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, there are two accredited providers in Aotearoa, with one taking enrollments for osteopathic training. The Ara Institute of Canterbury offers a 4 year full time program in Christchurch, with the Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Health leading in to the Postgraduate Diploma in Osteopathy. This program is currently open for enrolments. Unitec in Auckland provides a 5 year full time program, with the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) leading into the Master of Osteopathy. Unitec is now closed for new enrolments while they teach-out their current cohort.

Osteopathic training covers all the medical sciences, with a focus on osteopathic principles, diagnosis and treatment. For more information on osteopathic training through Ara, please 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 and Ara.

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 and a list of accredited courses, visit the OCNZ website.