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Osteopathy

Interested in osteopathy? Train to be an osteopath and you’ll learn how to help people with all sorts of different problems. Back, neck or joint pain, headaches or occupational injuries, osteopaths help everyone from young children to elderly people.

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If you're currently studying, or have graduated with, the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology), you can still apply for the Master of Osteopathy. If this does not apply, please visit the website for the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ), or contact us below for more information.

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Osteopathy is a form of diagnosis and treatment that focuses mainly on the muscles and joints of the body. In the Master of Osteopathy, you'll put your prior learning of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, into practice. You'll treat real patients with all sorts of conditions – from sports injuries to whiplash to pregnancy-related pain - at our fully functioning osteopathy clinic on campus.
 
You’ll be supervised every step of the way by experienced osteopaths who will help you build your clinical problem-solving skills and osteopathic technique. And because osteopaths often set up their own clinical practice, you'll develop strong clinical management skills as well.

 

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS START DATES
Master of Osteopathy 9 Full-time for two years Registered osteopath, Osteopathic education and research February

Industry connections

To find out more about osteopathy, talk to your local osteopath or visit osteopathsnz.co.nz or www.osteopathiccouncil.org.nz.

Industry accreditation

The Master of Osteopathy is accredited by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. Once you've successfully completed this programme, you can apply for registration to practice as an osteopath.

Industry contacts

The Osteopathic Council of New Zealand, Osteopaths New Zealand, and representatives from the New Zealand osteopathic profession are regular visitors on campus. We also maintain positive relationships with professional bodies in New Zealand and Australia, and close links with osteopathic schools in New Zealand and internationally. One day you may want to take your osteopathy skills overseas and we just might have the contacts to help you do so.

Facilities

Unitec Osteopaths, based at Unitec’s Mt Albert campus, offers osteopathy services for students, staff and the public. It’s the only osteopathy training clinic of its kind in New Zealand and it’s here that Master of Osteopathy students get hands-on practice caring for real patients. Treatment is carried out under the supervision of clinical tutors and anyone can make an appointment.