Selection of Candidates

The Admissions Committee, in general, seeks to matriculate students who best suit the philosophies and goals of the Academy. National Academy of Osteopathy attempts to select students who have strong academic records and who demonstrate the motivational and personal characteristics suitable for a career in Manual Osteopathy.

Service and a caring attitude are important characteristics of a future Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. The Academy employs a rolling admissions process; therefore, early application could increase the applicant’s probability for acceptance. The Academy encourages campus visits for all applicants and reserves the right to require an interview.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. All students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of admission.
  2. Minimum requirements:
    Students must have earned a high school diploma (grade 12), its foreign equivalent, or a General Educational Development diploma (GED). Students are recommended (but not mandatory) to take at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.
    Other professions: Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, Physchology, Social Worker, Dental Hygienist, Nutritionist, and similar professions
  3. Minimum requirement for applicants who want to enroll for the Accelerated Program:
    Students must have earned a certificate, diploma, or degree on any of the following profession:
    Medical Doctor, Orthopeadic Doctor, Orthopeadic Surgeon, Chiropractor, Registered Massage Therapist, Massage Therapy Graduate, Acupuncturist, Naturopathic Doctor, Kinesiology Graduate, Physiotherapist or Physical Therapist, Physiotherapy Assistant, Registered Nurse, Registered Practical Nurse, Bowen Therapist, Chinese Doctor, Shiatsu Therapist, Athletic Therapist, Thai Massage Therapist, Herbalist, Homeopathic Doctor, Dentist, and related professions.
  4. Students must demonstrate sufficient maturity to undertake a health care profession, including the capacity to ethically and responsibly manage professional boundaries. Admission to National Academy of Osteopathy is competitive. The Academy expects that most, if not all, students will exceed the minimum admission requirements.

Applicant’s Skills and Capabilities

A student must possess the following abilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, for completion of the professional diploma program in osteopathic manual practice:

  1. Ability to apply manual medicine techniques and adjunctive techniques over the full range of a body, including positioning clients, palpating, feeling with hands and fingers, pushing, pulling, kneading, grasping, twisting wrists, and lifting up to 10 pounds, for periods of up to 60 minutes without interruption;
  2. Ability to determine depth and intensity of manual pressure and force, as applied in the performance of common manual and adjunctive procedures and techniques;
  3. Ability to see and hear, with or without reasonable accommodation, sufficient that the student can receive and record client histories; document treatment plans; provide instructions to clients; and provide routine client safety services;
  4. Ability to perform in all laboratory and clinical settings without posing a threat to herself/himself, to the safety and well-being of fellow students, or to clients;
  5. Ability and willingness to receive hands-on and adjunctive treatment. Much of the technical instruction in the programs requires reciprocal application of the osteopathic techniques, including joint mobilization and soft tissue therapy. In reciprocal laboratory experiences, receiving techniques is necessary in order to learn proper procedures, and to receive and provide learning feedback; reciprocal application of technique is also useful for developing sensitivity to client needs. The Academy may temporarily excuse a student from receiving osteopathy treatments provided that there is a specific medical contraindication, as determined in writing by a licensed health care professional.

All students, with or without reasonable accommodation, must carry out laboratory and clinical assignments, including providing osteopathy treatments to clients. Qualified persons with disabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, must be able to pass oral, written and practical examinations, and meet all of the clinical requirements of the Academy.

It is in the best interests of both the student and the Academy to assess the degree of limitation caused by disability. However, the Academy will make the final determination of whether or not an individual meets all qualifications for study at the Academy.

Persons who have been convicted of a misdemeanour of a violent criminal or sexual nature or any felony will be prohibited from professional health care practice in many jurisdictions. National Academy of Osteopathy will deny admission to applicants with such convictions. The Academy therefore reserves the right to conduct a criminal background check on applicants or on any enrolled student at any time in the program.

Responsibility of Applicant

It is the responsibility of the applicant to be aware of the entrance requirements and to ensure that they are met prior to enrollment. If National Academy of Osteopathy determines at any time that requirements are not met in full, the student will not be allowed to enroll or to continue at the Academy.

Program Technical Requirements

The school makes every effort to make the online experience of the students enjoyable and hassle free. However, students must also take their part in enabling themselves to efficiently study. The following are recommendations of the School before the student begins the program:

  1. Students must have access to a personal computer or lap top. You may view the websites and open your online student account to watch the videos in your mobile devices such as a smart phone or a tablet; however, the online exams may not work efficiently with these devices.
  2. The students’ computer is recommended to be with the most recent Operating System for either Mac or Windows.
  3. Students must have access to high-speed internet.
  4. Please make sure to adjust the network or computer firewall settings that may limit you from accessing the website.
  5. You must have (one or all) the following browsers:
    Internet Explorer (Windows)
    b. Mozilla Firefox (Windows)
    c. Safari (Mac)
    d. Google Chrome (Windows and/or Mac)
  6. Students must also download and install .PDF Adobe Acrobat reader and/or Microsoft Office (i.e. .pptx) to view the notes.
  7. For those who will purchase the external hard-drive:
    1. Please download and install the VLC player (for free) in your computer. Please find the link at:
    2. Please make sure you have a minimum of 600 GB – 1TB hard-disk space in your computer to efficiently save and access the videos.