With the rise in popularity of alternative and complementary medicine, see what requirements you need for osteopath jobs and vacancies and look at our UK job search and guide.
More and more people are starting to look at osteopath jobs, so if you are interested in this as a career, one of the first questions to ask is whether you have the necessary personal skills to become an osteopath. You will need to have a caring attitude, good social and communication skills, and of course you must enjoy working with people. To become an osteopath you will also need to have manual dexterity and the ability to cope with a physically demanding as well as a mentally demanding profession. Being able to put nervous or shy patients at ease will also help.
Since 2000, it has been a legal requirement that no one will be able to practice in this field unless they are registered with the General Council (GOsC). To register you will need to complete an approved course of study - training at an approved school is rigorous, and includes studying basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, pathology, diagnosis and treatment planning. Throughout the course, the techniques, concepts and philosophy of the field are taught and integrated into all subject areas.
Entry requirements for each institution or college vary slightly. Typical requirements would be three A levels or four H grades (at grade C or above) in science subjects, including biology and chemistry, and at least five GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3). There are also postgraduate degrees, such as an MSc, for qualified medical doctors. For any of these courses, the minimum age to start training is 18.
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