Osteopaths treat problems of the musculoskeletal system (parietal system) as well as internal conditions (visceral system) and issues regarding the (central) nervous system (craniosacral system). Osteopathic treatment is purely and solely based on gentle manual techniques. Osteopaths do not prescribe any medication nor dot hey use any invasive techniques such as injections or surgery. The objective of osteopathy is not to treat the illness itself, but to stimulate the patient's natural healing processes. Over the years, osteopathy’s holistic approach has proven to be useful and, accordingly, the demand for well-trained osteopaths is rising.
The objective of the certificate programme for further education in Osteopathy is to provide specialised training in selected fields of osteopathy and to ensure the advancement of the professional qualification to a level in line with a university of applied sciences. A further objective is also to carry out scientific research on the techniques used in osteopathic treatment.
The University of Applied Sciences Tyrol has been very fortunate in being able to secure the International Academy of Osteopathy (IAO), one of the oldest and most renowned osteopathic training institutions, as its partner for this Certificate programme for further education (www.osteopathie.eu).
At its headquarters in Ghent and in several educational institutions all over Europe the IAO trains around 2.500 students in both full-time and part time courses.
In the Master Programme the IAO is responsible for the osteopathic objectives.
Graduates of the certificate programme for further education in osteopathy are qualified to work on an employment basis or to work freelance. As fully trained osteopaths, they use both diagnosis and treatment techniques in all three core areas of osteopathy:
Their training qualifies them to perform comprehensive osteopathic diagnostic, take a medical history and develop promising therapeutic strategies. Our graduates are competent, reliable and responsible osteopaths who have successfully completed a challenging scientific and osteopathic training. Furthermore, they are accomplished in exchanging information and in working together with professionals from other medical disciplines.
The right to practice always is bound to the legal framework of the country the graduate works in. Osteopathy as a profession is explicitly legally defined and regulated in 8 European countries (Finland, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Portugal, Switzerland). The academic degree “Master of Science in Osteopathy” does not automatically lead to the right to practice.
Right to practice in Austria
Right to practice in Belgium
In 2015 the University of applied Sciences was successful in getting the accreditation for the new Curriculum by the German agency AHPGS – Accreditation Agency in Health and Social Sciences. This can be seen as proof for the high quality of the study programme on EQF-Level 7. The accreditation is valid until September 2020 for Innsbruck and Ghent.
The content of the first semester aims at widening the specific methods and technical competences of osteopaths in due consideration of the current state of knowledge, especially regarding evidence on efficacy and safety of osteopathic treatment techniques. The modules Differential diagnostics 1 and Integration 1 ensure a differenciated dealing with musculoscelettal disorders in accordance with osteopathic priciples as well as the development of stratgies for examination and treatment by the use of processes of reasoning on basis of evidence based practice. The module Teaching and learning covers concepts of learning from various perspectives and different theoretical and practical levels. In addition to this, relevant steps in the managing of projects are taught and trained to make their integration into individual professional routines and research possible.
In the second semester the module Differential diagnostics 2 builds up on the module Differential diagnostics 1 and explicitly focuses on the visceral system and interactions between various (sub-)systems. In the module Integration 2, the focus lies on the examination and treatment of children and older patients. Further deepening of socio-communicative skills happens in the module Language and communication, which examines the congruence and incongruence in communication and discusses the various aspects of group dynamics and group processes. The module Research 2 expands on the previously taught development, organisation and design of a scientific study. Furthermore, the module also treats the subjects of applied statistics, ethics and data protection and qualitative research. The support seminars, aimed at assisting students with their master theses, offer procedural guidance and help during the various stages of research in the form of collegial advice, self-organised peer meetings and targeted feedback on work progress.
In the third semester the module Differential diagnostics 3 deals with specific approaches for examination and treatment of metabolic disorders. The module Physiology of the visceral system processes the theoretical, practical and evidence based aspects of issues regarding the visceral system. The module Social and Personal Skills deals with ethno-cultural influences on the origin of diseases, as well as the role of ethno-medicine. The students acquire the necessary cultural sensitivity and skills for professional dealing with different cultures. Scientific skills and competences are further deepened in the module Research 3. Students are given the opportunity to lead a scientific discourse and to publish and present a scientific paper. Furthermore, within the scope of the support seminar, aimed at assisting students with their master theses, students can, once again, take advantage of procedural guidance and support during the various stages of their research. For integration of quality criteria in daily routines of therapy and the development of benchmarks for the quality of osteopathic processes, the module Quality and process management provides the necessary inputs.
In the fourth semester the module Human fascial system enables the students to perform examination and treatment of the fascial system under consideration of the current state of scientific knowledge. The module Sociology, Psychology and Psychosomatics deals with a further key issue, namely micro-, meso- and macro-scale health-relevant social processes in groups and communities and with interactions between psycho-social and biological processes in the context of health and illness. The module Research 4 gives students the opportunity to lead a scientific discourse and to publish and market a scientific dissertation. Furthermore, within the scope of the support seminar aimed at assisting students with their master theses, students can, once again, take advantage of procedural guidance and support during the various stages of their research. The degree of moderation by the teaching staff is reduced for the benefit of more self-organisation of the students. The module Medical Law covers the legal regulations relevant to providing high quality osteopathy as well as at the legal framework surrounding this professional field.
The fifth semester is scheduled for the work on the master thesis. This work is further supported and reflected by procedural guidance and advice during the various stages of work on the thesis. The writing of the master thesis represents the final prerequisite for the successful completion of the Certificate Programme for Further Education in Osteopathy in accordance with § 9 FHStG.
The course content is laid down in the Curriculum.
The University of Applied Sciences Tyrol is offering the certificate programme for further education in Osteopathy at the following locations:
Please submit your complete application within the actual registration deadline
or per email (all records and documents have to be attached in digital form)
Please make sure that you do not enclose any original documents to the application. Please also note that the application papers will not be returned. Thank you very much for your understanding.
In accordance with § 9 University of Applied Sciences Studies Act, applicants for the certificate programme for further education in Osteopathy must go through a multi-stage admissions process, the implementation of which is the responsibility of the head of the programme.
In order to register for the advanced professional training programme in Osteopathy it is essential that the applicant submits his/her application documents (application form plus all other stipulated documents) before the closing date. The documents, which are treated confidentially, will then be checked for completeness and compliance with the entry criteria.
The objective of the aptitude examination is to determine the best qualified candidates through the assessment of factors relevant to the degree programme (professional, personal and social skills). The aptitude examination consists of the following parts:
Evaluation of the documentation provided
The interview is carried out by the head of the programme and a member of the teaching and research staff. Each interview is evaluated separately and notes are taken on the interview and on aspects of the evaluation.
The evaluations, which lead to a ranking of candidates, are all documented thus ensuring that the results are verifiable and accountable. An application file is created for each candidate in which all the results are recorded.
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