Conditions for admission
The applicant must have completed his or her training at a CPOQ recognized school. To this day, the graduates of the École professionnelle des ostéopathes du Québec (EPOQ), the Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques (CEO) and the Centre Ostéopathique du Québec (COQ) are recognized by the CPOQ. Their academic training meets the standards of the World Health Organization.
To join the CPOQ, the following conditions must be met:
Criteria (according to the WHO):
Applicant with a DEC in health science or equivalent:
Training of 4200 hours and more is required, and can be defined as:
- Theoretical courses (human anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, applied neurology in osteopathy, semiology, etc.)
- Practical courses (paraclinical exams, pelvic, columnar and limb manipulation techniques, muscular osteopathy, osteopathic techniques on the digestive and cranial systems)
- Professional ethics and deontology
- Clinical training: supervised clinical training (1000 hours) and writing a case study. Research profile: written work (1000 hours)
This list is not exhaustive and may vary for different schools.
Applicant with a health professional diploma::
- Must have completed 1200 hours of osteopathic studies
Osteopaths who graduated outside of Quebec:
Any applicant will be subject to an exhaustive analysis of their course followed outside the province of Quebec and may include a review of clinical skills.
Since osteopathy is not regulated to this day, the osteopath member of the CPOQ agrees to comply to the code of ethics and the statutes and bylaws of the association. This implies the obligation to respect all activities reserved for professional orders as described in the Quebec Professional Code. In addition, the applicant commits to taking out a professional liability insurance specific to his osteopathic practice and to produce an annual attestation justifying it. The applicant must not have any criminal, disciplinary or professional convictions. Finally, he or she undertakes to inform the CPOQ without delay, and in writing, of any change in professional practice and any criminal, disciplinary or professional convictions.
To remain current and meet his or her professional obligations, your osteopath must complete 45 hours of mandatory continuing education every 3 years in order to maintain their CPOQ membership.