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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.

First you’ll learn the theory with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology), where you’ll study the core sciences of anatomy, physiology and pathology, as well as osteopathic principles and techniques. You’ll put it into practice as a Master of Osteopathy student, treating real patients 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.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July
Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4)4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into degree-level study at universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in New Zealand.February or July
Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology)7Full-time for three yearsThis programme prepares you for further study in the Master of OsteopathyFebruary
Master of Osteopathy9Full-time for two yearsRegistered osteopath, Osteopathic education and researchFebruary

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 Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) and Master of Osteopathy is accredited by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. It’s the only training programme in New Zealand that leads to registration with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. Once you've successfully completed the Master of Osteopathy, 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 work closely with osteopathic schools in Australia and Britain, and maintain links with the profession in other countries. One day you may want to take your osteopathy skills overseas and we just might have the contacts to help you do so.


Clinic 41, 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.