How NSOA Protects the Public
NSOA sets requirements for entry to the manual osteopathy profession, registers manual osteopaths, sets standards of practice and guidelines for professional practice, monitors competence of its members through a quality assurance program, investigates complaints and reports against manual osteopaths who are its members and disciplines those members who have committed acts of professional misconduct or who are incompetent or incapacitated. Before being allowed to become a member of the Nova Scotia Osteopathic Association, a manual osteopath must:
- Graduate from an accredited osteopathic school which offers manual osteopathic education that is compliant with the Benchmarks in Training in Osteopathy published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2010; which requires that the osteopathic education be a minimum of 4200 hours for students with no prior health education or 2000 hours for students with prior health education, 1000 hours of which must be on clinical training.
- Pass licensing examinations as set by the Nova Scotia Osteopathic Association
- Obtain malpractice insurance (must carry a minimum of $1,000,000 in general and liability insurance)
- Obtain a certificate in level C first aid and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults and children
- Provide a criminal record check
**Applicants must also meet the requirements of Employment and Immigration Canada and demonstrate a reasonable fluency in either English or French.