Thank you for your inquiry with the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO). At this time the OAO does not recognize your educational institution so you would not be eligible for OAO membership. The Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO) is a voluntary not-for-profit organization promoting excellence in the practice of osteopathy. In keeping with OAO’s commitment to the professional development and advancement of osteopathy, the Board of Directors and the Standards Committee are currently reviewing the membership application criteria and process. It has been over three years since the OAO reviewed the board-approved list of institutions. Considering changes and advancements that have taken place within the field of osteopathy, the OAO will not be adding institutions to the list while the criteria is being reviewed.
The OAO membership approved a bylaw amendment at the May annual general meeting that will change how membership applications are reviewed and processed by the OAO.
Currently, membership applications are based on graduating from an institution listed on the board-approved list of schools on the OAO website. In keeping with OAO’s commitment to the professional development and advancement of osteopathy, we will be changing this system to reviewing membership applications from applicants who demonstrate meeting the required competencies by providing documentation, including transcripts and proof of the minimum required hours of supervised clinical practice, as outlined in the Board-approved guidelines for training in osteopathy. This will determine that the individual has demonstrated currency of knowledge, skill, judgement and ability sufficient for professional practice.
OAO’s Membership Application Task Force is currently developing the guidelines and the new membership application process. They will be shared with the OAO Membership for feedback. Once the new membership application process is approved, the system will change and move away from approving memberships based on the current system of the list of institutions.
It is important to note that in Ontario, the use of the term "Osteopath" is limited to members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Our members are "Osteopathic Manual Practitioners", which is an unregulated health profession.
Good luck with your future endeavours. If you have any further questions, please contact the OAO at INFO@OSTEOPATHYONTARIO.ORG