a theoretical training component and a practical or clinical training component by skills.

It will be possible for the qualified person to practice their profession of osteopath across Quebec, because osteopathy is more and more in demand.

Once graduated, the osteopath will become an independent professional and will be able to practice his profession in an already established private clinic, often multidisciplinary, or even open their own office.

It is common for the osteopath to join a clinic to work collegially with other health professionals.

The osteopath's salary may vary depending on the clinics where they practice their profession.




In Quebec, the initial training of osteopaths is offered by private schools. The vocational school that provides training in osteopathy must teach the technique, how to successfully touch, perform manipulations and movements and develop the skills inherent to the profession. The osteopath will have in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics. The complete course in osteopathy is normally and minimally between 4 and 6 years depending on the school (4200 hours), or 1200 and 1500 hours (depending on the WHO type 2 program, offered to health professionals). Some schools require the submission of a dissertation (thesis). Variations in these formations are observed at the provincial, national and international levels.


Osteopathy is an unconventional therapeutic approach based on the idea that manual manipulations of the musculoskeletal and myofascial system can relieve certain functional disorders.