Ever considered a career in healthcare?
The College of Osteopath’s unique part-time degree in Osteopathy allows you to study while you continue with your current lifestyle, be that full/part time work or otherwise.
So what’s an osteopath?
Osteopaths are health care professionals. Osteopathy is the art and science of using their expertise in case history taking and their hands-on skills to make a diagnosis and then treat patients. Treatment approaches are varied and are aimed at reducing pain and improving movement. It can give tremendous satisfaction to help people to feel better with treatment. Osteopaths treat people of all ages. Some specialise in particular areas including paediatrics, visceral, cranial or animals.
Where do Osteopaths work?
Osteopaths work in a variety of settings. There are a few in post within the NHS but mostly osteopaths work in private settings. This can be in private health clinics, large companies, sports clubs, doctors’ surgeries or in a clinic set up at home. Osteopaths can be found working by themselves (sole practitioners) or as part of a practice. The practice may be made up of just osteopaths or a variety of healthcare professionals.
Is Osteopathy for you?
If you answer ‘yes’ to the following the a career in osteopathy could be for you.
· Have you got an interest in health and wellbeing?
· Does the idea of learning about the human body and how it functions excite you?
· Have you got good communication skills?
· Do you enjoy meeting people?
· Do you want to help people?
· Would you be able to work with your hands? (Osteopathy can be a physically demanding profession)
The programme has been designed to meet the needs of those who wish to work while they learn and train on a fully part-time basis. The programme develops the educational, professional and business skills required for successful practice.
Attendance is required every other weekend for 18 weekends per year. These take place over 2 semesters at our two campuses (Staffordshire and Hendon).
In addition to this there are staggered clinic hours which are completed at our teaching clinics. There is flexibility built into the attendance required at clinic.
There is no requirement to attend full-time at any time on the programme. Furthermore this innovative programme focuses on the development and practical application of business skills from year one, ensuring that students will graduate with osteopathic and business competence.
We currently offer both a Bachelor of Osteopathy (BOst) which takes 5 years to complete and Master of Osteopathy (MOst) which completes in five and a half years.
We have been running a part-time course since 1948 and are specialists when it comes to working with mature learners. We are well versed in all the possible combinations of events that life will throw your way during your studies and can guide and support you.
“…It’s years since I studied…”
We don’t think that should put you off. Osteopathy is a hugely rewarding career which we think is worth working towards. Some of our highest achieving students have been those who didn’t get on well in school the first time around. We also have many people on the course who, when they start, haven’t written an essay for years. Whilst you have to do the actual work, we will provide guidance and support either ourselves or through our university partnerships.
· Foundation course
· Essay writing and research skills sessions
· Timetable dates up to 2 years in advance
· Assessment schedules in advance
· Flexible clinic hours attendance
· Weekend-only lectures
· Educational support officers
We are really excited to be part of the shows. It’s great to talk to people about osteopathy and the possibilities there are to work in the healthcare field. If you are thinking about a new lifestyle where your family AND your work can both be your passions, come find us. We look forward to meeting you and talking about how to make this possible.
If you want to know more we hold regular open days visit our website for more information: http://www.collegeofosteopaths.ac.uk/apply-now/
Hannah Del Ponte, The College of Osteopaths
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