National Academy of Osteopathy offers a diploma program in Manual Osteopathy (DO(MP)) and eight certificate programs which are; Certified Osteopathic Office Assistant (COOA), Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (COMT), Auxiliary Osteopathy Therapy (CET), Certified Fitter: Foot Orthotics (CFFO), Certified Fitter: Support Hose (CFSH), Decompression Traction Therapy (CDTT), Clinical Ergonomics (CCE), Decompression Traction Assistant (CDTA), and Certified DNA Sample Collector (CDSC).
NAO’s academic program in osteopathy is a comprehensive and rigorous training that leads to a Diploma in Manual Osteopathic Practice (DO(MP)). The curriculum is presented in a series of study modules – each dedicated to a specific anatomical region – with faculty working together to coordinate content and ensure understanding is comprehensive and complete. Combining lectures, labs, case studies and clinical internship provides a smooth transition from academic knowledge to problem solving for treatment and management of patients’ conditions.
In this osteopathy program students learn how the human body works in progressive study modules that focus on back/spine, head/neck, upper and lower limbs. Each anatomical region is explored from all possible angles including anatomy, pathology, biomechanic, osteopathy principles and manual techniques. Students also explore how the body feels pain and how to treat it, within study modules that focus on specific symptom areas – including acute onset low back pain, thoracic spine pain, upper limb pain, lower limb pain, groin/hip/pelvis pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, headaches, and chronic low back pain. Students also develop problem solving and clinical skills by observing and participating in therapist-patient encounters.
Students complete the academic program by taking part in an internship program in NAO’s teaching clinic located in North York, Ontario under the supervision of clinical faculty.