What is osteopathy? Even now osteopaths can’t agree on a definition for this word! Depending on which osteopath you speak to and which school the osteopath attended you will get different and varied answers!

However there is one thing that most osteopaths agree on and that is the minimum standard of osteopathic training. There are two aspects when training as an osteopath and in my opinion both of these are synonymous.

One aspect of osteopathic training is the science degree (B.sc), the other aspect has to do with the standard of osteopathic training undertaking by the student! In England this part of osteopathic training is referred to as R.Q. status (recognised qualification). England is the only country in Europe to date that has secured regulation of osteopathy and “title protection” which simply means that in England unless you have G.Os.C registration it is illegal to call yourself or work as an osteopath! This is held as the gold seal of approval for osteopaths and insures a very high standard of training which in turn insures public safety for patients, (until recently the level of entry for Irish osteopaths onto the Irish register was G.Os.C. registration), even today most Irish osteopaths myself included hold this English registration as we believe it is still the best standard to insure adequate training in osteopathy until we have a similar R.Q. status set up here in Ireland. Graduates who train at schools who do not have this R.Q. status may find it difficult to gain registration after qualification!

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Hi my name is Anneka and I am a 4th year student at the L.S.O. (London School of Osteopathy). The academic side of the osteopathic course is very difficult; L.S.O. guidelines for study ask students that in 1st year 17 hours per week is expected accumulating to 30 hours per week in the 5th year. I must admit that the practical side of both courses are identical, patient examination, case history taking, medical science, pathology, neurology, C.V.S., respiratory exam, red flags and how and when to and not manipulate. I would put this down to the standard of osteopathic tutors on both courses. Both courses employ full time clinicians who are very highly regarded on their respected fields of expertise. I would advise any prospective students to insure that their college of choice has the degree and R.Q. status!


Anneka and I am a 4th year student at the L.S.O. (London School of Osteopathy)

Hi my name is Jason and I am a 3rd year student at the B.S.O. (British School of Osteopathy). The academic aspect of the degree course is very difficult and the fees, travel and accommodation fees are very high! You also don’t get any qualification unless you finish the full five years and outside the student clinic you can’t work on patients to make any money during your studies. The technical classes at the B.S.O. and the I.I.P.T. are very similar and a lot of these techniques are taught the same way. The drop out rate to date in my class is about 33% and I would put this down to the amount of academic study needed for the Bsc aspect of the course. I would advise any person thinking of studying osteopathy to attend a college that has the R.Q. status in osteopathy as well as the academic degree.

There is an alternative to osteopathy where you can study manipulative therapy:

www.iiptcork.com/manipulative therapy

Jason and I am a 3rd year student at the B.S.O. (British School of Osteopathy)

I would like to thank you for the past 12 months doing the spinal manipulation course. It has been the most practical and beneficial course I’ve done since I began my training. I have received referrals from doctors throughout the year & this course has given me great confidence in diagnosing and treatment of patients with back and neck injuries. Allowing students to practice and treat patients supervised is one of the many advantages that set your college apart from others. Many thanks to Pauline for her encouragement, constant text reminders & making the clinic a friendly, relaxed & welcoming place to do our clinical hours.