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 and backgrounds, and with all sorts of problems, like back, neck or joint pain, headaches, whiplash, and sport and occupational injuries. Osteopathy may assist in pregnancy-related back pain or promote healthy posture in children and adults.

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 as well.

The Osteopathic Council of New Zealand and representatives from the New Zealand osteopathic profession are regular visitors on campus. We also work closely with osteopathic schools in australia and Britain, and maintain links with the profession in 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.

to find out more about osteopathy talk to your local osteopath or check out the following websites:


Osteopathy programmes 

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: 19 September 2013  

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