Comparing the Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) to the Bachelor of Science in Osteopathy BSc (O)


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National University of Medical Sciences (NUMSS) offers 2 online on-demand osteopathy programs as well as campus based programs. Here we explain and compare the differences between the doctor of osteopathy program and the bachelor of science in osteopathy program. DO vs BSc (O).

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Comparing the Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) to the Bachelor of Science in Osteopathy BSc (O)

  1. 1. Comparing the Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) Program to Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Osteopathy Osteopaths graduating from both programs are able to open their own clinics and work independently or be employed by other rehab clinics in all the countries of the world including Canada, USA, England, Australia, Spain, Italy, France, Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Japan, South Korea, China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, South Africa, Tanzania, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Russia, Ukraine & Latvia. The average income is slightly more for the DOs as they are generally busier in practice than others as they are trained to offer more services to patients and they are able to read x-rays. For the above reasons doctors of osteopathy have more employment options as well compared to other osteopaths. DO BSc (Osteopathy)Study Time (category 1 students) 4 years full time (category 1) 3 years full time (category 1)Accelerated Study time (categories 2 & 3)for students with prior health education: 2 years full time (category 2) 1 year full time (category 2)physiotherapists, massage therapists, 1 year full time (category 3) 6 months full time (category 3)chiropractors, acupuncturists, physicians, No part time No part timekinesiologists, manual osteopaths, etc)Total Tuition (category 1 students) €12,000 (Euro) €9,000 (Euro)Total Tuition (category 2 students) €6,000 €3,000Total Tuition (category 3 students) €3,000 €1,500Books €100 to €400 per semester €100 to €400 per semesterDesignation DO BSc (Osteopathy)Average Annual Income $90,000 + $90,000Hourly Treatment Fee $80 to $140 $60 to $140International Osteopathic Association (IOA) Must become IOA member to Must become IOA member toLicense Number receive license to practice receive license to practiceMalpractice Insurance Cost $500 to $700 per year $300 to $500 per year Primary health practitioner. Can Primary health practitioner. CanPractice open independent clinic and open independent clinic and see see patients directly without patients directly without supervision. supervision.
  2. 2. Osteopathic Assessment Able to perform assessments Able to perform assessmentsMedical Diagnosis Able to medically diagnose Able to Medical diagnosisOsteopathic Techniques Able to perform all osteopathic Able to perform all osteopathic techniques techniquesPhysiotherapy Able to provide physiotherapy Able to provide physiotherapy modalities to patients modalities with extra trainingDecompression Traction Therapy (DTT) Able to perform DTT Able to perform DTT with extra trainingCustom Made Orthotic Casting & dispensing Able to cast & dispense Able to cast & dispense with extra trainingSupport Hose Fitting Able to fit compression socks Able to fit compression socks with extra trainingClinical Ergonomic Services Able to provide clinical Able to provide this service only with ergonomics to patients extra trainingIndependent Medical Evaluation (IME) Able to perform Able to performAMA Impairment Rating Able to perform Able to performDisability Certificates Able to sign Able to signTreatment Plans Able to sign Able to signFunctional Abilities Evaluation (FAE) Able to perform FAE Able to perform FAE with extra trainingHome Based Assessment (HBA) Able to perform HBA Able to perform HBA with extra trainingJob Site Analysis (JSA) Able to perform JSA Able to perform JSA with extra trainingOsteopathy Treatment at Home Permitted PermittedHospital Work Permitted PermittedUniversity Teaching Position Available as professor Available as teacher`s assistantResearch Position May be hired as researcher May be hired as research assistantUniversity Credit Course accepted as university Course accepted as university credit creditPrerequisite 3 years Prior university High school graduation (grade 12 or education equivalent)
  3. 3. Employment Potential Zero unemployment. All Zero unemployment. All osteopaths osteopaths work soon after work soon after graduation. graduation.Radiology Able to read X-rays Not permittedSpecialty Able to specialize in Not available orthopaedics, neurology, sports medicine & rehabilitation medicineMaster’s Degree Not able to enrol in a university Able to enrol in most postgraduate master’s program without master’s programs including MBA having a bachelor’s degreeNew Patients Doctors offer more services Services are limited to osteopathic (orthotics, ergonomics, treatments unless additional courses physiotherapy, decompression) are taken. and they are more versatile clinically as they read x-rays. As a result they have more new patients.Prestige No other degrees have the A bachelor`s degree is a great way same prestige as a doctor of to start a career as it is a gateway osteopathy. There are just a that takes you to many other small number of DOs in the directions. There are not many world so having a DO makes osteopaths with a bachelor`s degree you belong to an exclusive and having a BSc in osteopathy club. makes you unique amongst your peers. Each jurisdiction may have different health regulatory acts. Whenever the osteopathic scope of practice conflicts with the regulatory laws of a jurisdiction; the law always prevails. Osteopaths must always follow the health rules and regulations set in each jurisdiction.