How to become a Osteopath

Osteopaths diagnose, treat and provide preventative advice about disorders that affect the body's musculoskeletal system, using manual techniques to alleviate stresses and dysfunction to improve the body's function.

Personal requirements of a Osteopath

  • Independent and highly motivated
  • Interested in health science and human anatomy
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Good communication skills
  • Interested in people and their health

Education & Training for a Osteopath

To become an osteopath you usually have to complete a degree in clinical sciences at university with a major in osteopathic studies, followed by a postgraduate qualification in osteopathy. Alternatively, you can complete a double degree in health science and applied science (osteopathy). To get into the degree courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, chemistry, biology and physics are normally required. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree. Entry can be highly competitive, and applicants may be required to attend an interview. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au.

Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 57.1%

NT 0.6%

QLD 0%

SA 5.3%

TAS 1.7%

VIC 20%

WA 13.8%

Hours worked:

36.2

Unemployment:

below average

Gender split:

Male 52%

Female 48%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 100%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 49%

Above 35 years: 51%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.




Additional Information
Before undertaking clinical placements required by courses, students will need to obtain a National Police Certificate, a Provide First Aid Certificate and immunisations, and undergo a Working with Children Check. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.
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