Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice

Integrative learning program comprised of online study and hands-on clinical training.

Tuition Fee
CDN $4,400.00

Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice

Integrative learning program comprised of online study and hands-on clinical training.

Tuition Fee


The Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice  (DOMP) study is specifically developed for health and wellness industry professionals interested in pursuing a career in Manual Osteopathy.  This gentle drug-free manual therapy has proven to provide effective relief from a wide range of painful musculoskeletal conditions associated with poor postural alignment, traumas, injuries or aging.

Worldwide, we are seeing a strong pubic demand for an alternative to pharmaceutically driven medical care. Becoming an Osteopathic Manual Therapist (OMT) opens for you a world of opportunities in today’s integrative health care model.

Important: Course content and length of the study may be modified depending on the academic background, prior experience and training of individual applicants.


Graduates of the Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice program are able to work as manual osteopathic therapists anywhere in the world as independent practitioners or as members of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.  


  • 3 years of combined post-secondary education
  • 3 + years of work experience in health/wellness industry

Tuition Cost

$4,400 Canadian dollars/ $3,300 USD/ holders of the  Associate Certificate in Osteopathy  are eligible for a 10% discount.

Program Delivery Format

An integrative learning format offers you convenience and flexibility in earning your Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice. The program is comprised of three modules: online learning, hands-on clinical training and clinical practice in a professional osteopathic clinic.

DOMP Study Consists of Three Modules:
Module I –  Online Theory

Nine online courses provide future osteopathic manual practitioners (OMTs) with a comprehensive understanding of basic health sciences, clinical sciences and osteopathic sciences. Students may begin their studies at any time and there is no deadline to complete the Module. All courses are accessible via LCO’s online learning platform at www.studyosteopathyonline.com  

Module II – Clinical Training  

Hands-on clinical training takes place over 7 consecutive days. This intensive session provides participants  with the opportunity to review and contextualize their online-based learning through clinical experience. Most effective manual osteopathy techniques are taught by experienced osteopaths. 

Module III – Clinical Practice

Completion of Module III is required for all Canadian students wishing to obtain a membership in any Canadian professional osteopathic association. Module III is optional for US and international students. For more information, please read the full outline below.

Module I

A nine-course curriculum is delivered through downloadable and printable presentations, recorded lectures, additional reading, related videos and an interactive learning environment.  A course instructor is available to answer students’ questions. Knowledge of the new material is reinforced with online quizzes found at the end of each learning unit. Students follow the studies at their own pace: access to LCO’s online learning platform does not expire.

Online curriculum

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Module II

Over a period of seven clinical days, students learn the most effective osteopathic modalities and techniques under the supervision of experienced instructors. A low student-to-teacher ratio allows for a personal approach to each participant. Through individual tutoring sessions and open discussions, students are encouraged to develop their own treatment style applicable to the specifics of their practice.

By the completion of clinical training, students gain competency in the palpatory and treatment skills necessary to identify a somatic dysfunction, formulate an appropriate treatment plan, and address a wide-range of musculoskeletal conditions using the following osteopathic techniques:

  • Soft tissue techniques
  • Myofascial release
  • Muscle energy technique (MET)
  • Facilitated positional release
  • Strain-counterstrain
  • Balanced ligamentous tension (BLT)
  • Joint mobilization techniques
  • Cranial osteopathy for headaches & migraines
  • Lymphatic pump
  • Still technique


Module III

Clinical education consists of 930 hours starting with the observation of a working osteopathic practice. As students’ knowledge and skills develop, they will assume more responsibility for the decision-making, management and treatment of patients. Students will also benefit from one-on-one mentorships with experienced practicing manual osteopaths as they shadow and analyze a variety of cases and patients.

Clinical studies provide an opportunity to work with a wide range of clients from diverse backgrounds and demographics. During this time, students participate in workshops on managing and marketing an osteopathic practice. Practical and osteopathic skills developed in Module III include:

  • Taking an appropriate case history
  • Proficiency in physical examination and the interpretation of relevant tests and data, including medical diagnostic imaging;
  • Use of osteopathic techniques: direct, indirect, combined
  • Use of reflex-based techniques such as Chapmans’ reflexes, tender points and neuro-mascular techniques
  • Use of fluid based techniques such as lymphatic pump
  • Clinical documentation

Canadian students must complete Module III. This is an elective study for US and International Students.

Clinical Training time and place:

Upon completion of the online module students may register for their clinical training for one of the following locations:

Toronto, Canada

Held in April each year

Barcelona, Spain

Held in November each year