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National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO), founded in 2010 by manual osteopath, Dr. Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD offers a WHO compliant Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (the DOMP title is copyrighted by NAO) program at its York University Heights campus in Toronto as well as online worldwide. NAO is the largest school of manual osteopathy in the world with alumni in 72 countries. Most manual osteopaths in Canada are NAO alumni. NAO is the only school of osteopathy with an Award of Excellence from the Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges & Universities.


NAO graduates successful manual osteopaths. We focus heavily on chronic pain management. Our students learn more techniques than any other school of osteopathy in Canada and we have more instructors than other schools. Additionally Dr. Pourgol gives over 250 business management lectures to NAO students. These lectures and the ability of our alumni in treating chronic pain are the reason why they enjoy annual income of $150,000 which is $60,000 more than what other manual osteopaths make in Canada.


NAO alumni can join Canadian associations that are accepted by private health insurers such as ACMA, ACTMD and the College of Registered Manual Osteopaths which awards them the title of registered manual osteopath (RMO) that allows them to bill most private health insurers in Canada. They can join many other associations including the Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners which gives them the ability to treat union members across Canada. In the US, our alumni can join the American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners and the American Association of Natural Wellness Practitioners (which NAO president is an Advisory Board member) which gives them the ability to practice in all 50 States. Elsewhere alumni can join the International Osteopathic Association and many others.


NAO is affiliated with Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada that operates 378 clinics in 34 countries, including 14 clinics in the United States. All OCPCC manual osteopaths are NAO graduates who have taken the NAO fellowship program in chronic pain management (offered to our DOMP graduates for free).


Our DOMP program is accepted for Canada Students Grants & Loan Program. Qualified students are eligible to receive up to a total amount of $11,900. Eligible students also receive full scholarship to study at NAO under Ontario Works, WORKBC, and other such programs in Canadian provinces. The Canadian Armed Forces, under their VRPSM program offers full scholarships to veterans to study at NAO. First Nations and Métis Nations across Canada offer full scholarships to Indigenous Peoples to study at NAO.


To receive information on how to become a manual osteopath please contact Maria Veprjitska, the NAO Registrar at info@nationalacademyofosteopathy.com or 1-416-635-6550.


When you study at NAO you become part of our family. Our support is forever and does not finish with your graduation. Join us, study osteopathy and secure your future.

Our Mission

  • Be recognized for excellence in manual osteopathic education;
  • Prepare tomorrow’s osteopathic manual practitioners to be competent and successful members of the health care team; and
  • Offer dynamic and innovative clinical based scientific manual osteopathy program.

Our Vision

To provide the best possible clinical based scientific manual osteopathic education in order to improve the health of society.

Our Courses

(for students without prior health education)

1 year full time or 2 years part time
( starts each September & March)

Tuition (online on-demand)
Tuition (campus based)

(for students with prior health education)

6 months full time or 12 months part time
(starting September & March of each year)

Tuition (online program)
Tuition (in-campus)

Campus based students must complete 1000 hours of clinical practice at NAO teaching clinic in Toronto.

Success Guarantee

NAO graduates successful manual osteopaths. We back this with a 100% guarantee.

We are the largest provider of manual osteopathic education in the world with alumni in 72 countries. Most manual osteopaths in Canada are our alumni. NAO is accepted by most osteopathic associations in Canada and US and most Canadian insurers cover osteopathic care provided by our alumni. We are the main provider of osteopathic care in Canada through our clinic, the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada that has 318 locations in 30 countries.

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Sessional dates 2022-2023

Deadlines for registration

March batch: EXTENDED DEADLINE! February 28

September batch: 15 August

Sessional dates 2022-2023

Program start dates

March batch: 1 March

September batch: 6 September

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