Become an Osteopath

Studying to be an Osteopath

Studying to become an osteopath in New Zealand must be done through a course accredited by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. Currently, Unitec in Auckland is the only provider of an accredited programme. It is a 5 year full time program, with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) leading into the Master of Osteopathy.

Training covers all the medical sciences, with a focus on osteoapthic principles, diagnosis and treatment. During the Masters program, a research project is also undertaken. For more details on the Unitec program click here.

Working in New Zealand

All osteopaths must be registered with the Osteopathic Council of NZ and hold a current practising certificate. Registrants must have trained at an accredited course. In NZ this currently means Unitec.

Osteopaths who are registered in Australia are eligible for registration under the Trans Tasman Mutual Recognition Act.

Osteopaths from other countries may be eligible for registration via the Competent Authority Pathway Program. This involves a 12 month workplace-based assessment with mentoring. For further details, including a list of accredited courses visit the OCNZ website.