Why Choose NAO

At National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) we teach the art, science and philosophy of osteopathy with passion and pride. We welcome research and support patient centered evidence informed scientific health care. We attract the best and brightest applicants, hire faculty who are experts in their fields, and work continuously to improve our curriculum. We teach techniques that are scientific & proven effective through evidence based research. We prepare students for the real world by teaching business principles. We aim to make our students the most successful manual osteopaths in the world.

Our Faculty are highly qualified and come from all disciplines and backgrounds to bring students a rich learning experience. Their teaching methods ensure a blend of strong theoretical knowledge with ample application of hands-on experience, providing students with in-depth understanding in a nurturing and dynamic environment.

Our Clinic offers the campus-based students an opportunity to gain rewarding hands-on experience within our diverse community-based settings. As osteopathy interns, NAO students assume patient care under the supervision of clinical faculty—most of whom also operate clinical practices outside of NAO.

Here is a summary of why you should study at NAO:

  • We offer a DOMP (Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice) program, which is the most accepted Canadian osteopathy title. Most insurers in Canada accept the title of DOMP as it is a Canadian title. NAO is the copyright holder of this title since October 09, 2013 (copyright # 1108241, with Canadian Intellectual Property Office of Industry Canada).
  • NAO is affiliated with the Coalition for the Regulation of Manual Osteopathy in Ontario (CRMOO), founded by NAO president, Shawn Pourgol, MBA, DC, DO, PhD. This assures its alumni will be part of the regulation process of manual osteopathy in Ontario.
  • NAO alumni can join many associations that are accepted by insurers in Canada, permitting them to bill extended health plan insurers for osteopathic care. Most associations in Canada are founded and chaired by NAO alumni, including the main associations in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • NAO alumni are permitted to join the Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada (www.osteopathypainclinic.com) which has currently 316 locations in 30 countries. OCPCC is the largest chronic pain clinic in the world.
  • Most manual osteopaths in all Canadian provinces (except Quebec) are NAO alumni. This means NAO alumni have a larger say when dealing with the government, insurers and policy holders in all things related to manual osteopathy in English speaking Canadian provinces.
  • NAO has over 200 business management lectures. This is one of the main reasons why its alumni become successful manual osteopaths. Our lectures cover marketing, business management, financial planning, tax strategies, asset protection, wealth creation, public relations, advertising, estate planning, etc. We also have lectures on brain improvement and becoming better. NAO is the only osteopathic college in the world teaching these topics in detail.
  • NAO is accredited by the Council on Manual Osteopathy Education of the International Osteopathic Association (www.internationalosteopathicassociation.org) and the US Council on Osteopathic Manual Practice Education (www.ucompe.org), the accrediting agencies of the manual osteopathy profession in Canada and US.
  • NAO offers 2,200 hours of education, full time (1 year) and part time (2 years or 5 years). It is the only English speaking school offering a full time complete DOMP program, which can be completed in 1 year for students without prior health education and 6 months for health professionals. Other accredited schools offer the DOMP program in 3 to 5 years part time, one weekend a month.
  • NAO has more professors (30 and increasing) than any other school in Canada. It also has more technique instructors than any other Canadian osteopathy college.
  • NAO is dedicated to the profession. We have expanded manual osteopathy to 70 countries and to places that had no access to this wonderful health care, including Nunavut, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alaska, Hawaii, Bermuda, and many other locations.
  • Campus based NAO students receive up to 4 months of clinical internship at NAO teaching clinic in Toronto.
  • NAO alumni can practice in the United States of America. They are eligible to sit for the board exams of the American Osteopathic Manual Practice Examining Board (www.aompeb.org) and upon passing to become Certified Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (COMP) by joining the American Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (www.fb.com/osteopathicmanualpractice).
  • NAO alumni can join the Canadian Union of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (www.fb.com/osteopathyunion) which helps them become preferred providers of osteopathic care to union members.
  • NAO alumni can use the title of DOMP in USA as we are the copyright holder of this title in US as well as Canada.
  • We teach more techniques than any other Canadian osteopathic school, including the Manual Mechanotherapy, the lost techniques of osteopathy. We are the only osteopathy school in Canada teaching this rare set of techniques.
  • Our education is World Health Organization (WHO) compliant as it includes over 1,000 hours of clinical education.
  • We support our alumni for life. Alumni are always welcome to contact us for support if they ever need it. Our support does not finish with graduation.
  • we are the largest provider of manual osteopathic education in the world, teaching in 70 countries.
  • We are the first and only osteopathy school in Canada that has alumni in every Canadian province (including Nunavut, Yukon and Northwest Territories) and every continent of the world.

Join us; become a manual osteopath and secure your future. Our students are dedicated, enthusiastic, and dynamic. Being part of this high energy group is motivating and inspiring.