Want a healthcare job that’s a little different? Osteopathy might fit the bill. It’s an established form of diagnosis and treatment, focusing on the muscles, joints and other parts of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Osteopaths treat people of all ages, backgrounds and with all sorts of problems. Like back, neck or joint pain. Or headaches, whiplash and tennis elbow. It can relieve pregnancy or growth-related aches and pains too. It can even ease a baby’s colic.
In New Zealand, only Unitec’s osteopathy training leads to registration with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand and practice as an osteopath. And because osteopathy is such a hands-on profession, the Department of Osteopathy programmes are hands-on too. Enrol in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) and you’ll develop skills that are directly applicable to professional practice. Once you’re a Master of Osteopathy student, you’ll treat real patients in our fully functioning osteopathic clinic on campus, under the supervision of experienced osteopaths. And because osteopaths often set up their own clinical practice, you’ll develop strong clinical management skills too.
The Osteopathic Council, Osteopathic Society of New Zealand and the Australian Osteopathic Association are all regular visitors on campus. We also work closely with osteopathic schools in Australia, Britain, France, the USA, Russia and Canada. Who knows, one day you may want to take your osteopathy skills overseas. And we just might have the contacts to help you do so.
If you're just starting out:
Bridgepoint foundation education programmes can get you ready to apply for certificate, diploma or degree level study. Find out more about Bridgepoint programmes on offer.
To become a registered osteopath:
Last edited: 22 April 2013