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How to Become an Osteopath

If you enjoy working with a diverse range of people, interested in health and wellbeing, and want a rewarding, fulfilling career, working as an osteopath could be the ideal career for you. Osteopathy is a career with an average salary of £45,000, with 11% of osteopaths earning in excess of £100,000. Osteopathy involves helping patients of all ages and backgrounds, from elderly patients and children to pregnant women and athletes. Osteopaths are an Allied Health Profession, recognised by the NHS as being key to transforming people’s health, care and wellbeing.

If becoming an osteopath is something you’re considering, whether you’re at the start of your higher education journey or you want to retrain later in life, here’s how to qualify for this enjoyable career.

What Do Osteopaths Do?

Osteopaths are qualified health care professionals who assess, diagnose and treat health issues. Osteopaths conduct full medical case histories and use clinical examinations to make diagnoses. They assess the patient’s overall health to identify the root cause of the issue and agree individual management plans that may include manual therapy (hands -on treatment) exercise, health and lifestyle advice. Osteopaths can use a variety of hands-on treatment methods to reduce pain and improve mobility. These may include soft tissue massage to relax tense muscles, mobilisation of joints, and manipulation to improve mobility in restricted areas of the body, such as the spine.

Osteopathy is about treating the whole person and not just the site of the pain. Osteopaths see a wide range of people, from sports people to expectant mothers, children, keeping older people active and mobile, and those overcoming injury. With further training osteopaths can treat animals as well as people

Osteopaths work with and refer to other healthcare professionals – GPs, consultants, physiotherapists, midwives and others. As an osteopath, you will build great professional networks and lifelong colleagues. You can work independently by setting up your own private osteopathy practice, or as a member of therapy clinic or within the NHS.

The profession is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council, and osteopaths continue their professional development throughout their career.

What Qualities Do I Need to Work as an Osteopath?

The key qualities and traits that are needed to work as an osteopath include:

  • Interest in people and how the body works
  • Ability to work by yourself and be independent
  • Ability to work with others
  • A scientific enquiring mind
  • Curiosity and creativity
  • Maturity
  • Independence and individuality
  • Integrity and ability to take responsibility

To be eligible to study for a MOst qualification at BCOM, you will need 112 UCAS points, which may include BTEC courses, Higher National Diplomas, Science foundation courses in science or health, Baccalaureates or Scottish Highers, in addition to biology.

Mature students with previous degrees (2:1 or above) or other educational pathways will be considered on an individual basis depending on previous qualifications.

International students who possess A level equivalent qualifications are eligible to apply. Where necessary the applicant must possess a ‘Use of English Qualification’ at an IELTS level >6.5 or equivalent.

What will you learn at BCOM?

When you study a Masters in Osteopathy you will learn about:

  • Anatomy, physiology, health and disease
  • Clinical and diagnostic skills
  • Psychology and human behaviour
  • Concepts and philosophy of osteopathy
  • Research skills and evidence informed practice

You will spend over 1000 hours in the teaching clinic, seeing and treating patents as part of your degree. You will have skilled, hands-on and practical expertise so that you are fully trained to work as soon as you graduate.

Changing careers to become an osteopathy

If you want to retrain from another career later in life, it can be beneficial to get some paid or voluntary experience with a qualified osteopath before you apply for your course. This will enable you to gain the skills and qualities needed to be successful in your training. Applicants with a 2:1 or above in another discipline will be considered on an individual basis depending on their experience and skill set.

Practising as an Osteopath

BCOM’s Masters in Osteopathy will require you to undertake over 1,000 hours of supervised clinical training, in addition to subject training in physiology, pathology, biomechanics, pharmacology and anatomy. After you’ve completed your Masters and registered with the GOsC, you’ll be able to practice as a fully qualified osteopath.

Date Posted: 15/09/2021 | Posted In: Uncategorized

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