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Introducing the Newly Revamped Osteopathic Program at CCO

The Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO) and its parent institution, College d’Etudes Osteopathiques—the Canadian leaders in osteopathic manual practice education—are pleased to announce the inauguration of an innovative, revamped osteopathic education program. Beginning this fall, you will be able to enroll in the CCO’s osteopathic program and complete it in only five years.
All of the same time-honoured courses have been retained in the new program, but they are scheduled through a four-year period instead of the previous five. This rearrangement promotes the honing of clinical skills and the conducting of independent research during the fifth and final year. The CCO and the CEO’s program, which helped set the standard for the World Health Organization’s benchmarks for osteopathic education, will continue to exceed those standards.
Major changes to the program include the following: 
  • Course work completed in four years instead of five
  • Fewer year-end examinations
  • Clinical hours expanded into the final year
  • Simplified research component 
Choosing where you will take your education in osteopathic manual practice requires careful consideration. The CCO was the first osteopathic educational institution to be established in Ontario, more than 25 years ago. Since then, the college has graduated some of the most qualified and accomplished osteopathic professionals in the province. Although shorter programs at other institutions may seem enticing, it is important to realize that osteopathy is much more than learning techniques. At the CCO, our program focuses on the essential features of osteopathic manual practice that set it apart from other forms of manual therapy. The most important of these features is palpation. Time and feedback are the most crucial elements of one’s palpation development. 
The CCO will always maintain the practitioner’s ability to palpate tissue tension, texture, and subtle motions, because this is the hallmark of competent osteopathic practice. This professional skill—and this art form—distinguish manual osteopathic practice from all other forms of manual therapy. Palpation development cannot be rushed.
Graduates of the CCO will join the enduring, reputable profession of osteopathy. A profession is distinguished from a job or an occupation by the body of research that supports that profession and, in the case of osteopathy, by clinical practice to improve patients’ lives. The CCO will continue to graduate professionals who are thoroughly equipped to not only treat patients, but also to fully understand osteopathic principles and practices, critically consider research and its application in clinical practice, and contribute to the osteopathic body of knowledge.
If you are interested in making osteopathic manual practice your life-long career, then invest your time wisely and enroll in Ontario’s most robust osteopathic education program. The Canadian College of Osteopathy is accepting applications now. Go online to register, at http://www.osteopathy-canada.com.