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  • ♦  To give our students sufficient modern theoretical and practical knowledge based on the respect to the heritage of Osteopathy

  • ♦  To conduct high quality training to allow students to become manual osteopathic practitioners, who are effective and safe

  • ♦  To offer different opportunities for students to learn in the best possible way to unlock their potential

  • ♦  To promote ethics based on the respect of each individual from the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels, regardless of their religion, culture or choices

  • ♦  To persuade graduates to become teachers and pass on the tradition for their students

♦  Program Overview & Description

At the Southern Ontario College of Osteopathy we are dedicated to providing the highest quality osteopathic education for health practitioners.

The quality of our program is based on respect of the origins and philosophy of osteopathy, as well as a focus on the provision of a stimulating learning environment.

Our mission is to give our students the knowledge and practical skills for a safe, competent and successful practice in osteopathy.

Dear Prospective Students

Southern Ontario College of Osteopathy (SOCO) offers a diploma in Osteopathy (Osteopathic Manipulative Practice). It comprises a comprehensive and intensive post-graduate program.

For the convenience of our students we have divided this three year program into thematic modules. This allows students to take the whole program or only the modules they choose.

Each module has a specific topic which is maximally covered using osteopathic approach in theory and in practice. Students can attend any module they think would be the most beneficial for them at the moment. What they will find is that each topic has complete coverage of theoretical and practical aspects.

Our teaching methods ensure that students will gain sufficient knowledge and practical skills at the end of each module, and this will allow them to integrate it in their practice, greatly enhancing their therapeutic efficacy.

All classes are taught by Dr. Norets, DOMP, MD (Europe), PhD, a physician with extensive knowledge and over a 30-year diverse practical experience in clinical medicine, teaching and research. He uses most effective diagnostic and treatment approaches based on the deep understanding of clinical osteopathy and sophisticated manual skills.

Program Overview

  • ♦  It includes a total of 23 intense three day thematic modules. These modules are carried over three years including 8 weeks of individual clinical training, covering all of the topics that are essential for osteopathic manipulative practice

  • ♦  Both osteopathic and allopathic approaches will be used

  • ♦  Focusing on clinical analysis of patients conditions students will learn how to develop the strategy of osteopathic treatment approaches

  • ♦  Only the most effective manual treatment techniques will be taught

  • ♦  A European teaching method will be utilized, along with modern technology, detailed handouts, and small number of participants, to achieve the great skillfulness of all hands-on techniques

  • ♦  Case presentations, mini-conferences and patient demonstrations will be included in the program

It is designed for motivated health practitioners who aspire in achieving a high level of expertise in theory and the complete mastery in osteopathic practice.

Health practitioners interested in the full program should have sufficient knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology. Applicants also should have a clinical background in health care including but not limited to: Acupuncture, Athletic Therapy, Chiropractic, Kinesiology, Massage Therapy, Medicine, Naturopathy, Nursing, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

For those students that successfully complete the entire program including clinical rotations, defending a thesis, written, oral and practical examinations, a Diploma in Osteopathy Manipulative Practice will be granted.

Graduates of the College have an opportunity to become members of the Ontario Federation of Osteopathic Professionals ( and Ontario Council Of Drugless Osteopathy (

Program Description

This program will cover:

  • ♦  All necessary theoretical aspects of Osteopathy and Manual Medicine including History and Philosophy as well as Ethics, Professional care and priorities, Practitioner/Patient relationship

  • ♦  Details of Clinical Anatomy, Embryology, Physiology, Biochemistry and Biomechanics pertinent to the topics under discussion as well as Pathology

  • ♦  Review of major medical conditions including:
    •      1. Musculoskeletal Disorders (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Upper and Lower Limb Pain, Osteoarthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis and Tendosynovitis, Fibromyalgia, TMJ Disorder, Posttraumatic Syndromes etc.)
    •      2. Neurologic Disorders (Headache, Vertigo, Postconcussion Disorder, Nerve roots compressions etc.)
    •      3. Pulmonary, Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal, Hepatic and Biliary, Endocrine, Genitourinary, Gynecology, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Immunology, and Pediatric Disorders

  • ♦  Physical examination including Osteopathic, Neurologic and Orthopedic Assessment

  • ♦  Medical imaging and interpretation, analysis of laboratory findings

  • ♦  The best carefully selected manual therapeutic techniques, including but not limited to:
    •      1. Myofascial Release
    •      2. Muscle Energy
    •      3. Osteoarticular
    •      4. Cranial and Cranio-sacral
    •      5. Visceral
    •      6. Ligamentous Articular Strain
    •      7. Counterstrain
    •      8. Facilitated Positional Release
    •      9. Functional
    •      10. Lymphatic
    •      11. Bioenergetic
    •      12. Exercise

Program Summary

Year 1: 8 modules with a requirement of 40 hours of clinical practice (observation).

Year 2: 8 modules with a requirement of 120 hours of clinical practice (40 hours of observation and 80 hours of supervised hands-on practice).

Year 3: 7 modules with a requirement of 160 hours of clinical practice (20 hours of observation and 140 hours of supervised hands-on practice).

Tuition fees

Our tuition fees are very competitive and we provide many payment options including payment plans. We allow students to pay for just the modules that they are currently taking. Please contact us for more detailed information.

Individual modules are recognized by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario as recordable Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credits with the Board of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy.
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