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Osteopathic Education UK
The title 'osteopath' is protected by law (Protection of title) and you have to be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) to practise in the UK. It is a criminal offence, liable to prosecution, for anyone to claim explicitly or by implication to be any kind of osteopath unless they are on the GOsC Register. In order to be registered, all osteopaths must have completed a course of training that is recognised by the GOsC.
Training courses generally lead to a bachelor’s degree in osteopathy (a BSc Hons, BOst or BOstMed) or a masters degree (MOst) and consist of five years of full training.
A degree course includes detailed anatomy, physiology, neurology, clinical medicine, pathology, neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction, pharmacology, nutrition and biomechanics, plus at least 1,500 hours of clinical training.