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Osteopathy Regulation & Accreditation

The regulation of Osteopathy in the British Columbia is complicated by several factors. (This complication is due to the recognition of the title Osteopathic Physician, by The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.)

Osteopathic Physicians are those individuals who have trained in the United States and who hold a medical degree from a college or university approved by the American Osteopathic Association. 
In addition to being licensed physicians, they also have Osteopathic manual training. In Canada the Canadian School of Osteopathy provides an education in Traditional Osteopathic Manual Practice.

The Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice-Vancouver has earned its PCTIA registration. PCTIA is a Crown Corporation under the Ministry of Advanced Education of British Columbia and it “sets basic education standards for registered private career training institutions in British Columbia and establishes standards of quality which must be met by accredited institutions.”

Any patient seeking treatment should inquire as to the training of the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner that he is consulting with. It is important to understand that practitioners from other institutions may not have undergone the same training, or had the same clinical supervision as those attending the CEO/CSO. In addition not all colleges insist upon a research component, a cornerstone element that the CEO/CSO feels is crucial to becoming a well-integrated Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.